Toby Radloff

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Toby Radloff
Born (1957-12-12) December 12, 1957 (age 61)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationFilm actor

Toby Radloff (born December 12, 1957) is a former file clerk who became a minor celebrity owing to his appearances in Cleveland writer Harvey Pekar's autobiographical comic book American Splendor.

Radloff has a distinctive manner of speech and quirky mannerisms, he is a self-proclaimed "Genuine Nerd," and is proud of it. He publicly came out as gay after the release of the American Splendor film in 2003.[1]

Radloff met Pekar in 1980 when Radloff was hired at the VA Hospital, and soon became a recurring character in American Splendor. Radloff starred in such stories as "Lentils and Lent" (illustrated by Sean Carroll), "Double Feature Part 1: Footloose, Starring Toby Radloff" and "Double Feature Part 2: Revenge of the Nerds", (both illustrated by Bill Knapp), "Toby Saves the Day," (illustrated by Ed Wesolowski), and "Hollywood Reporter" and "Reduction" (both illustrated by Josh Neufeld).[2]

In the 2003 film American Splendor, the adaptation of Pekar's comic, Radloff is played by Judah Friedlander, and also appears as himself in the documentary sections of the film.[3]

On August 3, 2006, Radloff tried out to be the next "Wack Packer" on The Howard Stern Show, but lost in the finals because Stern and crew felt that he was too famous.[4][5]

As of 2016 Radloff was hosting "Cheapskate Theater", produced by filmmaker Wayne Alan Harold, the creator of Radloff's original MTV segments; the first installment's movie was the science-fiction horror classic Attack of the Giant Leeches.

Comic book appearances[edit]

Source: [6]
All stories written by Harvey Pekar.

  • [untitled cover], American Splendor #9 (Harvey Pekar, 1984) — art by Sean Carroll
  • "Advertising," American Splendor #9 (Harvey Pekar, 1984) — art by Sean Carroll
  • "Who Are You Kidding?," American Splendor #9 (Harvey Pekar, 1984) — art by Sean Carroll
  • "History Repeats Itself," American Splendor #9 (Harvey Pekar, 1984) — art by Sean Carroll
  • "Lentils And Lent," American Splendor #9 (Harvey Pekar, 1984) — art by Sean Carroll
  • "Double Feature part 1: Footloose," American Splendor #10 (Harvey Pekar, 1985) — art by Bill Knapp
  • "Double Feature part 2: Revenge Of The Nerds," American Splendor #10 (Harvey Pekar, 1985) — art by Bill Knapp
  • "Higher Education," American Splendor #11 (Harvey Pekar, 1986) — art by Val Mayerik
  • ["Hiya Toby" — back cover], American Splendor #11 (Harvey Pekar, 1986) — art by Greg Budgett and Gary Dumm
  • "Blue Angels," American Splendor #12 (Harvey Pekar, 1987) — art by Ed Wesolowski
  • "Hysteria," American Splendor #12 (Harvey Pekar, 1987) — art by Val Mayerik and James Sherman
  • "Say No to Drugs," American Splendor #13 (Harvey Pekar, 1988) — art by Ed Wesolowski
  • ["I saw that article on ya in the Plain Dealer, Toby" — back cover], American Splendor #13 (Harvey Pekar, 1988) — art by Greg Budgett and Gary Dumm
  • "Typing," American Splendor #14 (Harvey Pekar, 1989) — art by Ed Wesolowski
  • "Toby Saves The Day," American Splendor #15 (Harvey Pekar, 1990) — art by Ed Wesolowski
  • "Wounded In Action," American Splendor #15 (Harvey Pekar, 1990) — art by Spain
  • "Serial / Cereal," American Splendor #16 (Harvey Pekar, 1991) — art by Carole Sobocinski
  • The Holy Roman Empire was Neither Holy nor Roman nor Empire," American Splendor #16 (Harvey Pekar, 1991) — art by Joe Zabel and Gary Dumm
  • "Self Justification or Anticipating the Critics," American Splendor #16 (Harvey Pekar, 1991) — art by Frank Stack
  • "The Last Word In Answers," American Splendor #17 (Dark Horse, 1993) — art by Carole Sobocinski
  • "A Step... Out of the Nest," American Splendor Special: A Step Out of the Nest (Dark Horse, August 1994) — art by Joe Zabel and Gary Dumm & John Stats
  • "Breakfast at Billy's," Dark Horse Presents #100-3 (Dark Horse, August 1995) — art by Joe Sacco
  • "Flight To Chicago," American Splendor: Windfall #1 (Dark Horse, September 1995) — art by Joe Zabel and Gary Dumm
  • "Waiting For a Jump," American Splendor: Our Movie Year (Random House, December 2004) — art by Gerry Shamray
  • "Hollywood Reporter," American Splendor: Our Movie Year (Random House, December 2004) — art by Josh Neufeld
  • "Reduction," Best of American Splendor (Random House, 2005) — art by Josh Neufeld

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dennis Hensley (September 3, 2003). "Revenge of the nerd". The Advocate. pp. 53–54.
  2. ^ "Harvey Pekar's Artists," Josh Neufeld Comix & Stories. Accessed June 6, 2014.
  3. ^ Mitchell, Elvis (August 15, 2003). "American Splendor (2003) FILM REVIEW; A Comics Guy, Outside the Box". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Panasci, Thomas; Kaplan, Jason (2006-08-03). "The Next Wack Packer". HowardStern.com. Retrieved 2010-02-06.
  5. ^ Mercer, Mark (2006-08-03). "Thursday, August 3, 2006". Marksfriggin. Retrieved 2010-02-06.
  6. ^ "Toby Radloff" search, Grand Comics Database. Accessed July 31, 2019.

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