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Overview (4)

Born in The Bronx, New York, USA
Died
Nickname Big Frank
Height 6' 5" (1.96 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Frank D'Amico was born in Mt. Vernon, New York. A true New Yorker to the core! He grew up in a blue collar, middle class, multi-cultured neighborhood! Frank started his career by entertaining his fellow workers on a picket line for the Teamsters (Local 456) in Westchester, New York... after honing his onstage skills he quickly became a national headliner and opening act for many major artists.

Frank's stand-up performance on Comedy Central drew the attention of director Roger Nygard, who was casting his next movie. Frank passed the audition and landed his first role as a supporting dramatic actor. After getting a taste of acting and deciding to pursue it professionally, he joined HB Acting Studios in New York City with acting coach William Hickey and Acting Management with Kevin Osborne; Frank went on to land several "Feature" and "Guest Star" roles in film and television!

The independent feature film Hitters (2002) directed by Eric Weston, starring Frank, won "Best Feature Film" at the 2003 Westchester International Film Festival. Preview audiences were impressed by what many consider to be Frank's breakout performance.

Hecan be seen in Vanessa Parise's award winning film Kiss the Bride (2002) and Roger Nygard's documentary Trekkies (1997) (which features his Stand-Up Comedy Act).

Frank has recurred on TV sitcom's "Becker" and "Grounded for Life". He's also one of the regular Demons Of Decadence on the new TV show, Outlaw Radio, starring Mr. Cigar himself, Matt Alan and the multi talented Ryan Stiles.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pat Reale

Frank D'Amico was the son of a Teamster (Local 456), and his mother worked for RKO Movie Theaters, where Frank learned to love the entertainment industry, while watching actors like Humphrey Bogart, Bob Hope, Don Deluise, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Elvis, Jack Lemon, Jimmy Durante, James Cagney, Marlin Brando, Robert DeNiro, and Al Pacino, just to name a few.

Frank's favorite comedian was Jackie Gleason, he watched "The Honeymooners" every night of the week, Jackie Gleason was his idol, and Frank would entertain his family at the dinner table talking about Jackie Gleason's Show "The Honeymooners" from the night before making us laugh while he imitated Ralph Gramden and Norton.

When Frank was a young child he lived in a multi-cultural neighborhood in the Bronx, and then his family moved to Mount Vernon where his grandfather Lefty Petrone, and his grandmother Helen owned an Italian Restaurant and Bar across the street from his house on North 5th Avenue, where on the stoop where Frank met his first love Georgia Metz. Frank had a close bond to his younger sister Barbara, who he referred to as Booba, and she called him Rub, they were always together growing up, they had a relationship like twins. The family later moved to 300 Gramatan Avenue "The Circle" in Mount Vernon before Frank moved to Hollywood.

When Frank first realized he could be a comedian, was on picket lines for the Teamsters (Local 456) he was making all the guys laugh telling jokes about his father Frank senior, and about his fishing adventures with him, he could make any situation funny, and he could make anyone laugh about anything. When "Shooting Stars" a new comedy club opened in Yonkers, Frank decided to go to there open mic to give stand-up comedy a try, and six months later Frank owned the place, and went on to be a headliner across the country.

Frank helped comedian Lisa Lampanelli become a famous headliner, they lived together for a short time in New York. Lisa talks about her ex Frank in her act, and she is grateful for what Frank has done for her, she is a great comedian today because of Frank's encouragement and direction in her career. Frank was proud of Lisa's success as a stand up comedian.

Frank's younger sister Barbara encouraged Frank to take lessons with Bill Hickey at HB Studio in New York, where she sat in his classes when she began acting at age 15, and when Frank's acting career began to take off he took Barbara's advice.

He started with acting management Kevin Osborne, and worked with Directors Eric Weston, Roger Nygard and the debut of Director Robert Davi's film "The Duke's" Robert Davi coached Frank for his leading roll along side Chazz Palminteri. Frank considered Robert Davi a good friend, and Chazz Palminteri a wonderful humane being, kind hearted and real.

Frank can be seen in his recurrent roles on "Becker" and "Grounded For Life" "Law and Order" "TV Commercials" he also can be seen in movie videos "Back to Back" with with Michael Rooker, "Hitters" with Robert Davi, Trekkies(1997) a documentary, and the "Tonight Show."

There is one thing, Frank loved more than being on stage making people laugh, and that is fishing in New Rochelle, New York. Frank loved talking about the days he went fishing with his father.

Frank also loved his Rottweiler Shepherd mix "Nina" and until she died, she was like a child to him, may they rest in peace in eternity.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Barbara Ricci

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