Enrico Colantoni was born on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1963, in Toronto, Canada. Colantoni started as a novice in theater, but came to be a serious and well-respected theatrical actor. He attended the highly prestigious Yale School of Drama and studied at the American Academy for Dramatic Arts in New York City. As a professional Shakespearean actor, he has appeared in Hamlet, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Macbeth.
In 1995, Colantoni was cast in NBC's television series Hope & Gloria. Following that show's end, he was cast again by NBC in Just Shoot Me! as the sensitive but egotistical womanizing fashion photographer Elliot. During his stint on Just Shoot Me!, he also appeared in episodes of 3rd Rock from the Sun and the films Galaxy Quest and Artificial Intelligence:AI.
Since the end of Just Shoot Me!, Colantoni has appeared in Monk, Numb3rs, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and as the voice of Dr. Bortel in the animated series Kim Possible.
In 2004, Colantoni garnered the role of Kristen Bell's private investigator father, Keith Mars, in the successful show Veronica Mars. In 2006, he was nominated for two awards pertaining to the show-the Teen Choice Award for Choice Parental Unit and the Family Film Award's Favorite Father and Daughter, which he won.
Elliott DiMauro is Blush magazine's in-house photographer. He considers himself to be a true artist. So, when the boss, Jack, tells him things such as "make sure the dandruff flakes really pop" in a photo, his frustration is visible.
Despite his looks, Elliot beds his fair share of models. He and Finch both vie for the attention of Elle Macpherson, Brooke Shields and Carmen Electra. Elliot's weakness for beautiful women nearly leads him down the aisle with a less-than-confident super model, played by Rebecca Romijn. (Finch eventually wins her hand in marriage!)
Elliot's flirtation with Maya Gallo over the years creates a "will they or won't they" type of tension. Elliot credits Maya as his longest lasting relationship due to the fact that they have never been intimate. However, he becomes irate when Maya agrees to do a nude self-portrait for a photography class. Their relationship almost takes them down the aisle, but each time they discuss marriage, they end up in the hospital emergency ward as Elliot faints at the notion and has several panic attacks.
Elliot is recognized for his work as photographer and eventually wins a coveted Femmy award. However, Jack Gallo decided to submit a photo that was not taken by Elliot, but instead by a primate on roller skates.