Michael DeLorenzo

Michael DeLorenzo is an American actor, director, writer, producer, dancer, and musician. He is known for his work in television and film.

Michael DeLorenzo
BornOctober 31
OccupationActor, director, writer, producer, musician, dancer
Years active1980-Present

Early lifeEdit

DeLorenzo was raised in The Bronx, New York.[1] His late father, Arthur DeLorenzo, was of Italian descent and his late mother, Carmen DeLorenzo, was from Puerto Rico.[2] DeLorenzo is the second eldest of four children. He has one sister and two brothers.[3]

DeLorenzo first began performing at a young age as a dancer with Tina Ramirez's Ballet Hispanico.[4][5] DeLorenzo went on to receive various scholarships from the School of American Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet and the New York School of Ballet. He danced alongside Rudolph Nureyev and the National Ballet of Canada. DeLorenzo performed with Mikhail Baryshnikov and the American Ballet Theatre. He went on to attend the Manhattan-based High School of Performing Arts, made famous by the movie and television series Fame.[6] He danced with Richard Thomas' U.S. Terpsichore Ballet Company,[7][8] but suffered a serious dance injury forcing him to leave a career in professional ballet.[9]


One of DeLorenzo's first acting roles was on stage in the Broadway revival of West Side Story, appearing as one of the members of the Sharks street gang.[10] He then moved on to appear in the 1980 movie Fame and the television show Fame (1982-1987) as a series regular.[3] DeLorenzo appeared in television shows such as Miami Vice and A Different World.[11] and appeared in movies such as Fast Forward (1985) directed by Sidney Poitier.[12] DeLorenzo continued to work on Broadway appearing in the musical Streetheat in 1985.[13] DeLorenzo worked with Michael Jackson[14] and Lionel Richie[15] and appeared in Jackson’s music video "Beat It".[16] He appeared in other music videos and dance performances such as Alexander O'Neal's "Fake".[17] He danced in Chaka Khan's performance of "I Feel for You" at the 1985 Grammy Awards.[18]

DeLorenzo has acted on the stage, in film, and on television. In a performance portraying five different roles, DeLorenzo won a Drama-Logue Award for Best Actor in a play at the Mark Taper Forum entitled Stand Up Tragedy (1989).[19][20] He was tapped by the producers of the ABC sitcom Head of the Class to star as Alex Torres, alongside Howard Hesseman during the last two seasons of the series (1989–1991).[21] DeLorenzo appeared in Rob Reiner's drama A Few Good Men (1992) as Pfc. William T. Santiago,[22] and as Rafael Cano in Alive (1993). He also appeared in Mi Familia (1995)[23] and The Wall (1998).[24]

In 1994, DeLorenzo played the role of Eddie Torres, the brooding cop with a heart in Dick Wolf's urban drama New York Undercover.[25] This was the first time that a police drama on American television featured two people of color (DeLorenzo and fellow actor Malik Yoba) in the starring roles.[26] For his performance, DeLorenzo was awarded the NCLR American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series in 1998 and in 1996 for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series[27] DeLorenzo went on to star in the Showtime drama Resurrection Blvd., playing embittered boxing champion Carlos Santiago.[28] For his performance, DeLorenzo won the Imagen Award for Best Actor and the Vision Award for Best Performance in Drama.[29]

DeLorenzo continues to act in other notable TV shows such as CSI: NY, Numb3rs, Ghost Whisperer and CSI: Miami.[30] DeLorenzo also appeared in various independent feature films. On May 25, 2013, he won the award for Best Supporting Actor at the Los Angeles Movie Awards for his role as Keith Caverns in The Employer.[31] In 2016, DeLorenzo took on the role of the complex and entangled paraplegic witness Fausto in the CBS police procedural drama Blue Bloods (episode titled Mob Rules, fourth episode of the seventh season).[32] He played José Sarria, a political LGBT activist in the Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black's When We Rise (2017), directed by Gus Van Sant.[33]


Michael DeLorenzo is a director and a member of the Directors Guild of America.[34] While at Showtime, DeLorenzo directed episodes of Resurrection Blvd. He has directed and produced films and short films.[35] He also directed music videos that featured new and upcoming artists.[36]


DeLorenzo is also a vocalist, songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. He plays the guitar, drums and piano. He partnered with an R&B girl group called Teen Dream, under the moniker "Valentino" and released the single "Get Busy" (1987). In the mid- to late 1990s during his tenure on New York Undercover, some of his songs appeared on the show – one of them titled, "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight".[37][38] His songs also have appeared on Showtime's Resurrection Blvd. DeLorenzo co-wrote "Angel", a song for The Sims 2.[39] In 2009, his album Rescue Me was released.[40]


