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Ruggiero in 2010
|Born||Adamo Angelo Ruggiero
June 9, 1986
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Ruggiero has been acting since the age of seven or eight. He has starred in many plays including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Bye Bye Birdie. After initially auditioning for the role of Craig Manning (a role played by Jake Epstein), he joined the Degrassi cast in 2002 in the role of Marco Del Rossi, a gay teenager who struggles with coming to terms with his sexuality. Ruggiero hosted The Next Star from 2008 until 2012. In November 2008, it was announced that Ruggiero would star in the gay-themed Christmas film Make the Yuletide Gay. Principal filming started December 3, 2008.
In 2013, Ruggiero participated in Salvatore Antonio's Truth/Dare: A Satire (With Dance), an interactive audience participation show which featured staged reenactments of scenes from Madonna's 1991 film Truth or Dare, at Buddies in Bad Times during Toronto's Pride Week. The show's cast also included Keith Cole and Gavin Crawford.
Ruggiero's father, Tony, was born in Coreno Ausonio (Frosinone, Lazio), Italy. Ruggiero's mother's name is Amalia. He has an older brother named Adriano. He is from an Italian Catholic family. Adamo attended the Roman Catholic St. Dunstan Elementary School and graduated from Cawthra Park Secondary School, both in Mississauga, Ontario.
Ruggiero came out in January 2008, saying "I come from a traditional Italian family but they aren't so traditional that my being gay was a deal breaker." He was also on the cover of the January 23 – February 5, 2008 issue of fab magazine.
He is friends with actress Andrea Lewis.
|2002–2009||Degrassi: The Next Generation||Marco Del Rossi||Recurring role (season 2, 2002–2003)
Regular role (seasons 3–7, 2003–2008)
Guest appearance (seasons 8–9, 2008–2009)
|2008–2012||The Next Star||Himself||Host|
|2009||Degrassi Goes Hollywood||Marco Del Rossi||Television film|
|2009||Make the Yuletide Gay||Nathan Stanford|
|2010||Being Erica||Luis||Episodes: "Jenny From the Block", "Two Wrongs"|
|2012||The Pool Date||Rio||Short Film|
|2015||Straight Talk with Adamo Ruggiero||Himself||Web-series|
|2016||Degrassi: Next Class||Marco Del Rossi||Episode: "#ThrowBackThursday"|
|TBA||Make the Yuletide Gay 2||Nathan Stanford||In pre-production|
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- "youngpeoplestheatre.ca". Retrieved 2012-03-05.
- "Truth/Dare takes on the Material Girl". NOW, June 20, 2013.
- Kim, Tanya (January 18, 2008). "Adamo Ruggiero gets personal with eTalk". CTV. Archived from the original on 20 January 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-19.
- fab, #338, January 23–February 5, 2008, "High school confidential", Nelson Branco .