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Chad Allen
Born Chad Allen Lazzari
June 5, 1974 (1974-06-05) (age 35)
Cerritos, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981 – present

Chad Allen (born June 5, 1974) is an American actor. Performing since he was a child, Allen is perhaps best known for appearing on the television series Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman from 1993 to 1998.[1]


Early career

A young Allen guest-starred on several prime time series including St. Elsewhere, in which he played autistic child Tommy Westphall[2] from 1983 to 1988. Notably, the series' final episode "The Last One" ends with the indication that all of its storylines occurred within Westphall's imagination.[3] In 1983, he appeared in the show 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," who was played by Alec Baldwin. "I thought it was the greatest job I had ever gotten," Chad reminisced years later. [4] Allen's first regular role was as David Witherspoon on the 1986 series Our House, which co-starred a pre-Beverly Hills, 90210 Shannen Doherty, Wilford Brimley and Days of our Lives' Emmy-nominated Deidre Hall. That series ended in 1988. In 1989 and 1990 he had a recurrent role as Zach in My Two Dads. Allen's next contract role was Matthew Cooper in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman alongside Jane Seymour in 1993. Dr. Quinn ended in 1998, and Allen did not return for its two sequel television movies, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Movie (1999) and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within (2000).

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.[5][6] The photos had been sold to the paper by Allen's then-boyfriend.[7] Allen has since become an activist for the LGBT community in addition to his continuing acting and producing career.[1] On January 17, 2006, Allen appeared on CNN's Larry King Live with San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom to represent the gay viewpoint in a debate over same-sex marriage. Allen thanked Newsom for his attempts to legalize same-sex marriage in the city.[8] Allen has been featured in The Advocate magazine multiple times[1][5][9][10] and has appeared on three of its covers.[11][12][13]

Further career

Starting with 2005's Third Man Out, Allen portrays lead character 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. Third Man Out's 2006 sequel Shock to the System was followed by both On the Other Hand, Death and Ice Blues in 2008. Allen noted that Strachey is the first gay character he had ever played outside of theater, and that though his career was "different" since coming out, he finds it "more interesting and fun for me than it has ever been."[9]

Controversy surrounded Allen's casting as real-life Christian missionary Nate Saint in the 2006 docudrama film End of the Spear, as some conservative Christians lashed out at producers for putting an openly gay man in the role.[10][14]

In 2007 Allen starred in the film Save Me opposite Daytime Emmy-winner Judith Light and Robert Gant.[15] Developed and produced by Allen himself, the film was directed by Robert Clary and written by Light's husband Robert Desiderio, based on a screenplay by Craig Chester.[1] 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.

Allen appeared alongside Valerie Harper from June through August 2008 in Looped, a stage 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 four episodes of the prime time SOAPnet serial General Hospital: Night Shift, a spin-off of the ABC Daytime soap opera General Hospital.[6][16][17]

Personal life

Allen was born Chad Allen Lazzari in Cerritos, California and grew up in Artesia. He has a twin sister named Charity.

In a September 2008 interview with, Allen noted that he was currently in a three-year relationship and had been sober for eight years.[6] In October 2008, noted his boyfriend to be actor Jeremy Glazer.[18]

Allen attended St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California.


