Daniel Franzese (born May 9, 1978) is an American actor. He has worked in film, TV and theater.

Early life Edit

Franzese was born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York, the son of Denise and Ralph "R. J." Franzese, a lounge singer. Franzese attended Piper High School in Sunrise, Florida from 1992–1996. His mother, Denise, was a lunch lady at Piper.

Actor Edit

Franzese has appeared in more than fourteen films, including BullyParty MonsterMean GirlsBristol Boys and War of the Worlds. Franzese was also featured in the web series Foodies; the first episode aired in 2011.Since 2016 Franzese stars in the television show Recovery Road on Freedom as Verne.

Curator Edit

On October 12, 2007, Franzese curated his first art show called Halloween, a multi-artist show which examined celebrity, vanity, money and the day we get to dress up and ask strangers for goodies.

On April 25, 2008, at the World of Wonder Storefront Gallery in Los Angeles, California, Franzese curated an art show called depARTed. The show featured art inspired by stars that died before their time. All art was inspired by famous personalities from Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Anna Nicole Smith to notable figures like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr., to artists like Keith Haring and Isabella Blow. Artists included Ron English, Keyth Ryden (also known as KRK Ryden), and Jessicka.

Franzese's show, Crusaders and Haters, at Royal/T gallery showcased an assortment of work from artists from all over the world, depicting superheroes and villains in pop culture. The show opened July 17, 2009.

Personal life Edit

On April 22, 2014, Franzese came out publicly as gay, stating that while his friends and family knew, it was time "everyone knew the truth".

Filmography Edit

Year Title Role Notes 2001 Bully Derek Dzvirko
2002 Hometown Legend Abel
2002 Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat Altar Boy
2003 Party Monster The Rat / Dallas MC
2003 Queens Supreme David Episode: "Pilot"
2004 Mean Girls Damian
2004 Stateside Danny Tripodi
2004 Soleado Bar Friend
2005 War of the Worlds National Guardsman
2005 The Comeback Mr. Hollywood Episode: "Valerie Relaxes in Palm Springs"
2005 Cruel World Claude Markham
2005 Bristol Boys Jake
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dean Harden Episode: "Fannysmackin'"
2006 Whirlygirl Big Clive
2006 The Iron Man Valeah
2008 Bar Starz Big Mikey
2008 Killer Pad Doug
2009 The Missing Person Agent Craig
2009 On the Inside Paul Warren
2009 Kill Theory Freddy
2010 Party Down Ziggy Chorofsky Episode: "Cole Landry's Draft Day Party"
2010 I Spit on Your Grave Stanley
2010 Burn Notice Dougie Episode: Noble Causes
2011 Foodies Danny Domenica
2012 Electric City Unknown character
2012 Foodfight! Twinkleton (voice)
2015 Looking Eddie
2015 Mind Puppets
2016 The Brits Are Coming Filming
2016 Recovery Road Vern Testaverde