CHAD ALLEN ONLINE
As most fans know, Chad
injured his back seriously while training for the Malibu Triathlon to
raise money for the AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). Thanks to a lot
of generous friends and fans, he exceeded his fundraising goal, even
though he wasn't able to participate.
The APLA's Tinkerbell 1/2 Marathon in January is Chad's "comeback"
event. He's undergone surgery and is working hard to get ready for
this. Let's send him some holiday cheer by making whatever donation we
can manage (small or large!) to helping end AIDS and getting him to
his goal. Click
ON THIS LINK to
donate online and check his progress.
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 to Houston.
His first big break in a television series
happened when he was eight and joined the cast of "St.
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
My Two Dads (1989-1990).
Chad's Charity Spotlight
Baby Dragon Fund
Loving Memory of Hunter W. Allen
November 17, 1978 - April 24, 2008
friends and family have created
The Baby Dragon Fund which will support The L.A. Gay & Lesbian
Center's programs for Crystal Meth Addiction Recovery, Mental Health
and Youth Services. We would be grateful for any donations. On behalf
of our community and the many clients we serve, thank you for your
gift in memory of Hunter Allen.
Hunter was a very good friend of Chad's and a member of
Team Funky Monkey that Chad rides with on the
AIDS Lifecycle Ride.
you would prefer to mail a check, please make it payable to "Friends
of the Center" and add "The Baby Dragon Fund/Hunter Allen" to the memo
field. Please mail it directly to the donation deposit box:
Friends of the Center
PO Box 51896
Los Angeles CA 90051-6196