Tony Lo Bianco

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Tony Lo Bianco
Tony Lo Bianco Don Meredith Police Story 1975.JPG
As Tony Calabrese (left) with Don Meredith in Police Story, 1975.
Born (1936-10-19) October 19, 1936 (age 78)
Brooklyn, NY, U.S.
Nationality American

Tony Lo Bianco (born October 19, 1936) is an American actor in films and television.

Life and career[edit]

Lo Bianco was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of a housewife mother and a taxi driver father.[1][2] He is known for his tough guy roles in the cult films The Honeymoon Killers, God Told Me To, and The French Connection. Lo Bianco was a Golden Gloves boxer and also founded the Triangle Theatre in 1963, serving as its artistic director for six years and collaborating with lighting designer Jules Fisher, playwright Jason Miller & actor Roy Scheider.[3] Lo Bianco won an off-Broadway Obie award for "Yanks-3, Detroit-0, Top of the Seventh." Most notably, Lo Bianco was nominated for a Tony for his portrayal of Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge.[4] He also won the 1983 Outer Critics Circle Award for this performance.[5]

Lo Bianco first portrayed the larger-than-life 1934-1945 mayor of New York City Fiorello H. LaGuardia in a one-man show, Hizzoner!, written in 1984 by Paul Shyre. Lo Bianco continued his work on the life of LaGuardia in a revised revival of the piece in 2008, titled LaGuardia.[6] His third incantation of the mayor's life is set to debut in a limited run Off-Broadway in October 2012, titled The Little Flower.[7]

Lo Bianco was a regular in Joseph Wambaugh's TV series Police Story in the mid 70's, opposite actors Don Meredith and Chuck Connors.

Lo Bianco, an Italian American,[8] was the National Spokesperson for the Order Sons of Italy in America.[9] His many humanitarian efforts have earned multiple awards, including Man of the Year for Outstanding Contributions to the Italian-American Community from the Police Society of New Jersey; a Man of the Year Award from the State of New Jersey Senate; a Lifetime Entertainment Award form the Columbus Day Parade Committee; the 1997 Golden Lion Award; Humanitarian Award of the Boys' Town of Italy.[10]





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