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Chianese in 2011
February 24, 1931 |
Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
|Alma mater||Bronx High School of Science
|Occupation||Actor, singer, musician|
Chianese was born in the borough of the Bronx in New York, the son of a bricklayer. He graduated from Bronx High School of Science in 1948. He worked as a bricklayer with his father and attended night school during the 1950s, graduating with a bachelor's degree in speech and theater from Brooklyn College in 1961. His earliest stage work occurred in 1952 with a Gilbert and Sullivan repertory company of singers, actors and musicians called The American Savoyards, under the direction of Dorothy Raedler.
After a decade of attending college and appearing in off-broadway theatre, Chianese attended his first professional acting class at HB Studios in Manhattan, with renowned teacher Walt Witcover. Drama and musical theater became Chianese's passion. His first Broadway show was Oliver! in 1965. He has continued to perform in Broadway theatre, Off Broadway, and regional theatre. To supplement income in the dry periods, he played rhythm guitar and sang in taverns and restaurants. Chianese's first television credit occurred when George C. Scott recommended him for a role in the acclaimed series East Side/West Side. In 1974, Francis Ford Coppola cast Chianese as Johnny Ola in The Godfather Part II, which sparked a film career, culminating in several films (and plays) with Al Pacino.
Before being cast in Godfather II, Chianese was working for the Drug Commission of New York State as a recreational worker in a rehabilitation center. He taught guitar to women who were serving time for drug-related crimes.
In 2010, Chianese received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in recognition of his humanitarian efforts.
Chianese has appeared in 4 movies with his friend, Al Pacino:
- The Godfather Part II (1974) - as Johnny Ola
- Dog Day Afternoon (1975) - as Sonny's Father
- ...And Justice For All (1979) - as Carl Travers
- Looking for Richard (1996) - as Himself
Chianese is an accomplished tenor and musician, having released a CD titled Hits in 2000, on which he sings American and Italian songs. He performed Salvatore Cardillo's sentimental classic "Core 'ngrato" ("Ungrateful Heart"), on the third-season finale of The Sopranos (episode 3x13, "Army of One"). In 2003, Chianese, along with AOL Music, released a second CD titled Ungrateful Heart, which features 16 classic Neapolitan songs.
His son, Dominic Chianese Jr., is also an actor and appeared in the final season of The Sopranos as a member of the fictional Lupertazzi crime family.
Chianese can currently be seen in the second season of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire as Leander Whitlock, a retired Atlantic City alderman.
|1974||Godfather Part II||Johnny Ola|
|1975||Dog Day Afternoon||Father|
|1976||All the President's Men||Eugenio R. Martinez|
|1978||On the Yard||Mendoza||Uncredited|
|1979||...And Justice for All||Carl Travers|
|1980||A Time for Miracles||Promoter||TV|
|1981||Fort Apache, the Bronx||Corelli's Father|
|1975, 1981||Ryan's Hope||Uncle Ben||TV|
|1989||Second Sight||Father Dominic|
|1990||The Lost Capone||Gabriel Capone||TV|
|1991||Out for Justice||Mr. Madano|
|1992||The Public Eye||Spoleto|
|1993||Rivalen des Glücks - The Contenders||Father of the bride|
|1993||The Night We Never Met||Nosy Neighbor|
|1996||If Lucy Fell||Al|
|1996||Love Is All There Is||Italian Consul|
|1996||The Mouse||Al the Trainer|
|1996||Looking for Richard||Himself||Documentary|
|1997||Night Falls on Manhattan||Judge Impelliteri|
|1998||Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five||Mickey|
|1999–2007||The Sopranos||Corrado Soprano||TV|
|1999||Cradle Will Rock||Silvano|
|2004||When Will I Be Loved||Count Tommaso Lupo|
|2004||King of the Corner||Stan Marshak|
|2004||Crimes of Fashion||George||TV|
|2006||The Last New Yorker||Lenny Sugarman|
|2007||Adrift in Manhattan||Tomasso Pensara|
|2011||Mr. Popper's Penguins||Reader|
|2011||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Vic||TV|
|2011||Boardwalk Empire||Leander Cephas Whitlock||TV|
- Dominic Chianese Biography (1934?-)
- "News: "Dominic Chianese Scores A Hit With ‘Hits’"". BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.). "September 18, 2001. Retrieved 1 June 2011.
- Dominic Chianese at the Internet Movie Database
- Dominic Chianese at the Internet Broadway Database
- A conversation with Dominic Chianese, The Sopranos' Uncle Junior in Lavery, David; Howard, Douglas L.; Levinson, Paul (eds.). The Essential Sopranos Reader. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 339–362. ISBN 978-0-8131-3012-5.
- Dominic Chianese - Downstage Center interview at American Theatre Wing.org