Born June 5, 1974 in
Cerritos, California, Chad Allen, whose full name is Chad Allen Lazzari,
grew up in Long Beach, CA. He's the youngest of four boys, and his parents
were hoping for a girl. They got one, in the shape of Chad's twin sister,
Charity. Chad was the "extra change", as he puts it.
Chad got his start in show business when his mother started entering him
and his twin sister Charity in "twin contests" at fairs, and they won quite
a few times. People kept telling his mother how cute the twins looked
together, and that she should try to get the them into acting.
Charity didn't much like show business at all, but Chad was bitten by the
acting bug. It was decided that Chad Lazzari sounded like a name for a
dark-haired Italian, not a blond, blue-eyed boy, and he started out on his
acting career as Chad Allen instead. His first job was in a McDonalds
television commercial, at age four. His first dramatic work came at age six,
in a pilot for a television series that never went into production, Cutter
His first big break in a television series happened when he was eight and
joined the cast of "St.
Elsewhere" as Tommy Westphall, an autistic boy. He played that
character literally until the very end, when he was the last actor on-screen
in the final scene of the final episode of St. Elsewhere in 1988. During
that period, he worked continuously (and sometimes simultaneously) on a
succession of other successful TV shows:
Our House (1986-1988) and
Two Dads (1989-1990).
Chad filled his "spare time" by guest-starring in a whole host of other
television shows, such as
The Wonder Years,
the Heat of the Night, Highway to Heaven, Simon and Simon, and
appeared in ten television movies. He also appeared in several stage
productions, as a guest on TV game shows and in a series of public service