(born January 7
in Newark, New Jersey
) is an American actor
recognised by many as Detective Raymond Vecchio
in the television series Due South
. He currently appears in the FX
police drama The Shield
as Detective Steve Billings
In 1991 Marciano married Katayoun Amini (who played Vecchio's ex-wife Angie in Due South) and together they have two daughters and one son.
Marciano grew up in north Newark hanging out with the "Nomads." The Nomads were an eclectic, innocent group of teenagers, who were all dealing with the reality of growing up in Newark. Newark was plagued by violent crime and Dave, who was part of the Nomads, was witness to a city in crisis. He has admitted to having a troubled youth. 'I was hanging around on street corners, drinking, gambling, playing cards, going to the racetrack, shooting pool, all those kind of things.' At the age of seventeen Marciano was involved in a car crash after a night out partying and was lucky to survive. This prompted him to sort his life out and he enrolled at Northeastern University
in Boston, Massachusetts
to study biomedical engineering
. After a disappointing start Marciano transferred to economics
for his second year before dropping out to pursue acting.Dave made it out of Newark, out of the Nomads and has gone on to become a successful actor. It could be said that Marciano's success is due in part to his early times growing up in Newark.
In 1985, Marciano moved to Los Angeles
where he got his big break two years later as a guest star in Wiseguy
. More small parts followed until he landed the part of Detective Vecchio in Due South
in 1994. He played the part for two seasons before his character was written out, replaced by Detective Stanley Kowalski, due to filming commitments. He returned for the series finale where Vecchio and Kowalski's ex-wife got together.
He is also recognized by many as Giorgio Clericuzio in Mario Puzo's The Last Don.