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PAUL BLART: MALL COP

Growing up in Long Island, STEPHEN RANNAZZISI's (Stuart Lathan) Catholic schoolteacher told him "people don't like hanging out around a smartass.” Clearly, he did not takes these sentiments to heart, since being that "smartass” on MTV's "Punk'd” launched his career in the entertainment industry. 

Stephen graduated from a SUNY college with a degree in Theater. After graduation, he left for Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment.

Upon arrival, his first job was as a doorman at the world-famous Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard. It was there that he honed his skills amongst some of the most prolific comics in the business, such as Eddie Griffin, Joe Rogan and Andrew Dice Clay. He also worked hard on his character acting and improvisational skills with The Groundlings School and Comedy Troupe.

In addition to stand-up, his passions included acting in film and television. He guest starred in the Fox series "Kitchen Confidential,” performed on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend,” and was featured in television shows such as HBO's "Sex and the City,” NBC's "Third Watch,” and features such as Kate and Leopold, Summer of Sam and For Your Consideration. However, he received his break as one of the cast members of MTV's "Punk'd.” After his success on "Punk'd,” he was a series regular on the ABC pilots "Big Day” and "See Jayne Run.” He will be playing opposite Eddie Murphy in Nowhereland. 

With the respect of his peers and an undying commitment to his craft, the future looks very bright for this talented young performer.

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