Fast Facts

  • His father was principal of his high school.
  • Played football at UNC before injuring his back sophomore year.
  • Known as "Dan-Dan: the Whopper Man" during his days as a Burger King pitchman in the 1990s.
  • Worked as a production assistant at MTV before landing the role of host on MTV Sports.
  • His first feature film role was a Taco Bell entertainer in Demolition Man, despite having filmed more than 90 Burger King commercials.


  • Roman Cortese — Son
  • India Isabella Cortese — Daughter
  • Dee Dee Hemby — Wife (separated)
  • Vince Cortese — Father
  • Mary Lou Cortese — Mother


  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (BA in Broadcasting, 1990)


  • Birth Name: Daniel Cortese
  • Birth Place: Sewickley, PA
  • Profession: Actor

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