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Daniel Franzese

Franzese was singing at a local Ft. Lauderdale club where he met director Clark and casting director Carmen Cuba. Cuba approached Franzese and suggested he audition for the role of Derek Dzvirko, a young man who, needing acceptance from his peers, becomes involved in the real life gruesome murder.

Franzese began furiously researching the story. At his audition, his performance and understanding of the character impressed the director who immediately cast him in the role. Perhaps, it was fated that this would come to pass as it was in college that Franzese had predicted to a friend that either Solonz, John Waters or Larry Clark would cast him in his first film. Bully marks his motion picture debut. Franzese landed his first job in a commercial by tagging along when his mother took his baby sister to a talent agency. While high school, he appeared in a number of student films before attending the Florida School of the Arts on full scholarship. He double majored in musical theater and acting at the conservatory, and after graduation immediately began making his mark.

He was nominated for a Carbonell (South Florida theater) Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance as Harry in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Ironically, the role was originally written for a middle-aged man, though it was played by Franzese when he was just 21 years old. His other theater credits include Damn Yankees, 1776, and South Pacific and the national touring company of Tony and Tina┬╣s Wedding."

During production of the film Bully, he was cast in his second feature film, American Leather, starring Peter Coyote.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Daniel Franzese Facts

BirthdayMay 9, 1978 (43)
BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA
Height6' 3" (1m91)  How tall is Daniel Franzese compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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