- Date of Birth:
- March 9, 1959
- 5' 10"
Kato Kaelin (born Brian Gerard Kaelin on March 9, 1959 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American radio and television personality. Kato graduated Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wisconsin in 1977, before attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. While in college, Kato developed his own talk show, Kato and Friends. He would leave school to move to Hollywood to pursue a career in entertainment. While in Los Angeles, Kato worked odd jobs that allowed him to perform. However, by the early 1990s, Kato was nearly broke, During a 1992 trip to Aspen, Colorado, he met Nicole Brown Simpson, ex-wife to O.J. Simpson. Nicole, charmed by Kato, allowed him to move into her until he moved into O.J.’s guesthouse in Los Angeles. Kato was staying at the guesthouse when Nicole and Ronald Goldman were murdered on the property on June 12, 1994 O.J. was charged with the murders and Kato was poised to be a key witness. Kato, who claimed to have shared a meal with O.J. the night of the murders, testified he couldn’t account for O.J.’s whereabouts during the hours of the murder. Before the trial, Kato had a role in the 1987 movie Beach Fever. Afterward, he appeared on the first episode of Madtv in 1995, and had multiple appearances on reality television shows like Celebrity Boot Camp, Sunset Tan, and Reality Bites Back. In the 2016 series American Crime Story, Kato was played by Billy Magnussen.
Best Known For:
Kato Kaelin is best known as a star witness in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
Kato was married to Cynthia Coulter from 1983-1989. They have a daughter together. Kato earned his nickname as a child as he was a fan of Bruce Lee’s character, Kato, on The Green Hornet.