Daniel Franzese

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Daniel Franzese
"Daniel Franzese in Lights" Photo by Tommy Agriodimas
Born (1978-05-09) May 9, 1978 (age 36)
Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001 – present

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

Franzese was born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York, the son of Denise and Ralph "R. J." Franzese, a lounge singer.[1] Franzese attended Piper High School in Sunrise, Florida from 1992–1996.


Franzese has appeared in more than fourteen films, including Bully, Party Monster, Mean Girls, Bristol Boys and War of the Worlds.[2] Franzese was also featured in the web series Foodies; the first episode aired in 2011.[3]


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.[4]

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.[5][6]

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.[7]

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".[8]


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


  1. ^ "Daniel Franzese Biography (1978–)". Filmreference.com. 1978-05-09. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  2. ^ "The Verdict is in – I Spit on Your Grave 2010 Review". 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "Daniel Franzese Presents a Halloween Themed Art Show in Hollywood". Lastheplace.com. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  5. ^ "The Working Actor Sits Down With: Daniel Franzese at The Working Actor". Theworkingactor.net. 2010-06-16. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  6. ^ Sabancontact, Stephen (2008-04-26). "Photos from The DepARTed exhibition". Worldofwonder.net. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  7. ^ zippercut (2009-07-09). "Sneak Peek Crusaders and Haters art show". Zippercut.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  8. ^ "'Mean Girls' Star Daniel Franzese Comes Out as Gay". HuffingtonPost.com. 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 

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