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|Date Of Birth||May 9, 1975|
|Fact||Brother-in-law of Matt Newton.|
Chris Diamantopoulos is a Canadian actor, born on 9 May 1975, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He’s particularly known for his role in the series “Silicon Valley”, and in the film “The Three Stooges”.
Early Life and Education
Information of Christopher Diamantopoulos’ family and early education is undisclosed, though it’s known that he’s of Greek descent, spending his childhood between Greece and Canada.
Chris matriculated from East York Collegiate Institute in Toronto. During his childhood, he started acting in theater and TV commercials, also practicing to become a classical singer.
When Chris was 18 years old, he left his home in Toronto to perform in theater tours in Canada and the US. Eventually he landed roles on Broadway, performing in dramas such as the musical “Andrew Lloyd Webber – Music of the Night” in 1995, then starring as Ethan Girard in “The Full Monty”, and in “Les Misérables” as Marius. He then took a long break from Broadway, coming back in 2017 to play Dr. Pomatter in the cast of “Waitress”.
Debut in TV and Films
Chris Diamantopoulos made his film debut as Dave in the 2000 movie “The Adulterer”, followed by his appearance as Trevor in 2001’s movie “Drop Dead Roses”.
However, he found more opportunities on TV, after making his debut in the series “Law & Order”. From then he landed several minor roles in shows such as “Third Watch”, “Frasier”, “Charmed” and “American Dreams”. In 2005 he portrayed famous actor Robin Williams in based-on-real-life TV movie “Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy”, earning critics’ approval for his acting, and a nomination for a Prism Award.
In 2007 Chris landed his first recurring character role in a TV series when he appeared as Rodney in “The Starter Wife”, followed by his character Phil Eriksen in “State of Mind”.
Most Famous Roles
In 2010 Chris was cast to appear in the eight season of FOX’s series “24” as Rob Weiss, Chief of Staff, and one of Diamantopoulos’ most memorable roles on TV.
Diamantopoulos continued appearing in other famous TV series – in 2013 he appeared as cameraman Brian, in the Golden Globe Award winning sitcom “The Office”, centered on Dunder-Mifflin Paper Co.’s employees, and their hilarious and silly everyday life. The same year Chris was cast in “Arrested Development”, portraying Marky Bark’s character, an ostrich farmer and environmentalist who Lindsay Bluth Fünke runs away with.
Another well-known series Chris appeared in was “Silicon Valley”, portraying the Russ Hanneman character inspired by business man Mark Cuban.
When asked about this, Diamantopoulos answered: ‘I know Mark and a few other guys were the inspiration for Russ. The say the best comedy comes from reality. I think the only thing I really borrowed from Mark is his arms folded/smile to the camera pose that he does in the opening credits of “Shark Tank”. I practiced in the mirror for hours.’
Despite the fact that Chris’ career has been mainly focused on TV productions, he’s also known for his role in various movies. However, his most iconic role to date has been as Moe in the film “The Three Stooges”, a modern version of the original comedy-shorts broadcast for the first time by Columbia Pictures in 1934.
In his audition for the role, Chris wore prosthesis and make up to resemble Moe’s character, also putting a lot of work in other aspects: ‘When I first heard about the role, I recognized that there are such differences in the way that we’re put together. I’m kind of slender and my face doesn’t resemble his at all. It really became a study in standing in front of the mirror and changing my posture and my face and figuring out how can make this work. It wasn’t until I actually bought a wig and put together a padded suit to change my frame that I realized, “oh, I think I can make this happen”.’
Diamantopoulos’ enthusiasm for performing Moe’s character as best as he could, was caused by his own love for the original show: ‘We put so much work, effort and care into recreating the comedy stylings of a trio that, for me personally, represents the better part of the first 15 years of my life.’
Chris has made himself a name as voice actor too, for his outstanding work in diverse animated productions. In 2006 he started voicing various characters in the animated series “American Dad!” followed by his participation in “Family Guy” as the voices of Parker Stanton, Stryker Foxx and Millipede.
