Nicholas D'Agosto

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Nicholas D'Agosto
Nicholas D'Agosto filming Final Destination 5 in Vancouver, October 2010.jpg
D'Agosto filming Final Destination 5 in Vancouver, October 2010
Born (1980-04-17) April 17, 1980 (age 34)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Alma mater Marquette University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present

Nicholas D'Agosto (born April 17, 1980) is an American actor. He is best known for being the lead of Final Destination 5 and his recurring role in Heroes. As of 2013, he stars in the Showtime series Masters of Sex.

Early life[edit]

D'Agosto was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Deanna Rae (née Vellinga) and Alan D'Agosto, Omaha's major Arby's restaurant franchisee.[1][2][3] His mother is from Sioux City, Iowa while his father was born and raised in Omaha.[4] On D'Agosto's paternal side, his family is of Italian descent. On D'Agosto's maternal side, his maternal grandfather's relations were born in Iowa and Illinois and were of Dutch descent, while his maternal grandmother's relations were born in South Dakota and Wisconsin, and were of Norwegian descent. This latter branch had English, Scottish, and Alsatian German ancestry.[5] D'Agosto is the middle of five children.[6] He has two older brothers, Andrew and Patrick, and two younger sisters, Julie and Katie.[7]

D'Agosto was raised Roman Catholic and selected Genesius of Rome, the patron saint of actors, as his confirmation name.[8] D'Agosto said that he wanted to be a priest when he was young, then when he was 10 years old he started getting into improv.[7]

D'Agosto was very involved in drama and theatre growing up, acting in many different plays and musicals. He participated in competitive forensics speech tournaments during sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.[6][9] He graduated from Creighton Preparatory School in 1998 and attended Marquette University, where he graduated cum laude in 2002 with a double major in history and theatre.[8]

Career[edit]

His big break came when he was cast as the ethical committee chairman Larry Fouch in the dark teenage comedy Election (1999), while he was still a senior at Creighton Prep.[9][10] The film was written and directed by Alexander Payne, another alumnus of Creighton Prep. D'Agosto starred in the film Psycho Beach Party (2000) while still in college. In 2002, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a full-time acting career.[2][6]

D'Agosto quickly landed guest appearances on primetime television series such as Boston Public, ER, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, House, Supernatural, and Without a Trace. He appeared in three episodes of The Office. D'Agosto was also cast in the recurring role of West Rosen on the series Heroes.

For the film Fired Up!, D'Agosto spent three weeks at cheer camp to learn how to be a cheerleader and practiced for a few weeks with a professional choreographer to learn the moves seen on camera.[11] He also starred in From Prada to Nada with Camilla Belle, which is loosely based on Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.[12] In 2011, he starred as Samuel "Sam" Lawton in Final Destination 5.[13][14][15]

D’Agosto often returns to the theatre. Among many plays performed during college in Milwaukee, D’Agosto had originated, as well as dramaturged and performed, the play Chomsky 9/11, based on Noam Chomsky’s post-9/11 writings with the late avant-garde troupe, Theatre X. Recently, D'Agosto joined the A2 Ensemble of Los Angeles’ classical theatre troupe, the Antaeus Company. In Fall 2012, D'Agosto played the role of Tony Kirby in You Can't Take It with You.[16][17]

As of 2013, D'Agosto is co-starring in Showtime's Masters of Sex as obstetrician Dr. Ethan Haas, fictional protégé of pioneering sex researcher Dr. William H. Masters (of Masters and Johnson fame).[18] The character of Dr. Haas is an amalgam of two true-life characters.[19][20][21]

To prepare for the part of Dr. Haas, in addition to reading the biography that Masters of Sex is based on, D'Agosto read The Fifties by David Halberstam. He also watched movies from the 1950s and documentaries on journalist Edward R. Murrow, which had a lot of "individual footage of interviews with these sort of everyday people from that time period."[7]

