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Birth Place: Profession: actor, comedian, NYC transit policeman, security guard

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Among the many who have joined the ranks of stand-up comics turned sitcom stars, John DiResta is unique case. The New York native joined the transit police force at age 21 and spent the next decade chasing fare beaters and searching for homeless people who wanted shelter. With the encouragement of a high school buddy, DiResta began honing a comedy routine that he began to perform in venues like "a basement in City Island when Whitey was promoted to captain" to "a party like a wedding in Edison when Ralph Palucci paid off his Pepsi route," Eventually, he began to land gigs in more established clubs which in turn led to an engagement Off-Broadway in "Beat: A Subway Cop's Comedy" (1996-97). Critics were impressed with DiResta, noting similarities to a young Jackie Gleason. With the success of the Off-Broadway show, the TV networks came dangling offers of sitcoms. Eventually, DiResta signed a one-year agreement with ABC and a pilot was developed but went unscheduled. When ABC's option expired, Paramount and its fledgling UPN approached the cop-turned-comic, resulting in "DiResta", a blue-collar family sitcom which premiered in the fall of 1998.

Among the many who have joined the ranks of stand-up comics turned sitcom stars, John DiResta is unique case. The New York native joined the transit police force at age 21 and spent the next decade chasing fare beaters and searching for homeless people who wanted shelter. With the encouragement of a high school buddy, DiResta began honing a comedy routine that he began to perform in venues like "a basement in City Island when Whitey was promoted to captain" to "a party like a wedding in Edison when Ralph Palucci paid off his Pepsi route," Eventually, he began to land gigs in more established clubs which in turn led to an engagement Off-Broadway in "Beat: A Subway Cop's Comedy" (1996-97). Critics were impressed with DiResta, noting similarities to a young Jackie Gleason. With the success of the Off-Broadway show, the TV networks came dangling offers of sitcoms. Eventually, DiResta signed a one-year agreement with ABC and a pilot was developed but went unscheduled. When ABC's option expired, Paramount and its fledgling UPN approached the cop-turned-comic, resulting in "DiResta", a blue-collar family sitcom which premiered in the fall of 1998.

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CAST: (feature film)

3.
 15 Minutes (2001) Bobby Korfin
4.
 Miss Congeniality (2000) Agent Clonsky
5.
 Gloria (1999) Radio Cop
6.
 Hit and Runway (1999) Bruno
7.
 Mickey Blue Eyes (1999) Traffic Cop
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised on Long Island
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At age 21, became a NYC transit cop
1991:
Assigned to the homeless outreach unit
1992:
At suggestion of friend, began developing a comedy act
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Appeared Off-Broadway in one-person show "Beat: A Subway Cop's Comedy"
1997:
Created and starred in unsold sitcom pilot for ABC
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Acted in an episode of NBC's "Law & Order", playing a cop
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Starred in "DiResta", a sitcom for UPN based on his life and experiences as a transit cop
1999:
Film acting debut as a cop in Sidney Lumet's remake of "Gloria"
1999:
Played a policeman in "Mickey Blue Eyes"
2000:
Acted in "Miss Congeniality"
2001:
Appeared in "15 Minutes"
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Notes

"I don't play a bill unless two words are involved: judgment or disconnect." --John DiResta quoted in The New York Times, May 7. 1997.

"I took three weeks vacation before I resigned from the force and came in one night with a $2 can of cookies. And what do you think I got? A $55 parking ticket!" --John DiResta quoted in New York Post, July 29, 1998.

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wife:
Fran DiResta.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Joseph DiResta. Retired fireman.
brother:
James DiResta. Teacher, toy company owner. Teaches at NYC's School of Visual Arts; in business with siblings.
sister:
Kathleen DiResta. Jewelry designer. In business with siblings.
brother:
Joseph DiResta. Toy company owner. In business with siblings.
son:
Matthew DiResta. Born c. 1989.
daughter:
Sabrina DiResta. Born c. 1991.
child:
Shannon DiResta. Born c. 1993.
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