Who is Michael DeLorenzo?
If you were a fan of the drama series “Resurrection Blvd.” you must be familiar with the character of Carlos Santiago, a promising middleweight boxer, who becomes resentful after realizing that he will not be able to continue his boxing career due to injuries he’s suffered. The actor who played this character, Michael DeLorenzo, rose to fame thanks to this performance which earned him numerous accolades and awards.
To learn more about this renowned actor, his life, his career beginnings, and what he’s doing now, keep on scrolling.
Early life, family, and education
Born on 31 October 1959, Michael’s zodiac sign is Scorpio, and he’s aged 63 as of May 2023. He is a native of The Bronx, New York City USA, he holds American nationality and he comes from a family of Italian and Puerto Rican descent. He was raised by his parents, Arthur DeLorenzo, an Italian, and Puerto Rican mother Carmen, who sadly both died early. Michael has three siblings, a sister and two brothers, whose names he hasn’t shared since he respects their privacy.
Michael was into dancing from an early age, and performed as a dancer with Ballet Hispanico, founded by Tina Ramirez; he later received scholarships from the School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and the New York School of Ballet. Michael performed with the great Rudolph Nureyev and the National Ballet of Canada, and also danced alongside the world-famous Mikhail Baryshnikov and the American Ballet Theatre. Another notable performance Michael had was with Richard Thomas’ US Terpsichore Ballet Company, but sadly he suffered an injury that forced him to leave his professional ballet career.
When it comes to his educational background, Michael attended the High School of Performing Arts, and upon matriculating in 1977, he didn’t go to college but launched his acting career.
Michael made his acting debut as a Soldier in the 1978 movie “Slipping Into Darkness”. Two years later, he was seen as Principal Dancers in the musical drama “Fame”, which followed the story of several students of a New York high school, which coincidentally was the same school that Michael attended in real life. The movie had 16 award nominations and won seven, including two Oscars for Best Music, Original Song, and Best Music, Original Score.
In 1985, Michael was cast to play Caesar Lopez in the musical drama “Fast Forward”, directed by Sidney Poitier, and followed with roles in “Fatal Beauty” (1987), “Satisfaction” (1988), and “Cold Dog Soup” (1990).
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The early ‘90s saw Michael playing support roles in movies such as “Diggstown” (1992), “Alive” (1993), “Somebody to Love” (1994), and “My Family” (1995). His first lead role came in the 1998 drama “Zero Stress”, written and directed by Daniel Demorest, which although had no nominations was well-rated by the audience (7.9/10). Later that year, Michael was cast to play Luis in the TV movie “The Wall”, which earned him a nomination for the American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Award for Outstanding Actor in Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series.
In the 2000s, Michael co-starred in “Gun Shy” (2000), “In Your Eyes” (2004), and “High Hopes” (2006), while he starred in the 2009 horror thriller “Not Forgotten” alongside Paz Vega and Simon Baker.
His next movie role came in the 2012 movie “186 Dollars to Freedom”, about a young American surfer who finds himself thrown into a political prison in Peru, which won the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival Award.
In the following year, Michael portrayed Keith Caverns in “The Employer”, a thriller starring Malcolm McDowell and Paige Howard, which won 10 awards – for his performance, Michael won the L. A. Indie Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Michael was next cast to play Ray Lopez in the 2017 action comedy “The Babymoon”, followed by his roles in “Johnny Gruesome” (2018) and “Be the Light” (2020), which was Michael’s most recent movie role, and also earned him the Christian Film Festival-Menchville Baptist Church Award for Best Actor.
Roles in TV series
Michael’s first TV series role was his portrayal of the character also named Michael, a dancer in the series “Fame”. From 1982 through 1987, he made an appearance in 61 episodes of this musical drama, also starring Carlo Imperato, Debbie Allen, and Gene Anthony Ray. The show had 36 award nominations winning 16, including nine Primetime Emmys.
In the following years, he was seen as Alex Torres in the series “Head of the Class”, which aired from 1986 through 1991, with Michael appearing in 47 episodes between 1989 and 1991.
One of Michael’s most notable TV series roles came in 1994, when he was cast to play Detective Eddie Torres in the crime drama “New York Undercover”; through 1997, Michael was seen in 76 episodes, starring opposite Malik Yoba and Patti D’Arbanville. This role earned him the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Bravo Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series in 1996, and in 1998, he was nominated for the ALMA Award – Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series,
From 2000 through 2002, Michael played his most notable TV series role as Carlos Santiago in “Resurrection Blvd.” which followed the daily troubles and triumphs of the Santiago family, also starring Ruth Livier, Daniel Zacapa, and Nicholas Gonzalez. The show had 10 award nominations and 10 wins, while Michael was twice nominated for the ALMA Award for Outstanding Actor in a New Television Series in 2001, and Outstanding Actor in a Television Series in 2002. In the following year, he won NAMIC Vision Award for Best Performance- Drama, and Imagen Foundation Award for Best Actor- Television.
In the following years, Michael mostly guest-starred in numerous hit series such as “Crossing Jordan” (2005), “Ghost Whisperer” (2007), “CSI: Miami” (2008), and “Blue Bloods” in 2016. His most recent TV series appearance was his guest role as Ernie in an episode of the series “S. W. A. T” in 2022.
What is Michael doing now?
His fans were afraid that Michael withdrew from public life, however, we visited his Instagram page and his official website to see what he’s up to. Well, it seems that Michael decided to devote some time to his music career – for those who didn’t know, some of his songs were featured in the shows “New York Undercover” and “Resurrection Blvd.” He released his debut album, “Rescue Me” in 2009. Judging by his Instagram posts, it seems that he’s back in the music studio, so his fans must wait to see what new releases he’s prepared for them.
Love life and relationships, Is he married?
Since the beginning of his career, Michael has been the subject of rumors saying that he’s gay. There are no records of his dating history, and although he had some on-screen match-ups with actresses, none of them has been mentioned as a possible love interest.
Many believe that he’s gay, however, he hasn’t commented on these assumptions, and has managed to keep his personal matters secret.
As of May 2023, it seems that Michael is single, he hasn’t been married and doesn’t have children.
How rich is Michael DeLorenzo?
Michael may not have reached Hollywood heights, but as he puts it, he ‘dreams big’, indicating that he hoped to win an Oscar one day. However, during his 40-year career as an actor, dancer, and musician, because of his talent, and appearances in a few great shows and movies, he’s amassed a modest fortune. According to sources, his net worth has been estimated to be more than $2 million as of May 2023.