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David Moretti
(1981 - living) U.S.A.

David Moretti

Actor

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David Moretti was born in Cranston, Rhode Island. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2002 with a degree in English.

Moretti was straight, or at least pretending to be, all the way through his undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, where he majored in English with a minor in film and belonged to the Delta Chi fraternity.

Following his graduation, one of his Delta Chi fraternity brothers spotted Moretti's online profile on a gay dating site and outed him to the rest of the fraternity. Ironically, Moretti was only testing the waters when he posted the profile; he hadn't even kissed another guy yet.

Nevertheless, what followed was one of the worst periods in his life--the struggling actor broke up with his college girlfriend, came out to his friends and family, and ultimately had to face himself.

"I was freaking out," he says. "I needed that year of transition in my mind to sit with it and accept it. But when it's forced upon you, it's the worst feeling. Your stomach drops; it's like the carpet was pulled out from under you."

After landing a few small film roles in the mid-2000s Moretti was offered the role of Thom in The Lair in 2007. In deciding to accept the role and play an openly gay character, Moretti also made the decision to come out in his professional life.

"You see all these closeted actors who feel this mental anguish and internal struggle, and you just really feel for them. Which is why I'm coming out right in the beginning, because I don't want to be outed. I don't want to have to sacrifice my social life. I want my boyfriend with me on the red carpet. And if I'm going to miss out on a couple of big blockbuster movie roles, then so be it."

Since starring on The Lair Moretti guest-starred as his Lair character on the here! series Dante's Cove and has completed a role in the film A Date with Murder (2008).

While not shooting, Dave is involved with countless charities and supports numerous causes. He was most recently a 'celebrity witness' at the Matthew Shepard Foundation's 'Vow to Vote No' rally and celebration of gay marriage in California. He oversaw an event where 50 couples made the promise to wed.

Dave also involves himself with APLA, The Trevor Project, the Center for Health Justice, and the Task Force. In August, he will judge the Mr. Gay competition in Philadelphia, benefiting Action AIDS and the City of Hope organizations. And he is assembling a team for the AIDS Walk Los Angeles.

David volunteered his time to The San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, hosting a video guide to the landmarks of the city, which will be available on mobile phones and the web in September 2008. He also just rescued a puppy that was abandoned with a broken leg after being hit by a car, as he is a huge animal rights advocate.

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