Chad Allen
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Chad Allen Lazzari (born June 5, 1974 in Cerritos, California, U.S.) is an American actor. Performing since he was a child, Allen has a twin sister named Charity.

Personal life

In 1996 at age 21, Allen was outed as gay in US tabloids after a man he was seeing sold photos of the couple kissing in a swimming pool at a party. [1] He has since become an activist for the LGBT community in addition to his continuing acting and producing career. Allen has been featured in The Advocate magazine multiple times and has appeared on its cover.

Gay roles

Allen portrayed lead character Donald Strachey, a gay private detective in a monogamous relationship, in the 2005 here! television movie Third Man Out and its 2006 sequel, Shock to the System. Both films are adaptations of novels by author Richard Stevenson. Allen noted that it was 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." [2]

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. [3]


  1. "Chad Allen: His own story" - The Advocate 9 October 2001
  2. "Chad's on the case" - The Advocate 30 August 2005
  3. "Chad Allen's not sorry" ~ The Advocate 14 March 2006