Chad Allen (actor)

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

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

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 story-lines 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

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 had been sold to the paper by Allen's then-boyfriend.[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

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

In November 2006, The Los Angeles Daily News wrote in passing that Allen's real-life boyfriend, actor 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]


  1. VH1's '100 Greatest Teen Stars'. Retrieved on June 25, 2011.
  2. Gay Teen Idols. Retrieved on June 25, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Vary, Adam B."His grown-up Christmas list." The Advocate Issue 903. November 25, 2003.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 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. 5.0 5.1 5.2 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: pages 50–52. Vol. 33, No. 44. 
  7. Classic Series Finales: St. Elsewhere. Retrieved on 2008-10-22.
  8. When I Knew (2005), ISBN 0-06-057146-2 - page 112
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Branco, Nelson. "Allen's Anatomy." Retrieved September 29, 2008. Template: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. 12.0 12.1 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 on 2008-10-17.
  19. Hernandez, Greg. "Save Me by Chad Allen, Robert Gant and Judith Light makes Sundance", Out in Hollywood, The Los Angeles Daily News, November 27, 2006. Retrieved on October 6, 2011. 
  20. Hartinger, Brent (October 19, 2008). Gay Celebrity Boyfriends!. Retrieved on November 29, 2008.
  21. Wilson, Bill. "On the Carpet at the GLAAD Media Awards – On Scene with Bill Wilson", San Francisco Sentinel, May 10, 2009. 

External links

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  • Chad Allen article at Memory Alpha, a Star Trek wiki

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