Chad Allen (actor)

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Chad Allen
BornChad Allen Lazzari
(1974-06-05) June 5, 1974 (age 40)
Cerritos, California, U.S.
Years active1981 – present
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Chad Allen
BornChad Allen Lazzari
(1974-06-05) June 5, 1974 (age 40)
Cerritos, California, U.S.
Years active1981 – present

Chad Allen (born June 5, 1974) is an American actor. Beginning his career as a child actor at the age of seven, Allen is a three-time Young Artist Award winner and GLAAD Media Award honoree. He was a teen idol during the late 1980s as David Witherspoon on the NBC family drama Our House and as Zach Nichols on the NBC sitcom My Two Dads[1][2] before transitioning to an adult career as Matthew Cooper on the CBS western drama Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman.[3]

Early life[edit]

Allen was born Chad Allen Lazzari in Cerritos, California, and grew up in Artesia. He has a twin sister named Charity. Allen is of predominantly Italian origin, with a "dose" of German origin.[4] He was raised within a "strict" Roman Catholic household and regards himself as being a "deeply spiritual person" because of his upbringing.[4][5] Allen attended St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California.

Early career[edit]

Allen guest-starred on several prime time series including an early episode of Airwolf for which he was nominated as 'Best Young Actor: Guest in a Series' at the 6th Youth in Film Awards and St. Elsewhere, in which he played autistic child Tommy Westphall[6] (1983–88). The series final episode, "The Last One", ends with the indication that all of its storylines occurred in Tommy's imagination.[7] In 1983, he appeared on Cutter to Houston, playing "a kid who got hurt and had to be given mouth-to-mouth and carried to the waiting chopper by Dr. Hal Wexler (Alec Baldwin)". "I thought it was the greatest job I had ever gotten," he later stated.[8] Allen's first regular role was as David Witherspoon on Our House (1986–88). In 1989-90, he had a recurring role as Zach in My Two Dads. Allen's next contract role was Matthew Cooper in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman alongside Jane Seymour (1993–98).

Outing and activism[edit]

In 1996, at age 21, Allen was outed as gay when the US tabloid The Globe published photos of him kissing another man in a hot tub at a party.[4][9] The photos were sold by someone that claimed to be a friend of the couple .[10] Allen has since become an activist for the LGBT community in addition to his continuing acting and producing career.[3] On January 17, 2006, Allen appeared on CNN's Larry King Live with San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom to represent his viewpoint in a debate over same-sex marriage. Allen thanked Newsom for his attempts to legalize same-sex marriage in the city.[11] Allen has been featured in The Advocate magazine multiple times[3][4][5][12] and has appeared on three of its covers.[4][13][14]

Further career[edit]

Starting with Third Man Out (2005), Allen stars as Donald Strachey, a gay private detective in a monogamous relationship, in a series of television movies for the here! network based on novels by Richard Stevenson. The sequel, Shock to the System (2006), was followed by On the Other Hand, Death (2008) and Ice Blues (2008). Allen noted that Strachey is the first gay character he had ever played outside of theater and that, though his career is "different" since coming out, he finds it "more interesting and fun for me than it has ever been."[12]

When Allen was cast as real-life Christian missionary Nate Saint in the docudrama End of the Spear (2006) some conservative Christians lashed out at producers for casting an openly gay man in the role.[5][15]

In 2007, Allen starred in the film Save Me.[16] Developed and produced by Allen, the film was directed by Robert Cary and written by Robert Desiderio.[3] Save Me, a film exploring the ex-gay movement, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and was later picked up for distribution by independent studio Fine Line Features.

From June through August 2008, Allen appeared with Valerie Harper in Looped, a play based on the life of Tallulah Bankhead, at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California.

Starting September 23, 2008, Allen portrayed the love interest of Dr. Kyle Julian for five episodes of the prime time SOAPnet serial General Hospital: Night Shift, a spin-off of the ABC Daytime soap opera General Hospital.[9][17][18]

Personal life[edit]

In November 2006, The Los Angeles Daily News wrote in passing that Allen's real-life boyfriend, Jeremy Glazer, was also in the film Save Me.[19] In a September 2008 interview with, Allen stated that he was currently in a three-year relationship and had been sober for eight years.[9] In October 2008, stated his boyfriend to be Glazer.[20] In May 2009, Allen was the recipient of a GLAAD Media Award: the Davidson/Valentini Award. In his acceptance speech he said he had met Glazer, his partner, exactly four years earlier.[21]


