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Daniel James Cortese
September 14, 1967
|Alma mater||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Spouse(s)||Dee Dee Hemby (m. 1994; divorce filed)|
Early life and education
Of Sicilian descent, Cortese was born on September 14, 1967, in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Quaker Valley High School in Leetsdale, where he played football and basketball. Prior to becoming an actor, Cortese played college football as a walk-on at the University of North Carolina as a backup quarterback. In his freshman year in 1986, the Tar Heels went to the Aloha Bowl in Hawaii. Cortese never played a down and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting.
Cortese first came to prominence as team coach of The Bricklayers on MTV Rock N' Jock and host of MTV Sports from 1992 to 1997. In 1994, he co-starred on the short-lived CBS police drama Traps with George C. Scott. He gained further recognition in 1995 as Jess Hanson in Melrose Place. He played Jake Hanson's half brother for 8 episodes in the third season but was killed off in that season's finale. He had the main role as Jason in the 1996 movie The Lottery. He had starring roles in the 1993 remake/sequel of Route 66, Traps, The Single Guy, Veronica's Closet, Rock Me Baby and Ball & Chain.
Cortese appeared in the NBC television series Seinfeld, where he played Tony, Elaine's ultra-cool, vapid, good-looking boyfriend. In the episode, titled "The Stall", he was dubbed a "mimbo" (a male bimbo). He was also featured in The WB television series What I Like About You in a recurring role as Vic, Val's boss, from 2002 to 2003 a role he reprised as a series regular from 2005 to 2006 during the fourth and final season, which he directed one episode and in two episodes of 8 Simple Rules in 2004, playing Bridget's tennis coach. He has also starred in the natural horror film Locusts: The 8th Plague.
During Burger King's "Your Way, Right Away" advertising campaign during the 1990s, Cortese was hired as the fast-food company's official spokesperson.
In 2013, Cortese serves as the host of truTV's Guinness World Records Unleashed. The series debuted on February 7, 2013.
On October 11, 2014, while reprising his role as Stefon on Saturday Night Live, Bill Hader repeatedly mentions Dan Cortese's name during the show's Weekend Update segment when he speaks of New York City's hot spots.
|1993||Demolition Man||Taco Bell Entertainer/Cryolab Technician|
|1996||The Lottery||Jason Smith|
|2005||Locusts: The 8th Plague||Colt Denton|
|2007||Everybody Wants to Be Italian||Michael|
|2008||Soccer Mom||Lorenzo Vincenzo|
|1988||Something Is Out There||Jack Breslin|
|1994||Seinfeld||Tony||Episode: "The Stall"|
|1995||Melrose Place||Jess Hanson|
|1996||Caroline in the City||Scott|
|1997||The Single Guy||Dan Montgomery|
|1997||Volcano: Fire on the Mountain||Peter Slater|
|2000||That's Life||Professor Jeff Cahill|
|1997–2000||Veronica's Closet||Perry Rollins / Laird Perry Rollins|
|2001||The Triangle||Tommy Devane|
|2002||House Blend||Dave Reed||Unsold television pilot|
|2002||Andy Richter Controls the Universe||Ben / Peter|
|2003–2004||Rock Me Baby (TV series)||Jimmy Cox|
|2004||8 Simple Rules||Coach Scott|
|2004||CSI: Miami||Sal Coleman|
|2005||Joey||Chuck||(TV series, 1 episode: "Joey and the Stuntman")|
|2003, 2005-2006||What I Like About You||Vic Meladeo (Season 1 guest, Season 4 Main)|
|2011||Man Up!||Dennis Mayder|
|2012||Hot in Cleveland||Jimmy Armstrong||(TV series, 1 episode: "God and Football")|
|2013–2014||Guinness World Records Gone Wild||Host|
|2016||The Tomorrow Show||Himself|
- Morrison, Melissa (July 23, 1992). "QV graduate hosting MTV Sports". Beaver County Times. Pennsylvania. (Dallas Morning News). p. B2.
- "Dan Cortese Biography (1967-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
- "1987 UNC Tarheels Football Roster". Tarheeltimes. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
- "Dan Cortese". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2015-03-04.
- Prachi Gupta (October 13, 2014). "John Mulaney's Dan Cortese line made Bill Hader break character". Retrieved September 28, 2016.
- Mike Krumboltz (October 12, 2014). "Stefon of 'SNL' Mentions Dan Cortese, Twitter Goes Wild". Retrieved September 28, 2016.