LaPaglia at the 2012 AACTA Awards
31 January 1959 |
Adelaide, SA, Australia
Gia Carides (1998–present)
Anthony M. LaPaglia (//; born 31 January 1959) is an Australian actor. He is best known for his role as FBI agent Jack Malone on the American TV series Without a Trace, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama, and for his portrayal of Simon Moon on the TV show Frasier, for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. He is also known for his role as Barry "The Blade" Muldanno in The Client.
LaPaglia was born in Adelaide, South Australia, the son of Maria Johannes (née Brendel), a secretary, and Gedio "Eddie" LaPaglia, an auto mechanic and car dealer. LaPaglia's mother was Dutch, and his Italian father immigrated from Bovalino, Calabria, at the age of eighteen. His younger brother, Jonathan LaPaglia, is also an actor, and his other brother, Michael, is a car wholesaler in Los Angeles. LaPaglia attended Rostrevor College.
LaPaglia first began his venture into dramatic art in his late teens, when he enrolled in an acting course at the South Australian Castings Agency (SA Castings) in Adelaide. The two and half year course was to be supplemented with a further three months, which would have included a "boot camp" and a trial listing with SA Castings. After completing one and half years of the course, LaPaglia left Adelaide for Los Angeles.
LaPaglia's earliest credit was a 1985 part in an episode of the television series Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories. His first feature film was Cold Steel in 1987, followed that same year by the title role of Frank Nitti in the telemovie Nitti: The Enforcer. LaPaglia had a supporting role as a mobster in the minor hit Betsy's Wedding (1990). This was followed by roles in the vampire/Mafia story Innocent Blood (1992), the comedy thriller So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), the legal thriller The Client (1994), and the comedy Empire Records in 1995. That same year, LaPaglia took over the role of Jimmy Wyler, lead character in the TV series Murder One, during its second and final season.
During 1997–98, LaPaglia appeared in a Broadway production of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge with the Roundabout Theatre Company and later received a Tony Award for his portrayal of the protagonist, Eddie Carbone. Before the show opened, LaPaglia was sent a script for the pilot of The Sopranos and met its creator, David Chase, to discuss the role of protagonist Tony Soprano. However, various factors, including his Broadway role, prevented LaPaglia obtaining the monumental role. LaPaglia also played Tito Merelli in Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor on Broadway. "'The Sopranos' thing didn't work out...and of course it did work out perfectly, because the right person ended up with the role. You can't imagine that show without James Gandolfini." LaPaglia did, however, later play (in an uncredited 2002 cameo) an actor in a Sopranos-style TV show-within-a-film, in the comedy movie Analyze That. (In 2007, The Sopranos reciprocated, by featuring LaPaglia's brother Jonathan in a film-within-the-TV show.)
During 2000–04, LaPaglia appeared in eight episodes of the sitcom Frasier, including the finale, playing Daphne Moon's brother Simon. The role won him an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series".
In 2002, LaPaglia co-starred as a fire captain opposite Sigourney Weaver in The Guys, a film about New York firemen who died in the World Trade Center. He also played the role onstage, rotating with Bill Murray and others. "We did it as a tribute to the men," said LaPaglia. "I've been so lucky to do it, to be part of this experience. But I can't go back to that morning or watch the video. It's too painful." He also played fictional Australian actor Anthony Bella (who played Nicky Caesar in the fictitious series 'Little Caesar') in the comedy movie Analyze That, but was uncredited in his role.
In 2009, LaPaglia played the part of Roger East, a real life Australian journalist, in the political thriller Balibo, about the killing in 1975 of five Australian journalists by the Indonesian Army in the town of Balibo, East Timor. The opening scene depicts East's own summary execution, during the Indonesian invasion.
In October 2011 it was announced that LaPaglia would join the cast of Quentin Tarantino's new film Django Unchained, in which he would portray an Australian character once again. However, he eventually left the project, calling the production "out of control."
LaPaglia currently lives in Santa Monica, California, USA. He has said that he adopted an American accent to help him get acting work after moving to the US. His current accent is neither distinctly American nor is it Australian, but rather a combination of both. According to an offhand remark by LaPaglia, he has employed an American accent since 1982.
LaPaglia's first marriage was to actress Cherie Michan. He is currently married to actress Gia Carides, whom he met at a party; the two starred in the 1994 (Ben Lewin) Australian movie Paperback Romance (a.k.a. Lucky Break) and married in 1998. Their daughter Bridget was born in January 2003.
In the 1980s, LaPaglia was a goalkeeper in the National Soccer League, playing for Adelaide City and West Adelaide. LaPaglia was part owner of A-League club Sydney FC until 2008; flying from California to Sydney to attend their matches since their inception in 2005. He was the narrator and executive producer of The Away Game, a critically acclaimed television documentary exploring the experiences of Australian footballers in Europe.
LaPaglia underwent a hip replacement in the summer of 2004, a result of his days playing soccer. He has fully recovered and has even played for a couple of amateur clubs in California. He plays occasionally with Hollywood United, an amateur organization of which he is club president, with other luminaries such as Frank Leboeuf, Vinnie Jones, Steve Jones (of the Sex Pistols) and others.
LaPaglia has a minority shareholding in the International Goalkeepers Academy. The Academy was founded and is operated by James Fraser, who represented the Australian national team leading up to the 1974 FIFA World Cup.
- Anthony LaPaglia Biography (1959–)
- Stated on Inside the Actors Studio, 2009
- Evan Henerson, 2005, "Tracing a friendship", sopranos.com. Access date: 9 November 2010.
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- tvguide.com – "Exclusive! Anthony LaPaglia Reveals His Own Take on Trace" – retrieved 21-04-2009
- LaPaglia leads Balibo five thriller cast – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
- "Anthony LaPaglia joins ‘Django Unchained’, discusses Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s role |". Reservoirwatchdogs.com. 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
- Jagernauth, Kevin. "Anthony LaPaglia Exited 'Django Unchained,' Says Production Was "Out Of Control"". blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- Nellie Andreeva (February 18, 2012). "Anthony LaPaglia to Star in ABC Drama Pilot 'Americana'". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
- Davenport, Dawn Meade (16 October 2008). Johnson City Press (Johnson City, Tennessee: Sandusky Newspapers) http://web.archive.org/web/20090112033136/http://www.johnsoncitypress.com/Detail.php?Cat=ENTERTAINMENT&ID=65328
|url=missing title (help). Retrieved 2009-03-27. "Anthony LaPaglia, Australian, "Without a Trace," CBS. After years in the movies and a memorable recurring roll as Daphne's drunken Mancunian brother on "Frasier," LaPaglia took the part of New York FBI agent Jack Malone on "Without a Trace." Because American accents vary greatly from region to region, and we don't know where Jack grew up, LaPaglia gets away with diction that sounds neither distinctly American nor Australian."[dead link]
- "Chaser gives LaPaglia a g-up". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2006-08-26.
- Lapaglia – Lapaglia'S Limping Shame Prompted Hip-Replacement Surgery
- "LaPaglia lines up after wildfires". Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney: Fairfax Media). 28 October 2007. Retrieved 2009-03-27.
- Anthony LaPaglia at the Internet Movie Database
- Anthony LaPaglia at the Internet Broadway Database
- Anthony LaPaglia at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Anthony LaPaglia at the TCM Movie Database
- Anthony LaPaglia Bio at CBS – Without a Trace
- ABC TV Enough Rope Interview with Andrew Denton
- Anthony LaPaglia speaks to The Riviera Times