The forceful, darkly attractive Trese (pronounced Tracy) made a memorable debut as a volatile, swaggering punk in Nick Gomez's independent feature "Laws of Gravity" (1992). He portrayed Jon, a short-fused, impulsive petty crook, wanted by the cops, who becomes involved in a fencing scam that turns fatal.
Trese graduated from the State University of New York at Purchase, where he first met Gomez and his classmates included actress Parker Posey. He had begun his career as a child performer, appearing in a minor role in a 1979 New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Othello," starring Raul Julia and Christopher Walken. After his auspicious feature debut, Trese went on to appear briefly as a Matt Dillon's friend in Tim Hunter's "The Saint of Fort Washington" (1993). He delivered another strong performance as Peter Gallagher's younger brother, a police officer who harbors childhood jealousies, in Steven Soderbergh's "The Underneath" (1995). Trese again played petty crooks in his two subsequent features. In the comic "Palookaville" (1996), he was a family man drawn into criminal schemes that continually go awry. Reteaming with Gomez for "illtown" (also 1996), Trese co-starred with Lili Taylor in the tale of young lovers who try to abandon their illegal activities.
On the small screen, Trese appeared with Christine Lahti and Terry O'Quinn in "The Good Fight" (Lifetime, 1992), about a formerly married couple who take on the tobacco industry. He also appeared in the busted pilot "Philly Heat" (ABC, 1995), about firefighters, and made guest appearances on "Law and Order" and a Nick Gomez-directed episode of "Homicide: Life on the Street." Trese had a recurring role as the intense younger brother of police detective Diane Russell (Kim Delaney) on "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1995-96).
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Made stage acting debut in minor role in a New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Othello" in Central Park, NYC
TV-movie debut "The Good Fight" on Lifetime
Feature film debut, Nick Gomez directed "Laws of Gravity"
Played recurring character of Doug Russell on "NYPD Blue" (ABC)
Appeared on episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" directed by Nick Gomez
Appeared off-Broadway in the revival of "A View From the Bridge"
Acted in the stage play "Mercy"
Co-starred on the short-lived ABC series "Push"
Returned to the off-Broadway stage in "The Time of the Cuckoo"
Appeared as Josh Hartnett's brother in "40 Days and 40 Nights"
Played a detective in David Fincher's crime drama "Zodiac"
Appeared opposite Elizabeth Olsen in the horror film "Silent House"