Chris was heard as Green Arrow in various productions such as “Batman Unlimited” and “Justice League Action”, however, Diamantopoulos most notable role as voice actor is in the short series “Mickey Mouse”, voicing the famous mouse created by Walt Disney.
For his outstanding work as actor, Chris has been nominated for various celebrated awards, such as Behind the Voice Actors Awards, Annie Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards.
Chris met “Ugly Betty” actress Becki Newton in New York, when both were in Times Square subway station. The couple married on 12 May 2005, and is still together.
In 2010, Becki was asked about children by US Magazine: ‘I think someday, when the time is right, it’ll happen’. Later that year in November, the couple welcomed their first child – a boy – and four years later, Becki gave birth to a girl.
In 2015 Becki was interviewed again by US, sharing some tidbits about her maternal life. She revealed that she often wore her baby girl’s accessories when she went to the gym, and that she kept washable markers and wipes with her, as her son was learning to write.
Chris Diamantopoulos has an estimated net worth of $2 million, which is a result of his work as an actor on TV and Broadway and in films.
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Chris is a man of white ethnicity, with apparently handsome features, brown hair and eyes. He’s 5ft 9ins (1,75m) tall, and though his weight is unknown, he has a slender build.
Chris has been suggested to change his name several times in his career. However, proud of his Greek origin, he’s refused: ‘I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t considered it’. He recalls Kurt Russell suggesting that he change his name to “Chris D” to expand his marketability. ‘I don’t doubt that he had a great point. I gave it SERIOUS consideration, but ultimately the change felt false.’ (…) ‘I like to think that even if you can’t pronounce it, it’s memorable.’
— Darius Films (@DariusFilms) August 3, 2018
Chris was also asked if he had any problems growing up with a surname like his: ‘I grew up in a predominately Greek neighborhood, so Diamantopoulos was like Smith. Come to think of it, we made fun of Steve Smith a lot.’
Diamantopoulos accidentally hurt himself physically during the filming of “The Three Stooges”: ‘I dislocated my shoulder during a scene, and had to re-enter the scene and slap Curly. We finished, and then, that night, I went to the hospital. And, I broke my finger, trying to poke Larry in the eyes.’ Despite of these mishaps, he enjoyed playing Moe’s character: ‘I had to ice my hands because it would hurt so much when I would slap the guys. But, it was so much fun! I was a kid in a candy store.’
|Full Name||Chris Diamantopoulos|
|Date Of Birth||May 9, 1975|
|Profession||Comedian, Voice Actor|
|Education||East York Collegiate Institute|
|Nominations||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance, Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series|
|Movies||The Three Stooges, Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants, Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts, The Art of the Steal, Dr. Cabbie, Wedding Daze, Empire State, Drop Dead Roses, The Truth About Lies, Doctor Lollipop, Under New Management, Protagonist, Disney Mickey Mouse ‘…|
|TV Shows||24, The Starter Wife, Mork & Mindy, Episodes, Skylanders Academy|
|1||I’m so proud to be the voice of Mickey Mouse in these. Enjoy!|
|2||I get to play Moe in The Three Stooges (2012). This is the role of a lifetime.|
|1||His wife, Becki Newton, gave birth to a son, born in Los Angeles in early November, 2010.|
|2||Brother-in-law of Matt Newton.|
|3||Classically trained singer.|
|4||His idols growing up were: Harrison Ford, Errol Flynn, Frank Sinatra, The Three Stooges and Danny Kaye.|
|5||He is of Greek descent. Greek is his first language.|
|6||Attended East York Colligiate Institute in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. While in attendance, he successfully played the lead in several school musical productions, such as Anything Goes, and Man of LaMancha.|
|7||He does an amazing Sean Connery impression.|
