|Real Name:||Leonard Charles "Lee" Curreri|
|Birthday:||January 4, 1961|
|Net Worth:||$2 million|
|Occupation:||American Actor, Musician, Composer, Music Producer|
Lee Curreri is a composer, keyboardist, and music producer who became famous internationally for his role in the acclaimed 1980s motion picture and television series Fame. He played the role of Bruno, an intense keyboard prodigy. The role was a close match to his musical background and abilities. Lee was also active in the music production and arrangement for the series.
Much is not known about Lee Curreri, and he maintains a low profile with little online presence.
Early Life & Education
Leonard Charles “Lee” Curreri was born in the Bronx, New York City, New York, on January 4, 1961. Unfortunately, there is no information available about his family background.
Lee Curreri attended high school at Fordham Preparatory school. After high school, Lee started to develop his musical interests at the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, and Westchester Conservatory.
Lee Curreri’s personal life isn’t one well known to the public. The celebrity has not discussed his family in much detail interviews or through social media. However, he is married to Sherry Dean. The couple tied the knot in 1999 and have shared more than 15 years of a happy relationship. They have a son named Joey Dean. Before marrying Sherry, Lee Curreri was married to Tawny Kitaen in 1987, but the relationship ended shortly after.
Lee Curreri is a doting father and husband who enjoys spending as much time as possible with his family.
In terms of social media, the music maestro has an active Twitter account where he shares things he likes or supports with his followers, totaling over a thousand. Lee also has an account on Instagram. However, he doesn’t post pictures or details about his family or other personal matters.
Lee Curreri is said to have always been in love with music since he was a child. He first got involved with music in high school. Dedicated to his art, Lee played various musical instruments, including the trombone and piano. The keyboardist used to play piano with a musical group called In Vitro and the Iona College Singers.
Lee Curreri was later cast for Bruno Martelli’s character in the movie and television series Fame by director Alan Parker. Following the success of Fame, Lee moved to Los Angeles. His unique sense of various music genres like pop, jazz, and classical made him highly sought after to work on music for various other television or movie projects.
It wasn’t long after arriving in Los Angeles that Lee’s musical talents got the attention of the A&R for Capitol Records at the time, Bobby Colomby, former drummer for Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Colomby then put Lee in touch with recording artist Natalie Cole, suggesting that Lee will produce her Good to Be Back album. The project was a huge success. It put Lee right on track to produce other artists like Kid Creole, Nicolette Larson, The Coconuts, Robert Downey Jr., Jon Hassell, and Phil Perry.
Even while he worked producing records, Lee did not stop composing music for film or television. He also continued to play instruments for other artists.
Lee Curreri is also the founder of Xacca Sounds, a TV/film music production company. His company has scored many projects like MTV’s Liquid Television series. Animations also like GI Joe Extreme and Littlest Pet Shop. The company has also been involved in producing several top-notch commercials for companies like Taco Bell, Nike, and Frutopia. Lee Curreri drew inspiration from his ancestry when he coined the name of his company. Xacca is the Greek spelling of Sciacca, a town in Sicily, where Lee’s paternal grandfather Leonard was born. The maternal side of his family hails from Sannicandro di Bari, Italy.
As years passed, Lee’s reputation in the LA music industry grew steadily. He has scored a couple of episodes of David E. Kelley’s highly acclaimed series Chicago Hope and also been a part of the production of Robert Altman’s highly rated anthology series Gun. Lee Curreri had the opportunity of being the composer for the Simpson/Bruckheimer series Dangerous Minds and SOF. As a creative contemporary composer, Lee’s profile saw him compose several campaigns for Microsoft, Turner Broadcasting, and Toyota.
After garnering years of scoring, producing, and performance experience, Lee Curreri took ample time to compose and produce the remarkable, rhythmic-soul project, Aquabox, which was tagged “the evolution will not be televised.” His music composing work on the short film project Winning the Peace earned him the Best Score award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. Some other projects he has worked on include I Tried, a film that featured members of the rap group Bone Thugs’ n’ Harmony, Meskada, The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends, and Dr. Oz.
Not everyone gets to meet or even work with their childhood idol. For Lee, he has been opportune to work with his idol Carole King on her album A Holiday Carole, where he played horns and keyboards and also arranged the body of work.
These days, Lee Curreri enjoys producing and playing with Mode, an Italian pop group made of talented and creative musicians based in Southeastern Sicily.
Since his early days on Fame, Lee has been a versatile artist who has worked in the movie and music industries and had a successful career. His family lives a comfortable life thanks to his success. He has accumulated a fortune of over $2 million from his professional career. With his career still active, Lee can turn more of his beautiful music notes into more banknotes.
Without a doubt, Lee Curreri is a very successful artist who followed his dreams from a young age. The actor/musician has already worked on hundreds of projects in his career, earning a solid reputation and fame in turn. His musical talent continues to astonish fans across the world.
We look forward to the artist’s next endeavor in life.