From an Ivy League school, to the NFL, to Wall Street, to Hollywood, Cris D'Annunzio has played almost as many roles in real life as he's played on the stage and screen. Born in New York and raised in western Pennsylvania, Cris D'Annunzio had a traditional East Coast upbringing, living with his family and Italian immigrant grandparents.
While playing football for Princeton University, D'Annunzio caught the acting bug while working as the stage manager for the symphony orchestra at Chautauqua Institute in upstate New York. By a stroke of chance, he was quickly discovered by the John Houseman Acting Company and soon appeared in their 1930s mobster play, Vaudevillian, written and directed by Charles Newell, current Artistic Director of the Court Theatre in Chicago.
Although the experience was short-lived, Cris never forgot the thrill of performing and acting has remained his passion throughout his career. As a renowned character actor, Cris has led a flourishing on-screen career appearing on some of TV's most popular shows including The Office, Law & Order, Without A Trace, The District, Mad About You, and Saturday Night Live.
On the big screen, Cris landed roles in the crime-drama blockbuster American Gangster alongside Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe, the Beatles-inspired musical Across the Universe, the sci-fi sequel Alien: Resurrection, and the action-thriller Target.
Cris starred in the acclaimed short film Clemency, which showed at the 2010 Sundance Festival and won several awards, including a best actor for D'Annunzio at Naperville International Film Festival.