Danny Nucci

Danny Nucci

Highest Rated: 89% Titanic (1997)

Lowest Rated: 7% Friends & Lovers (1999)

Birthday: Sep 15, 1968

Birthplace: Not Available

While most recognizable for his portrayal of Leonardo Di Caprio's doomed Italian sidekick in Titanic (1997), actor Danny Nucci had over three dozen film and television credits on his resumé before he even auditioned for the blockbuster. Born in Klagenfurt, Austria, and raised just outside of Venice, Italy, Nucci is the second child of a French Moroccan mother and an Italian father. His family relocated to the States when Nucci was only seven years old. They lived temporarily in Queens, NY, (where Nucci attended P.S. 144 in Forest Hills and P.S. 90 in Kew Gardens) before settling in California's San Fernando Valley. Nucci caught the acting bug as a student at Ulysses S. Grant High School in Van Nuys, CA, when the drama teacher recruited him for a production of West Side Story. Soon afterward, he volunteered to answer phones at a Variety Club charity telethon just for the chance to be on television, which was his first break.Forty auditions later, Nucci began his professional acting career at age 14 with a bit part on the ABC soap opera General Hospital. Roles on Richard Pryer's kids show Pryor's Place, Family Ties, and in the teen science fiction film The Explorers (1985) quickly followed. Yet, Nucci suffered a temporary emotional set back when he did not make the cast of Rob Reiner's Stand by Me (1986), after being called back several times. Devastated, he took a five-year hiatus from feature films in order to polish his skills on the small screen. He appeared on Hotel, The Twilight Zone, Growing Pains, Magnum, P.I., and Tour of Duty, and in numerous television films (including a stint as Keanu Reeves' younger brother in 1986's Brotherhood of Justice), as well as garnered three Young Artist Award nominations. Nucci's performance in the 1987 CBS Schoolbreak Special An Enemy Among Us was so powerful that the network showed the telefilm during prime time. He then played Gabriel Ortega on Falcon Crest from 1988 to 1989 -- earning his fourth Young Artist Award nomination for his performance -- before returning to features as Chris Young's sidekick in the teen comedy Book of Love (1991). This led to a small role in Frank Marshall's Alive (1993), the true story of a Uruguayan rugby team that is stranded in the Andes after a plane crash, starring Ethan Hawke, Vincent Spano, and Illeana Douglas. Work in several television films, B-movies, and independent features ensued, including A Matter of Justice (1993), Ray Alexander: A Taste for Justice (1994), and Blind Justice (1994).Nucci's big break arrived when casting directors tapped him to play Petty Officer Rivetti in Tony Scott's box-office smash Crimson Tide (1995). He held his own opposite the film's stars, Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman, impressing producer Jerry Bruckheimer who immediately cast Nucci as a Navy SEAL in Michael Bay's The Rock with Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and Ed Harris. He then appeared as a doomed deputy in the Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Eraser (1996), before proving his comedic talent as a paparazzo stalking Bette Midler and Dennis Farina in That Old Feeling (1997).After rapping up his role as Fabrizio De Rossi in 1997's Titanic (which instantly became the world's highest-grossing film), Nucci returned to independent features like the thriller Love Walked In (1998) and the comedy Friends & Lovers (1999). He then joined the supporting cast of producer David E. Kelley's only unsuccessful television series, Snoops. After the show's cancellation, television producer Jonathan Axelrod (who is married to Nucci's Alive co-star, Illeana Douglas) tapped Nucci to star in the CBS sitcom Some of My Best Friends. Based on the independent film Kiss Me, Guido (1997), the show featured Nucci as Frank Zito, a big-hearted wannabe actor from Queens who unknowingly moves in with a gay roommate played by Jason Bateman. Though called "pretty darn funny" by the New York Times, the series was ultimately canceled. Yet, Nucci immediately bounced back with the Sci Fi Channel miniseri


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Wishin' And Hopin' Pop 2014
No Score Yet Escapee Professor Jeremy Davis 2011
No Score Yet At the Sinatra Club John Gotti 2010
No Score Yet Backwoods Perry 2008
No Score Yet The Sandlot: Heading Home Benny 2007
No Score Yet Totally Baked: A Pot-u-mentary Actor 2007
67% World Trade Center Officer Giraldi $70.3M 2006
No Score Yet Break a Leg Actor 2005
No Score Yet The Way Back Home Paul Reeds 2005
No Score Yet American Cousins Gino 2003
No Score Yet Mafia Doctor Frank Siena 2003
No Score Yet Break a Leg EJ Inglewood 2003
No Score Yet Firestarter 2: Rekindled Vincent Sforza 2002
No Score Yet Code Name Jaguar Stuart Dempsey 2000
No Score Yet Shark in a Bottle Actor 2000
40% Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue Alberto 1999
7% Friends & Lovers David 1999
No Score Yet Love and Testosterone Actor 1999
No Score Yet The Outfitters P.D. Mitjans 1999
No Score Yet The Unknown Cyclist Gaetano Amador 1998
No Score Yet Love Walked In Cousin Matt 1998
89% Titanic Fabrizio 1997
43% That Old Feeling Joey Donna 1997
43% The Big Squeeze Jesse 1996
35% Eraser Monroe 1996
66% The Rock Agent Shepard 1996
No Score Yet Homage Gilbert Tellez 1996
88% Crimson Tide Danny Rivetti 1995
No Score Yet Blind Justice Roberto 1994
No Score Yet Rescue Me Actor 1993
59% Alive Hugo Diaz 1993
No Score Yet Roosters Hector Morales 1993
No Score Yet Book of Love Spider Bomboni 1991
No Score Yet Combat High Jai 1986
No Score Yet Brotherhood of Justice Willie 1986
No Score Yet The Children of Times Square Luis Sotavento 1986
No Score Yet American Drive-In Tommy 1985
77% Explorers Nasty Kid at School 1985


81% 9-1-1
Det. Romero Detective Rick Romero 2019
97% The Fosters
Mike Foster 2018
No Score Yet NCIS
Gordon Fremont 2012
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Det. Daniel Sosa 2011
No Score Yet NCIS: Los Angeles
Figg 2011
No Score Yet CSI: NY
Nicholas Henderson 2010
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
Burke Manning 2008
No Score Yet The Mentalist
Ben Machado 2008
No Score Yet Without a Trace
Scott Lucas 2008
91% House
Bill Bill Arnello 2007
50% Joey
Ron 2004
9% 10-8: Officers on Duty
Rico Amonte 2004
No Score Yet Just Shoot Me
Pete 2003
57% Some of My Best Friends
Frankie Zito 2001
No Score Yet Snoops
Manny Lott 1999
No Score Yet The Commish
Marco Espinoza 1994
No Score Yet Blossom
Lou 1992
No Score Yet Quantum Leap
Tony Pronti 1990
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
Budge 1988
No Score Yet Growing Pains
Scooter 1986
No Score Yet Family Ties
Rick 1985


Fabrizio says: I can see the Statue of Liberty already... Very small, of course.

Fabrizio says: " I can see the statue of liberty already! Very small of corse!"

Fabrizio says: I can see the statue of liberty already! Very small of course!