Domiziano Arcangeli

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Domiziano Arcangeli (born June 10, 1968) is an Italian and American actor, producer, and writer.


Arcangeli was discovered in 1979 by photographer Helmut Newton in Venice, Italy where he used to live, and photographed in a few photo shoots in Berlin and Montecarlo, while some of those photographs made the covers of many International magazines, and gained controversial appeal especially for the young age of the model[1], the unique and attractive face of Arcangeli brought him suddenly a certain popularity, as he became a fashion model "in demand" during the 1980's[2], and, as he was called by Federico Fellini, at Cinecitta Studios in Rome, Italy, for a screen test to play the young lead of a movie, that, eventually, due to shaky financing, was unfortunately never made.[3]. The fact is remarkable since it was remembered by Fellini himself, who called back the actor in 1987, to bring on screen such misadventure[4] in one of the segments, of the director's second to last film, "Intervista", released in 1987[5].However,by the beginning of 1980, the young actor and model had immediately started to work steadily in many Italian and European films throughout the 1980s and 1990s, among them some notable ones, such as "The Good Soldier" in 1982 directed by Academy Award winner Franco Brusati[6],"Credo"(1983) directed in France by Jacques Deray[7],"Sodoma's Ghost"(1988)directed by Lucio Fulci[8]that started giving to the actor a certain fame in Horror and Cult movies often playing the role of the villain or antagonist[9],in the historical drama "Francesco" directed in 1989 by Liliana Cavani and opposite Mickey Rourke[10], as the carefree and wealthy Gualtiero, in Tinto Brass "Paprika"(1991)[11],"Black Sunday" directed by Aldo Lado in 1993[12]. At the same time the actor worked in very famous stage productions of plays with such directors as Giuseppe Patroni-Griffi,Luca Ronconi,Lev Dodin, Giancarlo Sepe, Jonathan Miller, and many more[13]. Even though always keeping active in Europe in such Tv Series as "Le Ragazze di Piazza di Spagna"(1998)directed by Jose Maria Sanchez for Rai 2 and French Antenne 2[14], or movies as "3 Women" directed in Luxembourg in 2003 by Luciano Emmer[15], by 2000 Arcangeli moved to the United States, where he already had citizenship.[16]He immediately got cast in the Showtime/Viacom TV series "Zalman King's ChromiumBlue"(2002-2003), gaining acclaim as the flamboyant regular character, Popo[17], and slowly transitioned into darker or more complex roles, playing Carlton, his first American antagonist opposite actor Jeffrey Wright in the 2004 thriller "Sin's Kitchen" directed by Fabien Pruvot[18]. Arcangeli has then worked in several other independent films, among them "Gameface" in 2007 directed by James Rhodimer[19] and the thriller "The Seer" directed by Luigi Desole[20],and in Kurando Mitsutake's award winning "Samurai Avenger:The Blind Wolf"in 2009[21]. In 2009 Arcangeli founded his production company Empire Films, Inc. starting to produce and star in some more artistic genre films and some stylish horrors such as "House of Flesh Mannequins" a cult movie directed by Domiziano Christopharo in 2009[22], and "Virus X" (2011)[23], and "The Ghostmaker"(2012) both released in the United States by "Lions Gate Films"[24]. In 2013, along with his production company Empire Film's new business partner, Aaron Benore, and Jake Barsha of Right Hook Films, Arcangeli co-executive produced the mini-TV series The Bathroom Diaries(2013) in which he plays Snake, an ex-child star and also the feature film "The Brides of Sodom" directed by Creep Creepersin in 2013[25]. He most recently appeared as "Chaka" in the second season of the TV series "Femme Fatales"in 2012[26],in Giorgio Serafini's dark crime mystery "Ambushed" (2013) aka "Hard Rush"[27], in the theatrically released, futuristic thriller written and directed by Paul Hough "The Human Race"(2014)[28],and, as the heavy "Larry" in Ivan Zuccon's internationally released psychological Horror "Wrath of the Crows"(2014)[29], while there are a whole new slate of projects announced as completed, or in pre-production by Empire Films, Inc.[30].

Selected filmography[edit]

  • 2005: Devil's Highway[31]
  • 2009: House of Flesh Mannequins[32][33][34][35]
  • 2009: Orgy of Blood (star and executive producer)[36]
  • 2010: Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf
  • 2011: My Name Is A by Anonymous[37]
  • 2012: Wrath of the Crows[38]
  • 2012: Scary or Die


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  16. ^ Patterson, Marc (2010-01-27). "Interview: Domiziano Arcangeli". Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
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  31. ^ "Tinseltown Spywitness", Daily News of Los Angeles, January 8, 2006.
  32. ^ Yvonne Sciò, Alassio, Al Porto la presentazione del film "House of flesh mannequins", Il Vostro Giornale, July 29, 2008 (Italian)
  33. ^ Paolo Zelati, "Goodbye Italia: un italiano che sta bene ad Hollywood", Interview, Movie Sushi, February 23, 2010 (Italian)
  34. ^ Anteprima "House of Flesh Mannequins", Horror, July 13, 2010 (Italian)
  35. ^ "House of Flesh Mannequins" distribuito da Elite Distribuzione,, May 30, 2011 (Italian)
  36. ^ Steve Barton, "Shoreline Entertainment Picks Up Three from Creep Creepersin", Dread Central, November 9, 2009.
  37. ^ Mark Bell, My Name Is A by Anonymous, Review, Film, January 16, 2012.
  38. ^ Steve Barton, "Indie Horror Babes Face Off in the Wrath of the Crows", Dread Central, January 9, 2012.

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