ManCrush: Daniel Franzese

An actor who always has our attention.

ManCrush: Daniel Franzese

Daniel Franzese is an American actor, comedian and activist best known for his role as Damian in Tina Fey’s 2004 feature film Mean Girls.

Early life

Franzese was born in 1978 in New York City and grew up in Florida.


As an actor, Franzese has appeared in a range of productions, including Bully, Party Monster, Mean Girls, Bristol Boys, and War of the Worlds. He has also guest starred on several television series including The Comeback, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Burn Notice, Party Down, and the web series Foodies. He also had a main role in the 2010 film I Spit on Your Grave.

In 2015, Franzese was cast as Eddie in the HBO series Looking; and in 2016 he landed the role of Vern Testaverde in the ABC Family’s Recovery Road. In 2016 and early 2017, he portrayed Jackson Morrison in ABC’s legal drama Conviction.

Franzese has also performed as a comedian, and regularly appears on panel shows and reality TV.

Personal life

Significant relationships have included Joseph Bradley Phillips.

Franzese has been an effective advocate and campaigner for the LGBTQ community.