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Adam Lavorgna
Born (1981-03-01) March 1, 1981 (age 40)
Years active1991–present

Adam Lavorgna (born March 1, 1981) is an American actor, known for his role on the television series Brooklyn Bridge, and in the films Milk Money, The Beautician and the Beast, and I'll Be Home for Christmas, and as Robbie Palmer on 7th Heaven.

Early life

Lavorgna was born near New Haven, in North Branford, Connecticut, the son of Sandra (née Schnepf), a college professor, and Joseph LaVorgna, a high school assistant principal.[1][2] Raised with his three siblings in North Branford, LaVorgna has been appearing on television and film since the early age of three when he first appeared on the daytime series As the World Turns.

Other television work included the role of a young Frank Sinatra at the age of ten in the miniseries Sinatra, a role as a witness to a bank robbery in a 1995 episode of Matlock ("The Getaway") and appearances in the miniseries Degree of Guilt and Blood Brothers: The Joey DiPaolo Story, along with an episode of the HBO series Lifestories: Families in Crisis.

Lavorgna attended high school at the athletic powerhouse Avon Old Farms in Avon, Connecticut. He also enrolled at Boston College, prior to leaving the school after his freshman year to pursue acting, specifically, 7th Heaven.[3]

He received his bachelor's degree in 2011 from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut.


Lavorgna starred as Nicholas Scamperelli in the series Brooklyn Bridge, for which he received the 1993 Youth in Film Award for Best Actor. He then joined 7th Heaven as a series regular portraying Robbie Palmer, Mary's (Jessica Biel) troubled ex-boyfriend who has moved into the family home. He left the show in 2002. LaVorgna recalled his choice to leave was due to having a hard time managing his way around Hollywood, California, in addition to missing his family, mutually agreeing with the staff of 7th Heaven for a dismissal. He returned to the East Coast of the US subsequently.[4]

Lavorgna has a number of film roles to his credit, including I'll Be Home for Christmas, The Beautician and the Beast, Milk Money, Monkey Trouble; and Blast. He appeared in two independent features: Outside Providence and The Bumblebee Flies Away... LaVorgna can be recently seen in the Lifetime/A&E movie "Stealing Chanel" on demand and currently on the hit Starz show "Power".

Personal life

Lavorgna said he was raised in Catholicism by his grandmother but became distant from the faith with age: "I got away from church at 15–16, and by my mid-20s, I was lost."[5] Of returning to the faith, LaVorgna said, "Once I matured enough to face God, to look at Him, for Him to be proud, once I started doing that, my life turned around. It was slow, but on a steady incline."[6]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 29th Street Frankie (age 8)
1994 Monkey Trouble Mark
1994 Milk Money Brad
1997 The Beautician and the Beast Karl Pochenko
1998 I'll Be Home for Christmas Eddie Taffet
1999 Outside Providence Tommy the Wire
1999 The Bumblebee Flies Anyway Mike
2000 Blast Shnetz
2005 The House Is Burning Party guest
2007 The Boy Who Cried Bitch: The Adolescent Years Steve
2015 Masterless Kane Madison / Ronin
2015 Stealing Chanel Giorgio Bene
2016 Get Happy! Bobby
2018 Madhouse Mecca Benjamin
TBA Finding Julia Jason Rodriguez
TBA Off-Time Cliff Raines In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1991–1993 Brooklyn Bridge Nicholas Scamperelli Main role
1992 Lifestories: Families in Crisis Joey DiPaolo Episode: "Blood Brothers: The Joey DiPaolo Story"
1992 Sinatra Frankie at 10 Miniseries; 4 episodes
1993 Casualties of Love: The "Long Island Lolita" Story Paulie Buttafuoco Television film
1993 Civil Wars Eddie Baron Episode: "Captain Kangaroo Court"
1993 Empty Nest Rudy Episode: "The All-American Boy - Not!"
1994 The Cosby Mysteries Teddy Episode: "Self Defense"
1995 Matlock Matt Ahern Episode: "The Getaway"
1995 Degree of Guilt Carlo Paget Miniseries
1998 Law & Order Hayden Episode: "Damaged"
1999–2002 7th Heaven Robbie Palmer Recurring role (season 4); main role (seasons 5–7)
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Carter McSherry Episode: "Truth or Consequences"
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Brian Murphy Episode: "Siren Call"
2007 Cold Case Joe Vives-Alvarez (2007) Episode: "Stand Up and Holler"
2007 CSI: Miami Eddie Corbett Episode: "Rush"


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "School leader's work, style recognized". Connecticut Post. December 28, 2005.
  3. ^ Tricia Johnson (November 27, 2000). "'Heaven Sent' As his real life girlfriend Jessica Biel trims her role, Adam LaVorgna tells about moving in with the Camdens". Entertainment Weekly.
  4. ^ "Interview: Adam LaVorga of "Masterless"". Archived from the original on 2017-03-31.
  5. ^ Ong, Czarina (October 12, 2015). "'Masterless': Faith film that doesn't preach but takes viewers on philosophical journey".
  6. ^ Justice, Jessilyn (February 11, 2016). "'Christian Samurai' Film Depicts the Reality Most Faith-Based Films Ignore".