Debbie DeLisi

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CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materThe College of St. Scholastica in Duluth
  • Actress
  • Casting Director
  • Writer
  • Producer
Years active1990-present
Spouse(s)Adam DeLisi

Debbie DeLisi is an actress, casting director, writer/director, and producer. She has worked alongside directors such as the Coen Brothers, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Noah Baumbach and Robert Altman.[1]

DeLisi is best known for helping discover Academy Award nominee Barkhad Abdi in Captain Phillips (2013), who chose her to accompany him at the Golden Globes.[2]

She has also worked in casting departments in movies such as True Grit (2010)[3], Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)[4], Ready Player One (2018)[5], Uncut Gems (2019) and Marriage Story (2019).[6]


DeLisi began acting after graduating from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. She then began working in both acting and casting in Minneapolis, Chicago, New York City and Los Angeles.

After graduating from William Esper Studio, studying with the late Bill Esper, Debbie had her Off Broadway theatrical debut in the Academy Award winner Alan Ball's Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.

In 2015 DeLisi debuted her film, The Re-Gift at the Duluth-Superior Film Festival. It played at festivals such as The Big Apple Film Festival, North Hollywood Film Festival, and Hill Country Film Festival in Fredericksburg, TX. She co-wrote, co-directed, produced and acted in a "...a wildly energetic comedic short with a surprisingly diverse group of talent."[7]

Personal life

DeLisi's partner is Adam DeLisi, a musician and co-casting director.


Selected television credits
Year Title Notes
2018 Escape at Dannemora
2015 Secret Space Escapes
2013 Mike and Corey in LaLa Land
2013 I Hate My Yard
2011 Design on a Dime
2010 I Hate My Kitchen
Selected film credits
Year Title Notes
2019 Uncut Gems
2019 Marriage Story
2018 Compliance
2018 Ready Player One
2017 Suburbicon
2017 Lady Bird
2014 Birdman
2013 Captain Phillips
2013 Inside Llewyn Davis
2010 True Grit
2006 A Prairie Home Companion


  1. "ABOUT | DeLisi Creative". Retrieved 2021-10-13.
  2. Administrator |, superiortelegram. "Golden touch for casting lands at Globes". Superior Telegram. Retrieved 2021-10-13.
  3. "Thousand Oaks teen Hailee Steinfeld earns nods for big role in 'True Grit'". Daily News. 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2021-10-13.
  4. Thompson, Anne; Thompson, Anne (2013-12-11). "'Inside Llewyn Davis' Secrets and a New Coens Movie Revealed: Q & A (VIDEO)". IndieWire. Retrieved 2021-10-13.
  5. "Steven Spielberg's 'Ready Player One' Open Casting Call for Lead Roles". Project Casting. 2016-01-17. Retrieved 2021-10-13.
  6. "Debbie DeLisi". IMDb. Retrieved 2021-10-13.
  7. "The North Hollywood CineFest 2015: April 10-16". Retrieved 2021-10-13.

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