Untold Truth of Darryl McCauley, Dane Cook’s Brother

Darryl McCauley is the half-brother of Dane Cook, an American comedian, actor, and author. The 59-year-old Darryl used to work as his brother’s financial manager until he was exposed for fraudulent activities in 2008.

As soon as Dane Cook became popular in the American entertainment industry, the multi-talented comedian was magnanimous enough to employ his big brother into his team. However, in the long run, Darryl reciprocated his brother’s good deed by embezzling his hard-earned money up to the tune of $12 million, which landed him behind bars in 2010.

Summary of Darryl McCauley’s Biography

  • Full Name: Darryl McCauley
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1965
  • Darryl McCauley’s Age: 59 years old
  • Ethnicity: Mixed
  • Nationality: American
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Darryl McCauley’s Wife: Erica McCauley
  • Darryl McCauley’s Parents: Donna Jean Ford (mother) and George F. Cook (step-father)
  • Siblings: Two half-siblings and three step-siblings
  • Darryl McCauley’s Height in Inches: 5 feet 10 inches
  • Darryl McCauley’s Height in Centimetres: 178 cm
  • Darryl McCauley’s Weight: 75 kg
  • Famous For: Being the half-brother of Dane Cook

How Old is Darryl McCauley

Darryl McCauley is 59 years old; he was born in 1965, but details like his day and month of birth have never been disclosed. His birth occurred in Arlington, Massachusetts in the United States which confers American citizenship on him. However, McCauley comes from a mixed ethnic background.

The Massachusetts native’s biological mother has been identified as Donna J. Ford but nothing is known about his real dad. When Darryl was still a minor, his parents got separated and Donna found love again in the arms of George F. Cook – a US veteran who helped in raising him. Darryl was raised to follow the Catholic faith. Unfortunately, Darryl McCauley lost his mum in 2006 and his stepfather died the next year in 2007.

Growing up in Arlington, Darryl attended Arlington High School. But the details of his earliest academic journey are not captured. It is also not known whether he went to college.

How is McCauley Related to Dane Cook?

Darryl McCauley,
Dane and Darryl

After Donna J. Ford got married to George F. Cook, they had two children named Dane and Courtney Cook. This makes Darryl McCauley Dane Cook’s half-brother from his mother’s side. Born on the 18th of March 1972, Dane is seven years younger than Darryl.

Dane Cook is a name that needs no introduction in the American entertainment industry. He is listed as an on-screen star and a celebrated standup comedian with a plethora of comedy albums under his belt. Some of the best of his albums include Rough Around the Edges, Isolated Incident, Vicious Circle, and more.

Dane debuted on the comedy scene in 1990 and soon gained recognition as a comedian with exceptional skills in incorporating observational and dark comedy. His career as an actor is quite successful as he has graced the screen in A-list productions including the likes of Good Luck Chuck, Employee of the Month, My Best Friend’s Girl, Dan in Real Life, Mystery Man, Mr. Brooks, and more.

Darryl McCauley’s half-sister, Courtney Cook grew up to become a professional photographer. Apart from Dane and Courtney Cook, Darryl has step-siblings Judith A. McNeil, Kathryn M, and Geralyn M. Keough who are his step-father’s daughters. Nothing is known about them.

What Does Dane Cook’s Brother do for a Living?

Darryl McCauley never mentioned what he did before his brother Dane Cook became famous. But as soon as he hit it big in the entertainment industry, Dane took McCauley under his wing and made him the manager of his finances.

McCauley started managing Dane’s financial affairs in the early part of the 1990s and when the comedian launched the firm, Great Dane Enterprises, McCauley also played a prominent role in the company until December 2008 when he was discovered to be a fraudster.

What Happened to Darryl McCauley?

Darryl McCauley had to spend six years behind bars for embezzling Dane Cook’s money up to the tune of 12 million. After Dane appointed Darryl his manager, the celebrity comedian allowed him to run his finances with the strong mind that he is family and wouldn’t dream of stealing from his own blood but the reverse was the case.

McCauley collaborated with his wife, Erica McCauley, and the duo got busy siphoning money from Dane Cook’s account – a process that lasted for many years before they were caught.

In a statement made by the attorney general in charge of the case, it was discovered that the fraud was perpetrated from 2004 to 2008. McCauley would just write massive checks to himself or simply effect an online transfer. One of those fraudulent checks was worth as big as $3 million.

Dane later released a statement registering his hurt that his brother whom he was paying as much as $12,500 per month would betray him in his manner.

How Darryl McCauley was Found Out

Darryl McCauley’s embezzlement spree went on for many years undetected until 2008 when his brother took the decision to hire a new manager for his business. The reason behind Dane’s decision was that he newly relocated to California where there were prospects of multi-million dollar movie deals, including what he would be getting from performing in clubs.

When the new manager eventually came on board, he discovered that getting the tiniest bit of information from Darryl was like hitting his head against a brick wall as Dane’s brother blocked all avenues he could explore to get acquainted with his client’s financial records.

Considering Darryl McCauley’s action to be rather strange, he informed Dane who paid a visit to his bank (the Bank of America) only to discover the massive fraud that has been going on for years. To start with, Dane didn’t even have access to his account despite being the account holder.

The American comedian then passed through some protocol before he was allowed to access his account and that was where he got the shock of his life. The balance in an account that was supposed to be having millions of dollars was reading ZERO.

It was at this point that it dawned on him that the account statements he had been receiving from Darryl all these years were fake.

The most bizarre part of the whole setup was that Cook was even paying taxes on each amount that got stolen from his account.

Dane Sued Darryl for Fraud

With the turn of events, Dane turned to the authorities to get redress which led the American comedian to sue his half-brother for fraud. When he was eventually arraigned in court, McCauley pleaded guilty to all the 27 count charges brought against him, and in 2010, he received a six-year jail term with 16 years’ probation.

Darryl McCauley’s wife, Erica McCauley, was his accomplice in the crime and was also found guilty. However, her own sentence was reduced to a three-year jail term with 13 years of probation.

In addition, the couple was ordered to repay Dane Cook’s money to the tune of $12 million. However, to date, nothing has been said about the repayment. Whether they paid back or not, Cook seems to have bounced back and currently, he can boast a healthy net worth of over $35 million.

Is Darryl Cook Married or Dating?

Before he was sentenced to 6 years in prison, Darryl was married to Erica McCauley who became his accomplice in the fraud case. However, nothing was heard about the couple after both of them completed their jail terms. No one knows whether they are still married or not.

Where is Darryl Cook Now?

Being sentenced to a 6-year jail term in 2010 only means that Darryl completed his sentence before 2016 and has long left the prison. However, nothing has been said about his whereabouts to date.

Chidiebube has been writing and editing articles on movies, entertainment and other juicy things for several years. When he is not writing, he spends time outdoors, lost in the beauty of nature or simply travelling around the world. Thank goodness he can do the later with any internet-enabled device


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