Neil Joseph Tardio Jr. (born July 22, 1964; age 58) is an American video and commercials director best known as the ex-husband of Hollywood actress Tea Leoni.
Neil has worked as a director for several film production companies before launching his own. After divorcing Tea, the New York native married for the second time and has two children with his second wife.
Neil Joseph Tardio Jr Age, Height, And Weight
Neil Joseph Tardio Jr., the video and commercial director, is 58 years old and was born on July 22, 1964. His birthplace is Rye, New York, indicating his American citizenship. He is of White ethnicity.
Magaret and Neil J. Tardio Sr. have been identified as his parents. His father is a director and the owner of Tardio Productions, a film production company based in New York that specializes in TV commercials. Neil attended Boston University to pursue a degree in Film/Cinema/Video after completing his basic academic qualifications at Rye Country Day School.
Neil Joseph Tardio Jr.’s Profession
Neil Joseph Tardio Jr. began his career as an agency producer and writer in Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency and DDB/Chicago after graduating from Boston University. In 1992, he began working as a director for Fahrenheit Films, a Santa Monica, California-based production company for music videos and commercials.
Neil’s first assignment at Fahrenheit Films was a blessing; he was cast in Madonna’s “Rock The Vote” special in 1992, which earned him a Peabody Award. Neil moved on to Channel 1 and ESPN’s children’s sports program “PE TV” to direct 32 episodes after his work on “Rock The Vote” was completed. He went on to co-direct the web series “Lifeisode.”
Neil has directed music videos for A-list artists such as Queen Latifah and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. The director’s spot “Joint Man” for A Partnership for a Drug-Free America was nominated for an Emmy. His original screenplay for Son of Santa was purchased by United Artists, and he is currently working on a TV series with Mitch Hurwitz.
Joseph Tardio Jr. worked as a comedian and storyteller for AT&T, Coca-Cola, Budweiser, ESPN, Nike, McDonald’s, Volkswagen, and Virgin. Neil accomplished all of this through the use of his own company, Third Street Mining Company.
He joined the production crew of “Mrs. Bond” in 2015, alongside other commercial veterans, social media phenomes, and acclaimed TV/Film directors, for an exclusive US spot representation. Neil has a talent for dialogue and casting, which led him to join the “Durable Goods” team for commercial representation in the United States.
Some of his recent work can be seen in a Bank of America comedic video, a Kaplan University spot from Arnold Boston, a Tim Hortons video from JWT Canada, and a Domino’s campaign from Crispin Porter + Bogusky.
Some of Neil’s Future Projects
In the future, Neil is set to direct “ShortCut Man,” a feature film based on P.G. Sturges’ critically acclaimed novel. He’s also expected to cast the feature film “The Wrong Man.” The director of commercials and videos is currently working on two children’s books.
Taking into account all of his professional endeavors, we can confidently classify Neil Joseph Tardio Jr. as a director of music videos, TV shows/web series, and commercials. His screenwriter hat also fits, and his company, Third Street Mining Company, qualifies him as a businessman.
Neil Joseph Tardio Jr. Married Life
Neil Joseph Tardio Jr. has married twice in his life. He is best known as the ex-husband of actress Tea Leoni. He is currently happily married to Julia Sayre Hine.
Neil Joseph Tardio Jr. was Téa Leoni’s husband for four years. According to reports, Neil and Tea were both on vacation when they first met; this occurred sometime in 1986, and they went on to date for almost five years before marrying on June 8, 1991.
The nature of their wedding ceremony was never revealed, but it was held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Hope, New Jersey. Their marriage, however, could not withstand the test of time, and it ended on October 1, 1995, just four years after their wedding.
Neil Joseph Tardio Jr. Divorce
Neil and Tea were both reluctant to discuss the circumstances that led to their divorce. However, some rumors began to circulate in the public sphere, claiming that the couple didn’t trust each other. As a result, they decided to part ways.
Having said that, the fact that they didn’t have any children made their divorce very simple, and they have since moved on with other spouses.
Neil Married With Julia Sayre Hine
Following the finalization of Neil Joseph Tardio Jr.’s divorce from Tea, the video and commercial director began dating Julia Sayre Hine. Julia is listed as a member of the staff of Random House, a New York-based publishing company where she works as the manager of special marketing.
Julia graduated with honors from Barnard College. Her mother works as a consultant for the New York-based firm Tips on Trips and Camps, and her father is the Vice President of Advertising and Marketing Communications for the Chicago-based Quaker Oats Company.
Neil was still working for Fahrenheit Films in Santa Monica, California when they exchanged wedding vows. Neil appears to have gotten it right the second time around, as his marriage is flourishing, and has already produced children.
After revealing that, we must also admit that Neil was once the subject of gay rumors. The video director was once thought to be homosexual, but he has proven them wrong with his marital success thus far.
Neil Joseph Tardio Jr Children
Neil’s second marriage to Julia produced two children, a boy, and a girl, despite the fact that he never had children with Tea. Max Tardio, the couple’s first child, quickly became a big brother to his sister, Charlie Tardio. The Tardios currently resides in Los Angeles, where they are raising their children.
Neil appears to be a hands-on dad, as the video director has been seen talking about parenting in public on several occasions.
Téa Leoni’s ex-husband
Neil Joseph Tardio Jr.’s whereabouts are still unknown, despite the fact that he left the spotlight after divorcing his celebrity actress ex-wife. The father of two is still a resident of Los Angeles, California, and continues to direct music videos and commercials.
In addition, he is still married to his second wife, Julia, and the couple appears to be planning to extend their relationship as far into the future as possible.