Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Todd Louiso was raised in an artistic environment. His father was a dancer and choreographer and his mother, Suzanne Kitei, was a singer and now produces TV commercials. Louiso began cultivating his own creative talents when he appeared in his fourth grade¹s production of Don Quixote.
Louiso attended the Cincinnati School for Performing Arts from the fourth to the twelfth grades. After a brief stint at New York University's drama school, he transferred to NYU's film school. During this time he served as an intern on NBC¹s Saturday Night Live in the Film Unit, (where the commercial parodies are produced) and directed two short films (not for SNL). He graduated in 1992 with a BFA.
His next job was with Academy Award-winning director Robert Benton, working on the feature Billy Bathgate, starring Dustin Hoffman, Nicole Kidman and Bruce Willis. Louiso formed a friendship with the film's screenwriter, Tom Stoppard, which led him to directed a short film adaptation of Tom Stoppard's The Fifteen Minute Hamlet, a frenetic, farcical tribute to Hamlet. The film starred Austin Pendleton, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Louiso as Ophelia. The film screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the Aspen Comedy Festival, and the New York Comedy Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Short. It can currently be seen on Bravo and the Independent Film Channel.
In between the adaptation and actual making of that film, Louiso moved to Los Angeles to launch his film and television acting career. He began with James L. Brooks' series Phenom, on which he portrayed the character Brian. He subsequently appeared in the features Scent of a Woman, Apollo 13, The Rock and Jerry Maguire.
In 1997, he landed a starring role in the comedy 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag. Louiso played Charlie's roommate Steve, the squeamish medical resident whose life is turned upside down and inside out.
He began the millennium off with Stephen Frears' High Fidelity (2000) starring John Cusack.
High Fidelity (2000)
A Cool, Dry Place (1998)
8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997)
Jerry Maguire (1996)
The Rock (1996)
Apollo 13 (1995)
The Fifteen Minute Hamlet (1995)
Scent of a Woman (1992)
Billy Bathgate (1991)
Seasonal Differences (1987)