April 17, 1980 |
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
|Alma mater||Marquette University|
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.
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. His mother is from Sioux City, Iowa while his father was born and raised in Omaha. 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 Alastian German ancestry. D'Agosto is the middle of five children. He has two older brothers, Andrew and Patrick, and two younger sisters, Julie and Katie.
D'Agosto was raised Roman Catholic and selected Genesius of Rome, the patron saint of actors, as his confirmation name. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. He also starred in From Prada to Nada with Camilla Belle, which is loosely based on Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. In 2011, he starred as Samuel "Sam" Lawton in Final Destination 5.
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.
As of 2013, D'Agosto is co-starring in Showtime's Masters of Sex as gynecologist Dr. Ethan Haas, fictional protégé of pioneering sex researcher Dr. William H. Masters (of Masters and Johnson fame). The character of Dr. Haas is an amalgam of two true-life characters.
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."
|2000||Psycho Beach Party||Counterman|
|2007||Rocket Science||Ben Wekselbaum|
|2007||L.A. Blues||Adam Cooper|
|2009||Fired Up!||Shawn Colfax|
|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|
|2002||Do Over||Todd York||Episode: "Valentine's Day Dance"|
|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"|
|2006||Orpheus||Guy||Unsold CBS pilot|
|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|
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