John DiResta

Actor, Comedian, NYC transit policeman
Among the many who have joined the ranks of stand-up comics turned sitcom stars, John DiResta is unique case. The New York native joined the transit police force at age 21 and spent the next decade chasing fare beaters ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1964

Filmography

Actor (20)

Dirty Money 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

American Body Shop 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Hammered with John & Jimmy DiResta 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

The Jake Effect 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous 2005 (Movie)

Clonsky (Actor)

Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Shorties Watchin' Shorties 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

Trash to Cash with John DiResta 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days 2003 (Movie)

Joey Sr (Actor)

15 Minutes 2001 (Movie)

Bobby Korfin (Actor)

Hit and Runway 2001 (Movie)

Bruno (Actor)

Law & Order 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Providence 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miss Congeniality 2000 (Movie)

Agent Clonsky (Actor)

Stark Raving Mad 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

67th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

DiResta 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Gloria 1999 (Movie)

Radio Cop (Actor)

Mickey Blue Eyes 1999 (Movie)

Traffic cop (Actor)

King's Highway (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Among the many who have joined the ranks of stand-up comics turned sitcom stars, John DiResta is unique case. The New York native joined the transit police force at age 21 and spent the next decade chasing fare beaters and searching for homeless people who wanted shelter. With the encouragement of a high school buddy, DiResta began honing a comedy routine that he began to perform in venues like "a basement in City Island when Whitey was promoted to captain" to "a party like a wedding in Edison when Ralph Palucci paid off his Pepsi route," Eventually, he began to land gigs in more established clubs which in turn led to an engagement Off-Broadway in "Beat: A Subway Cop's Comedy" (1996-97). Critics were impressed with DiResta, noting similarities to a young Jackie Gleason. With the success of the Off-Broadway show, the TV networks came dangling offers of sitcoms. Eventually, DiResta signed a one-year agreement with ABC and a pilot was developed but went unscheduled. When ABC's option expired, Paramount and its fledgling UPN approached the cop-turned-comic, resulting in "DiResta", a blue-collar family sitcom which premiered in the fall of 1998.

Relationships

Fran DiResta

Wife

Joseph DiResta

Father

Shannon DiResta

Child
born c. 1993

Sabrina DiResta

Daughter
born c. 1991

Matthew DiResta

Son
born c. 1989

James DiResta

Brother
teaches at NYC's School of Visual Arts in business with siblings

Joseph DiResta

Brother
in business with siblings

Kathleen DiResta

Sister
in business with siblings

EDUCATION

dropped out of college

Milestones

2001

Appeared in "15 Minutes"

2000

Acted in "Miss Congeniality"

1999

Film acting debut as a cop in Sidney Lumet's remake of "Gloria"

1999

Played a policeman in "Mickey Blue Eyes"

1997

Created and starred in unsold sitcom pilot for ABC

1992

At suggestion of friend, began developing a comedy act

1991

Assigned to the homeless outreach unit

Acted in an episode of NBC's "Law & Order", playing a cop

Starred in "DiResta", a sitcom for UPN based on his life and experiences as a transit cop

Appeared Off-Broadway in one-person show "Beat: A Subway Cop's Comedy"

Raised on Long Island

At age 21, became a NYC transit cop

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