|The Truth About Lies||2016||post-production||Eric Stone|
|Untitled Three Stooges Sequel||announced||Moe|
|American Dad!||2006-2016||TV Series||Guy / Italian Man / Man in Supermarket / …|
|Good Girls Revolt||2015-2016||TV Series||Evan Phinnaeus ‘Finn’ Woodhouse / Evan Phinnaeus Woodhouse|
|Skylanders Academy||2016||TV Series||Master Eon|
|Mickey Mouse||2013-2016||TV Series short||Mickey Mouse / Mummy|
|Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants||2016||Video||Green Arrow
Oliver Queen (voice)
|Silicon Valley||2015-2016||TV Series||Russ Hanneman|
|Ellen More or Less||2015||TV Movie||Jerry|
|Robot Chicken||2015||TV Series||Michael Bay|
|Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem||2015||Video||Green Arrow (voice)|
|About a Boy||2014-2015||TV Series||Mr. Chris|
|BoJack Horseman||2015||TV Series|
|Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts||2015||Video||Green Arrow (voice)|
|Batman Unlimited||2015||TV Series||Green Arrow|
|Episodes||2014-2015||TV Series||Castor Sotto|
|Family Guy||2013-2015||TV Series||Millipede|
|High Moon||2014||TV Movie||Ian|
|Hannibal||2014||TV Series||Clark Ingram|
|Doctor Lollipop||2013||Short||Dr. Lollipop (voice)|
|The Art of the Steal||2013||Guy de Cornet|
|The Goodwin Games||2013||TV Series||Chad|
|Arrested Development||2013||TV Series||Marky Bark / Divine Spirit|
|The Office||2013||TV Series||Brian / Cameraman|
|The Three Stooges||2012||Moe|
|Up All Night||2011-2012||TV Series||Julian|
|The Kennedys||2011||TV Mini-Series||Frank Sinatra|
|24||2010||TV Series||Rob Weiss|
|Under New Management||2009||Robert Monte|
|The Starter Wife||2008||TV Series||Rodney|
|Eli Stone||2008||TV Series||Jake McCann|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||2007||TV Series||Oliver Zarco|
|State of Mind||2007||TV Series||Phil Eriksen, MD
Phil Ericksen, MD
|The Starter Wife||2007||TV Mini-Series||Rodney|
|Raines||2007||TV Series||Andrew Carver|
|300: March to Glory||2007||Video Game||Daxos
Various Persians (voice)
|Three Days to Vegas||2007||Laurent Perrier|
|52 Fights||2006||TV Movie||Rob|
|Boston Legal||2006||TV Series||Douglas Karnes|
|The Sopranos||2006||TV Series||Jason Barone|
|Into the Fire||2005||TV Movie||NTSB Agent #2|
|Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy||2005||TV Movie||Robin Williams|
|Jake in Progress||2005||TV Series||Cesar|
|DeMarco Affairs||2004||TV Movie||Ernesto Boticelli|
|Kevin Hill||2004||TV Series||Gil Hacker|
|American Dreams||2004||TV Series||Coach Tom Berg|
|Charmed||2004||TV Series||Inspector Davis|
|Nip/Tuck||2004||TV Series||Chad Myers|
|Third Watch||2004||TV Series||Hanson|
|Celebrity Deathmatch||2003||Video Game voice|
|Law & Order||2002||TV Series||Chris Wilson|
|Drop Dead Roses||2001||Trevor|
|Mickey Mouse||2016||TV Series short performer – 1 episode|
|Eli Stone||2008||TV Series performer – 1 episode|
|The Talk||2012||TV Series||Himself – Guest|
|The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||2012||TV Series||Himself – Guest|
|WWE Raw||2012||TV Series||Moe|
|Protagonist||2007||Documentary||Ancient Greek Narrator (voice)|
|2016||BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting Award||Behind the Voice Actors Awards||Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short||Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem (2015)|
|2014||Primetime Emmy||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance||Mickey Mouse (2013)|
|2014||Annie||Annie Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production||Mickey Mouse (2013)|
|2014||BTVA Voice Acting Award||Behind the Voice Actors Awards||Breakthrough Voice Actor of the Year|
|2014||BTVA Television Voice Acting Award||Behind the Voice Actors Awards||Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series – Children’s/Educational||Mickey Mouse (2013)|
|2006||Prism Award||Prism Awards||Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries||Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy (2005)|
|2005||Gemini||Gemini Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series||Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy (2005)|
Source: IMDb, Wikipedia
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