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Is Max Burkholder Autistic?

Jan 8, 2024 @ 5:41 EST
Is Max Burkholder Autistic?

Many fans are curious to know if Max Burkholder is autistic as he played the role of Max Braverman, who has Asperger syndrome, in NBC's Parenthood. Well, he does not have any form of autism in real life.

Max Burkholder is an American actor best known for his role as Max Braverman in the NBC comedy series, Parenthood. Before that, he was known as a voice actor for his role as Chomper in The Land Before Time, Roo in My Friends Tigger & Pooh, and World in the television movie, Destination: Imagination of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.

If you're not aware, Max Burkholder plays the role of Max Braverman, who has Asperger syndrome, a mild form of autism. Since then, many viewers have been curious to know if the actor is really Autistic. Well, let's find out.

Previously, we discussed the stories of Liz Cheney and Billie Joe.

Max Burkholder Is Not Autistic in Real Life!

When NBC's Parenthood first debuted, viewers quickly discovered that Max Braverman played by Max Burkholder (@maxwolfburkholder) has Asperger's syndrome. Since then, autism has become a key theme in practically every episode of the drama, which follows three generations of a California family. But to let you know, the Max actor is not really Autistic like his character.

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Asperger's syndrome is a type of high-functioning autism. It is a developmental condition with a wide range of symptoms. Many specific symptoms change from person to person with Asperger's. Some of the most common symptoms include difficulties with communication and social engagement. In addition to recurrent behaviors and obsessive interests.

According to Max Burkholder, he was 10 or 11 years old when he got the role but had no idea about Asperger's. At the time, he stated, "In the beginning ... I would meet with a doctor who specializes in working with children with Asperger's as well as the director of the next episode and we'd talk about what Max should be doing, how he'd react in certain situations, things like that."

As we know, Max Burkholder's role is a very intelligent character. Unless he is frustrated, he rarely looks others in the eyes or expresses emotion. He speaks bluntly and matter-of-factly, but his remarks may be amusing — even cringe-worthy — because they are so honest and unfettered.

Monica Potter, who plays his mother, has previously expressed her admiration for working with Burkholder. She stated, "Working with Max is one of the greatest things about coming to work. Wicked smart, extremely talented and beyond hilarious. Everyone should be so lucky to get to work with genius like him."

Likely, Matt Asner, executive director of Autism Speaks, also stated in Southern California that Burkholder's effort on the show sends a positive message to everyone. Many people are unaware of what autism is, "and so they're getting this message from him on a weekly basis and what his family has to deal with (because of) the disorder. It's amazing. Knowledge is power."

Take a Look at Max Burkholder’s Career!

As everyone is aware, Max Burkholder has made appearances as both young Mitch on Crumbs and Max Braverman on Parenthood. But he has also appeared as a guest star on an episode of CSI: Miami, Death Pool 100, and an episode of CSI: NY. In addition, he voiced Samsquatch in Random! Cartoons and Billy in one episode of The Suite Life of Zack & Cody on Disney.

The 27-year-old actor has also appeared in the television shows, In Treatment and Love for Rent, and he played Duncan in Grey's Anatomy's Brave New World episode. Furthermore, he also played a toddler at an airport in an episode of The O.C.

Max Burkholder is well known for portraying Max Braverman in Parenthood. netflixdeed.comMax Burkholder is well known for portraying Max Braverman in Parenthood.
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Likely, Max Burkholder has also provided his voice for several productions. He played Chomper in The Land Before Time, a television series based on the film series of the same name. He also provided the voice of Roo on My Friends Tigger & Pooh (taking over the part from Jimmy Bennett) and portrayed World as the imaginary friend inside a toybox in the film, Destination: Imagination in 2008 based on Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.

For Burkholder's part on Parenthood, executive producer Jason Katims stated that consultant Wayne Tashjian, a behavioral psychologist, read the screenplay and consulted with Burkholder and his mother regarding the scenes featuring the character of Max. The actor and his mother then acted out the scenes on their own. To assure accuracy in special situations, the production hired a second consultant.

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