D. J. Cotrona: Birthday

American actor
Born: May 23, 1980

D.J. Cotrona is an American actor known for his dynamic roles in both television and film. Born Donald Joseph Cotrona on May 23, 1980, in New Haven, Connecticut, he initially pursued a degree in law at Northeastern University. However, a transformative summer internship shifted his aspirations towards acting, prompting him to move to Los Angeles to follow his new passion.

Cotrona’s early career featured roles in television series such as “Skin” (2003) and “Windfall” (2006). His breakthrough came with the ABC series “Detroit 1-8-7” (2010-2011), where he portrayed Detective John Stone, earning him critical recognition. He further solidified his place in Hollywood with his role as Flint in the action-packed film “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (2013), showcasing his versatility and appeal.

A notable highlight in his career is his portrayal of Seth Gecko in the cult favorite TV adaptation “From Dusk till Dawn: The Series” (2014-2016). Cotrona’s performance captured the complexity and charm of the character, contributing to the show’s success. He also appeared in the DC Extended Universe as Superhero Pedro Peña in the blockbuster “Shazam!” (2019) and its sequel “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” (2023).

Throughout his career, D.J. Cotrona has demonstrated a compelling range and dedication to his craft, earning him a respected place in the entertainment industry. His journey from aspiring lawyer to Hollywood star is a testament to his talent and determination.

D. J. Cotrona’s 5 most popular quotes

  • Skateboarding was the only thing I was ever good at. Growing up, I was doing that from, like, dusk till dawn.
  • I grew up loving films and making stupid movies with a good friend of mine, who now actually has a career in a really prominent special effects house, so he’s still doing it. We just started messing around with a camera.
  • I’ve shot a lot of pilots that have never seen the light of day, jobs that have fallen apart or gotten canceled, so I’m really weary about what contracts I sign and where I swear my loyalty to.
  • My mother is going to get earrings of my head. Some will be dipped in silver, some will be dipped in gold, and I will hand them out to everyone I know.
  • Every DC or Marvel property is constantly getting reinvented because we love these characters. They’re so iconic, and we want to watch them over and over again.
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