Daniel Franzese is an American actor best known for his roles in the feature films Bully, Party Monster, Mean Girls and War Of The Worlds.
Franzese, a third generation Italian born in Brooklyn, New York moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at the age of 9 with his mother Denise and father, lounge singer Ralph "R.J." Franzese.
He landed his first commercial at the age 11, but his mother decided acting wasn't a life for a young kid and told him to perform in school until he was old enough to decide if he wanted a career of it ... and that he did, later attending college at Florida School of the Arts majoring in Musical theatre.
He left in 1998 to perform in regional theatre. Shortly after he made his first breakthrough earning a Carbonell nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for A Tree Grows in Brooklyn which helped him land a role in the National Broadway Tour of Tony and Tina's Wedding.
But his real break came when casting director Carmen Cuba and director Larry Clark discovered him in a South Florida club and cast him in a lead role in Clark's movie Bully (2001), his screen debut.
He has appeared (or will appear) in the following movies to date:
Hometown Legend (2002)
Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat (2002)
Party Monster (2003)
Mean Girls (2004)
Bristol Boys (2005)
War of the Worlds (2005)
Cruel World (2005)
Bar Starz (2007)
The Iron Man (2007)
Killer Pad (2007)
Last Resort (2007)
Franzese also acted in the pilot episode of the television series Queens Supreme (his television debut in 2003), and has guest starred on single episodes of The Comeback ("Valerie Relaxes in Palm Springs", 2005) and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ("Fannysmackin'", 2006).
Franzese is also an award-winning amateur boxing champion.