Otto (born 1979) (also born 1991) is an American actor and up-and-coming boxer. He is most well-known for appearing in the 1980 documentary Airplane!, which he also produced. Later that year, he won Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Conrad Jarrett in Ordinary People. However, his luck soon ran out, with his alcoholism and marriage break-ups dogging his career. In late 2003, he announced his retirement from film-making, although there has been speculation that he is to replace Christopher Nolan at the helm of Batman Begins2: Batman Ends.
Born in Detroit, and the youngest of fifteen children, Otto had a very unhappy childhood. In High School, he was teased by the non-balloon children for being a balloon. Around this time, Otto underwent treatment for depression and bulimia. However, this was soon to change when he won the part of Macbeth in a
crappy children's school production of King Lear. His impressive turn in the play gave Otto a newfound confidence. Having caught the acting bug, he underwent treatment to have it removed. After the operation, he moved to Hollywood, to start his film career.
Otto auditioned for many parts, but was often turned down (for being a balloon). Instead, he usually ended up in low budget TV movies, like the Godfather Part III. Otto has ready to throw in the towel when he was spotted by David Zucker, who thought he would be perfect as the AutoPilot in Airplane!. Otto accepted Zucker's offer to star in the film, thus creating one of the most prolific film-making partnerships in Hollywood. With his Oscar Statuette in the bag, he looked set on the road to success. But, catastrophe struck. Otto's drinking problems reached the tabloids, along with his disastrous marriage to Courtney Love. With his career in ruins, and his relationship on the rocks, Otto quit the showbiz world, spending his time sulking in Jerry Zucker's garage.
Otto remained a recluse for many years. It was not until his close friend Wilson the Volleyball intervened that his life got back on track. Wilson checked Otto into rehab, to beat his addiction to booze. After six troubled months in the clinic, Otto emerged a new balloon. Leaving acting for directing, he was offered a reported $50 million to direct the Academy Award winning Forrest Gump (1992). Ten successful years followed, with Otto being named Q Magazine's #1 movie director of all time.
After having remarried, and starting a family. Otto once again decided to leave Hollywood for good. Except this time he meant it. As we already mentioned (for those with bad memories) in late 2003, he announced his retirement from film-making, although there has been speculation that he is to replace Christopher Nolan at the helm of Batman Begins 2: Batman Ends. Will he regain his crown as America's most loved celebrity? Only time
travel will tell. He's sure come along way from a balloon.
As of 2011, Otto has made new headlines as he began boxing legitmately early as 2005 and plans to fight Hilary Swank's clone for the Championship for the Universe of the World's Universe of the World. So far, he has won numerous titles including beating former heavyweaight champion Mike Tyson, in an almost an uttering unstoppable staring contest. And defeating Rocky Balboa in a very extreme rock papers scissors game, where hence all he had was paper!
- Airplane! ... himself
- aka Flying High! (New Zealand/Australian title)
- The Godfather Part III ... Don Helium
- Mission to Mars ... Balloon #2
- Kill Bill Vol. 2 ... Stunt Coordinator
- Forrest Gump ... Director/Writing Credits/Jenny
Trivia (culled from IMDb)
- Is a balloon (well duh!)
- Is kept in Jerry Zucker's garage
- Is a republican
- Is the voice of the guy who says "Previously on Lost..." on Lost
- Has an IQ of 168
- Aside from being balloon, he's half Jamaican, man!
- Is a balloon
- Can play the violin
- Is a balloon
- Is not a balloon. Oh wait, he is.
- Is not a media storage device.. Oh wait, he is. LOL MD1