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Michael DeLorenzo
Born October 31, 1959 (1959-10-31) (age 50)
Bronx, New York, United States

Michael DeLorenzo (born july 24 1959) is an [Italian,puertorican,american] actor and dancer. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of NYPD Detective Eddie Torres on the Fox television series New York Undercover.


Life and career

DeLorenzo was born in The Bronx, New York of Italian and Puerto Rican descent. He started out as a dancer in both the motion picture Fame and the Fame television series. In 1983, he was one of the dancers in Michael Jackson's Beat It, one of the most popular music videos of all time. He was also a dancer in Chaka Khan's performance of 'I Feel For You' at the 1985 Grammy Awards. After the conclusion of the Fame series, Michael revealed his singing ability by partnering with an R & B girl group called Teen Dream, under the moniker "Valentino" and released the single, "Get Busy." He appears in the music video as a paper doll cut out. Although DeLorenzo started dancing at the High School for the Performing Arts in New York (the setting for Fame), he always had acting on his mind. When one of the Fame series leads had personal problems, he was picked from the chorus line to act in several episodes, and continued to do so on and off.

Bigger parts were elusive. Although he was a regular on The Bronx Zoo (NBC, 1987), in features he managed only a small role as a thug who recognizes Whoopi Goldberg as a narc in Fatal Beauty (1987)and a role as the leader of a tem of street dancers in Fast Forward (1985) Although larger feature parts still proved elusive, DeLorenzo joined the cast of the ABC sitcom Head of the Class for two seasons (1989-91) as the wolfish Alex Torres. Starred as Raymond Bacera in Platoon Leader(1988), a movie based about the Vietnam War.

From 1994 to 1997, DeLorenzo appeared as NYPD Detective Eddie Torres on the Fox TV series New York Undercover. He and co-star Malik Yoba made television history, as the series was the first police drama on American television to feature two people of color in the starring roles.[1]

DeLorenzo's feature work also picked up in the 90s. He was Private First Class William T. Santiago, the object of the drama, in A Few Good Men (1992) and Rafael Cano in Alive: The Miracle of the Andes (1993). He was also Butch Mejia, a doomed rival gang leader, in My Family/Mi Familia (1995). He also appeared as Rosie Perez's suitor in Somebody to Love (filmed in 1994, released theatrically in 1996). DeLorenzo's stage work has been sporadic, but he did star in Stand-Up Tragedy at the prestigious Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 1989 and was much praised for his work. He also played the role of a boxer Carlos Santiago in Resurrection Blvd in the Showtime original series from 2000-2002. While cast in Resurrection Blvd he also directed two episodes.

His most recent television appearance is in the second season of the series CSI: New York, in an episode titled "Cool Hunter". He played the role of talent scout Rico Cerda who was responsible for the main crime of the episode. DeLorenzo appeared in the sixth season of the series CSI:Miami, in an episode titled "Tunnel Vision", playing the role of Carlos.

He is currently single and resides in Los Angeles.

See also


  1. ^ "Hip-Hop Cops", TV Guide, Oct. 15, 1994, at p. 29.

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