|Born||Danielle Nicole Bisutti
October 1, 1976
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Danielle Nicole Bisutti (born October 1, 1976) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Amanda Cantwell on the Nickelodeon television series True Jackson, VP. Bisutti is also the niece of OWN network Big Bowl of Love star Cristina Ferrare.
Danielle Bisutti has made a name for herself in the entertainment industry with the diverse characters she has brought to life in film and television. In 2013, Bisutti received rave reviews for her role in top grossing, Sony Pictures’ and FilmDistrict film INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2. Released in theaters nationwide in September, Bisutti appeared as the ‘Mother of Parker Crane,’ and critics took notice; one saying ‘the performance of Danielle Bisutti as the younger version of the Bride in Black is a most elegant personification of evil.” In addition to this film, Bisutti also starred in Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s CURSE OF CHUCKY as “Barb,” and Michael Rosebaum’s indie comedy BACK IN THE DAY. On the television front, this year Bisutti guest starred and recurred on some of the biggest series on TV today, including “Anger Management” for FX, “Grey’s Anatomy” for ABC, and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” for CBS.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Bisutti attended California State University Fullerton, where she received a BA in Acting and Musical Theatre. While attending CSUF, she was nominated several times for “Best Actress” in the Irene Ryan Competition and took runner up at The Lincoln Center Theatre in NYC. Michael Butler (the original Broadway producer of Hair 1968) fell in love with Bisutti’s talent when he saw her performing the role of ‘Sheila’ in a California production of Hair and brought the cast to Chicago to perform at the Democratic National Convention along with a five-week run at The New Athenaeum Theatre. Bisutti’s other theatre credits include: ‘Reno Sweeny’ in Anything Goes, ‘Maggie’ in Boy’s Life, ‘Yelena’ in Uncle Vanya, ‘Victoria/Jane’ in Noël Coward’s Tonight at 8:30, ‘Fastranda’ in Pippin, and ‘Ophelia’ in Hamlet.
Bisutti has made her mark in television over the years, recurring on “Last Man Standing”, “Parks & Recreation”, “CSI Miami”, “Without A Trace”, “Raising the Bar” and “The O.C.”, while also appearing on “NCIS,” “Criminal Minds,” “Castle,” “Hot in Cleveland,” “90210,” “Private Practice,” “Body of Proof,” “Bones,” “Cold Case,” “Two and a Half Men,” and “Boston Legal,” to name a few. However, she may best known for her starring role as the uptight yet lovable fashion diva ‘Amanda Cantwell’ opposite Keke Palmer on the hit Nickelodeon series “True Jackson, VP” from 2008-2011.
While working in television, Bisutti has also made time for film projects, some of her credits include Lionsgate’s VENICE UNDERGROUND (Eric Mabius), First Look Home Entertainment’s THE NEIGHBOR (Matthew Modine), and Lionsgate’s NO GREATER LOVE. Bisutti recently co-produced the web-series “Hollywood Girl” and recurred on the series as ‘Pasha Maneer.’ She also recently secured a leading role in Harland William’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi web-series “The Australian,” scheduled to be released late November 2013.
Bisutti spends time as a songwriter. Songs originally written by her such as "Venice Underground", "April Moon", and "In the Presence of" have been used in independent feature films. At the 2003 Los Angeles Music Awards, she won the award for "Best Female Singer-Songwriter". Also at this ceremony, her song "Glimmer" was nominated for "AAA Album of the Year" and her song, "In Passing" received Unanimous Choice Recipient Award for "Independent AC Single of the Year". In September 2004, Bisutti performed at the Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival, where "In Passing" was selected for the TVIFF's "Top Musical Artist Compilation CD" and Music Connection Magazine featured Bisutti in its 2004 "Hot 100 Unsigned Artists" list.
