Palminteri at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival
|Born||Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri
May 15, 1952
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Gianna Ranaudo (1992-present)|
Calogero Lorenzo "Chazz" Palminteri (born May 15, 1952) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and writer, best known for his performances in The Usual Suspects, A Bronx Tale and Mulholland Falls.
Early life and film career
Palminteri, a Sicilian/Italian American, was born in the Bronx, New York, the son of Rose, a homemaker, and Lorenzo Palminteri, a bus driver. The Bronx has had considerable influence on his work, particularly in A Bronx Tale, a play which he wrote and adapted into a 1993 film which starred him and Robert De Niro. The film was acclaimed and opened doors to Palminteri as an actor, and supporting roles in Hollywood films such as The Usual Suspects and Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway followed, the latter earning Palminteri a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Palminteri has had acclaimed dramatic performances in films such as The Perez Family, Jade and Diabolique, as well as comedic roles in films such as Analyze This and Down to Earth. During its run, Palminteri did many advertisements for Vanilla Coke, in which he portrayed a mob boss who would threaten celebrities if they didn't praise the taste of the product in question, and then let them walk away with the Vanilla Coke to "reward their curiosity", touching on its slogan at the time. Palminteri has voiced characters in various animated films, the most notable being 2006's Hoodwinked.
He made his directorial debut with the 2002 television film, "Women vs. Men". He has also directed the 2004 film Noel which starred Alan Arkin and Susan Sarandon. Palminteri's recent efforts include A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Running Scared and Arthur and the Minimoys.
Chazz Palminteri starred on Broadway in A Bronx Tale the semi-autobiographical one-man show he first performed off-Broadway in 1989. The production, directed by Jerry Zaks and with music by John Gromada, began previews October 4, 2008 at the Walter Kerr Theatre and opened on October 25, running for 18 weeks. Palminteri plays 18 roles in "A Bronx Tale," which depicts a rough childhood on the streets of the Bronx. The play ran for two months at Playhouse 91 in 1989. Robert De Niro saw this show there and made his directorial debut with the big-screen version, co-starring with Palminteri.
Palminteri lives in Bedford, New York.
Palminteri is married to actress Gianna Ranaudo, with whom he has two children: Dante Lorenzo (born October 11, 1995) and Gabriella Rose (born December 25, 2001).
Palminteri is a self-avowed New York Yankees fan, and is often heard as caller "Chazz from Bedford" on WFAN-AM, a sports radio station.
He often visits Nassau County Long Island to visit relatives.
- Home Free All (1984), Truck Highjacker
- The Last Dragon (1985), Hood #2
- Hill Street Blues (1986), Sonny Cappelito -television
- Glory Years (1987), Drummond -television
- Matlock (1987), Army Officer -television
- Dallas (1989), Frank -television
- Valerie (1989), Leslie -television
- Peter Gunn (1989), Soldier -television
- Wiseguy (1989), Peter Alatorre -television
- Oscar (1991), Connie
- Innocent Blood (1992), Tony
- There Goes the Neighborhood (1992), Lyle Corrente
- A Bronx Tale (1993), Sonny LoSpecchio -also screenwriter
- Bullets Over Broadway (1994), Cheech
- The Usual Suspects (1995), Dave Kujan, US Customs
- The Perez Family (1995), Lt. John Pirelli
- The Last Word (1995), Ricky
- Jade (1995), Matt Gavin
- Diabolique (1996), Guy Baran
- Faithful (1996), Tony -also writer
- Dante and the Debutante (1996) -writer and producer
- Mulholland Falls (1996), Elleroy Coolidge
- Scar City (1998), Lieutenant Laine Devon
- Hurlyburly (1998), Phil
- A Night at the Roxbury (1998), Benny Zadir -uncredited
- Analyze This (1999), Primo Sidone
- Excellent Cadavers (1999), Giovanni Falcone
- Oz (1999) -HBO directed episode, "Unnatural Disasters"
- Dilbert (1999), Leonardo da Vinci -TV Episode (voice)
- Stuart Little (1999), Smokey, the Chief Alley-Cat -voice
- Down to Earth (2001), King
- Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (2001), Buster -Video (voice)
- Boss of Bosses (2001), Paul Castellano -television
- One Eyed King (2001), Eddie Dugan
- Poolhall Junkies (2002), Joe
- One Last Ride (2003), Tweat
- Just Like Mona (2003)
- Noel (2004), Arizona -also directed
- Hoodwinked! (2005), Woolworth -voice
- Kojak (2005), Captain Frank McNeil -television
- Animal (2005), Kassada -video
- In the Mix (2005), Frank
- Running Scared (2006), Detective Rydell
- Push (2006), Vince
- A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints (2006), Monty
- Little Man (2006), Mafia Kingpin Mr. Walken
- Arthur and the Minimoys (2006), The Travel Agent -voice
- Body Armour (2007), Maxwell
- The Dukes (2007), George -also co-produced
- Yonkers Joe (2008), Yonkers Joe
- Jolene (2008), Sal
- Once More with Feeling (2009), Frank Gregorio
- Hollywood & Wine (2009), Geno Scarpaci
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- ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/2/Chazz-Palminteri.html
- ^ http://www.broadway.com/gen/Buzz_Story.aspx?ci=551402
- ^ Costaregni, Susie (2006-12-03). "Christmas concert to help children in Rwanda". The Advocate (Stamford, CT), "The Dish" column. http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/scn-sa-costaregni.12.3dec03,0,7356135.column?coll=stam-news-utility. Retrieved on 2006-12-23.
- A Bronx Tale on Broadway | The Official Website
- Chazz Palminteri | The Official Website
- Chazz Palminteri at the Internet Movie Database