Biography

Frank Rossi directing on set.
"Your most direct route to being a working actor is to study and train with those who have manifested work themselves."

Frank Rossi was born in Buffalo, NY. A graduate of Baker Victory High School, Frank began his acting career performing in several plays and musicals in high school. Mr. Rossi then continued his education by attending Colgate University on a four-year football scholarship. While at Colgate, Frank played football and track while simultaneously finding the time to perform in several college musicals and plays.

After receiving his BA in Economics, Mr. Rossi accepted a management training position with the prestigious New York banking firm, Manufacturers Hanover Trust. Over the next year, Frank became the top salesman in his division.

While working at the bank one afternoon, Frank's life was changed forever. A talent agent walked into his office for a commercial loan. Two weeks later, Frank began studying with former Sanford Meisner student and neighborhood playhouse graduates, Greg Zittel and Bill Alderson. Mr. Rossi graduated from the two-year program then became a member of Actors Equity Association, performing in several Off-Broadway plays including: A Hatful of Rain, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Private Wars.

In between shows, Frank continued his studies by attending various classes on cold reading, scene study, and on camera technique with Arthur Sherman. A product of the Actors Studio, Mr. Sherman directed several Broadway productions including, Death of a Salesman starring Dustin Hoffman.

Now well trained, the young and tenacious actor traveled to Miami, Florida, walked into the Miami Vice production office and persuaded casting director, Dee Miller to audition him on the spot. Two days later, after auditioning for the director, Frank landed a co-star role on the number one TV show in the country. Returning to New York with his recently obtained Screen Actors Guild card, Frank then joined AFTRA and began performing as a principal in several national commercials, as well as guest starring on, As the World Turns and One Life to Live.

Then in 1989, Mr. Rossi moved to Los Angeles. He immediately joined the well-respected, Vincent Chase on camera and cold reading workshop. Mr. Chase had coached hundreds of soap and television stars over his 35-year career.

After two years there, Frank auditioned for world renowned acting teacher, Stella Adler. After being accepted into her master program, Frank studied advanced scene study for 2 years with Ms. Adler. Ms. Adler is considered one of the two top acting teachers in American history, privately coaching; Robert Deniro, Al Pacino, Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman and a host of other film stars. A year later, Mr. Rossi expanded his studies, spending the next 3 years at the Harvey Lembeck Comedy improv workshop. Mr. Rossi has also studied acting and writing for several years under the tutelage of his mentor and long time friend, Oscar winner, Bobby Moresco.

In 1994, Mr. Rossi met and began studying acting with Oscar winner, Bobby Moresco. Frank also became Mr. Moresco's writer assistant in 1995 at 20 Century Fox Studios. The two men sold a 1 hour TV drama episode to Fox in 1997. Frank continued studying and working with Mr. Moresco through 2001.

Frank enjoyed 15 years in Los Angeles, acting in over 45 national commercials, several feature films, including; White Men Can't Jump, Blue Chips, The Criminal Mind, as well as guest starring over 50 times on, The Young and the Restless, Days of Our Lives and General Hospital. Frank has also guest-starred on the sitcom, The Single Guy, and Gary Goldberg's show, Champs.

While in LA, Frank teamed up with manager/producer, Beverlee Dean. Ms. Dean has managed such notables as Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore, Kevin Sorbo, Cylk Cozart and Jim Caviezel. It was here where, Frank was asked to privately coach several of Ms. Dean's clients, including for nearly 3 years, The Passion of the Christ and CBS's new hit show, Point of Interest star, Jim Caviezel.

From 2003 – Present, Mr. Rossi has expanded his teaching, coaching hundreds of actors for Stage, Film & Television in both New York and Los Angeles. STUDENTS include: Danni Lang (Safe, Underground Comedy, Fair Game), Kelsey Ford (Adventureland, Vampires Suck), Liz Mckendry (The Producers on Broadway), Lizzy Cappuccino (Arthur Newman Golf Pro) Josh Nuncio (I -3 Vampire's, XII) Charlene Amoia (How I met Your Mother, Seven Pounds, American Reunion, ICarly, Days of Our Lives) Doug Buczak (National Spokesman for Kmart & Sears, Raymour & Flannigan).

In 2008, Mr. Rossi also wrote and produced his own 5 Hr DVD and workbook series on, Basic & Advanced Acting Techniques in Film and Television for kids and young adults. The series includes 3 DVD's, a workbook and screenplay written by Frank. The series is currently available through Insight Media, Amazon and on Mr. Rossi's website. In 2009, Mr. Rossi produced and directed the 30 minute music video and series of commercials for, Rockin' Kids Club.

Frank has also continued his acting career, co-starring in the 2009 feature, The Alphabet Killer, starring, Timothy Hutton and Elisha Dushku. Frank plays police officer, Francis Baker. From 2010 – 2011, Frank also co-starred in, The Focus Box, 3:14, Vlog and recently booked the role of -- Chief of Staff in the feature, Ward's Island starring, Craig Sheffer, Dennis Haysbert and Bill Duke. The film is scheduled for release in early, 2013.


Writing Credits

Mr. Rossi began writing in 1990. In that year, Frank co-wrote and produced the 16mm short film titled, Struggle Within, with writer/director, William Phelps. The project sold and was distributed in high schools throughout the country. Frank continued his love for writing and wrote several screenplays and TV spec scripts throughout the 90's.

From 1997 – 2001, Frank spent 4 years under the tutelage of Oscar winner, Bobby Moresco (Crash, Million Dollar Baby). Working with Bobby, the two sold a script Frank wrote (Prince of Peace) to the Fox TV show, Millennium starring, Lance Henrikson. Mr. Rossi then went on to write and produce the serial killer thriller, A Time Of Fear. The film premiered in Los Angeles in 2004, starred Nick Mancuso and was distributed by Columbia home video. From 2005 – 2012, Frank has written 4 screenplays, a pilot for Television, his 5 hr DVD series and has also been hired to write 2 features. See list below.


Feature Films

Bull in the Ring – Based on a true story, the script is a sweeping, racially charged and yet intimate story spanning a half-century. Set primarily in prosperous 1950's America, the story focuses on former college football All-American, Willie Evans and his struggle with racism. (Remember the Titans meets In the Heat of the Night)

An Everyday Hero, also based on a true story, is the compelling story of Italian immigrant, Frank Maggio. The story spans nearly a half century and focuses on the love between a father and son. (The Great Santani meets Rudy).

Bakerstown is the story of NYC oil Broker, Martin Ross. After visiting his former foster home in upstate New York, Martin is forced to choose between the prize trophy wife, a prize seat on the stock exchange and coaching a bunch of misfit losers' kids nobody ever wanted. (The Mighty Ducks meets Boystown)

Blood on the Slopes – With nine people dead, seven of them models, Det. Michaels interviews the sole survivor of the ski slope massacres, wannabe model, 27 year-old Rebecca Abrams. With all the evidence pointing to Rick, the now deceased owner of the abandoned ski slope where the murders took place, Rebecca is released. Unfortunately, the killings continue. (Halloween meets Kiss the Girls)

New York – Is a 1 hour dramatic pilot. CEO and President of Mercer Industries, MARY MERCER, (65) the Matriarch of a large family spanning three generations, still possesses the zeal required in dealing with the Moguls on Wall Street. Semi–retired, MARY still oversees the family's international oil business, as-well-as her own volatile and greed ridden family. (24 meets Dallas) This project received a high recommend from ABC.

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