Who is Erik Palladino on the show ER? Is his character a nurse or an intern? He looks familiar. What can you tell me about him?
—Chuck B., Nebraska
Erik Palladino played Dr. Dave Malucci on ER. The Yonkers, N.Y., native decided he wanted to be an actor after watching Raging Bull. He began performing with the Children's Repertory Co. from New Rochelle, N.Y., when he was 14. Palladino, 34, credits acting with getting him on track in college. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Marymount Manhattan College, which is an all-women's campus except for the theater program. Palladino played in the alternative rock band No Happy Faces for four years, even becoming a veejay on MTV while still with the band. He was a regular on Comedy Central's Short-Attention Span Theatre. Other credits include the series Love and Marriage and DiResta.