D'Agosto has been cast in the upcoming TV show, How I Met Your Dad, as Frank, "the dorky IT guy who falls for Sally," the main character played by Greta Gerwig.[22]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Election Larry Fouch
2000 Psycho Beach Party Counterman
2006 Inside Alex
2007 Rocket Science Ben Wekselbaum
2007 Drive-Thru Fisher Kent
2007 L.A. Blues Adam Cooper
2008 Extreme Movie Evan
2009 Fired Up! Shawn Colfax
2010 Dirty Girl Joel
2011 From Prada to Nada Edward Ferris
2011 Final Destination 5 Samuel "Sam" Lawton
2011 New Romance Nick Short film
2011 Mardi Gras: Spring Break Mike Morgan
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Do Over Todd York Episode: "Valentine's Day Dance"
2003 ER Andy 2 episodes
2003 Boston Public Richard Kinney Episode: "Chapter Seventy-Two"
2004 Cracking Up Ben Episode: "Pilot"
2004 Six Feet Under Jonathan Gorodetsky Episode: "Bomb Shelter"
2004 Cold Case Chris 1979 Episode: "Daniela"
2005 Joint Custody Joel Unsold ABC pilot
2005 House Keith Foster Episode: "Detox"
2005 Supernatural Gavin Episode: "Asylum"
2006 Orpheus Guy Unsold CBS pilot
2006 Related P.J. 2 episodes
2006 Without a Trace Ted Soros Episode: "Fade-Away"
2006 Big Day Dr. Zaks Episode: "Boobzilla"
2007 Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud, TheThe Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud Ivy Unsold CBS pilot
2007 Office, TheThe Office Hunter 3 episodes (1 uncredited)
2007 Heroes West Rosen 9 episodes
2010 This Little Piggy Eric Unsold NBC pilot
2011 Eden John Sparks Unsold USA Network pilot
2012 Breakout Kings Travis Muncey Episode: "Double Down"
2013 Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 Will Episode: "The D..."
2013–present Masters of Sex Dr. Ethan Haas Main cast (Season 1), Recurring (Season 2)
2014-present Review Lawyer Recurring (Season 1)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Panda Inc.". Panda Inc. Retrieved 28 October 2013. "Panda, Inc. was founded in 1981 by Alan D'Agosto when he purchased his four original Arby's® stores. Through the years, Panda has grown from those four original stores to more than 15 stores in the Nebraska and Iowa market." 
  2. ^ a b Stickney, Dane (June 26, 2007). "Omaha native lands 'Heroes' role, superpower". Omaha World-Herald. Archived from the original on September 28, 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Genealogy Data" (family tree / genealogy). JohnHoag.net. Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Miller, Bruce (September 28, 2013). "Omaha native Nicholas D'Agosto hopes 'Sex' will enlighten". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Nicholas D’Agosto" (Genealogies of Nicholas D'Agosoto (focusing on his mother's side)). EthniCelebs - Celebrity Ethnicity. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Fielding, Julien R. (October 16, 2011). "Interviews >> Nicholas D'Agosto". Fielding on Film. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c Brown, Emma. "CULTURE: NICHOLAS D'AGOSTO AND THE SCIENCE OF SEX". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Sweeney Etter, Nicole. "Big break". Marquette magazine. Retrieved 10 May 2010. "As a young Catholic growing up in Omaha, Nick D’Agosto had no trouble choosing his confirmation name: Genesius, after the patron saint of actors." 
  9. ^ a b "Nicholas D'Agosto - Bio". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Biga, Leo Adam (October 16, 2011). "Home Boy Nicholas D’Agosto Makes Good on the Start ‘Election‘ Gave Him; Nails Small But Showy Part in New Indie Flick ‘Dirty Girl‘". Leo Adam Biga's Blog. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  11. ^ McDonnell, Brandy (February 27, 2009). "Q&A: "Fired Up!" becomes a learning experience for Nicholas D'Agosto". NewsOK. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Grant, Drew (January 31, 2011). "5 Facts About ‘From Prada To Nada’ Star Nicholas D’Agosto". Crushable. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Gorman, Bobby. "Interview: Nicholas D'Agosto". Shave Magazine. Retrieved August 16, 2011. 
  14. ^ McGrath, Kara (August 8, 2011). "hot guy to know: nicholas d'agosto". COSMOgirl. Seventeen. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  15. ^ Lyons, Ben. "VIDEOS/ Star on the Rise: Nicholas D’Agosto". E Online. 
  16. ^ "Masters of Sex Cast - Ethan Haas". Showtime. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  17. ^ Gordon, David (September 11, 2012). "Nicholas D'Agosto, Kate Maher, Lawrence Pressman Set for Antaeus You Can't Take it With You". Theater Mania. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  18. ^ Vena, Jocelyn (October 6, 2013). "'Masters Of Sex' Star Warns Us Of 'Very Shocking' Season One: Actor Nicholas D'Agosto breaks down what's next for the good doctors on the Showtime series for MTV News". MTV News. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  19. ^ Scarano, Ross (September 27, 2013). "Interview: Nicholas D'Agosto, of Showtime's "Masters of Sex," Talks Pilots and Waiting for the Right Role". Complex Magazine. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  20. ^ Camilleri, Ricky (September 26, 2013). "'Masters Of Sex' Star Nicholas D'Agosto" (video interview). HuffPost Live. Huffington Post. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  21. ^ "Nicholas D'Agosto on the sex in 'Masters of Sex'". USA Today. September 26, 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  22. ^ Lyons, Margaret (March 17, 2014). "Masters of Sex Co-Star Cast in How I Met Your Dad". Vulture, New York Magazine. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 

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