Bisutti was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Diana (née Ferrare) and Richard Bisutti. Her father was a set decorator in both film and television for 20 years. Her mother's sister is model Cristina Ferrare. Bisutti is of Italian descent. In high school, she explored several opportunities to idealize her devotion for the entertainment business. She was involved in theatre, choir, dance, speech and debate, as well as athletic activities. She then attended California State University Fullerton, where she received a BA in Acting and Musical Theatre.
|Survivor: Los Angeles the Ultimate Parody||Taylor||Short film|
|Seeing Iris||Iris Jones||Short film|
|2005||Venice Underground||Wexler's Secretary|
|Downsizing||Beatrix Schnabel||Short film|
|2007||Neighbor, TheThe Neighbor||Floria Riamondi|
|2008||Three Minutes in Heaven||Joy||Short film|
|Get Smart||Airline Passenger|
|Caretaker, TheThe Caretaker||Jessica||Short film|
|2009||No Greater Love||Heather Stroud|
|2013||Curse of Chucky||Barb Pierce|
|Back in the Day||Annette Taylor|
|Insidious: Chapter 2||Mother of Parker Crane|
|2000||Strip Mall||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2001||Dharma & Greg||Joy||Episode: "Dharma Does Dallas"|
|2003||Miss Match||Missy||Episode: "Miss Communication"|
|Platonically Incorrect||Waitress||TV film|
|Andy Richter Controls the Universe||Office Lady||Episodes: "Final Fantasy", "Duh Dog"|
|Less than Perfect||Sales Lady||Episode: "High Maintenance"|
|Charlie Lawrence||Denise||Episode: "If It's Not One Thing It's Your Mother"|
|Charmed||The Lady of the Lake||Episode: "Sword and the City"|
|2004||Boston Legal||Roberta Sloane||Episode: "Truth Be Told"|
|2004-2005||O.C., TheThe O.C.||Joan||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|2006||Twenty Good Years||Courtney||Episode: "John's Old Lady"|
|Courting Alex||Veronica||Episode: "The Fix-Up"|
|Two and a Half Men||Vicki||Episode: "Corey's Been Dead for an Hour"|
|2007||Shark||Francis Chambers||Episode: "Blind Trust"|
|Cold Case||Mrs. Valentine (1953)||Episode: "Devil Music"|
|2007-2008||Without a Trace||Terri Long||Episodes: "The Beginning", "4G", "Deja Vu"|
|2008||Wizards of Waverly Place||Mona Lisa||Episode: "Art Museum Piece"|
|Raising the Bar||Emma Troutman||Episode: "Shop Till You Drop"|
|2008-2011||True Jackson, VP||Amanda Cantwell||Regular role (56 episodes)|
|2009||Raising the Bar||Emma Troutman||Episodes: "Hair Apparent", "Trout Fishing"|
|2010||Bones||Marlowe Becker||Episode: "The Mastodon in the Room"|
|2011||Hollywood Girl||Pascha Maneer||Episodes: "Code Red Carpet", "Limp of Shame"|
|Body of Proof||Vicki Hemington||Episode: "Love Thy Neighbor"|
|Private Practice||Lynn||Episode: "Deal with It"|
|CSI: Miami||Gabrielle Wade||Episode: "Dead Ringer"|
|Parks and Recreation||Prof. Linda Lonegan||Episode: "Smallest Park"|
|2012||Parks and Recreation||Prof. Linda Lonegan||Episode: "Lucky"|
|90210||Connie||Episode: "No Good Deed"|
|Hot in Cleveland||Verena||Episode: "I'm with the Band"|
|Last Man Standing||Michelle||Episodes: "Odd Couple Out", "Adrenaline"|
|CSI: Miami||Gabrielle Wade||Episodes: "Rest in Pieces", "Law & Disorder"|
|Castle||Claire Panchard||Episode: "The Limey"|
|Leverage||Whitney Barron||Episode: "The Gimme a K Street Job"|
|Criminal Minds||Debra Acklin||Episode: "Through the Looking Glass"|
|NCIS||SSSA Ashley Winter||Episode: "You Better Watch Out"|
|2013||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Theresa Shea||Episode: "Dead Air"|
|Grey's Anatomy||Mr. Finch's Mistress||Episode: "Hard Bargain"|
|Anger Management||Kristy||Episode: "Charlie Dates a Teacher"|