Film and television[41]Edit

Year Title Role Notes
2019 Be the Light Ramon Film
2018 Shantal - Come Get It Director Music Video
2018 Johnny Gruesome Charlie Grissom Film
2017 When We Rise José Sarria TV Mini-Series
2017 The Babymoon Ray Lopez Film
2016 Blue Bloods Fausto TV Episode: Mob Rules
2016 Unsung Hollywood Himself TV Series Documentary Episode: New York Undercover
2016 The Power of One Director/Executive Producer Short
2014 It Can Only Be Used Once Director/Executive Producer/Writer Short
2014 Provocadora Director/Executive Producer Music Video
2014 Hold on My Heart Director/Executive Producer Music Video
2013 The Employer Keith Caverns Film
2012 186 Dollars to Freedom Gutierrez Film
2009 La Linea Pablo Film
2009 Not Forgotten Casper Navarro Film
2009 Contradictions of the Heart Diego Film
2008 CSI: Miami Carlos Santiago TV Episode: Tunnel Vision
2008 One, Two Many Director Film
2007 Safe Harbour Bob Film
2007 Ghost Whisperer Richard Sanchez TV Episode: Haunted Hero
2007 Numb3rs Nacio Duque TV Episode: One Hour
2006 High Hopes Rocko Film
2006 CSI: NY Rico Cerda TV Episode: Cool Hunter
2005 Crossing Jordan Stranger TV Episode: A Stranger Among Us
2004 All of Us Antonio TV Episode: It Takes Three to Tango
2004 In Your Eyes Sergio Espinoza Film
2003 The Lionel Richie Collection Ballet Teacher Video documentary
2003 Michael Jackson: Number Ones Principal Dancer / Gang Member Video documentary - Segment: "Beat It"
2000-2002 Resurrection Blvd. Carlos Santiago TV Series Regular (47 episodes)
2001-2002 Resurrection Blvd. Director TV Episodes: El Gato, El Vato, La Cena Y El Padre (2002) / Episode: Bruja (2001)
2001 2001 ALMA Awards Himself-Presenter TV Special
2000 Border Patrol Det. Freddie Chavez Film
2000 Gun Shy Estuvio Film
2000 2000 Women Rock! Girls and Guitars Himself TV Movie
1999 Miller Lite Beer TV Commercial Himself TV
1998 Zero Stress Javier Film
1998 The Wall Luis Film
1998 Phantoms Soldier Velazquez Film
1998 1998 ALMA Awards Himself TV Special
1997 The Daily Show Himself TV Episode: Michael DeLorenzo
1994-1997 New York Undercover Det. Eddie Torres TV Series Regular (76 episodes)
1997 Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II Dancer Video documentary: Segment "Beat It"
1997 28th NAACP Image Awards Himself TV Special
1995 Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory Dancer Video documentary – Segment: "Beat It"
1995 1995 MTV Video Music Awards Himself TV Special
1995 Mi Familia/My Family Butch Mejia Film
1994 Count on Me TV Movie
1994 Somebody to Love Ernesto Film
1994 Pointman Julio Alvarez TV Movie
1994 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself TV Episode: #2.63
1993 Judgment Night Kid Film
1993 The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. Emilio Pena TV Episode: Brisco in Jalisco
1993 Alive Rafael Cano Film
1992 A Few Good Men Pfc. William T. Santiago Film
1992 Diggstown Paulo Film
1989-1991 Head of the Class Alex Torres TV Series Regular (48 episodes)
1990 Cold Dog Soup Gang Leader Film
1990 Live! with Kelly Himself TV Episode: Dated March 30, 1990
1988 Police Story: Cop Killer Young Driver Film
1988 A Different World Ramon Duarte TV Episode: If You Like Pilgrim Coladas
1988 1988 Platoon Leader Raymond Bacera Film
1988 Satisfaction Bunny Slotz Film
1988 The Couch Trip Lopez Film
1987 Crime Story Roberto Mendoza TV Episode: Love Hurts
1987 Fatal Beauty Flaco Film
1982-1987 Fame Michael/Principal Dancer TV Series Regular (61 episodes)
1987 The Bronx Zoo Salvatore Guiterrez TV Episodes: Conspicuous by Their Abstinence / Signs of Life
1987 Sister Margaret and the Saturday Night Ladies Miguel TV Movie
1987 What's Happening Now! Tiger TV Episodes: The Boxer
1986 The 27th Annual Grammy Awards Himself-Dancer TV Special - one of the four main dancers for Chaka Khan in her live performance of "I Feel For You" at the 27th Grammy Awards
1985 Miami Vice Dogfight Gambler / Salvatore Lombard TV Episodes: Junk Love / Lombard
1985 HeartBeat Bobby TV Movie
1985 Fast Forward Caesar Lopez Film
1984 Breakin' Through Principal Dancer Film
1983 Michael Jackson: Thriller Zombie (uncredited) Video Short
1983 Michael Jackson]: Beat It Principal Dancer Video Short
1983 The Kids from Fame: live at the Royal Albert Hall Himself-Fame Dancer TV Movie Documentary
1980 Fame Principal Dancer Film
1978 Slipping Into Darkness Soldier Film

Music videosEdit


  • "Fool For Love" at the Madrid Theatre
  • "Stand Up Tragedy" at the Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, CA (1989)
  • "Streetheat" on Broadway, New York City (1985)[42]
  • "Tumbleweed" at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles
  • "West Side Story" on Broadway, New York City
  • "Paperbird" in New York City
  • "Aria Dacapa" in New York City


