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Adamo Ruggiero

Adamo Ruggiero is an experienced actor, host and student. He began his career in Community Theatre at a very young age. In 1996, he landed his first professional job as Cupid in Stage West's Christmas production of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. In 2000, he was accepted to Cawthra Park Secondary School (a performing arts school in Mississauga) where Adamo played leading roles in Godspell, Carnival, Auntie Mame and The Bath as well as directed Sure Thing by playwright David Ives for the Ontario's SEARS Drama festival.

In 2002, Adamo landed his first professional television job, premiering in the second season of Degrassi: The Next Generation as Marco Del Rossi. Throughout his eight years on the show, his role as a gay teenager has garnered much attention. In 2004, Degrassi received its first GLAAD Media Awards nomination for Outstanding Drama Series for Adamo's starring episodes entitled Pride (part 1 & 2). Adamo was recently included in Out Magazine's 100 Out honorees of 2009 and named Marco one of the top 25 gay characters on television. In January 2008, Adamo "came out" as a young gay actor in an exclusive TV interview with eTalk and a cover story in Fab, Canada's premiere gay scene magazine. With an interest in sharing his story with other struggling gay youth, he has lent his name to The Trevor Project (an organization that helps suicidal gay and questioning youth) where he shot an international PSA alongside Roseanne Barr, T.R. Knight, Kristin Davis, John Goodman and Neil Patrick Harris. He also produced and starred in a PSA for the Report Homophobic Violence, Period (RHVP) campaign for Toronto's 2008 Pride Festival. In April 2008, Degrassi was nominated for its second GLAAD Media Award where Adamo was invited to present at the legendary Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, alongside such stars as Ellen DeGeneres, Rufus Wainwright, Janet Jackson, Sharon Stone and Tom Ford. Adamo spoke at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on an LGBT panel hosted by Kathy Griffin. He has recently become a member of the PFLAG team (which supports families of LGBT youth) and has lent his voice to the Youth Line (where he was given the award for outstanding achievement in queer youth visibility) and Jer's Vision, and organization that educates youth on diversity. He recently joined the fight against gay bullying with his own "it gets better" youtube video with 15,000 hits, spoke for the cause on etalk daily, the Shaun Proulx Show, the Deb Pearce show and various radio station in Canada and the U.S.In 2009, Adamo recently reprised his role as Marco in the Paradise City: Degrassi Goes Hollywood movie which airs August 30th (8:00pm on CTV).

In 2009, Adamo starred in his first feature in LA entitled "Make the Yuletide Gay" -- a gay themed, coming of age Christmas story where he plays the films supporting character Nathan Stanford. "Make the Yuletide Gay" is currently showing in LGBT film festivals around North America. He recently shot the cover of Frontier Magazine in LA to promote his film in Outfest. "Make the Yuletiday Gay 2" is currently in preproduction.