Many actors find the transition from drama to comedy difficult, but it was a challenge Melissa Fumero accepted with relish when she went from a featured role on "One Life to Live" (ABC 1968- ) to bein...
Lyndhurst, New Jersey, USA
|The House That Jack Built||Actor||n/a||1|
|Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2012-2013)||Actor||Amy Santiago||2012||1|
|Red Letter||Actor||Carmen Soledad||1|
|The Real McCoy||Actor||Michelle Rhodes||1|
|"I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell"|
|"One Life to Live"|
Many actors find the transition from drama to comedy difficult, but it was a challenge Melissa Fumero accepted with relish when she went from a featured role on "One Life to Live" (ABC 1968- ) to being Andy Samberg's comedic foil on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (Fox 2013- ). As it turned out, it was just one of a number of remarkable steps in Fumero's career, which almost literally began the day she finished college.
Fumero was born Melissa Gallo on August 19, 1982 in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. Her parents were high school sweethearts who fled from Cuba to the U.S. when they were teens. One of Fumero's interests was dance, and she had been dancing since she was a child, but she discovered her passion for acting when her parents took her to see "The Secret Garden" on Broadway when she was ten.
New York University's prestigious drama department was her dream school, and her family was very supportive in her decision. Fumero graduated from NYU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama in 2003. Amazingly, five hours after taking her last test, she received a call from her agent about appearing on the long-running soap opera "One Life to Live" (1968 - )
Fumero got the job, and appeared on the show as Adriana Cramer, the long-lost daughter of Dorian Cramer Lord, one of the soap opera's longest running characters. Fumero appeared on the show for four years, an impressive feat for her first professional job as an actress. "One Life To Live" was also very successful on the personal front for Fumero; she met her future husband, David Fumero, while they were acting together on the show.
In addition to her years on "One Life To Live," Fumero also starred in the movie "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell" (2009), and made appearances on "The Mentalist" (CBS 2008- ), "Gossip Girl" (CW 2007-2012), and "CSI: New York" (CBS 2004-2013). In 2013, Fumero moved to her first starring role in primetime as the female lead in the police squad room comedy "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," playing the uptight and ambitious detective Amy Santiago. A workplace comedy similar in tone to its creators' previous series "The Office" (NBC 2005-2013) and "Parks and Recreation" (NBC 2009- ), the series had a degree of realism usually unseen in a comedy; the cast went through police and firearm training prior to filming.
|New York University|
|Underwent police and firearm training prior to filming on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"|
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