Marisa Petroro is an America film and television actor, model, and humanitarian from Elizabeth, New Jersey, who is of Italian and Argentine decent. She is recognized for developing a diverse range of on-screen personalities.
At the tender age of four, Marisa started participating in East Coast beauty pageants. By eight, this young starlet was taking trips to New York City to study acting at the highly acclaimed HB Studio. After making the pageant circuit as a teenager, Marisa won the title of Miss Italia USA and then retired her pageant days after she went on to place top five in Miss Italia World in 1996. Marisa then crafted a five-year road-map, packed her bags and convinced a good friend to join her on a 3,000 mile cross-country drive that ended in Los Angeles.
Within the first few years, Marisa was landing principal roles in hit films such as MGM's Pumpkin and Columbia Pictures' Tomcats. Also during this breakout period, she built notable television credits on NBC's The Pretender, CBS's The Young and the Restless, a national commercial directed by David Lynch and starred opposite Rick Schroder in the award winning country music video, Whiskey Lullaby, sung by Allison Krause and Brad Paisley.
The past few years have been stellar for this seasoned actor as she starred in Roadside Attraction's feature film, Everybody Wants to be Italian and landed a supporting role opposite Paul Rudd in Comedy Central’s Reno 911: Miami. She was one of the most recognized briefcase models (#18) for 4 seasons of NBC's hit game show Deal or No Deal, as well as landing significant roles on CBS's Rules of Engagement, with David Spade, ABC's Desperate Housewives with Eva Longoria Parker. She also starred on TNT’s Franklin & Bash with fellow talent Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer as well as having a recurring role on Showtime’s Dexter with Michael C. Hall.
Be sure to catch Marisa in her upcoming films, Life at the Resort with Marc Singer, Michael Eisner’s Vuguru film- The Millionaire Tour with Dominic Monaghan and Willie Nelson’s Luck Films – Junction with Rance Howard. She is also one of the new faces in the 2012 global campaign for Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey.
Marisa Petroro on IMDB.