Birth name: Alberto Frezza [alˈbɛrto ˈfrettsa]
Alberto Frezza was born on May 23, 1989 to Adalberto Frezza and Maria Luisa Frezza in Milan, Italy. He is the youngest of three children. When he was only a month old, his family relocated to Ethiopia. He found a love for nature and the ecosystem and even ventured into photography to chronicle animals he came across and his travels. After seeing the 1986 classic Stand By Me, and obsessively watching it until the film was taken away from him, Frezza decided to become an actor though he was never exposed to any theater growing up. Because of this, he decided he wanted to play soccer professionally instead. Frezza and his friends played for Circolo Juventus, a soccer club in Addis Ababa. He returned to Milan to attend high school, and moved on to study filmmaking and acting at the New York Film Academy in both New York and Los Angeles, where he graduated in 2010.
Frezza began his acting career performing in short films, he appeared as Tom in the 2008 short Pills and 2010’s Tell My Heart How as Brett Sutton. In 2011, he made his television debut in an episode of “Charlie’s Angels” as Wyatt Rice. Frezza was also Randy in the straight-to-video film 1313: Giant Killer Bees!. Battle Force was released in 2012, where he portrayed Antonino. The film follows an elite fighting unit formed for a desperate mission during World War II in Sicily. Next was Angel Falls in Love, playing Max alongside Brandy Ingram and Jenni Melear. His final project that year came as a guest appearance on Kiefer Sutherland’s television series “Touch”. 2014 brought Frezza into the driver’s seat for Born to Race: Fast Track as Paulo Lauricello. The film stars Brett Davern and Beau Mirchoff, following a street racer who earns a scholarship to the Fast Lane Racing Academy and competes against some of the best young racers in the world.
2015 brought the television movie Broad Squad into view, where he portrayed the role of Frank. The film starred Lauren Ambrose and Devon Sawa. The next year, Frezza starred alongside Elizabeth Mitchell, Elizabeth Lail, and Ronen Rubinstein on the series “Dead of Summer” as Deputy Garrett Sykes, which ended up becoming his first series regular role. In 2017, he would earn himself his first award nomination at the Eyecatcher Film Festival starring in the short film Excuse opposite Daniela Ruah, following it up with writing, directing, producing, and starring in the short film Shotgun Diaries. He would also have a guest appearance on one of his favorite series, “Criminal Minds”, that year.
2018 brought his most memorable role to date, starring as Ryan Tanner on the “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff “Station 19”, which follows the firefighters of house 19 in Seattle. Frezza spoke with the New York Film Academy about the casting process for the series. “It took almost a month with four callbacks, one test audition, and a chemistry read with Jaina Lee Ortiz. By far the longest audition process I have gone through for a role.” After his heartbreaking goodbye on the series, he went on to appear as Enrico in the first season of the HBO series The Flight Attendant, starring Kaley Cuoco. Frezza next starred opposite Kat Barrell in the Hallmark Christmas movie A Godwink Christmas: Miracle of Love in 2021. He portrayed Eric Fellman in a film following two strangers being brought together by community service during the holidays. Frezza next played Albert Santoni in an episode of the crime series “CSI: Vegas” the following year.
His upcoming projects include the short film Daedalus where he stars as Jovan opposite Katerina Munis (who also served as writer and director) and Gigi Puana. The fantasy drama has is complete and awaiting a premiere date. He will star alongside Luis Guzman and Noel Gugliemi in the comedic drama Miles Away, following a dreamer rideshare driver struggling with the reality of poverty, bad decisions, and a mentally ill sister. The film is currently in production.
Frezza is an active member of Marjorie Ballentine’s B Home Theater Company in Los Angeles, most recently performing in the Spring 2023 shows at Two Roads Theater.
He enjoys photography, diving, and environmentalism. Frezza’s passion for conservation of animals comes from his upbringing at Lake Langano in Ethiopia. He is also trilingual, knowing Amharic (the most known language spoken in Ethiopia), Italian, and English.
Frezza founded The Food Boutique, the only Italian restaurant in Ethiopia, with his sister Emilia.