Daniel Franzese is an American actor, comedian, director, writer, and activist, best known for his role as Damian Leigh in the film Mean Girls. He came to limelight when he revealed himself as gay and has ever since been active in the LGBTQ community for human rights. Likewise, he played an HIV positive character in the HBO series Looking (second season).
Early Life and Education
The American actor was born on May 9, 1978, in Bensonhurst, New York, United States. He was born to father Ralph Franzese, a club singer and mother Denise Franzese, a lunch lady at the school Daniel studied. As for siblings, he has a brother named Christopher Franzese and a sister, Diana Franzese.
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He belongs to American nationality and white by ethnicity. His birth sign is Taurus.
Daniel completed his high school from Piper High School in Sunrise (from 1992-1996), Florida and attended the Florida School of the Arts, Palatka, Florida, U.S.
The American actor made the professional debut as Derek Dzvirko in the movie Bully in 2001. Likewise, he starred over 15 movies like Hometown Legend (2001), Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat (2002), Party Monster (2003), Stateside (2004), Soleado (2004), Bristol Boys (2005), Whirlygirl (2006), Killer Pad (2008), The Missing Person (2009) and many more.
In 2015, Daniel played the role of Eddie, an HIV positive character in the HBO series Looking, and similarly, recently he worked in a comedy movie by James Oakley, The Con Is On in 2018.
In addition, the American actor is a rising comedian, who wrote many comedy scripts, and performed in several shows like Jersey Shoresical: A Frickin Rock Opera. One of his popular comedy show is I’ve Never Really Made the Kind of Money to Become a Mess which broadcasted at The Players Theatre, New York in 2013.
Moreover, After the revelation of him being gay, he became active as an activist and also became an ambassador of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Likewise, he conducted many awareness programs about AIDS and gave speeches in colleges.
Personal Life: Relationship
Daniel was in a long time relationship with Joseph Bradley Phillips, a stylist. The two first met at the Starbucks in North Hollywood and were dating for two years and engaged in July 2016. The relationship did not last long and they called off their engagement in 2018.
In an interview with E!News in 2018, Daniel said,
“Sometimes shooting stars shine so brightly that they burn out and now we must go separate ways, but I hope my path always crosses with his. Joseph Bradley Phillips and I have decided to part ways, break our engagement promise and continue on into the future as friends.”
With the professional career of over 15 years, the American actor worked in numerous movies and TV series. Besides that, he also performed in several comedy shows, on and off the screen.
According to a few online sources, Daniel has accumulated an estimated net worth of $500,000 as of June 2019.
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Moreover, he is at the peak of his career and with that, the wealth is also increasing. Till now, he is living a luxurious and blissful life.
Age, Height, and Statistics
Age: As of 2019, the age of Franzese is 41-year-old.
Height: He has a height of 6 feet 3 inches.
Weight: His weight is unknown
Hair Color: The American actor has naturally black hair.
Eye Color: Similarly, he has large brown eyes.