KATO KAELIN Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Kato Kaelin                                                                             
Birth name: Brian Kaelin                                                                     
Born: 9 March 1959 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States                                       
Brian "Kato" Kaelin (born March 9, 1959) is the one-time house guest of O.J.                 
Simpson who became peripherally involved in the 1994-95 O.J. Simpson murder case             
and subsequent trial. At the time of the trial, he was an aspiring actor.                     
Kaelin graduated from Nicolet High School in Glendale, Milwaukee County,                     
Wisconsin in 1977. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and                   
subsequently moved to Los Angeles, California, to pursue a career in baseball.               
He was married to Cynthia Coulter from 1983 to 1989; they have one child.                     
He was nicknamed "Kato" as a child after the character played by Bruce Lee in                 
the television series, The Green Hornet.                                                     
Kaelin came to notice for his role as a minor witness in the trial of O.J.                   
Simpson for the murder of Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend               
Ronald Goldman. In 1994, Kaelin was staying in a guest house on the Simpson                   
property, and was present at the compound on the night of June 12, witnessing                 
some of Simpson's movements before and after the time of the murders. Kaelin's               
story seemed to contradict Simpson's version of the events on some key points.               
However, his rambling and inconsistent testimony over four days of the 1995                   
criminal trial made him a less-than-ideal witness for the prosecution.                       
Prosecutor Marcia Clark had him declared a hostile witness. Kaelin also                       
testified at the 1996 civil trial against Simpson.                                           
As one of the more colorful figures in the Simpson case cast of characters,                   
Kaelin received considerable media attention. He was the subject of jokes by TV               
comedians, who made fun of his spaced-out surf bum persona, lack of employment,               
and parasitic habits. One popular joke held that he was proof that Gilligan and               
Ginger Grant of Gilligan's Island had actually had children.                                 
In 1989, Kato starred in a low budget crime movie Night Shadow. He also had a                 
minor role in National Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2. For a short time in 1995 he worked             
as a radio talk host on KLSX in Los Angeles, and also provided online content                 
for National Lampoon. In 1998, Kaelin went on a speaking tour billed as the The               
Sixteenth Minute, talking about life after his fifteen minutes of fame.                       
Kaelin participated in the development of a 2004 reality show called House Guest             
where he would live in the homes of other (minor) celebrities. The show never                 
In 2005, Kaelin appeared in the first three National Lampoon's Strip Poker pay-per-view       
programs (Kaelin is an avid poker player). The titles were filmed at the                     
notorious Hedonism II, a naturist resort in Negril, Jamaica, which led Kaelin to             
quip, "The first few days there were the hardest!" The Playboy bunnies, WWE                   
Divas, and pin-up models competing in the no limit Texas hold 'em games - upon               
losing all their chips and clothes - had to dive into the "Pool of Shame" and                 
visit "Kato's Guesthouse," where Kato would interview the nude defeated players.             
Kato also appeared in numerous comedic skits.                                                 
In June 2005, Kato Kaelin began to host National Lampoon's Eye for an Eye, a                 
daytime TV court show that is in syndication in 34 countries.                                 
Kaelin is a recurring guest on the video game review show X-Play. He has also                 
appeared periodically as a guest co-host for Confessions Live, a syndicated call-in           
talk show that was produced in Arkansas.                                                     
He was seen on an episode of the E! reality series Sunset Tan, asking                         
specifically for a "farmer's tan".