Being a comedian and succeeding at it can be quite hard, as it involves constant reinvention to maintain relevance and only a few people manage to do so. One of them is Louie Anderson who has been a comedian for over three decades, winning awards and making his way into the list of Top 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time.
His achievements as a comedian span across TV, Stand Up comedy and Film, all of which require different skills and talents but have all been brought to kneel by the brilliance of Louie Anderson. Some of his popular works include Life with Louie and Baskets. In this article, we will discuss his career, life and everything else you need to know about him. Read on.
Louie Anderson Biography
Louie Anderson’s life is the definition of turning a difficult situation into a success story. He was born on the 24th of March, 1953 in Saint Paul, Minnesota as the second to the last child in a family of 11 children. He was born to parents Louis William Anderson and Ora Zella.
In what was already a large family with its own logistical challenges, Louie Anderson was the subject of abuse from his father and also suffered fat-shaming from friends and family members for his body weight.
His basic education was completed at Johnson Senior High school in Saint Paul, Minnesota and while we cannot say definitively if he went to college, his interest in comedy and creative art eventually led him to Henny Youngman, a comedian who he began to write one-liners for, sparking the beginning of using his comedic talents as a source of income.
In 1984, he eventually made his debut onscreen as a stand-up comedian, on The Tonight Show and has maintained a career in the industry ever since. After his debut, he made an appearance in the pilot episode of Perfect Strangers but he failed to maintain his place in the series. Towards the end of the 80s, as his stock grew in the comedy industry, he appeared in more projects such as the iconic film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the classic, Coming to America. He also recorded his first comedy special for Showtime.
The early days of Louie Anderson’s career have since given birth to a solidified place in the industry that has featured multiple specials, and classic shows like Baskets and Life with Louie. Across both film and TV shows, he has starred in over 35 projects and has also been the host of a number of shows, including the game show, Family Feud.
Over the course of his career, the brilliance of his work and its successes has earned him multiple award nominations, including the Emmy Awards, which he has been nominated for 4 times and won one.
What is His Net Worth?
Louie Anderson started out his career writing one-liners for Henny Youngman but has since built a career that has seen multiple Emmy nominations and starred in a series of successful commercial projects, all of which have earned the Minnesota-born comedian a net worth of $10 million. One of his massive earnings came from hosting the game show, Family Feud, where he was paid $1.5 million.
Is He Gay?
Over the course of his career, Louie Anderson has been the subject of various rumors alleging he is a gay man. The first was in 1997 when he was blackmailed by a man, Richard John Gordon who sought money in exchange for silence about Louie propositioning him at a casino in 1993. Although the matter was settled by the FBI, it sparked rumors of Louie being gay,
Another rumor was fueled when Anderson claimed he was sexually assaulted by a comedian, Tom Rhodes, while he was 19 years old. The claim was made as part of several confessions that made it to the public during the heat of the #MeToo movement.
Combined with a traditional feminine persona and his adeptness at playing female characters, such as his own mother in Baskets, Louie Anderson’s sexuality remains a subject of debate as the popular comedian has yet to clarify what his sexual orientation is.
Louie Anderson’s Family – Wife
Despite the plenty reasons to suggest that Louie Anderson might be a gay man, he is known to have been married to a woman, his high school sweetheart in a marriage that only lasted four weeks in 1985. Ever since then, Louie has never been known to be married and has no recognized family of his own.
As for his extended family, however, where he has ten siblings, Louie Anderson continues to maintain a form of relationship with them, often making references to them in several of his Stand-Up routines. Both his father and mother died in 1980 and 1990 respectively.