David Paladino’s unique life-story was featured on Ira Glass’ radio show, This American Life. Born in Chicago, IL., Paladino’s family moved to Los Angeles when he was twelve. He went on to play football and graduate from the University of San Diego with a business degree. Shortly after graduating, Paladino started a job in Los Angeles doing accounting while starting to pursue his lifelong dream and love for acting. He later left his day job to pursue acting full-time.
Paladino has won and been nominated for several awards as an actor, playwright and producer. Among some of his achievements is an Ovation Award (Los Angeles’ Tony Award) Winner Best Lead Actor for his role in Athol Fugard’s ‘The Island’. Paladino has also received an NAACP Nomination and an LA Weekly Award for his stage work.
David studied acting with Milton Katselas at The Beverly Hills Playhouse and teaches at The Acting Center in Hollywood.