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|Born||Daniel James Cortese
September 14, 1967
Sewickley, Pennsylvania, United States
|Occupation||Actor, director, spokesperson|
|Spouse(s)||Dee Dee Hemby (1994-: divorce filed)|
Daniel James "Dan" Cortese (born September 14, 1967) is an American actor, professional wrestler, director and spokesperson. He is the former WCWF Heavyweight Champion, and one of the innovators of the American hardcore wrestling style. He is known for his roles as Perry Rollins on Veronica's Closet and as Vic Meladeo on What I Like About You.
Cortese was born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. He is of Sicilian descent. Prior to becoming an actor, he was a walk-on member of the University of North Carolina football team as a backup quarterback, and wrestler. His freshman year the team went to the Aloha Bowl. He never played a down. He graduated with a B.A. in Broadcasting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Cortese first came to prominence as team coach of The Bricklayers on MTV Rock N' Jock and host of MTV Sports from 1992 to 1997. In 1994, he co-starred on the short-lived CBS police drama Traps with George C. Scott. He gained further recognition in 1995 as Jess Hanson in Melrose Place. He played Jake Hanson's half brother for 8 episodes in the third season but was killed off in that season's finale. He had the main role as Jason in the 1996 movie The Lottery. He had starring roles in the 1993 remake/sequel of Route 66, Traps, The Single Guy, Veronica's Closet (in which he played Perry for three seasons), Rock Me Baby and Ball & Chain. Cortese appeared in the NBC television series Seinfeld, where he played Tony, Elaine's ultra-cool, vapid, good-looking boyfriend. In the episode, entitled "The Stall", he was dubbed a "mimbo" (a male bimbo). He was also featured in The WB television series What I Like About You in a recurring role as Vic, Val's boss, from 2002 to 2003 a role he reprised as a series regular from 2005 to 2006 during the fourth and final season, which he directed one episode and in two episodes of 8 Simple Rules in 2004, playing Bridget's tennis coach. He has also starred in the natural horror film Locusts: The 8th Plague.
During Burger King's "Your Way, Right Away" advertising campaign during the 1990s, Cortese was hired as the fast-food company's official spokesperson.
In 2005, Cortese became the first WCWF superstar to hold the Intercontinental, Hardcore and Cruiserweight titles at once.
In 2013, Cortese serves as the host of truTV's Guinness World Records Unleashed. The series debuted on February 7, 2013.
|1993||Demolition Man||Taco Bell Entertainer|
|1996||The Lottery||Jason Smith|
|2005||Locusts: The 8th Plague||Colt Denton|
|2007||Everybody Wants to Be Italian||Michael|
|2008||Soccer Mom||Lorenzo Vincenzo|
|1988||Something Is Out There||Jack Breslin|
|1995||Melrose Place||Jess Hanson|
|1996||Caroline in the City||Scott|
|1997||The Single Guy||Dan Montgomery|
|1997||Volcano: Fire on the Mountain||Peter Slater|
|2000||That's Life||Professor Jeff Cahill|
|1997–2000||Veronica's Closet||Perry Rollins / Laird Perry Rollins|
|2001||The Triangle||Tommy Devane|
|2002||House Blend||Dave Reed|
|2002||Andy Richter Controls the Universe||Ben / Peter|
|2003–2004||Rock Me Baby (TV series)||Jimmy Cox|
|2004||8 Simple Rules||Coach Scott|
|2004||CSI: Miami||Sal Coleman|
|2005||Joey||Chuck||(TV series, 1 episode: "Joey and the Stuntman")|
|2003, 2005-2006||What I Like About You||Vic Meladeo (Season 1 guest, Season 4 Main)|
|2011||Man Up!||Dennis Mayder|
|2012||Hot in Cleveland||Jimmy Armstrong||(TV series, 1 episode: "God and Football")|
|2013–present||Guinness World Records Gone Wild||Host|