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actor , television presenter , gridiron football player

Daniel James "Dan" Cortese is an American actor, director and spokesperson.


Cortese, Dan was born on September 14, 1967 in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, United States.


He graduated with a B.A. in Broadcasting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


He is known for his roles as Perry Rollins on Veronica's Closet and as Vic Meladeo on What I Like About You. He is of Sicilian descent. His freshman year the team went to the Aloha Bowl.

He never played a down. Cortese first came to prominence as team coach of The Bricklayers on MTV Rock N' Jock and host of MTV Sports from 1992 to 1997. In 1994, he co-starred on the short-lived CBS police drama Traps with George C. Scott.

He gained further recognition in 1995 as Jess Hanson in Melrose Place. He played Jake Hanson's half brother for 8 episodes in the third season but was killed off in that season's finale. He had the main role as Jason in the 1996 movie The Lottery.

He had starring roles in the 1993 remake/sequel of Route 66, Traps, The Single Guy, Veronica's Closet (in which he played Perry for three seasons), Rock Me Baby and Ball & Chain. Cortese appeared in the NBC television series Seinfeld, where he played Tony, Elaine's ultra-cool, vapid, good-looking boyfriend. In the episode, entitled "The Stall", he was dubbed a "mimbo" (a male bimbo).

He was also featured in The WB television series What I Like About You in a recurring role as Vic, Val's boss, from 2002 to 2003 a role he reprised as a series regular from 2005 to 2006 during the fourth and final season, which he directed one episode and in two episodes of 8 Simple Rules in 2004, playing Bridget's tennis coach. He has also starred in the natural horror film Locusts: The 8th Plague. During Burger King's "Your Way, Right Away" advertising campaign during the 1990s, Cortese was hired as the fast-food company's official spokesperson.

He was the host of My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad, which aired on NBC for one season before being cancelled. In 2008, Cortese landed a role in Soccer Mom as a famous Italian soccer player alongside Emily Osment. He was the co-host of the ABC game show, Crash Course (which was canceled after 4 episodes) and hosts VH-1's Money Hungry.

Cortese was a guest-star on the Hot in Cleveland episode (#38) entitled 'God and Football' playing Jimmy Armstrong. The series debuted on February 7, 2013.


  • In 2013, Cortese serves as the host of truTV's Guinness World Records Unleashed.


  • Other Work

    • Television series include Music Television Sports, 1992, Route 66, 1993, Traps, 1994, Melrose Place, 1995, The Single Guy, 1995, Veronica's Closet, since 1997. Television movies include Weekend in the Country, 1996, The Lottery, 1996, Volcano: Fire on the Mountain, 1997, also Television guest appearances.


Prior to becoming an actor, he was a walk-on member of the University of North Carolina football team as a backup quarterback.


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