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Frank Grillo Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jun 8, 1965
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

As a character player of Italian extraction, Frank Grillo found himself cast, almost by default, in tough, slick, street-smart roles specializing in urban cops, detectives, and assorted mafia types. Actually, Grillo's onscreen aura -- so often perceived as "unmistakably New York" -- was somewhat misleading: he grew up not in the Bronx or Brooklyn but in upstate New York, and gravitated to sports prior to drama, weighing his options and finding himself torn between a full-time career as an athlete and life as a full-time actor. Grillo's parents, it seems, would have neither, and sent him to business school at NYU; as soon as Grillo ended up on Wall Street, however, fate intervened: his path criss-crossed with that of a casting agent, and he promptly landed a role in a beer commercial. That marked the first of over 25 similar assignments, plugging various products and services. He took a massive step up in prestige and exposure when cast as regular Hart Jessup on the soap [[Feature~V344758~The Guiding Light~guidinglight[tvseries]]], then enjoyed multi-episode runs and guest spots on such primetime series as [[Feature~V270119~The Shield~theshield[tvseries]]], [[Feature~V220880~CSI~csi:crimesceneinvestigation[tvseries]]], [[Feature~V295555~Las Vegas~lasvegas[tvseries]]], and [[Feature~V273395~Without a Trace~withoutatrace[tvseries]]]. Grillo's feature roles include [[Feature~V31050~The Mambo Kings~themambokings]] (1992), [[Feature~V309501~April's Shower~aprilsshower]] (2003), and [[Feature~V336719~Pride and Glory~prideandglory]] (2008). As the yers rolled on, Grillo would find himself cast in memorable projects like Blue Eyes, Edge of Darkness, Warrior, and The Grey. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi