Toby Radloff is a former file clerk who became a minor celebrity owing to his appearances in Cleveland writer Harvey Pekar's autobiographical comic book American Splendor.
Radloff has a distinctive manner of speech and quirky mannerisms. He is a self-proclaimed "Genuine Nerd," and is proud of it. He publicly came out as gay after the release of the American Splendor film in 2003.
Radloff met Pekar in 1980 when Radloff was hired at the VA Hospital, and soon became a recurring character in American Splendor. Radloff starred in such stories as "Lentils and Lent", "Double Feature Part 1: Footloose, Starring Toby Radloff" and "Double Feature Part 2: Revenge of the Nerds", "Toby Saves the Day,", and "Hollywood Reporter" and "Reduction".
In the 2003 film American Splendor, the award-winning film adaptation of Pekar's comic, Radloff is played by Judah Friedlander, and also appears as himself in the documentary sections of the film.
On August 3, 2006, Radloff tried out to be the next "Wack Packer" on The Howard Stern Show, but lost in the finals because Stern and crew felt that he was too famous.