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Profile of Bryan Dattilo

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Profile of Bryan Dattilo

Bryan Dattilo as Lucas Horton

Mitchell Haaseth / Copyright 2007 NBC Universal

Birth Name: Bryan Ronald Dattilo

Date of Birth: July 29, 1971

Place of Birth: Kankakee, Illinois

Portrays: Lucas Horton (formerly Lucas Roberts)

(April 1993 - March 27, 2001; February 2002 - July 2002; September 2002 - February 11th, 2008; May 19th, 2008 - Present)

Official Website: http://bryandattiloonline.com/

Official Ultimate Fansite: http://bryandattiloonline.net/

Family:

Bryan has one older brother, Brent, one older sister, Kristin, and three younger half-sisters named Tiffany, Anna, and Tess. He has one son, Gabriel (Gabe) Dattilo with ex-wife Jessica Denay.

Education:

  • Graduated from Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California in 1989
  • Majored in Psychology at Santa Monica College until he taped his first DAYS episode in 1993.

Musical Experience:

  • Bryan has a passion for rap, rhythm n’ blues, and hip-hop.
  • Bryan put out a rap CD in 2001 entitled Still Gettin’ Paid.
  • Bryan has a single entitled “Click, Gang, Mafioso” which can be heard in the 2005 feature film Dirty Deeds

Career Highlights:

  • The Little Talent Show Reality TV series - Host (2006)
  • CSI: NY - Lucas Garlobo (1 episode, 2006)
  • Gaydar short movie - Jack (2002)
  • Fits and Starts movie - Brian Ellison (2002)
  • Class of ‘96 (1993)
  • Arcade movie - Greg ( 1993)
  • California Dreams - Ted (1 episode, 1992)
  • Doogie Howser, M.D. - Charlie Morris (1 episode, 1992)
  • In the Heat of the Night - Boyd Gardner (1 episode, 1991)
  • The Legend of Grizzly Adams movie (1990)
  • Saved by the Bell - David Miller (1 episode, 1989)
  • Charles in Charge - Jeff (1 episode, 1988)
  • Crazy Like a Fox - Young Boy (1 episode, 1986)
  • Not Necessarily the News HBO series (1981 or 1982)

Awards:

Soap Opera Digest Award for Favorite New Couple, shared with Alison Sweeney for “Lucas and Sami” (2005)

Trivia:

  • Cosmopolitan Magazine has voted Bryan as one of the 100 Most Eligible Bachelors.
  • Bryan took Alison Sweeney (Sami) to her senior prom.
  • Bryan was a celebrity judge at the 2005 Miss Universe Pageant in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Bryan has used his middle initial to honor his late grandfather, Ronald Harbour.
  • Favorite actor is Kurt Russell. His favorite actress is Charlize Theron.
  • Favorite book is Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian L. Weiss.
  • Bryan’s favorite movie is Goodfellas (1990)
  • Favorite author is Herman Melville.
  • Favorite Color is blue.
  • Favorite TV show is The Apprentice.

Quotes:

  • ”Creating music has been a dream of mine since I was a twelve-year-old playing ‘air-guitar’ with my buddies.”
  • On his mother and the acting business: "Now I thank my mom for the experience that gave me my start in the business. It wasn’t easy for her as a single mother raising three kids on her own. But she’s the reason I got the training to do what I love.”

Biography:

Although Bryan was born in Kankakee, Illinois, he and his mother Peggy, his sister Kristen, and his brother Brent moved to Florida when Bryan was only two-years-old. During this time, Peggy worked as a newspaper reporter. A few years later, the family moved to Los Angeles and lived there for three years until his mother’s company transferred her back to Florida. The family remained in Florida for nearly three years, but returned to California when Peggy decided to break free from her journalism career and start her own televison and film company, called Harbour Lights Entertainment.

During Bryan’s grade-school years in Beverly Hills, it was quite common for children to have agents. The very first time Bryan set foot on the school playground, his schoolmates wanted to know who his agent was. His mother pointed out that only kids who were actors had agents. Bryan and his sister soon decided that if they were to fit in at school, they needed an agent. Bryan soon began acting classes and within a year he signed with his own Hollywood agent, The Savage Agency.

Bryan was a fan of Days of Our Lives for years and dreamed of landing a part on the show before he won the role of Lucas Roberts in 1993. When Bryan spent eleven weeks in Utah filming a feature, he would wander into his grandmother’s hotel room and watch the show. Before long, he was hooked. Thus, he couldn’t wait to call his grandmother with the good news upon landing the role of Lucas Roberts.”

During his tenure at DAYS, Bryan was thrust into a quadrangle with Austin Peck (ex-Austin), Christie Clark (ex-Carrie), and Alison Sweeney (Sami). His character Lucas ultimately ended up with Sami, which resulted in a huge fanbase of “Lumi” (Lucas and Sami) fans. In May of 2007, Lucas and Sami were finally married in a lavish “Green Wedding” ceremony. With the addition of James Scott (EJ) in 2006, fanbases for “Ejami” (EJ and Sami) also developed.

2001 was perhaps the hardest year for Bryan, as he was fired from DAYS after eight years of portraying Lucas Roberts. Apparently his firing came as a surprise to his co-stars and fans alike. His character was given a rest when Lucas was badly burned as a result of a fire at the Kiriakis mansion. That same year, Bryan and his wife Jessica divorced. However, he bounced back and was rehired the following year, looking better than ever.

In addition to his acting credits, Bryan has appeared on several reality and talk shows, such as I Wanna Be a Soap Star, Soap Talk, The Tyra Banks Show, 1 vs. 100, Anything to Win, Soapography, and Family Feud.

Besides acting and his passion for music, Bryan is a huge L.A. Lakers basketball fan. In fact, he built a basketball court in his backyard of his North Hollywood home with the purple and gold team colors. His other passion is baseball and has played on the DAYS’s softball team. He also enjoys writing poetry, playing with his three labs, surfing, traveling, and just about every sport imaginable. Bryan has been known to do impersonations of his DAYS cast members and has had a reputation as quite a prankster at the DAYS set. Bryan’s greatest personal achievement is raising his amazing son, Gabe. His mother resides in Los Angeles and his father lives in Chicago.

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