Allan Joseph Kayser II was born on 18 December 1963, in Littleton, Colorado, USA, and is an actor, probably best known for his work in the television sitcom “Mama’s Family” in which he starred for its entire run. He was a teen idol during the 1980s, working on both television and film projects.
The Riches of Allan Kayser
As of early-2020, Allan Kayser has a net worth estimated to be over $1.5 million, earned through success in the entertainment industry.
While he is recognized more for his work in the 1980s, he continued to gain consistent acting work up to the early-2010s.
Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
Allan grew up in Littleton, and from a young age, he was determined to find success as an actor. He attended Columbine High School which is a public school serving the Denver Metropolitan Area. He was a student of the school long before the historic 1999 massacre which caused the deaths of 13 people in one of the deadliest school shootings in US history.
After matriculating from high school, he moved to Los Angeles, California intending to find acting projects. He eventually succeeded, and gained his first project in 1985 in the film “Hot Chili”, playing the character Jason – the comedy film also starred Joe Rubbo and Taaffe O’Connell, and was directed by William Sachs, but gained generally negative reviews. The following year he was cast in “Night of the Creeps”, the directing debut of Fred Dekker who would later help create “RoboCop 3”, and starred Jason Lively and Jill Whitlow.
The film is a homage to the B movie genre, mixing in elements of alien invasion and slasher films.
Mama’s Family and Rise to Fame
Kayser was then cast in his most notable project, as he became one of the lead characters in the sitcom “Mama’s Family” playing Mitchel “Bubba” Higgins for the next four years. The sitcom is a spin-off from “The Carol Burnett Show” recurring series called “The Family”. The show’s concept started as comedy sketch segments before it was made into a television movie called “Eunice”, leading to the creation of the sitcom.
The titular Mama is played by actress Vicki Lawrence, and originally aired on NBC but was canceled after two seasons. However, it was later revived for new episodes, gaining higher ratings until ending in 1990.
He was a part of the show for 95 episodes, and thanks to its popularity he gained other projects. He mainly made guest appearances in television game shows including “The $25,000 Pyramid”, which saw celebrities pair up with a regular contestant.
He also made two guest appearances in “The New Hollywood Squares”, and other projects he had include “Circus of the Stars”, plus a guest appearance in his co-star Vicki Lawrence’s talk show called “Vicki!” which aired in 1992.
Following the end of “Mama’s Family”, Allan continued taking acting projects though mostly did independent films. In 2002, he played a minor character in the Disney Channel original movie called “Double Teamed”, which was inspired by the lives of professional basketball players Heidi Burge and Heather Burge.
He took long breaks in between his projects, and spent a few years away before returning for the film “All Roads Lead Home”, which also starred Peter Boyle and Patton Oswalt. The film was shot in the Kansas City Area, and was premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, but received negative reviews.
Other projects he worked on during this period include “More Than Puppy Love”, “Shimmer”, and “Journey of the Heart”. One of his last projects was 2013’s “House of Forbidden Secrets”, in which he played the character Brad, starring alongside Lew Temple and Dyanne Thorne.
The horror film was also shot in Kansas, and won several awards during the PollyGrind Film Festival. After his second marriage, he declined to take any more acting projects, and likely works in some other field, however, the details of it have not been shared publicly, as no media outlet has covered his life after his acting career.
Allan’s first marriage was to Lori, and the couple had two children but the marriage eventually ended in divorce.
His second marriage occurred in 2014, a year after his final acting project, and he settled down with Sara – the couple also has two children together.
Allan is one of the many teen actors who found fame during the 1980s, but didn’t succeed in following up on it as they grew older. While he took on acting projects, he didn’t attract any mainstream attention on the level he had during his time in “Mama’s Family”. He has stayed away from the media since retiring from the acting profession in 2013.