Nurturing, with an explosive temper and an encyclopedic knowledge of music, Julie is the Head of A&R at American Century, who struggles to stay hip and relevant in the young man’s game of rock ‘n roll.
Apart from HBO's Vinyl, Max Casella recently starred in the dark comedy film Applesauce, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. He was most recently seen on the big screen in Wild Card opposite Sofia Vergara and Jason Statham, Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly, Spike Lee's Oldboy, John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo and in Killer Films' The Last Robin Hood, playing legendary film director Stanley Kubrick.
On television, Casella played Benny Fazio for five seasons of HBO's The Sopranos and Leo D'Alessio in Boardwalk Empire.
On stage, Casella played Bottom in Julie Taymor's critically-acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream at Theater for a New Audience. The production was filmed for theatrical release by Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto. He recently appeared on Broadway in Relatively Speaking, a collection of three one-act comedies directed by John Turturro, in which he appeared in Ethan Coen's Talking Cure and Woody Allen's Honeymoon Hotel. Casella has often collaborated with writer/director/actor John Turturro; in 2008 he played Clov to Turturro's Hamm in a critically-acclaimed production of Samuel Beckett's Endgame at BAM, as well as co-adapted Italo Calvino's Fiabe Italiane with Turturro, which toured Italy in 2010. He also played multiple roles in Turturro’s music documentary Passione. He made his Broadway debut as Timon in the original cast of the Tony Award-winning musical The Lion King, for which he received a Theatre World award for Outstanding Broadway Debut and a Drama Desk nomination.