Palminteri in New York, April 2011
May 15, 1952
The Bronx, New York City, US
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, film producer|
|Spouse(s)||Gianna Ranaudo (m. 1992)|
|Children||Dante Lorenzo and Gabriella Rose|
Chazz Palminteri (born Calogero Palminteri on May 15, 1952) is an American Italian actor and writer, best known for his performances in The Usual Suspects, A Bronx Tale, and his Academy Award nominated role for Best Supporting Actor in Bullets over Broadway.
Chazz Palminteri's surname is of Sicilian origin and his family is originally from Menfi in the province of Agrigento. His grandparents, Calogero Palminteri and Rosa Bonfante, married in 1908 and moved from Menfi to the United States in 1910. Chazz Palminteri was born in the Bronx on May 15, 1952, the son of Rose, a homemaker, and Lorenzo Palminteri, a bus driver. He struggled to become a star, splitting his time between acting in off-Broadway plays and moonlighting as a bouncer, alongside Dolph Lundgren. His big break did not come until 1988 with the premiere of his autobiographical one-man show, A Bronx Tale, which he wrote after being fired from a club for refusing entry to super agent Swifty Lazar; Robert De Niro later developed and directed a film version (1993). Palminteri confirms he witnessed a murder first-hand as a child, as depicted in the play and film.
During its run, he did many advertisements for Vanilla Coke, in which he portrayed a mob boss who would threaten celebrities if they did not 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.
In 2004, he received the "Indie Hero Award" from the Method Fest Independent Film Festival for his artistic achievements in film.
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.
On January 20, 2010, Palminteri guested on Modern Family and played the same character on the November 2, 2011, episode. Palminteri has reprised the role twice more in season 5. In June 2010, Palminteri began guest-starring on the TNT crime drama Rizzoli & Isles as Frank Rizzoli, Sr.
Palminteri lives in Bedford, New York. He describes himself as a "very spiritual," devout Roman Catholic. He is married to actress Gianna Ranaudo, a.k.a. Gianna Rains. Together they have two children: Dante Lorenzo (born October 11, 1995) and Gabriella Rose (born December 25, 2001).
He is a self-avowed New York Yankees fan, and is often heard as caller "Chazz from Bedford" on WFAN-AM, a sports radio station. Chazz has been known to have frequent disagreements about the Yankees with WFAN host Mike Francesa.
|1984||Home Free All||Truck Hijacker|
|1985||The Last Dragon||Hood No. 2|
|There Goes the Neighborhood||Lyle Corrente|
|1993||A Bronx Tale||Sonny LoSpecchio||Also writer
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor Also Bullets Over Broadway and The Usual Suspects
|1994||Bullets over Broadway||Cheech||Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor Also A Bronx Tale and The Usual Suspects
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
|1995||The Usual Suspects||David "Dave" Kujan, Special Agent, U.S. Customs Service||National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor Also A Bronx Tale and Bullets Over Broadway
|The Perez Family||Lt. John Pirelli|
|The Last Word||Ricky|
|Dante and the Debutante||Also producer and writer|
|Mulholland Falls||Elleroy Coolidge|
|1998||Scar City||Lieutenant Laine Devon|
|A Night at the Roxbury||Benny Zadir||Uncredited|
|1999||Analyze This||Primo Sidone|
|Stuart Little||Smokey, the Chief Alley-Cat||(voice)|
|2001||Down to Earth||King|
|Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (video)||Buster||(voice)|
|One Eyed King||Eddie Dugan|
|2003||One Last Ride||Tweat|
|Just Like Mona||unknown|
|In the Mix||Frank|
|2006||Running Scared||Detective Rydell|
|A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints||Monty||Sundance Film Festival – Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Performance|
|Arthur and the Minimoys||Travel Agent|
|The Dukes||George||Also co-producer|
|2008||Yonkers Joe||Yonkers Joe||Also executive producer|
|2009||Once More with Feeling||Frank Gregorio|
|Hollywood & Wine||Geno Scarpaci|
|2011||Paul||Violin Player in Bar||small role|
|2011||The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure||Marvin Milkshake|
|Mighty Fine||Joe Fine|
|2012||The Stone Pony||Angelo Casella||pre-production|
|2013||Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father||Paul Castellano||pre-production|
|2014||Henry & Me||Babe Ruth||(voice)|
|1986||Hill Street Blues||Sonny Cappelito||Episode: "Bald Ambition"|
|1987||Glory Years||Drummond||TV movie|
|Matlock||MP Sgt. Marcy||Episodes: "The Court-Martial: Part 1",
"The Court-Martial: Part 2"
|1989||Dallas||Frank||Episode: "He-e-ere's Papa!"|
|Peter Gunn||Soldier||TV movie|
|Valerie||Leslie||Episode: "Viva Las Vegas"|
|Wiseguy||Peter Alatorre / Sal Rosselli||Episodes: "Sins of the Father",
"Heir to the Throne",
"How Will They Remember Me?"
|1990||Sydney||Tony||Episode: "Love Ya, Babe"|
|1999||Excellent Cadavers||Giovanni Falcone||TV movie|
|Dilbert||Leonardo da Vinci||(voice)
|2001||Boss of Bosses||Paul Castellano||TV movie|
|2004||Dr. Vegas||Duke Walcott||Episode: "Lust for Life"|
|2005||Kojak||Captain Frank McNeil|
|2010||Rizzoli & Isles||Frank Rizzoli Sr.|
|2010-2014||Modern Family||Shorty||Episodes: "Fifteen Percent", "Treehouse"
"Bringing Up Baby", "Three Dinners"
|2012||Blue Bloods||Angelo Gallo||Episode: "Secrets and Lies"|
|2014||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Perry Cannavaro||Episode: "Jersey Breakdown"|
|2013||Call of Duty: Black Ops II||Salvatore "Sal" DeLuca||The "Uprising" DLC, featured on the Zombies map "Mob of the Dead"|
- 2007 – A Bronx Tale – Performer
- 2013 – Human – Performer & Writer
- Chazz Palminteri bio. Chazzpalminteri.net. Retrieved on 2013-11-19.
- Duggan, Dennis (December 24, 1989). "DENNIS DUGGAN'S NEW YORK A Playwright (And an Actor) Grows in the Bronx". Newsday.
- "Broadway Names with Julie James", On Broadway, SiriusXM Radio, October 11, 2012
- Cheri, Based on Colette's Classic Novella, Begins Performances Off-Broadway. Broadway.com. November 19, 2013 .
- Natalie Abrams (October 26, 2009). "Elizabeth Banks and Chazz Palminteri to Guest-Star on Modern Family". TVGuide.com.
- Rypka, Marsala (December 2009) With Chazz Palminteri at the Wayback Machine (archived November 25, 2010). luxurylv.com
- Various WFAN Podcasts.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Chazz Palminteri.|
- Chazz Palminteri | The Official Website
- A Bronx Tale on Broadway | The Official Website
- Chazz Palminteri at the Internet Movie Database