Dennis Jay Funny Poster


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Born in Tacoma, Washington, USA
Birth NameDennis J. Funny
Nicknames D.J. Funny
Mr. Funny
Height 6' (1.83 m)

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Gender / Gender identity Male

Mini Bio (1)

In the entertainment world, attitude, talent and perseverance is a must! Working character Actor Dennis Jay Funny, a Gemini and a twin, is embodiment of these ingredients. No, he's not a comedian who changed his name to make people smile. Funny is his actual birth name and everything Dennis Jay Funny touches is serious business.

His Dad is from South Carolina and his mother is from Alabama. Their families moved to upstate New York as teenagers where they attended different high schools. Dennis and his twin (the Funny Twins) were born in Tacoma, Washington at Joint Base Lewis-McChord where his father had recently been stationed. They grew up in Westchester, NY. Dennis enjoyed High School. He was voted "most popular and class clown" and was Captain of the Football team at Alexander Hamilton High School. The Math standout (who scored 100% in Algebra, 95% in Geometry & 97% in his Trigonometry New York State Regents Final exams) then went on to Engineering powerhouse, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (rpi.edu) in Troy, New York on scholarship.

In Dennis' first film, sports epic "Any Given Sunday", director Oliver Stone utilized Shark player, '#47's' unique acting expertise and diverse skills. A few years later the New York character actor was encored by Stone in the opening sequence of his "World Trade Center" film as the musical hipster waiting on the subway platform the morning of September 11th.

A longtime underground event promoter in New York City; his friendly notoriety has inspired a following of dedicated revelers. An extensive traveler, Dennis has forged positive relationships worldwide. This former Wall Streeter has dedicated his life to inspiring others. The only remnant of his white collar past is a trademark trail of cigar smoke left in his wake, though he claims he is cutting back. When asked what's next? He replied, "Who knows? Anything can happen, Life is a wild ride!"

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Mike Hunt

Trade Mark (3)

Usually wears black
Long hair

Trivia (7)

In 1999 Dennis brought his head shot on his Miami Super Bowl trip hoping to submit them for the Oliver Stone movie, "Any Given Sunday" being shot there. On crowded Ocean Drive in South Beach a talent scout approached him for the film. Dennis auditioned a few days later & joined the cast the 2nd day of shooting. He filmed three months in Miami and one month in Dallas to complete filming. Because of his notoriety, Warner Brothers had the New York City "Any Given Sunday" premiere in Time Square with Dennis hosting including 300+ of his family and guests.
This former Cub Scout from den 8, pack 86 in Ossining, New York began his acting preparation in Fourth grade singing, acting, dancing and playing the trumpet in Roosevelt & Park elementary school productions there. His first starring role was a circus performer in Mrs. Finkelstein's 5th grade student film.
His parents Stephen Funny & Rudi Thomas attended high school in Elmsford and Mount Vernon respectively in Westchester, New York where they met, were married and settled down. He and his twin were born in Tacoma, Washington at Joint Base Lewis McChord after his father was drafted. Soon afterwards they returned home to New York where he grew up. His parents separated years later; he moved 5 times between kindergarten and 8th grade. He & twin DeAnna are the oldest of his siblings; 3 sisters (Donna Kennie, Tamala Daniel and Dr. Margaret Danielle Funny Stephens) & one brother (Stephen Dale Funny).
Made writing/producing/directing debut in a commercial video for his Alexander Hamilton High communications class for a fictional cologne called, "Rock". It starred classmates Sam, John & Steve with RUN DMC's "King of Rock" as the background music. He received an "A".

Dennis grew up in a few different towns in Westchester County, NY. At one time he lived in Greenburgh, New York.
He found his first post college job as a management trainee in the Engineering department easy and was often bored. He rested his eyes during class after finishing an assignment early. His boss sarcastically asked if he was happy there and was he ready to pursue his real dreams. Dennis said yes, and left the company that same day. Dennis is a longtime entrepreneur & underground event promoter in New York City. Dennis splits time between New York City, LA, Hawaii and Florida and is a frequent traveler abroad.
In Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center" film he is the musical hipster waiting on the subway platform the morning of September 11th. Dennis portrays a recurring Henchman character, Jay Hammer in the hit Fox television series 'Gotham' about Batman seasons 1-5. Dennis cameos in season 1 of Jordan Peele's Amazon Original show, 'Hunters" as crime scene NYPD officer Dale. The former Gotham television show henchman, reappears in the Gotham universe in the Joker films opening street scene smoking watching Arthur spin the sale sign. Dennis previously worked with director Todd Philips in School For Scoundrels and Joaquin Phoenix in Two Lovers and We Own The Night films. Dennis is a busy Garage mechanic in the NASCAR themed Netflix original comedy, "The Crew.".
As an undergrad, Dennis pledged the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated at his Alma mater Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (rpi.edu) in Troy, New York. Majoring in Civil Engineering with a minor in drama, Dennis played Varsity Football, Rugby club and inter-fraternal Basketball & Football.

Personal Quotes (4)

The potential of failing I'm okay with - nothing great comes easy.
Pursuit of the spectacular is reckless business.
Let my work speak for me.
The Dream is Free. The Hustle is sold separately.

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