Danny Irizarry was born in Quito, Ecuador, as Joseph Daniel Irizarry, Jr., to American parents living abroad. His paternal grandfather was Puerto Rican, and his maternal grandmother was Czech. His first film role was in the student short, Moved by Love, directed by family friend and Biola student Elisa Logan. This led to a brief role in her next film, The Cure, and confirmed his desire to pursue acting professionally. His first TV role was as Colin Blake, the misunderstood swim-team student and abuse/murder victim in season 3 of Chicago P.D. He followed up with lead roles in films from various Chicago-area film schools, as well as the feature Don't Run (originally titled The Monster Under My Bed), and the pilots for The Florist and Gone.
FLIKKER is the first short film I have written, directed, and starred in . This is an awesome collaboration with my friend and cinematographer Danny Irizarry and friend and composer Derrick Dymalski. We recently finished filming and are in post production.
Derrick Dymalski has performed at Carnegie Hall, played with jazz greats such as David Sandborn, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Lew Tabackin, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Gordon Goodwin, and toured multiple times internationally. He has received several Downbeat awards from acclaimed Downbeat magazine. His passion for music shines through in his high-spirited show “I Can’t Believe My Eyes.” Derrick plays the saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano, electric bass, sings, and writes original compositions. He tours frequently with his band, World Peace Ensemble.