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Craig Ward Anton (born August 28, 1962) is an American actor and comedian. Anton is most notable for being one of the original cast of comedians on sketch comedy television series MADtv and for his role as Lloyd Diffy in the Disney Channel Original Series Phil of the Future.

Early life and career

Anton, eldest son of Antoinette and Arthur Anton, was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He has a younger brother, Brian and two sisters, Toni and Megan. Anton graduated from Omaha Burke High School in 1980.

He attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney and graduated in 1984. Anton began his career as a college circuit comedian in the 1980s. In 1984 he traveled the Mediterranean and Middle East as part of an all-comedy USO tour, spending two months in Turkey, Greece, Bahrain, Italy, Israel and Spain entertaining troops. In 1985, he was named Showtime's Funniest Person in Nebraska.

In the late 1980s, Anton moved to New York City and pursued some acting opportunities. Seeing there were more open fields in Los Angeles, he moved there.

Personal life

As of March 2006, Anton is currently living in Los Angeles, California with his wife Lesley Anton and two children, Ruby and Delphine.

Recent career

Anton guest starred on ABC's television drama series Boston Legal as Ray Richardson in the episode "Word Salad Days" on March 28, 2006. Anton made a guest appearance in HBO's television comedy series Entourage on July 23, 2006 in the episode "Strange Days".

Anton was in the movie Careless in 2007. 2 kids Delphine and Ruby Anton (nonactors) attending NWCMS

In 2010, Anton played the role of James Gilmore in The Mother of Invention.

Anton is a member of comedy group 2 Headed Dog with comedians Jim Turner, Mark Fite, and Dave (Gruber) Allen.

MADtv

During his three year tenure, Anton received limited screen time on the show. He primarily did a stand-up segment during some episodes. Aside from his stand-up routine, Anton was often cast as an extra or supporting character. Anton's most enduring character was Clorox from the "Star Trek: Deep Stain Nine" sketches. Clorox was supposed to be the main nemesis of the sketch and he was loosely based on Q from the Star Trek series. Anton also impersonated Dennis Miller and Nate Richert. Anton left MADtv in 1998, at the end of the third season.

Other television projects

Since leaving MADtv, Anton developed an extensive resume on television. He co-starred in several television series, including shows like The Army Show (1998), Random Play (1999) and Primetime Glick (2001). In the late 1990s, Anton guest star television series credits included Mr. Show with Bob and David (1995); Expert Truck Singer and Coach (1996). During the 2000s, Anton appeared in shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000); The King of Queens (2001, 2005); Ally McBeal (2001); Lizzie McGuire (2001); Everybody Loves Raymond (2002) and Weekends at the D.L. (2005). Anton has also appeared on shows like Premium Blend (1997) and Late Friday (2001) where he performed his stand-up routine.

Phil of the Future

In Phil of the Future Anton plays Lloyd Diffy, a father and a paranoid engineer trying to fix a broken time machine. Lloyd's main goal is to find a way so that he and his family can return to their home in the year 2121 from the year 2004, in which they find themselves stranded. In addition, Lloyd is a lover of older music and he works at a hardware store. He is also very paranoid about the government figuring out he and his family are from the future.

Television segments

Anton has also promoted the show in other mediums. He had also appeared on the Disney Channel's Express Yourself segments alongside other members of the Phil of the Future cast.

Film projects

Anton has appeared in many films. His film credits include Mail Bonding (1995), Deliver Us From Eva (2003), The Goldfish (2003) and Run Ronnie Run (2002). In 2005 he was in, D-WAR, in which he played a doctor. His most recent film is the 2010 film The Mother of Invention.

Voice acting projects

In 2004, Anton starred in the animated series Tom Goes to the Mayor. He provided the voice (and body) of one of the three city council members.

Tomorrow Show

Along with comedians Ron Lynch and Brendon Small, Craig hosts the Tomorrow Show, a weekly live comedy show at the Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles, California.

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Careless Officer Bill
2005 D-WAR Dr. Austin
2003 Deliver Us From Eva Theo Wilson
The Goldfish Duncan Poole
2002 Run Ronnie Run Hollywood Agent
1995 Mail Bonding Poet

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2010 True Jackson VP Snackleberry Junction Chef
2004 - 2006 Phil of the Future Lloyd Diffy
2006 The Office Craig Regional Manager, Dunder-Mifflin Albany
2005 Weekends at the DL Winston Sicklebee
2003 Lucky Unknown
2002 Live From Baghdad American Hostage #2
2002 Everybody Loves Raymond Neil
2001-2005 The King of Queens Neal Berger / Mitch
2001 Primetime Glick Various Characters
Ally McBeal Roger Clayton
Late Friday Himself
Lizzie McGuire Mr. Pettus
2000 Curb Your Enthusiasm Craig
1999 Random Play Various Roles
1998 The Army Show Lt. Branford Handy
Driven to Drink The Bartender
1996 Coach Brian
1995 - 1998 MADtv Various Characters Sketch Comedy
First Time Out Nathan

Voice acting and video game appearances

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Tom Goes to the Mayor City Council Member/Various TV Series
1995 Mr. Show with Bob and David Expert Truck TV Series

Awards and nominations

Anton was nominated for the National Association for Campus Activities Campus Entertainer of the Year award three times.

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