Year Film Role Notes
1981 Simon & Simon Boy Episode: 'A Recipe for Disaster'
1983 St. Elsewhere Tommy Westphall Appeared in 11 episodes, 1983-1988
1984 Airwolf Ho Minh Truong Episode: 'Daddy's Gone a Hunt'n'
Still the Beaver Doug Williams Episodes: 'Dear Pen Pal II' & 'Girl Talk'
1985 Matt Houston Patrick Episode: 'The Nightmare Man'
Not My Kid Bobby
Bad Seed (1985 film) Mark Daigler
Hotel Bobby Cowley TV Series; Episode: 'Sleeping Dogs'
A Death in California Glenn
Code of Vengeance A.J. Flowers Episode: 'Code of Vengeance'
Webster Rob Whitaker TV Series; Appeared in 4 episodes, 1985-1986
Punky Brewster Conrad/Brian Played Conrad in the 1985 episode 'My Aged Valentine & played Brian in the 1988 episode 'The Dilemma'
1986 Happy New Year, Charlie Brown! Charlie Brown Voice
Help Wanted: Kids Coop
TerrorVision Sherman Putterman
Our House David Witherspoon TV Series; Appeared in 46 episodes, 1986-1988
1987 Tales from the Darkside Sandy Episode: 'The Milkman Cometh'
1988 Straight Up Ben TV Series
Highway to Heaven Ricky Diller Episode: 'The Whole Nine Yards'
Hunter Danny Sanderson TV Series; Episode: 'Heir of Neglect'
1989 My Two Dads Zach Nichols Appeared in 21 episodes, 1989-1990
1990 Camp Cucamonga Frankie Calloway
Star Trek: The Next Generation Jono Episode: 'Suddenly Human'
1991 The Wonder Years Brad Patterson Episode: 'The Yearbook'
Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story William Flynn
1992 ABC Weekend Special Sean Episode: 'Choose Your Own Adventure: The Case of the Silk King'
1993 Praying Mantis (film) Bobby McAndrews
In the Heat of the Night Matt Skinner TV Series; Episode: 'Every Man's Family'
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Matthew Cooper Appeared in 147 episodes, 1993-1998
1998 The Love Boat: The Next Wave Pete Dougherty Episode: 'How Long Has This Been Going On?'
1999 Total Recall 2070 Eddie Miller Episode: 'First Wave'
NYPD Blue Tommy Ibarra/Kyle Tanner Played Tommy in the 1999 episode 'Show & Tell' & played Kyle in the 2004 episode 'Bale Out'
2000 We Married Margo Margo's Brother Oliver
2001 What Matters Most Lucas Warner
A Mother's Testimony Kenny Carlson
Do You Wanna Know a Secret? Brad Adams/Bradley Clayton
2002 Sexy (film) Voice 1
Getting Out (film) Steve
2003 Paris (2003 film) Jason Bartok
2004 Downtown: A Street Tale Hunter
2005 Cold Case Monty Fineman 1985 Episode: 'Kensington'
Third Man Out Donald Strachey
Charmed Emrick Episode: 'Hulkus Pocus'
End of the Spear Nate Saint/Steve Saint
2006 The Pool 2 Mark Casati
Criminal Minds Jackson Cally Episode: 'The Tribe'
Shock to the System Donald Strachey
2007 Save Me Mark
Terra Terrian Scientist Voice
2008 On the Other Hand, Death Donald Strachey
Ice Blues Donald Strachey
CSI: Miami Barry/Stan Carlyle Episode: 'Bombshell'
General Hospital: Night Shift Eric Whitlow Appeared in 5 episodes, 2008
2009 Hollywood, je t'aime Ross
Fright Flick Brock
The Cleansing (film) Cade In Production
2010 For Better or for Worse (2010 film) Post-Production


  1. ^ a b c d Vary, Adam B."His grown-up Christmas list." The Advocate Issue 903. November 25, 2003.
  2. ^ Stacy, Tom (October 25, 2008). "Pride and Prejudice". Soap Opera Digest (Vol. 33, No. 44): pages 50-52. 
  3. ^ "Classic Series Finales: St. Elsewhere". Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  4. ^ When I Knew ((2005), ISBN 0060571462 - page 112
  5. ^ a b Vilanch, Bruce. "Chad Allen: His own story." The Advocate Issue 848, October 9, 2001.
  6. ^ a b c Branco, Nelson. "Allen's Anatomy." Retrieved September 29, 2008.
  7. ^ Chawla, Sarika. "True Detective." IN Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved April 20, 2008.
  8. ^ "Debate Over Gay Marriage," Larry King Live transcript. January 17, 2006
  9. ^ a b Vary, Adam B. "Chad's on the case." The Advocate. Issue 945, August 30, 2005.
  10. ^ a b Schwartzapfel, Beth. "Chad Allen's not sorry." The Advocate. Issue 958, March 14, 2006.
  11. ^ The Advocate Issue 848 cover October 9, 2001.
  12. ^ The Advocate Issue 945 cover August 30, 2005
  13. ^ The Advocate Issue 903 cover November 25, 2003.
  14. ^ Moring, Mark. "Christian Studio Explains Hiring of Gay Actor." January 26, 2006.
  15. ^ Save Me (2007) official site Retrieved September 30, 2008.
  16. ^ Coleridge, Daniel R. "Night Shift: Meet Kyle's New BF!" August 20, 2008.
  17. '^ Mitovich, Matt (August 20, 2008). "Romance Prescribed for GH: Night Shifts Gay Kyle". TV Guide. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  18. ^ Hartinger, Brent (October 19, 2008). "Gay Celebrity Boyfriends!". Retrieved November 29, 2008. 

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