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Robert Montano is an American film and television actor.
Life and career
Montano was born in Bayside, Queens, New York, and raised in Hempstead on Long Island, close enough to smell manure from Belmont Park racetrack, which led to his first career as a professional racehorse jockey. However, by 18, Mother Nature caught up to him, and he outgrew his silks. His struggles and addictions as a jockey were the impetus for his screenplay, Under the Wire, currently in negotiations with major Hollywood production companies.
Montano attended Adelphi University, where a couple of teachers told him that he would never become a dancer. One teacher who did not scoff was Rochelle Zide-Booth. The day after Montano graduated from Adelphi in 1983, choreographer Gillian Lynne signed him to a small role in the Vienna production of Cats. Two years later he played Mr. Mistoffelees in the New York production.
He has created roles for the Academy Award-nominated writer José Rivera in Cloud Tectonics, References To Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot, Lynn Nottage's play Fabulation, as Herve, Richard Vetere's One Shot One Kill, as Sgt. Nick Harris, and Edwin Sanchez's Diosa, as Miguel. At Actors Theatre of Louisville, Robert portrayed Cal in East of Eden, directed by Jon Jory, later to be invited back by Mr. Jory to exercise his Shakespeare in The Comedy of Errors. He has also played Ralph, opposite John C. Reilly, in Marty.
In television he appeared as one of Kim Cattrall's lovers, "We William," in Sex in the City. He has guest starred in CSI: Miami, Third Watch, Six Degrees, Law & Order, New York Undercover, Law & Order: SVU, Harrison: Cry of the City, numerous soaps, and as Resto in the HBO film Undefeated, directed by John Leguizamo.
In 2006, Montano played Sergio Francone in several episodes of As the World Turns.
In May 2007, Montano filled in for an injured Kamar de los Reyes in the role of Antonio Vega for seven episodes of the ABC soap opera One Life to Live between May 17, 2007 and May 28, 2007 due to an undisclosed injury.
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