Armand Assante

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Armand Assante
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Armand Assante at a film screening in Chicago 2015
Born Armand Anthony Assante, Jr.
(1949-10-04) October 4, 1949 (age 67)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Karen McArn (m. 1982–94)
Children Alessandra Assante, Anya Assante
Website armandassante.net

Armand Anthony Assante, Jr. (born October 4, 1949) is an American actor. He is noted for an Emmy Award winning role as mobster John Gotti in the 1996 HBO miniseries Gotti.

Personal life[edit]

Assante was born in New York City, and raised in Cornwall, New York, the son of Armand Anthony Assante, Sr., a painter and artist, and Katherine (née Healy), a music teacher and poet.[1][2][3] His father was Italian American, his mother was Irish American, and he was raised in a devoutly Roman Catholic family. Assante was married to Karen McArn from 1982 to 1994, and has two daughters, Anya and Alesandra.

Career[edit]

During the 1970s, Assante was a regular on two NBC soap operas, How to Survive a Marriage as Johnny McGee and The Doctors as Dr. Mike Powers. His first film was The Lords of Flatbush (1974), although his work did not appear in the final cut of the film and the end credits misspelled his last name as Assanti. His first on-screen role was playing Sylvester Stallone's brother in Paradise Alley and a role that brought him greater attention came in 1980's Private Benjamin as a handsome Frenchman who becomes the love interest of a U.S. soldier played by Goldie Hawn.

Assante's somewhat sinister look has made him a popular choice for tough-guy heroes, as in his starring role as private eye Mike Hammer in the film I, the Jury (1982) or as Mafia gangsters such as Michael Moretti in Sidney Sheldon's Rage of Angels. In 1990 his role as Roberto Texador in Sidney Lumet's film Q&A garnered him a Golden Globe nomination, and the following year he portrayed the notorious Bugsy Siegel in Neil Simon's The Marrying Man (1991). The following year he was seen as mafia boss Carol D'Allesandro in Hoffa (1992) starring Jack Nicholson, and crime kingpin John Gotti in the 1996 made-for-television biopic Gotti, for which he won his Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.

In addition to mafia and "tough-guy" roles, Assante has distinguished himself in historic dramas, such as Napoleon Bonaparte in 1987's Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story opposite Jacqueline Bisset, the heroic Odysseus in The Odyssey, Friedrich Nietzsche in the film adaptation of Irving Yalom's novel When Nietzsche Wept, and as Sanchez, Queen Isabella's Minister of State, in 1492: Conquest of Paradise.

