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John DiResta from "Dirty Money" stars in the Discovery Channel reality series.

John DiResta was raised on the rough and tumble streets of Long Island, where all he did was drink beer, listen to heavy metal and make fun of people. If you got mocked by John DiResta then you were in with the in crowd.

After dropping out of two colleges (New Paltz and Nassau Community) John took the New York City Police Exam. On July 15th, 1986, John was sworn into the worst police department in the history of
John DiResta in "American Body Shop"
John DiResta American Body Shop
the world, the New York City Transit Police. For the next 12 years John stood in a puddle of hot human piss in the Coney Island Stillwell Station, alone, with no partner, with a radio that might work if he was lucky. The motto of the Transit Police was "you ride, we hide." John had nine arrests in twelve years. His gun was so rusted shut that he would have had to throw it at a perp to take him down. The only thing that made John's job interesting was his homeless friends, with no one else to talk to John became buddies with hundreds of bums in the New York City Subway.

In 1992 John started his comedy career in the bowels of the New York comedy circuit. Five years later his one man show, "Beat: A Subway Cop's Comedy," open to raved reviews. The New York Times called him "uproarious." John quickly signed a huge development deal with ABC/Disney. John quit the police department and moved his wife and three kids to the West coast.

In the fall of 1998 John's sitcom, "DiResta," launched on the UPN Network. John then went on to secure roles in the movies "Miss Congeniality, starring Sandra Bullock, and "15 Minutes" with Robert De Niro. During that period John made two very memorable appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "The Howard Stern Show." In the spring of 2004 John's show, "Trash to Cash," premiered on the FX Network. John then went on to star in "How To Lose a Guy in Ten Days" and "Miss Congeniality 2." In the fall of 2007 John began work on his next two TV adventures: "American Body Shop" was on Comedy Central for one year and "Hammered" lasted two seasons on HGTV/DIY Networks.

John currently lives on both coasts, spending his time in both the San Fernando Valley and in New York City. He travels the world as a killer live stand up. When not on the road John can be found in his North Hollywood Hills shop fabricating his unique rustic furniture and artwork.


Hometown: Long Island, NY

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