Daniel Franzese

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Daniel Franzese
Daniel Franzese May 2015 (cropped).jpg
Franzese in May 2015
Born (1978-05-09) May 9, 1978 (age 38)
Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001 – present

Daniel Franzese (born May 9, 1978) is an American actor. He has worked in film, TV and theater.

Early life[edit]

Franzese was born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York, the son of Denise and Ralph "R. J." Franzese, a lounge singer.[1] Franzese attended Piper High School in Sunrise, Florida from 1992–1996. His mother, Denise, was a lunch lady at Piper.


Franzese has appeared in more than fourteen films, including Bully, Party Monster, Mean Girls, Bristol Boys and War of the Worlds.[2]

Starting in 2011, Franzese was also featured in the web series Foodies. He portrayed Eddie in the 2015 second season of the HBO series Looking,[3] and reprised the role for the 2016 finale special, Looking: The Movie.[4][5] Franzese also starred as Vern Testaverde in the 2016 Freeform series Recovery Road.[6][7] In July 2016, Franzese was cast as series regular Jackson Morrison in the ABC legal drama series Conviction.[8]


On October 12, 2007, Franzese curated his first art show called Halloween, a multi-artist show which examined celebrity, vanity, money and the day we get to dress up and ask strangers for goodies.[9]

On April 25, 2008, at the World of Wonder Storefront Gallery in Los Angeles, California, Franzese curated an art show called depARTed. The show featured art inspired by stars that died before their time. All art was inspired by famous personalities from Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, James Dean and Anna Nicole Smith to notable figures like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr., to artists like Keith Haring and Isabella Blow. Artists included Ron English, Keyth Ryden (also known as KRK Ryden), and Jessicka.[10][11]

Franzese's show, Crusaders and Haters, at Royal/T gallery showcased an assortment of work from artists from all over the world, depicting superheroes and villains in pop culture. The show opened July 17, 2009.[12]

Personal life[edit]

On April 22, 2014, Franzese came out publicly as gay, stating that while his friends and family knew, it was time "everyone knew the truth".[13] In July 2016, he got engaged to his partner Joseph Bradley Phillips.[14]


"Daniel Franzese in Lights" Photo by Tommy Agriodimas
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Bully Derek Dzvirko
2002 Hometown Legend Abel
2002 Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat Altar Boy
2003 Party Monster The Rat / Dallas MC
2003 Queens Supreme David Episode: "Pilot"
2004 Mean Girls Damian
2004 Stateside Danny Tripodi
2004 Soleado Bar Friend
2005 War of the Worlds National Guardsman
2005 The Comeback Mr. Hollywood Episode: "Valerie Relaxes in Palm Springs"
2005 Cruel World Claude Markham
2005 Bristol Boys Jake
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dean Harden Episode: "Fannysmackin'"
2006 Whirlygirl Big Clive
2006 The Iron Man Valeah
2008 Bar Starz Big Mikey
2008 Killer Pad Doug
2009 The Missing Person Agent Craig
2009 On the Inside Paul Warren
2009 Kill Theory Freddy
2010 Party Down Ziggy Chorofsky Episode: "Cole Landry's Draft Day Party"
2010 I Spit on Your Grave Stanley
2010 Burn Notice Dougie Episode: Noble Causes
2011 Foodies Danny Domenica
2012 Electric City Unknown character
2012 Foodfight! Twinkleton (voice)
2015 Looking Eddie
2015 Mind Puppets
2016 The Brits Are Coming Filming
2016 Recovery Road Vern Testaverde
2016 Looking: The Movie Eddie
2016 Conviction Jackson Morrison 3 episodes


  1. ^ "Daniel Franzese Biography (1978–)". Filmreference.com. 1978-05-09. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  2. ^ "The Verdict is in – I Spit on Your Grave 2010 Review". 
  3. ^ Iannucci, Rebecca (August 27, 2014). "Mean Girls' Daniel Franzese Lands Looking Role — Who Will He Court?". TVLine. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ Saraiya, Sonia (July 11, 2016). "TV Review: Looking: The Movie". Variety. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  5. ^ Frosch, Jon (July 23, 2016). "Looking: The Movie: Outfest Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 18, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Recovery Road: Production Begins on New ABC Family TV Series". TVSeriesFinale.com. April 24, 2015. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 10, 2015). "ABC Family Series Recovery Road Tweaks Cast; Jessica Sula To Play Lead". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 29, 2016). "Conviction: Daniel Franzese Joins New ABC Legal Drama Series In Recasting". Deadline.com. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Daniel Franzese Presents a Halloween Themed Art Show in Hollywood". Lastheplace.com. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  10. ^ "The Working Actor Sits Down With: Daniel Franzese at The Working Actor". Theworkingactor.net. 2010-06-16. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  11. ^ Sabancontact, Stephen (2008-04-26). "Photos from The DepARTed exhibition". Worldofwonder.net. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  12. ^ zippercut (2009-07-09). "Sneak Peek Crusaders and Haters art show". Zippercut.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 
  13. ^ Sieczkowski, Cavan (April 22, 2014). "Mean Girls Star Daniel Franzese Comes Out as Gay". The Huffington Post. Retrieved April 22, 2014. 
  14. ^ Haas, Mariah (July 18, 2016). "Mean Girls Star Daniel Franzese Is Engaged". People. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 

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