Tj Miller Controversy: Federal Drop Dismiss Bomb Scare Case Against “Silicon Valley” Star
On June 4, 1981, American audiences were introduced to Todd Joseph Miller, a budding actor, and comedian.
His first film role was in 2008’s Cloverfield, and from 2010 through 2014, he portrayed Tuffnut Thorston in the How to Train Your Dragon movie. Acting roles include Marvel Comics character Weasel in 2016’s Deadpool and its sequel in 2018 and Erlich Bachman on HBO’s Silicon Valley from 2014 to 2017.
Miller’s acting career has also included parts in movies including Yogi Bear, She’s Out of My League, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Big Hero 6, Office Christmas Party, The Emoji Movie, and Ready Player One.
Miller, Todd Joseph was born on June 4th, 1981, in Denver. T.J., who is of Jewish descent and was raised by a clinical psychologist and an attorney, got his start in the performing world while enrolled in a high school theatre program.
Following his high school graduation, he enrolled in George Washington University in the nation’s capital. He went to college and got his Bachelor of Arts in psychology, specializing in the study of social influence and group dynamics.
He also kept up his acting career throughout his university years. In Paris, he enrolled in a circus arts school and performed with a student comedy troupe. He spent a summer in London at the British American Drama Academy, where he focused on Shakespearean performance.
Prosecutors in Connecticut moved Thursday to drop federal charges against former ‘Silicon Valley’ star T.J. Miller for making a hoax bomb threat. Miller was apprehended in April of 2018 at New York’s La Guardia Airport on charges that he made a hoax call reporting a bomb on an Amtrak train.
On Thursday, prosecutors explained that Miller’s history of brain surgery played a role in their decision to dismiss the charges against him. Miller has also agreed to cover the cost of the police investigation into the hoax threat.
This request is based on two things, according to the prosecution: (1) “expert medical analyses and reports regarding the defendant’s prior brain surgery and its continued neurological impacts,” which “cast doubt upon the requisite legal element of ‘intent’ to commit the charged offense” (in this case, making a false 911 call), and (2) “the defendant having entered agreements both to make full financial restitution for the costs of the law enforcement response to the false 911 call.”
Miller was also said to have committed to “a substantial and essential program of Cognitive Remediation to render any recurrence of such behavior very highly unlikely.”
On March 18, 2018, The Actor Reportedly Made a 911 Call from New Jersey
Claiming that he was on an Amtrak train headed from Washington, D.C. to New York City’s Penn Station and that a female passenger “had a bomb in her luggage.” There were no explosive devices on the train, according to the bomb squad.
The hero of the “Emoji Movie” was discovered to have been on a different train than he had initially claimed. Once again, no explosive materials were discovered during an inspection of a second train.
Miller was allegedly taken from the train in New York due to his intoxication, according to an Amtrak employee. According to the press statement, the train attendant also shared the news that Miller had engaged in “hostile exchanges” with a female passenger in a separate row of the First Class vehicle.
According to the complaint, Miller called 911 to report a hoax bomb on the train because he had a grievance against the woman.
Miller had been fired from the HBO comedy set among the high-tech set in Northern California nearly a year before this event for allegedly disruptive and unprofessional behavior on production.
Miller will next be featured in the upcoming 2020 horror film “Underwater,” costarring Kirsten Stewart and Vincent Cassel, as well as the upcoming Drew Barrymore comedy “The Stand-In,” produced by Saban Films.
Miller graduated from college and promptly relocated to Chicago, where he quickly became a fixture in the local improv and stand-up comedy scenes. He spent two years on the road with The Second City. He was recognized as one of Variety’s 10 Comics To Watch in 2008.
Miller released a comedy special in 2011, titled No Real Reason, and a comedy CD, titled Mash Up Audiofile, in 2012. In 2015, he joined Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, and other comedians on the road for Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival.
T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous, an hour-long stand-up special, broadcast on HBO on June 17, 2017. The special was taped in Miller’s hometown of Denver at the conclusion of Miller’s 2016 Meticulously Ridiculous Tour.
Miller launched his “Touring In Perpetuity Tour” (a.k.a. his “One Man Philosophy Circus”) in October 2017.
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