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Adamo Ruggiero
Born Adamo Angelo Ruggiero
June 9, 1986 (1986-06-09) (age 23)
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Adamo Angelo Ruggiero (born June 9, 1986) is a Canadian actor best known for his role of Marco Del Rossi in Degrassi: The Next Generation.



Ruggiero has been acting since the age of seven or eight. He has starred in many plays including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Bye Bye Birdie. After initially auditioning for the role of Craig Manning (a role currently played by Jake Epstein), he joined the Degrassi cast in 2002 in the role of Marco Del Rossi, a gay teenager who struggles with coming to terms with his sexuality. Adamo is currently the host of The Next Star. In November 2008, it was announced that Ruggiero would star in the gay-themed Christmas film Make the Yuletide Gay.[1] Principal filming started December 3, 2008.

Personal life

Ruggiero's father, Tony, was born in Coreno Ausonio (Frosinone, Lazio). Ruggiero's mother's name is Amalia. He has an older brother named Adriano. Adamo attended St. Dunstan Elementary School and graduated from Cawthra Park Secondary School, both in Mississauga, Ontario.

Ruggiero came out in January 2008, saying "I come from a traditional Italian family but they aren't so traditional that me being gay was a deal breaker." He also landed the cover of the January 23-February 5, 2008 issue of fab magazine.[2][3]

He is close friends with co-star Lauren Collins from Degrassi. In reality the two shared a condo with Stacey Farber, as they did in the series Degrassi.


Year Film Role Notes
2002–2008 Degrassi: The Next Generation Marco Del Rossi Supporting role (Season 2, 2002-2003)

Regular role (Seasons 3-7, 2003-2008)

Guest appearance (Season 9, 2009)

2009 Degrassi Goes Hollywood Marco Del Rossi Film (Made for TV)
2009 Make the Yuletide Gay Nathan Stanford Film


  1. ^ "Gay-Themed Christmas Flick Features Adamo Ruggiero". The Advocate. Regent Entertainment Media. 2008 11-12. Retrieved 2009-05-16.  
  2. ^ Kim, Tanya (January 18, 2008), "Adamo Ruggiero gets personal with eTalk", CTV,, retrieved 2008-01-19  
  3. ^ fab, #338, January 23-February 5, 2008, "High school confidential", Nelson Branco [1].

Adamo is also well known for hosting the YTV show The Next Star.

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