Born in Baldwin, New York (on Long Island), Francavilla grew up there and in nearby Huntington as the middle son of his dad, a project manager for a display company, and his mother, an artist who greatly influenced him. After portraying a simple coat rack in a fifth-grade church play, he remembers stealing a scene and earning applause (despite having no lines) -- and the former coat rack was instantly hooked. Francavilla later appeared in school plays in junior high and high school. While taking an acting class, he was noticed by a talent scout who became his manager and he soon was commuting to Manhattan after school for auditions. In his first paying job, he appeared in a Payless shoe store TV commercial that featured NBA great Hakeem Olajuwon. Then came The Truth About Marijuana, a cautionary movie short for schools, that depicted Francavilla as a ratty-haired marijuana abuser (It was very informative, he recalls). After high school, Francavilla attended Marymount Manhattan College and studied theater for one year until he was cast in the Nickelodeon series Noah Knows Best, which required him to live in Orlando, Florida. When he finished the series, it was too late to resume college classes, so he headed to Los Angeles in September 2000. Initially, work was hard to find, but he guest-starred in NBC's American Dreams last year as one of the turtleneck-clad background singers circa 1964 for Nick Carter when the member of The Backstreet Boys portrayed lead singer Jay of Jay and the Americans (said Francavilla: I can tell you now that I am NOT a dancer). He also appeared on NBC's Law & Order and Boston Public.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
Tyler Francavilla Facts
|Birthplace||Baldwin, New York, USA|
|Happy Family (2004) as Tim (breakthrough)|