1981Simon & SimonBoyEpisode: "A Recipe for Disaster"
1983 to 1988St. ElsewhereTommy Westphall11 episodes
1984AirwolfHo Minh TruongEpisode: "Daddy's Gone a Hunt'n"
1984The New Leave It to BeaverDoug Williams2 episodes
1985Matt HoustonPatrickEpisode: "The Nightmare Man"
1985Not My KidBobbyTelevision movie
1985The Bad SeedMark Daigler
1985HotelBobby CowleyEpisode: "Sleeping Dogs"
1985A Death in CaliforniaGlenn2 episodes
1985Code of VengeanceA.J. FlowersEpisode: "Code of Vengeance"
1985Punky BrewsterConrad
2 episodes
1985 to 1986WebsterRob Whitaker4 episodes
1986Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!Charlie Brown (Voice)Television special
1986Help Wanted: KidsCoop
1986TerrorVisionSherman Putterman
1986 to 1988Our HouseDavid Witherspoon46 episodes
1987Tales from the DarksideSandyEpisode: "The Milkman Cometh"
1988Straight UpBenUnknown episodes
1988Highway to HeavenRicky DillerEpisode: "The Whole Nine Yards"
1988HunterDanny SandersonEpisode: "Heir of Neglect"
1989 to 1990My Two DadsZach Nichols21 episodes
1990Camp CucamongaFrankie CallowayTelevision movie
1990Star Trek: The Next GenerationJono/Jeremiah RossaEpisode: "Suddenly Human"
1991The Wonder YearsBrad PattersonEpisode: "The Yearbook"
1991DEAMichael Stadler2 episodes
1991Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart StoryWilliam FlynnTelevision movie
1992ABC Weekend SpecialSeanEpisode: "Choose Your Own Adventure: The Case of the Silk King"
1993Praying MantisBobby McAndrews
1993In the Heat of the NightMatt SkinnerEpisode: "Every Man's Family"
1993-1998Dr. Quinn, Medicine WomanMatthew Cooper147 episodes
1998The Love Boat: The Next WavePete DoughertyEpisode: "How Long Has This Been Going On?"
1999Total Recall 2070Eddie MillerEpisode: "First Wave"
1999, 2004NYPD BlueTommy Ibarra
Kyle Tanner
2 episodes
2001What Matters MostLucas Warner
2001A Mother's TestimonyKenny Carlson
2001Do You Wanna Know a Secret?Brad Adams/Bradley Clayton
2002SexyVoice 1
2002Getting OutSteve
2003ParisJason Bartok
2004Downtown: A Street TaleHunter
2005Cold CaseMonty Fineman 1985Episode: "Kensington"
2005Third Man OutDonald Strachey
2005CharmedEmrickEpisode: "Hulkus Pocus"
2005End of the SpearNate Saint/Steve Saint
2006The Pool 2Mark Casati
2006Criminal MindsJackson CallyEpisode: "The Tribe"
2006Shock to the SystemDonald Strachey
2007Save MeMark
2007TerraTerrian ScientistVoice
2008On the Other Hand, DeathDonald Strachey
2008Ice BluesDonald Strachey
2008CSI: MiamiBarry/Stan CarlyleEpisode: "Bombshell"
2008General Hospital: Night ShiftEric Whitlow5 episodes
2009Hollywood, je t'aimeRoss
2009Fright FlickBrock
2010DexterLance RobinsonEpisode: "Everything is Illumenated"
2010For Better or for Worse
2012Hollywood to DollywoodHimself


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  2. ^ "Gay Teen Idols". Retrieved June 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d Vary, Adam B."His grown-up Christmas list." The Advocate Issue 903. November 25, 2003.
  4. ^ a b c d e The Advocate, October 09, 2001, Issue #848 - 2001, "CHAD ALLEN: his own story ". Interviewed by Bruce Vilanch, ("Basically, I had been raised on the set and at the church - strict Catholic upbringing there. We're Italian, with a dose of German blood, ..."), Retrieved on August 08, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c The Advocate, March 14, 2006, Issue #958 - 2006, "Chad Allen's not sorry". Interviewed by Beth Schwartzapfel, ("I'm deeply spiritual person. I grew up a Catholic boy."), Retrieved on August 08, 2010.
  6. ^ Stacy, Tom (October 25, 2008). "Pride and Prejudice". Soap Opera Digest (Vol. 33, No. 44): pages 50–52. 
  7. ^ "Classic Series Finales: St. Elsewhere". Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  8. ^ When I Knew (2005), ISBN 0-06-057146-2 - page 112
  9. ^ a b c Branco, Nelson. "Allen's Anatomy." Retrieved September 29, 2008. Archived 5 March 2010 at WebCite
  10. ^ Chawla, Sarika. "True Detective." IN Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved April 20, 2008.
  11. ^ "Debate Over Gay Marriage," Larry King Live transcript. January 17, 2006
  12. ^ a b Vary, Adam B. "Chad's on the case." The Advocate. Issue 945, August 30, 2005.
  13. ^ The Advocate Issue 945 cover August 30, 2005
  14. ^ The Advocate Issue 903 cover November 25, 2003.
  15. ^ Moring, Mark. "Christian Studio Explains Hiring of Gay Actor." January 26, 2006.
  16. ^ Save Me (2007) official site Retrieved September 30, 2008.
  17. ^ Coleridge, Daniel R. "Night Shift: Meet Kyle's New BF!" August 20, 2008.
  18. ^ Mitovich, Matt (August 20, 2008). "Romance Prescribed for GH: Night Shift 's Gay Kyle". TV Guide. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  19. ^ Hernandez, Greg (November 27, 2006). "Save Me by Chad Allen, Robert Gant and Judith Light makes Sundance". Out in Hollywood (The Los Angeles Daily News). Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  20. ^ Hartinger, Brent (October 19, 2008). "Gay Celebrity Boyfriends!". Retrieved November 29, 2008. 
  21. ^ Wilson, Bill (May 10, 2009). "On the Carpet at the GLAAD Media Awards – On Scene with Bill Wilson". San Francisco Sentinel. 

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