Dan Cortese

Actor, TV host
Athletic hunk Dan Cortese's scored a number of recurring or cast roles on such TV hits as "Veronica's Closet" and "What I Like About You," but his star shown brightest in the minds of "Seinfeld" fans as Tony, Elaine ... Read more »
Born: 09/13/1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (40)

Guinness World Records Unleashed 2012 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Soccer Mom 2014 (Movie)

Lorenzo (Actor)

Hot in Cleveland 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Castle 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Money Hungry 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

Crash Course 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

Surviving Suburbia 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Superstars 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Everybody Wants to Be Italian 2008 (Movie)

Cameo Appearance (Actor)

My Dad is Better Than Your Dad 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Caroline in the City 1994 - 2000, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Melrose Place 1994 - 2000, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

That's Life 1994 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Single Guy 1996 - 2000, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Veronica's Closet 1997 - 2000, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

What I Like About You 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Joey 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

8 Simple Rules 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rock Me Baby 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The In-Laws 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Andy Richter Controls the Universe 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Inside Schwartz 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Triangle 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

After Sex 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Baby Blues 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

The Lottery 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Public Enemy #1 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Fox All Star Challenge 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Off Camera With Dean Cain 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

At First Sight 1994 (Movie)

Joe Fortone (Actor)

Seinfeld 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Traps 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Demolition Man 1993 (Movie)

Taco Bell Entertainer (Actor)

Route 66 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Fox/MTV Guide to Summer '92 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

A Weekend in the Country (TV Show)

Actor

Locusts: The 8th Plague (TV Show)

Actor

The Triangle (Movie)

Tommy (Actor)
Music (1)

Demolition Man 1993 (Movie)

("Good Things From the Garden") (Song Performer)

Biography

Athletic hunk Dan Cortese's scored a number of recurring or cast roles on such TV hits as "Veronica's Closet" and "What I Like About You," but his star shown brightest in the minds of "Seinfeld" fans as Tony, Elaine Benes' (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) ultra-cool, good-looking boyfriend whom George Costanza (Jason Alexander) openly worships with a man-crush, prompting Jerry Seinfeld to call Cortese a "mimbo. "

Born on Sept. 14, 1967 in the Pittsburgh, PA suburb of Sewickely, Cortese first came to prominence as the host of "MTV Sports" in 1992. How the former college football player and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate got that job was one of those "only-in-Hollywood" discoveries. While working as a lowly production assistant for MTV in Los Angeles, he jokingly told a talent executive he was the best candidate to host the music channel's new sports program. One test later, Cortese went from PA peon to host of one of the music network's most popular shows, serving in that capacity from 1992-96. After "graduating" from overnight success on MTV, Cortese's ascent in show business was rapid - particularly for someone with no training and no heretofore on-camera aspirations.

Cortese's feature film debut came as the Taco Bell entertainer in the Sylvester Stallone-Wesley Snipes science fiction/action feature film, "Demolition Man" (1993). That same year, Cortese starred in the short-lived NBC series remake of "Route 66," as well as the brief CBS series, "Traps" in 1994. Cortese landed the "mimbo" role on the "Seinfeld (NBC, 1990-98) episode, "The Stall" that same year, making a significant mark in the hallowed "Seinfeld" universe.

"Seinfeld" notwithstanding, after working on two defunct series in quick succession, Cortese was thankful to land recurring roles on two established and popular series - first, as Jess Hanson, brother to Jake (Grant Show), on the hit primetime soap "Melrose Place" (Fox, 1994-97), as well as the investment banker/neighbor of Jonathan Silverman on "The Single Guy" (NBC, 1995-97). In conjunction with his recurring series work, Cortese played G-man Melvin Purvis in the HBO Original Movie "Public Enemy No. 1" (1996), starred in the feature film "At First Sight" (1996) and in the highly rated NBC movie "The Lottery" (1996). In a bit of a stretch role, Cortese portrayed geologist Peter Slater in the TV disaster flick "Volcano: Fire on the Mountain" (ABC, 1997).

For the first time since hosting his own MTV show, Cortese began the a TV season in a regular role on a hit show - that of Perry Rollins, a former model-turned-publicist, for Kirstie Alley's lingerie company on NBC's "Veronica's Closet" (1997-99). Receiving his best reviews yet, Cortese honed his comic timing on a weekly basis in a way he had not been able to in the past. After "Veronica's Closet" closed shop, Cortese continued to land guest spots on several hit shows, notably "Andy Richter Controls the Universe" (Fox, 2002-03) in 2002, "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" (ABC, 2002-05) in 2004, and "J y" (NBC, 2004-06) in 2005, before landing the recurring role of Vic, in the Amanda Bynes/Jennie Garth sitcom, "What I Like About You" (CBS, 2002- ) in early 2006.

Relationships

Dee Dee Cortese Actor

Wife
Married May 21, 1994 He filed for divorce in November 2011

India Cortese

Daughter
Born March 4, 2004; mother, Dee Dee Cortese

Roman Cortese

Son
Mother, Dee Dee Cortese

EDUCATION

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill , North Carolina 1990
attended on a football scholarship; recruited as a quarterback but switched to wide receiver; played in the 1986 Aloha Bowl as part of the team

Milestones

2004

Appeared on "8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter" (ABC) as Coach Scott

2003

Starred in the short-lived series, "Rock Me Baby" (WB)

2003

Joined the cast of "What I Like About You" as Val's (Jennie Garth) husband, Vic who she married after a wild night in Atlantic City

1999

Cast as Perry, a model-turned-publicist, on the NBC sitcom "Veronica's Closet"

1997

Had recurring role as a neighbor of "The Single Guy" on the NBC sitcom

1997

Portrayed geologist Peter Slater in TV disaster flick "Volcano: Fire on the Mountain" (ABC)

1996

Played G-man Melvin Purvis in HBO movie "Public Enemy No. 1"

1996

Starred in highly rated NBC movie "The Lottery", based on the Shirley Jackson short story

1996

First starring role in a feature, "At First Sight"

1995

Played recurring role of Jess Hanson, brother of Jake (Grant Show) on Fox's primetime soap "Melrose Place"

1994

Had another brief venture as a star of CBS series "Traps"

1993

Starred in short-lived NBC remake of "Route 66"

1993

Feature debut in cameo role, "Demolition Man"

Grew up in Sewickley, Pennsylvania

Hosted "MTV Sports"

Worked as a production assistant for MTV in L.A.

Bonus Trivia

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"NBC keeps trying to turn the himbo into a Must See TV star, giving him roles on "Seinfeld", "The Single Guy" and ["Veronica's] Closet", but he's the male Jenny McCarthy: He's not nearly as cute or as funny as he thinks he is."---Bruce Fretts on Corteses in the "Remote Patrol" column of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, December 19, 1997.

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