Danny Tamberelli was born into an Italian American family in Wyckoff, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Hampshire College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts focusing on music performance and booking management.
Tamberelli played Jackie Rodowsky on the television series The Baby-Sitters Club shortly before more notably playing Little Pete on the Nickelodeon television show The Adventures of Pete & Pete and provided the voice for Arnold in The Magic School Bus, as well as appearing in the films Igby Goes Down and The Mighty Ducks.
Many may also know him for his work on Nickelodeon’s All That, as well as Figure It Out. On Figure It Out, he is known for his famed “head flip,” where he would flip his head back after getting slimed to cover the audience in slime, and he was also known on Figure It Out for yelling “I don’t know” at the top of his lungs whenever he got confused. He also guest starred, along with Michelle Trachtenberg, on an episode of Space Cases titled “All You Can Eaty.” He also appeared in various toy commercials in the 1980s and 1990s for products such as Rattle Me Bones from Ideal Games and Pirate Toys from Lego. Another was for Cinnamon Life in 1994. In 2006, he appeared in a commercial for Wendy’s fast food.
Tamberelli was the voice behind Alexander in the 1990 thirty-minute television special “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”, based on the 1972 book by Judith Viorst. Tamberelli narrated—and sang the theme song—for I See Sue, a children’s dinosaur game published by Simon & Schuster Interactive and the Field Museum. Danny also voiced the character Joseph Anza in the Disney show Fillmore!
During filming of an episode of The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Tamberelli had his guitar amplifier blown by Iggy Pop as Pop was teaching him to play The Stooges song, “TV Eye”. Tamberelli is the bassist and vocalist for the rock band Jounce, formed in Northern New Jersey. They released an eponymous debut album in 2006, followed by their sophomore effort, These Things in 2009. The EP titled Meet Me in the Middle was released digitally in 2011. He was also the bassist for the folk/pop band Every Good Boy.
Tamberelli is a member of the sketch comedy group Man Boobs Comedy with co-creators Brendan O’Rourke and Jeremy Balon. He appears in the 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V as the voice and physical inspiration for Jimmy De Santa.
In 2014 he started a podcast with former The Adventures of Pete and Pete co-star Michael Maronna. In 2014 he appeared on Ken Reid’s TV Guidance Counselor Podcast. In 2015, he appeared on a podcast episode of comedian Doug Benson’s show Getting Doug with High he was the guest along with Josh Wolf.
In November 2015, he guest starred on the fifth installment of The Hopefully Chris Pratt & Shane Hartline Show, a sketch/improvisational comedy hybrid stage show at The iO West with actor/comedian Shane Hartline.
Michael C. Maronna was born in Brooklyn, the oldest of three children, and began acting at the tender age of five. He attended public schools in Brooklyn and Queens while working on commercials, soap operas, and eventually on Broadway.
After beginning 7th grade at Hunter College High School in Manhattan, Michael was cast in the Nickelodeon TV show The Adventures of Pete and Pete in 1989 for what began as a sixty second show between cartoons. He also appeared in Home Alone and Home Alone 2 as Jeff McCallister, Kevin’s mean brother. The Adventures of Pete and Pete began series production in 1993, with Maronna in the title role, appearing on Nickelodeon for three seasons.
After graduating from Manhattan’s City-As-School, Michael began working with lights as an electric on films. His first electric job was on the film Six Ways to Sunday, directed by Pete and Pete alumnus Adam Bernstein.
Michael was accepted to SUNY-Purchase in Westchester County and studied Documentary Film in the Theater Arts and Film Conservatory from 1997-2001. He also appeared in several popular Ameritrade commercials in 1998 and 1999, leading to an appearance with President Bill Clinton in a White House Correspondents’ Dinner video in the year 2000.
While attending SUNY-Purchase, he played Jeff in Slackers (2002). Michael also did a memorable turn appearing as the Bagel Guy in the 2002 feature film 40 Days and 40 Nights. He has appeared in several independent films, including What Alice Found directed by A. Dean Bell and Le New Yorker directed by Benoit Graffin.
Maronna joined Local 52 IATSE in 2007 as an Electric and has since been working on films and TV in the NYC area, as always. He lives in Brooklyn.