Other notable film appearances include one as a Cuban bandleader in The Mambo Kings opposite Antonio Banderas and in the adaptation of the science-fiction story Judge Dredd with Sylvester Stallone, his co-star in Paradise Alley. In 2007 he appeared in American Gangster (2007) with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. He had a recurring guest star role in several episodes of NCIS, playing the international arms dealer René Benoit. He has also appeared in the 2009 horror film Smile as the mysterious Tollinger. Outside of the U.S., he has participated in several film projects and humanitarian endeavors in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Macedonia, Turkey, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania and Bulgaria.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1974 The Lords of Flatbush Wedding guest
1978 Paradise Alley Lenny Carboni
1979 Prophecy John Hawks
1980 Little Darlings Gary Callahan
1980 Private Benjamin Henri Alan Tremont
1980 Sophia Loren: Her Own Story Riccardo Scicolone
1982 Love and Money Lorenzo Prado
1982 I, the Jury Mike Hammer
1984 Unfaithfully Yours Maximillian Stein
1986 Belizaire the Cajun Belizaire Breaux
1988 The Penitent Juan Mateo
1989 Eternity Romi
1989 Animal Behavior Mark Mathias
1990 Q&A Roberto Texador Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1991 The Marrying Man Bugsy Siegel
1992 The Mambo Kings Caesar Castillo
1992 1492: Conquest of Paradise Sanchez
1992 Hoffa Carol "Dally" D'Allesandro
1993 Fatal Instinct Ned Ravine
1995 Judge Dredd Rico
1996 Striptease Lt. Al Garcia
1998 Looking for an Echo Vince "Vinnie" Pirelli
2000 The Road to El Dorado Tzekal-Kan Nominated—Annie Award Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
2001 Last Run Frank Banner
2001 One Eyed King Holly
2002 Partners in Action Jack Cunningham
2003 Citizen Verdict Sam Patterson
2003 Consequence Sam Tyler
2005 Casanova's Last Stand Sebastian Marr
2005 Children of Wax Kemal
2005 Dot.Kill Charlie Daines
2005 The Third Wish Benefactor
2005 Mirror Wars York
2005 Two for the Money Novian
2005 Confessions of a Pit Fighter Argento
2006 Funny Money Genero
2006 Dead Lenny Tony Thick
2006 Soul's Midnight Simon
2006 Surveillance Harley
2007 Mexican Sunrise Salvidar
2007 California Dreamin' Cpt. Doug Jones
2007 When Nietzsche Wept Nietzsche
2007 American Gangster Dominic Cottano Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2008 La Linea Padre Antonio
2008 The Man Who Came Back Amos
2009 Smile Tollinger
2009 The Steam Experiment Detective Mancini
2009 Chicago Overcoat Stefano D'Agnostino
2009 Breaking Point Marty Berlin
2009 Magic Man Taper
2009 The Bleeding Jake Plummer
2010 Shadows in Paradise Cpt. John 'Ghost' Santo
2010 Killer by Nature Eugene Branch
2013 Dead Man Down Lon Gordon
2013 Assumed Killer Aaron Banfield
2013 Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn Joseph Baldano Sr.
2014 Montevideo, vidimo se! Hotchkins
2015 Kids vs Monsters Damian
2015 Sicilian Vampire Vince

Television films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1975 First Ladies Diaries Robards
1978 Human Feelings Johnny Turner
1978 Lady of the House Ernest
1978 The Pirate Ahmed
1983 Rage of Angels Michael Moretti
1984 Why Me? Dr. James Stalling
1986 A Deadly Business Charles Macaluso
1987 Stranger in My Bed Hal Slater
1987 Hands of a Stranger Joe Hearn
1989 Passion and Paradise Alfred de Marigny
1991 Fever Ray
1994 Blind Justice Canaan
1995 Kidnapped Alan Breck Stewart
1996 Gotti John Gotti Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
1999 The Hunley Lt. George E. Dixon
2000 On the Beach Cmdr. Dwight Towers
2001 After the Storm Jean-Pierre
2002 Federal Protection Frank Carbone
2008 Shark Swarm Hamilton Lux
2009 The Lost Kevin

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1974–75 How to Survive a Marriage Johnny McGee N/A
1975–77 The Doctors Dr. Mike Powers #6 N/A
1977 Kojak Tom Ryan Episode: "Caper on a Quiet Street"
1979 Mrs. Columbo Freddie Faust Episode: "A Chilling Surprise"
1985 Evergreen Joseph Friedman 3 episodes
1987 Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story Napoleon Bonaparte 3 episodes
1988 Jack the Ripper Richard Mansfield 2 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1997 The Odyssey Odysseus 2 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
2002 Push, Nevada N/A Episode: "The Amount"
2006 ER Richard Elliot 4 episodes
2007 NCIS La Grenouille 5 episodes
2008 October Road Gabriel Diaz 2 episodes
2010 Chuck Premier Alejandro Goya 2 episodes
2010 Human Target Joubert Episode: "Christopher Chance"
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Nicolas Amaro Episode: "Padre Sandunguero"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Emmy Awards[edit]

Golden Globe Awards[edit]

Screen Actors Guild Awards[edit]

In 2010, Assante received a star on the Italian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Armand Assante Biography (1949-)[dead link]
  2. ^ Cutting Edge Voices Presents an Interview with Kathy Haggerty Archived January 1, 1970, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Obituaries: Katherine Assante". Cornwall and Cornwall on Hudson. 3 July 2011. Archived from the original on 2012-12-13. 
  4. ^ "Inductees 2010". Italian Walk of Fame. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 

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