Works

Career

In 2013, DiMarco had a leading role in the independent film In the Can, which was told in American Sign Language with English subtitles.[6] In 2014 and 2015, he played the recurring role of Garrett Banducci in Switched at Birth on the Freeform network.

DiMarco was doing freelance modeling for about a year before he was contacted by America’s Next Top Model producers in 2015. They scouted the 25-year-old via his Instagram account without realizing he was deaf.[5][8] He was named the winner of the season after beating out Mamé Adjei in the season finale.[9] He is so far the only deaf contestant in the show’s history, and the second male to ever win.[9]

Shortly after winning the competition, DiMarco signed with Wilhelmina Models in New York City.

On March 8, 2016, DiMarco was announced as one of the celebrities who will compete on season 22 of Dancing with the Stars. He is partnered with professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd.[11][12] DiMarco is the second deaf contestant to be on the show; Marlee Matlin was the first in season 6.

In 2016, DiMarco will appear in the Hulu comedy series Difficult People.

Dancing with the Stars performances

Dimarco is partnered with Peta Murgatroyd

1 Score by guest judge Zendaya.

2 This week only, for “Partner Switch-Up” week, DiMarco performed with Sharna Burgess instead of Murgatroyd. Murgatroyd performed with Doug Flutie.

3 Score by guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Personal life

DiMarco said he has a fraternal twin brother, Nico, who has red hair and looks nothing like him.[14] He also has an older brother, Neal.[15] In October 2015, DiMarco said he was “fluid” when asked during an interview with Out magazine about his sexuality.[16]

Activism

DiMarco does not consider himself to be disabled by deafness and sees his media profile as an opportunity to bring awareness to Deaf culture. He views deafness as an advantage in modeling because he is accustomed to conveying messages without speaking.[17] He also holds the belief that deaf roles should be played by deaf actors.

DiMarco is a spokesperson for LEAD-K (Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids). He is a signer and creative collaborator on The ASL App, an app that teaches conversational ASL.

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2014–15 Switched At Birth Garrett Banducci Season 3, Ep 18 “It Isn’t What you Think”
Season 4, Ep 16 “Borrowing Your Enemy’s Arrows”
Season 4, Ep 18 “The Accommodations of Desire”
2015 America’s Next Top Model Himself Cycle 22; Winner
2016 Difficult People TBA
Dancing with the Stars Himself Season 22

References