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Danny Nucci

Highest Rated:   88% Titanic (1997)
Lowest Rated:   7% Friends & Lovers (1999)
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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 w

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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 The Sandlot: Heading Home
  • Benny
2007
No Score Yet Totally Baked: A Pot-u-mentary
  • Actor
2007
68% 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
88% Titanic
  • Fabrizio
1997
43% That Old Feeling
  • Joey Donna
1997
43% The Big Squeeze
  • Jesse
1996
37% Eraser
  • Monroe
1996
66% The Rock
  • Agent Shepard
1996
No Score Yet Homage
  • Gilbert Tellez
1996
87% Crimson Tide
  • Danny Rivetti
1995
No Score Yet Blind Justice
  • Roberto
1994
No Score Yet Rescue Me
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet For the Love of My Child: The Anissa Ayala Story
  • Airon Ayala
1993
70% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Fosters
2013
  • Mike Foster
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Gordon Fremont
  • 2012
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Det. Daniel Sosa
  • 2011
No Score Yet NCIS: Los Angeles
2009
  • Figg
  • 2011
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Nicholas Henderson
  • 2010
No Score Yet Criminal Minds
2005
  • Burke Manning
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Ben Machado
  • 2008
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
  • Scott Lucas
  • 2008
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Bill Bill Arnello
  • 2005
No Score Yet Joey
2004-2006
  • Ron
  • 2004
No Score Yet Growing Pains
1985-1992
  • Scooter
  • 1986

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