Rescue Me (2009)Edit

Track No. Title
1 Together
2 No Reason Why
3 Lay Me Down
4 Give You More
5 On & On
6 Rescue Me
7 Luv 2 Luv U
8 Without You
9 Hang On
10 Lay Me Down (Spanish Version)

Video gameEdit

TV soundtracksEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1989-05-31/entertainment/ca-950_1_stand-up-tragedy-new-york-teacher-mark-taper-forum
  2. ^ Us Weekly, August 28, 2000.
  3. ^ a b Fee, Debi (1983). "Fame's the Name of the Game". Right On Magazine.
  4. ^ "OL TO BALLET HISPANICO". New York Post. 14 September 1999.
  5. ^ Wright, Audrey (1985). "Michael DeLorenzo - From Fame to Videos, Broadway and the Big Screen". Tiger Beat. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  6. ^ Kisselgoff, Anna (3 June 1974). "Premieres in Dance for School Concert". The New York Times.
  7. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1976/06/29/archives/dance-us-terpsichore-new-works.html
  8. ^ . Lansing State Journal, Lansing, Michigan. November 17, 1994. "I toured with the American Ballet Theatre, at 15. p. 25 https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/209039907/. Check date values in: |date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ . Jefferson City Post-Tribune. March 10, 1977. p. 3 https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/2909718/. We received the news that Michael DeLorenzo would not be dancing because of an injured knee. Two other dancers took his role. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Broadway Database". Playbill.
  11. ^ TV Cop DeLorenzo's Next Assignment: Host Billboard 3rd Annual Latin Music Awards, Billboard Magazine, 6 April 1966
  12. ^ Donalson, Melvin Burk (2007), Hip Hop in American Cinema, Peter Lang Publishing Inc., p. 135
  13. ^ Deitz, Dan (2015), The Complete Book of 1980s Broadway Musicals, Rowman & LIttlefield, p. 231–232
  14. ^ "Beat It, cast and crew" – via MUBI.
  15. ^ "Dancing on the Ceiling Music Video" – via YouTube.
  16. ^ "BEAT IT Official Music Video" – via YouTube.
  17. ^ "FAKE Music Video" – via YouTube.
  18. ^ "Chaka Khan I Feel For You Performance at Grammys" – via Dailymotion.
  19. ^ HEFFLEY, LYNNE (6 March 1990). "Center Theatre Group Wins 12 Critics Awards" – via LA Times.
  20. ^ "1988–1997". Center Theatre Group.
  21. ^ Friedman, Roger (5 November 2015). "Exclusive: Netflix Considering "Head of the Class" Reboot Following "Fuller House"".
  22. ^ "A Few Good Men-budget". Nash Information Service LLC.
  23. ^ McCarthy, Todd (19 January 1995). "My Family/Mi Familia". Los Angeles Times.
  24. ^ Miller, Daryl H. (23 May 1998). "Trio of Touching Tales of War, Love in Wall". LA Times.
  25. ^ Kimble, Julian (4 September 2014). "Remembering "New York Undercover," the Best Cop Show". Complex Magazine.
  26. ^ "Hip-Hop Cops", TV Guide, Oct. 15, 1994, p. 29.
  27. ^ Snow, Shauna (16 December 1996). "Estefan, Olmos and Police Dramas Win Bravo Awards" – via Los Angeles Times.
  28. ^ Rosenberg, Howard (1 July 2002). "2 Families Worth Knowing" – via LA Times.
  29. ^ "DeLorenzo and De Jesus win at Imagen awards" – via Emmys.
  30. ^ "Michael DeLorenzo". Michael DeLorenzo.
  31. ^ "List of 2013 Los Angeles Movie Award Winners". Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  32. ^ "Listings - BLUE BLOODS on CBS - TheFutonCritic.com". www.thefutoncritic.com.
  33. ^ "TV Review: ABC's Gay-Rights Miniseries 'When We Rise'". NBC News. 21 February 2017.
  34. ^ "A Celebration of the History and Accomplishments of the Latino Committee". Directors Guild of America.
  35. ^ Esparza, Elia (25 November 2014). "Michael DeLorenzo Debuts "It Can Only Be Used Once" Short Film Trailer" – via Latin Heat Entertainment.
  36. ^ "Michael DeLorenzo Biography". Michael DeLorenzo.
  37. ^ YouTube Video of Music Track Video on YouTube
  38. ^ "New York Undercover Soundtrack".
  39. ^ "The Sims 2: Castaway (2007) PlayStation 2 credits - MobyGames". MobyGames.
  40. ^ "Michael DeLorenzo Music". Michael DeLorenzo.
  41. ^ "Michael DeLorenzo Filmography". Michael DeLorenzo.
  42. ^ Dietz, Dan (18 February 2016). The Complete Book of 1980s Broadway Musicals. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781442260924 – via Google Books.

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