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Michael DeLorenzo is an American actor, director, writer, producer, dancer, and musician. He is known for his work in television and film.
|Occupation||Actor, director, writer, producer, musician, dancer|
DeLorenzo was raised in The Bronx, New York. His late father, Arthur DeLorenzo, was of Italian descent and his late mother, Carmen DeLorenzo, was from Puerto Rico. DeLorenzo is the second eldest of four children. He has one sister and two brothers.
DeLorenzo first began performing at a young age as a dancer with Tina Ramirez's Ballet Hispanico. 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. He danced with Richard Thomas' U.S. Terpsichore Ballet Company, but suffered a serious dance injury forcing him to leave a career in professional ballet.
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. He then moved on to appear in the 1980 movie Fame and the television show Fame (1982-1987) as a series regular. DeLorenzo appeared in television shows such as Miami Vice and A Different World. and appeared in movies such as Fast Forward (1985) directed by Sidney Poitier. DeLorenzo continued to work on Broadway appearing in the musical Streetheat in 1985. DeLorenzo worked with Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and appeared in Jackson’s music video "Beat It". He appeared in other music videos and dance performances such as Alexander O'Neal's "Fake". He danced in Chaka Khan's performance of "I Feel for You" at the 1985 Grammy Awards.
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). 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). DeLorenzo appeared in Rob Reiner's drama A Few Good Men (1992) as Pfc. William T. Santiago, and as Rafael Cano in Alive (1993). He also appeared in Mi Familia (1995) and The Wall (1998).
In 1994, DeLorenzo played the role of Eddie Torres, the brooding cop with a heart in Dick Wolf's urban drama New York Undercover. 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. 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 DeLorenzo went on to star in the Showtime drama Resurrection Blvd., playing embittered boxing champion Carlos Santiago. For his performance, DeLorenzo won the Imagen Award for Best Actor and the Vision Award for Best Performance in Drama.
DeLorenzo continues to act in other notable TV shows such as CSI: NY, Numb3rs, Ghost Whisperer and CSI: Miami. 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. 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). 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.
Michael DeLorenzo is a director and a member of the Directors Guild of America. While at Showtime, DeLorenzo directed episodes of Resurrection Blvd. He has directed and produced films and short films. He also directed music videos that featured new and upcoming artists.
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". His songs also have appeared on Showtime's Resurrection Blvd. DeLorenzo co-wrote "Angel", a song for The Sims 2. In 2009, his album Rescue Me was released.
|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||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||Ghost Whisperer||Richard Sanchez||TV Episode: Haunted Hero|
|2007||Numb3rs||Nacio Duque||TV Episode: One Hour|
|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||2000 Women Rock! Girls and Guitars||Himself||TV Movie|
|1999||Miller Lite Beer TV Commercial||Himself||TV|
|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||The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.||Emilio Pena||TV Episode: Brisco in Jalisco|
|1992||A Few Good Men||Pfc. William T. Santiago||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||The Couch Trip||Lopez||Film|
|1987||Crime Story||Roberto Mendoza||TV Episode: Love Hurts|
|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||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|
|1978||Slipping Into Darkness||Soldier||Film|
- Michael Jackson: "Beat It"
- Lionel Richie: "Ballerina Girl"
- Alexander O’Neal: "Fake"
- Lionel Richie: "Running with the Night"
- Lionel Richie: "Dancing on the Ceiling"
- Pretty Poison: "Catch Me I'm Falling"
- Teen Dream: "Let's Get Busy"
- "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)
- "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
|2||No Reason Why|
|3||Lay Me Down|
|4||Give You More|
|5||On & On|
|7||Luv 2 Luv U|
|10||Lay Me Down (Spanish Version)|
- The Sims 2: Castaway (2007), "Angel" – co-written by DeLorenzo
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- Donalson, Melvin Burk (2007), Hip Hop in American Cinema, Peter Lang Publishing Inc., p. 135
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- "Dancing on the Ceiling Music Video" – via YouTube.
- "BEAT IT Official Music Video" – via YouTube.
- "FAKE Music Video" – via YouTube.
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- YouTube Video of Music Track Video on YouTube
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