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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 24 March 1953Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Birth NameLouie Perry Anderson
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Louie Anderson was born on March 24, 1953 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Louie Perry Anderson. He is a writer and actor, known for Life with Louie (1995), Life with Louie: A Christmas Surprise for Mrs. Stillman (1994) and Coming to America (1988).

Trivia (15)

Is the tenth child out of eleven children.
Formerly worked as a counselor at a home for abused children.
In 1981, met comedy legend Henny Youngman, and began writing one-liners for him.
Lived in Las Vegas during most of his career, but now lives in Los Angeles
30 September 2003 - Recovering in an LA hospital for treatment of an undisclosed heart problem.
Shortly after the attacks on New York City of 9-11-01, Louie came up with the idea that they do a special NYC police vs. firemen week for the show, the prize money going to the NYPD and FDNY Widow's Fund. Louie put his own personal money to start a pot at the beginning of the week -- $75,000.
When ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999) hit the air, Louie thought it would be a good idea to raise the Family Feud (1999) jackpot from $10,000 to $20,000. He got his way, and Family Feud's ratings went up as a result. The jackpot had been $10,000 for many years.
Enjoys butter.
Had said that he did not even like his sitcom, The Louie Show (1996) due to all the changes CBS made to it.
Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 137, pages 2-3. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
Shot the pilot episode of the popular 80s/90s sitcom, Perfect Strangers (1986). Louie played the role of "Larry", alongside Bronson Pinchot, who played "Balki". Believing Bronson and Louie did not have the right chemistry, Louie's part was recast for the series, and played by Mark Linn-Baker.
In 2000, Anderson was blackmailed by a man threatening to reveal to tabloids that Anderson allegedly approached him in a California casino requesting sexual acts in 1993. Fearing the story would threaten his starring roles in two family-oriented series, Louie initially paid a large amount of extortion money, but when the blackmailer's demands increased, Louie went to the police. The man was arrested and sentenced to 21 months in prison.
The Real Ghost Busters (1986) character, "Dr. Ray Stantz", was based on his voice and appearance, Dan Aykroyd's appeal to the occult and technical know-how and John Belushi's comedic delivery.
In a 2002 episode of E! True Hollywood Story (1996), he stated that, after being chosen to host the 1999 revival of Family Feud (1999), he wanted the blessing of original host Richard Dawson. For that reason, the studio invited Dawson to make a guest appearance on the premiere episode and "pass the torch" to Anderson, but Dawson declined the invitation.
The Palace Station Hotel and Casino opened the Louie Anderson Theater where Louie performs 5 nights per week. [August 2010]

Personal Quotes (3)

[on his immense weight] My first words were "Seconds, please". Most kids in kindergarten napped on a little rug. I had a braided 9 x 12.
[in 2002, commenting on the revised Family Feud (2002) with Richard Karn succeeding him as the host] My prediction is that the show's off the air within a year.
I hope I'm not on E! True Hollywood Story (1996) 'til I'm dead.

Salary (1)

Family Feud (1999) $1,500,000

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