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)
Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Karen McArn (m. 1982–94)
Children Alessandra Assante, Anya Assante

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.


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.


Year Title Role Notes
1974–1975 How to Survive a Marriage Johnny McGee Unknown episodes
1974 The Lords of Flatbush Wedding guest
1975 First Ladies Diaries: Rachel Jackson Robards Television movie
1975–1977 The Doctors Dr. Mike Powers #6 Unknown episodes
1977 Kojak Tom Ryan Episode: "Caper on a Quiet Street"
1978 Paradise Alley Lenny Carboni
Human Feelings Johnny Turner Television movie
Lady of the House Ernest Television movie
The Pirate Ahmed Television movie
1979 Prophecy John Hawks
Mrs. Columbo Freddie Faust Episode: "A Chilling Surprise"
1980 Little Darlings Gary Callahan
Private Benjamin Henri Alan Tremont
Sophia Loren: Her Own Story Riccardo Scicolone
1982 Love and Money Lorenzo Prado
I, the Jury Mike Hammer
1983 Rage of Angels Michael Moretti Television movie
1984 Unfaithfully Yours Maximillian Stein
Why Me? Dr. James Stalling Television movie, directed by Fielder Cook, starring Glynnis O'Connor
1985 Evergreen Joseph Friedman
1986 Belizaire the Cajun Beliaire Breaux
A Deadly Business Charles Macaluso Television movie
1987 Stranger in My Bed Hal Slater Television movie
Hands of a Stranger Joe Hearn Television movie
Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story Napoleon Bonaparte 3 episodes
1988 The Penitent Juan Mateo
Jack the Ripper Richard Mansfield Television movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1989 Eternity Romi
Passion and Paradise Alfred de Marigny Television movie
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
Fever Ray Television movie
1992 The Mambo Kings Caesar Castillo
1492: Conquest of Paradise Sanchez
Hoffa Carol "Dally" D'Allesandro
1993 Fatal Instinct Ned Ravine
1994 Blind Justice Canaan Television movie
1995 Judge Dredd Rico
Kidnapped Alan Breck Stewart Television movie
Note: Assante replaced Christopher Reeve in this role due to Reeve's spinal cord injury from a horse-riding accident.
1996 Striptease Lt. Al Garcia
Gotti John Gotti Television movie
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
1997 The Odyssey Odysseus Television movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1998 Looking for an Echo Vince "Vinnie" Pirelli
1999 The Hunley Lt. George E. Dixon Television movie
2000 The Road to El Dorado Tzekal-Kan Nominated—Annie Award Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
On the Beach Cmdr. Dwight Towers Television movie
2001 Last Run Frank Banner
After the Storm Jean-Pierre Television movie
One Eyed King Holly
Federal Protection Frank Carbone
2002 Partners in Action Jack Cunningham
Push, Nevada Unknown Episode: "The Amount"
2003 Citizen Verdict Sam Patterson
Consequence Sam Tyler
2005 Casanova's Last Stand Sebastian Marr
Children of Wax Kemal
Dot.Kill Charlie Daines
The Third Wish Benefactor
Mirror Wars York
Two for the Money Novian
Confessions of a Pit Fighter Argento
2006 Funny Money Genero
ER Richard Elliot 4 episodes
Dead Lenny Tony Thick
Soul's Midnight Simon
Surveillance Harley
2007 Mexican Sunrise Salvidar
California Dreamin' Cpt. Doug Jones
When Nietzsche Wept Nietzsche
American Gangster Dominic Cottano Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
NCIS La Grenouille 5 episodes
2008 Shark Swarm Hamilton Lux Television movie
La Linea Padre Antonio
The Man Who Came Back Amos
October Road Gabriel Diaz 2 episodes
2009 The Lost Kevin Television movie
Smile Tollinger
The Steam Experiment Detective Mancini
Chicago Overcoat Stefano D'Agnostino
Breaking Point Marty Berlin
Magic Man Taper
The Bleeding Jake Plummer
2010 Shadows in Paradise Cpt. John 'Ghost' Santo
Killer by Nature Eugene Branch
Chuck Premier Alejandro Goya 2 episodes
Human Target Joubert Episode: "Christopher Chance"
2013 Dead Man Down Lon Gordon
Assumed Killer Aaron Banfield
Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn Joseph Baldano Sr.
2014 Montevideo, vidimo se! Hotchkins
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Nicolas Amaro Episode: "Padre Sandunguero"
Kids vs Monsters Damian
Sicilian Vampire Vince

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, Canada.[4]


  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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