Actor David DeLuise

David Dominick DeLuise (born November 11, 1971) is an American actor and television director, known for his starring roles on 3rd Rock From The Sun (1996-2001), Jesse (1998-1999), Megas XLR, and Wizards of Waverly Place, and for his movie roles in Terror Tract (2000), and Jam (2006).


His first leading role came in 2003 with Dantre Cole, in BachelorMan. He had a recurring role in 3rd Rock from the Sun as Bug Pollone and was a regular performer on Jesse during its first season, playing Jesse’s brother Darren. He also played a recurring role in Stargate SG-1 as Pete Shanahan. He was also seen in a Purina commercial for Beneful dog food, and a Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial.

DeLuise is also known for voicing Coop on the short-lived action animated Megas XLR (later reprising his role for the Cartoon Network game FusionFall) and Sergeant Brutto in Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles. In 2005, he starred opposite Maggie Wheeler on the NBC pilot The Sperm Donor. In 2012, he had a guest role on Rizzoli & Isles as Dominic.

He portrayed the character of Jerry Russo, the family patriarch and former wizard on Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place and Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie from 2007 to 2012. DeLuise also directed numerous episodes of the series, beginning with the episode “My Tutor, Tutor” (2009). He has since directed episodes of How to Rock, See Dad Run, Lab Rats and The Thundermans.

In August 2012 he appeared in a commercial for KFC’s Original Recipe Bites.

Personal life

DeLuise was born in 1971, the youngest son of actor and comedian Dom DeLuise and actress Carol Arthur (née Arata). His godparents were Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft. He is the brother of actor, writer, and director Peter DeLuise and actor Michael DeLuise. He married Brigitte DeLuise in September 1994. They were divorced in August 2003. They have two daughters, Riley and Dylan.

DeLuise began dating German actress, director and voiceover artist Julia Stoepel in 2015. They married on October 17, 2019.



Year Title Role Notes
1979 Hot Stuff David Fortunato
1983 Happy Rogie Television movie
1991 Driving Me Crazy Stanley
Seeds of Tragedy Customer Television movie
1993 Robin Hood: Men in Tights Villager (Uncredited)
The Liars’ Club Joey Matthews
The Silence of the Hams Policeman #1
1995 Kicking and Screaming Bouncer
Dracula: Dead and Loving It Intern
1996 Where Truth Lies Policeman #1
1998 Hairshirt Peter Angelo
The Godson Gaffer
1999 Dirt Merchant Sly
2000 Terror Tract Allen Doyle (Segment: “Make Me An Offer”)
2001 Ladies and the Champ Darold Boyarsky Television movie
Dr. Dolittle 2 School Fish #2 (voice)
2002 Rockboy Chadd Nessbaum Short Film
Buying the Cow Fratguy
2003 Between the Sheets Director
Art of Revenge Benjamin Bloom
Bachelor Man Ted David
2005 Untitled Oakley & Weinstein Project Television movie
Play Dates Billy Television movie
2006 Intellectual Property Detective Kopf
Jam Jerry
Where There’s a Will Willy Television movie
Mojave Phone Booth Michael
2007 Route 30 Original Bill
Who’s Your Monkey? Hutto
2008 Dear Me Bass Vanders
Bundy: An American Icon Detective Jennings
Mostly Ghostly John Doyle Direct to video
A Christmas Proposal Andy
2009 RoboDoc Dr. Bonacasa
Prep & Landing Dancer (voice) TV short
2010 Vampires Suck Fisherman Scully
2011 American Decaf David
2012 Ira Finkelstein’s Christmas Max Finkelstein
Last Call Mike
A Christmas Wedding Date Minister Television movie
2013 The Wizards Return: Alex vs Alex Jerry Russo Television movie of the series
2014 Beethoven’s Treasure Tail Phil
2015 Unity Narrator Documentary
2016 Believe Tom Blackhorn
Pup Star Steven Television movie
2017 Sweet, Sweet Summertime Scott Burns
2018 Unbroken: Path to Redemption Howard Lambert



Video games

Year Title Voice role
2005 Megas XLR: Appetite for Demolition Coop
2009 FusionFall Coop

External Links

Actor David DeLuise – Wikipedia

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