Louie Anderson (I)

Louie Anderson (I)


3/24/1953, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Birth Name

Louie Perry Anderson



Also Known As

Louis Anderson
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Louie Perry Anderson (born March 24, 1953 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is an American stand-up comedian, who created the cartoon series Life with Louie and hosted the game show Family Feud from 1999-2002.

His obesity is one of his trademarks, although he has slimmed considerably in recent years. He has…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 1997-1998, Louie Anderson won 2 Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program playing Andy Anderson - (Dad) and Little Louie on Life with Louie.

    • Louie Anderson was fired from his job as host of Family Feud.

    • By the time Louie left Family Feud, there had been more than 2,000 episodes, and $13 million in prize money had been given away.

    • He competed against Dolly Parton for the Family Feud job.

    • After a night of gambling, Louie propositioned hustler Richard Gordon--and was refused. Years later, Gordon surfaced and asked for $100,000 to keep quiet. Anderson paid. When Gordon upped his price to $250,000, the FBI busted him.

    • On the heels of his successful animated series Life with Louie, stand-up guy Anderson took over a renewed Feud, with a new set and a new look. While popular early on, he still had to work in Dawson's shadow. In an interview with THS, Anderson tells about his drinking and gambling problems, the scandal that nearly ruined his career and his dismissal from the show in 2002.

    • TV:

      Talking to Americans (2001)
      Family Feud (1999)
      The Louie Show (1996)
      Life with Louie (1995)

    • Films:

      Back by Midnight (2002)
      Do It for Uncle Manny (2002)
      Mr. Wrong (1996)
      Louie Anderson: Mom! Louie's Looking at Me Again (1989)
      The Wrong Guys (1988)
      Coming to America (1988)
      Ratboy (1986)
      Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
      Quicksilver (1986)
      Cloak & Dagger (1984)

    • His height is 5'7" (1.70 m).

    • Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, vol. 137, pages 2-3. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.

    • Had said that he did not even like his sitcom, The Louie Show (1996) due to all the changes CBS made to it.

    • Louie enjoys eating butter.

    • When ABC's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire hit the air, Louie thought it would be a good idea to raise the Family Feud 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.

    • 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.

    • 30 September 2003 - Recovering in an LA hospital for treatment of an undisclosed heart problem.

    • He lived in Las Vegas during most of his career, but as of 2006 lives in Los Angeles.

    • In 1981, met comedy legend Henny Youngman, and began writing one-liners for him.

    • Formerly worked as a counselor at a home for abused children.

    • Is the tenth child out of eleven children.

    • A children's cartoon, Life With Louie was created by him. The cartoon was about his childhood.

  • Quotes

    • Louie Anderson: (in 2002, on the revised Family Feud with his hosting successor Richard Karn) My prediction is that the show's off the air within a year.

    • Louie Anderson: I hope I'm not on The E! True Hollywood Story till I'm dead.

    • Louie Anderson (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.

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