Arts & Entertainment

Hillsborough Actor Excels on the Gridiron in "Football, Texas"

Hillsborough resident and Immaculata High School graduate Louis Jannuzzi has the lead role in "Football, Texas," produced by Gatorade and Bleacher/Report. Credits: Courtesy Bleacher/Report
Hillsborough resident and Immaculata High School graduate Louis Jannuzzi (No. 5) has the lead role in "Football, Texas," produced by Gatorade and Bleacher/Report. Credits: Courtesy Bleacher/Report
Hillsborough resident and Immaculata High School graduate Louis Jannuzzi, throwing the football through a tire, has the lead role in "Football, Texas," produced by Gatorade and Bleacher/Report. Credits: Courtesy Bleacher/Report


SOMERVILLE, NJ - It''s a long way from the hallways of Immaculata High School to a football field in Austin, Texas, but for Hillsborough actor Louis Jannuzzi, it's another step on his journey to achieve lasting success - not on the football field, but on stage and on the "Big Screen."

Jannuzzi, a 2013 graduate of Immaculata, stars in "Football, Texas," a farcical look at the obsession with high school football in Texas. His character, Jake Ramsey, is the back-up quarterback for the Football High School Pigskins, who is called upon to step in and take the place of starting quarterback Conor Layne, who broke both legs in a pre-season game.

Produced by Gatorade and the Bleacher/Report website, the third episode in the four-part web series comes out tonight (Dec. 6) on YouTube. The concluding episode comes out next Wednesday, Dec. 13. 

Sign Up for E-News

Januzzi, 22,  began honing his craft at Immaculata High School as a freshman.

“There are two big things at Immaculata in the music department, the marching band and spring play,” Jannuzzi said.

He opted for the stage and nailed down the lead in “Children of Eden” in his sophomore year.

“I played instruments, tennis and scccer, but when it came dwn to it, theater was what I loved most,” he added.

He was also influenced by his father, Luigi, a former English teacher at Immaculata and a professional playwright, with 27 plays to his credit including the acclaimed “Bench at the Edge.”

“My dad has helped me every step of the way,” Jannuzzi said.

His mother teaches theology at Immaculata.

Jannuzzi and his parents all live in Hillsborough.

“I grew up with it my whole life, my dad writing and producing, I was surrounded by it; I’m the actor, he’s the writer, we’re in the same business we know and love. Hopefully I’ll be as accomplished as he is in my own field.”

There was no doubt Jannuzzi would pursue his vocation once he graduated Immaculata, and chose to attend Desales University in Bethlehem, Pa.

“It seemed pretty much like Immaculata with dormitories,” Jannuzzi said; but more important, “it has a fantastic theater program,” he added.   

He auditioned for the lead in the school’s fall show, a Neil Simon play, and nailed down the role before his freshman classes began. “It got great reviews, a great response; I knew I wanted to do this, and I just kept on doing it.”

As his college career progressed, there were more roles, and increasingly, $50 round-trip bus trips to New York City to audition.

His senior year was spent researching agencies, casting directors and learning the ropes, the intricacies and vagaries of auditioning; the bus trips began, once every two weeks, then once a week, “whenever I was free and could get out of class, just to get my name out there.”

 “I wouldn’t trade my experience there for the world,” he said.

Jannuzzi graduated DeSales cum laude with a B.A. degree in Musical Theater.

He's been busy, acting in small troupes and regional theater, earning a paycheck, with professional equity credits for performances in "Evita," "Les Miserables," "Julius Caesar" and "Fiddler on the Roof."

He continues the routine, checking out websites like, and every two to three hours to see what auditions appeal to him.

That’s how he found out about “”Football, Texas.”

He auditioned, read his lines with a respectable Texan’s accent, threw a football, walked out the door and hoped for the best.

“There were at least another 10 kids who auditioned, and we all looked the same, and when I was walking out the lobby, there was another group of 10 kids. We all looked the same. You just give it your best,” he said. “There are a lot of people who can do it just like me.”

Three days later, he received a call back from the casting director; the next day, he was asked to read with another person; another 3 to 4 days later, he was offered the role of Jake Ramsey.

“They flew me out to Austin for the week, did the shoot for a week, it was great, almost like I was on vacation,” he said.

Since his success with “Football, Texas,” Jannuzzi has filmed a segment for the Discovery Channel, signed a contract for a three-month regional theater stint outside Philadelphia, and has a minor role in an upcoming NBC series called “Rise” that will air in the spring.

“Right now, it’s working out; I owe it to my training and family supporting me 100 percent of the way, to shoot for the stars and go for my dreams; I couldn’t do it without my family helping out.

“When you go into New York City and audition for a week straight and you don’t get a call back, it stings,” Jannuzzi said. It’s rough, but then there’s that that one audition that goes well and you don’t have to worry about paying the rent for an entire year, that's just how it works.”

Learn more about Jannuzzi and his career online at





TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Basking Ridge

Somerville Approves 40-Acre Transit Village with Route 206 Gateway

May 13, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Somerset Station, an expansive Transit Village featuring apartments, townhouses, retail stores and a community center alongside the NJ Transit Raritan Valley line - with an interior roadway providing access to Route 206 - was given site plan and subdivision approvals by the Planning Board following a 3 ½-hour meeting Wednesday night.

The final application is based ...

Upcoming Events


Sat, May 26, 10:15 AM

Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge

Lord Stirling Stable Offers Saturday Dog Walks

Health & Wellness

Fri, June 1, 9:00 AM

The Wayrick Gallery, Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville

NJ Audubon: NJ Audubon Photography Instructors’ ...

Arts & Entertainment Green

Somerset Hills YMCA Swim Team has Record-Breaking Short Course Season

May 22, 2018

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - In April, Somerset Hills YMCA (SHY) Swim Team Parent Organization celebrated the team’s 2017-2018 season with its annual Awards Banquet held at the Westin Governor Morris in Morristown. The event celebrates swimmers and the contributions of coaches and parents. This year, the team had quite a few record-breaking accomplishments to be proud of.

As a charitable ...

SURVIVING A STROKE: Quick Medical Response Gives Mom Her Life Back

Carotid artery dissection. It’s one of the most common causes of stroke in younger adults.

And while you might not associate the word “stroke” with younger patients, the condition – if not treated immediately – could lead to paralysis and even death.

Lindsey Singh can attest to the importance of immediacy. The 31-year-old mother of two from Flanders experienced ...


AtlantiCast: Episode 15

On this week’s AtlantiCast, learn some important tips for controlling and avoiding diabetes from an Atlantic Health System expert, see how Atlantic Health is advancing cutting-edge research, hear what’s being done to keep health care environmentally friendly and much more!