Jul 27, 2017

Perry Anzilotti: From Usher to Marijuana Chef

The other day on the treadmill at the gym, I saw an episode of Seinfeld from 1993, "The Movie," in which the gang goes to the movies, and is  beset upon by ticket lines, multiple theaters, saving seats, and indominable ushers.  It's notable for one of Seinfeld's few homophobic scenes, and for one of the ushers, an amazingly cute short guy -- of course, all short guys are cute, but this one was jaw-dropping.

So I looked him up: Born in Chicago in 1959, Perry Anzilotti has been on screen since 1989, in sitcoms including Dear John, Wings, Married..with Children, The Office, and Modern Family, and in movies including Angus (1995) and Bean (1997).He played a lot of Italian guys named Vito,  and he was the Snackwell "Cookie Man" mascot.

He had a starring role in Sydney (1990), as the younger brother of a small-town detective, but it only lasted for 13 episodes.

His longest-running role was the anaesthesiologist Perry on ER: 22 episodes, 1994 to 2009

Perry also wrote and directed the short film Summer Sex (2006), and produced Old Maid (2005), about "a dyke who takes her weekly card game way too seriously."  I haven't been able to find out much about it, but one hopes that it's not homophobic.

Today Perry Anzilotti has retired from acting and runs a snack company called PerryWinkles: cookies, crackers, cereal, and such infused with marijuana.  Part of the proceeds go to Realm of Caring, a non-profit organization dedicated to researching marijuana as a treatment for some types of epilepsy.

He has also published a book of  recipes, and appeared on Wake and Bake, a youtube program about cooking with marijuana.

He's probably gay.

1. No wife mentioned.
2. One of his tweets invites a friend to "look at the studs."
3. On the logo for his Wake and Bake appearance, notice what he's dreaming of.

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