Dan Cortese

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Dan Cortese
BornDaniel James Cortese
(1967-09-14) September 14, 1967 (age 47)
Sewickley, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationActor, director, spokesperson
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Dee Dee Hemby (1994-: divorce filed)
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Dan Cortese
BornDaniel James Cortese
(1967-09-14) September 14, 1967 (age 47)
Sewickley, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OccupationActor, director, spokesperson
Years active1992–present
Spouse(s)Dee Dee Hemby (1994-: divorce filed)

Daniel James "Dan" Cortese (born September 14, 1967) is an American actor, director and spokesperson. He is known for his roles as Perry Rollins on Veronica's Closet and as Vic Meladeo on What I Like About You.


Early life[edit]

Cortese was born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. He is of Sicilian descent.[1] Prior to becoming an actor, he was a walk-on member of the University of North Carolina football team as a backup quarterback.[2] His freshman year the team went to the Aloha Bowl. He never played a down. He graduated with a B.A. in Broadcasting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Cortese first came to prominence as team coach of The Bricklayers on MTV Rock N' Jock and host of MTV Sports from 1992 to 1997. In 1994, he co-starred on the short-lived CBS police drama Traps with George C. Scott. He gained further recognition in 1995 as Jess Hanson in Melrose Place.[3] He played Jake Hanson's half brother for 8 episodes in the third season but was killed off in that season's finale. He had the main role as Jason in the 1996 movie The Lottery. He had starring roles in the 1993 remake/sequel of Route 66, Traps, The Single Guy, Veronica's Closet (in which he played Perry for three seasons), Rock Me Baby and Ball & Chain. Cortese appeared in the NBC television series Seinfeld, where he played Tony, Elaine's ultra-cool, vapid, good-looking boyfriend. In the episode, entitled "The Stall", he was dubbed a "mimbo" (a male bimbo). He was also featured in The WB television series What I Like About You in a recurring role as Vic, Val's boss, from 2002 to 2003 a role he reprised as a series regular from 2005 to 2006 during the fourth and final season, which he directed one episode and in two episodes of 8 Simple Rules in 2004, playing Bridget's tennis coach. He has also starred in the natural horror film Locusts: The 8th Plague.

During Burger King's "Your Way, Right Away" advertising campaign during the 1990s, Cortese was hired as the fast-food company's official spokesperson.

He was the host of My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad, which aired on NBC for one season before being cancelled. Dan then appeared on the first season of Superstars as the partner of Lisa Leslie.

In 2008, Cortese landed a role in Soccer Mom as a famous Italian soccer player alongside Emily Osment.

He was the co-host of the ABC game show, Crash Course (which was canceled after 4 episodes) and hosts VH-1's Money Hungry.

Cortese was a guest-star on the Hot in Cleveland episode (#3.8) entitled 'God and Football' playing Jimmy Armstrong.

In 2013, Cortese serves as the host of truTV's Guinness World Records Unleashed. The series debuted on February 7, 2013.


1993Demolition ManTaco Bell Entertainer
1996The LotteryJason Smith
2000After SexJohn
2005Locusts: The 8th PlagueColt Denton
2007Everybody Wants to Be ItalianMichael
2008Soccer MomLorenzo Vincenzo
1988Something Is Out ThereJack Breslin
1995Melrose PlaceJess Hanson
1996Caroline in the CityScott
1997The Single GuyDan Montgomery
1997Volcano: Fire on the MountainPeter Slater
2000Baby BluesRay
2000That's LifeProfessor Jeff Cahill
1997–2000Veronica's ClosetPerry Rollins / Laird Perry Rollins
2001The TriangleTommy Devane
2001Inside SchwartzChuck
2002House BlendDave Reed
2002Andy Richter Controls the UniverseBen / Peter
2003–2004Rock Me Baby (TV series)Jimmy Cox
20048 Simple RulesCoach Scott
2004CSI: MiamiSal Coleman
2005JoeyChuck(TV series, 1 episode: "Joey and the Stuntman")
2003, 2005-2006What I Like About YouVic Meladeo (Season 1 guest, Season 4 Main)
2009Surviving SuburbiaOnno
2010CastleHoward Weisberg
2011Man Up!Dennis Mayder
2012Hot in ClevelandJimmy Armstrong(TV series, 1 episode: "God and Football")
2013–presentGuinness World Records Gone WildHost


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