Armand Assante

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Armand Assante
Born Armand Anthony Assante, Jr.
(1949-10-04) October 4, 1949 (age 66)
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

Armand Anthony Assante, Jr. (born October 4, 1949) is an American actor.


Armand 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 Sicilian American, his mother was Irish American,[4] and he was raised in a devoutly Roman Catholic family.[5] 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 the title credits misspelled his last name as Assanti. 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. He has also played the famous military leader Napoleon Bonaparte in the (1987) TV mini-series Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story. He portrayed the notorious Bugsy Siegel in a comedy, Sidney Lumet's Q & A (1990), Neil Simon's The Marrying Man (1991), another mobster 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.

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.

Personal life[edit]

Assante was married to Karen McArn from 1982 to 1994, and has two daughters, Anya and Alesandra.


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
1978 Human Feelings Johnny Turner Television movie
1978 Lady of the House Ernest Television movie
1978 The Pirate Ahmed Television movie
1979 Prophecy John Hawks
1979 Mrs. Columbo Freddie Faust Episode: "A Chilling Surprise"
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
1983 Rage of Angels Michael Moretti Television movie
1984 Unfaithfully Yours Maximillian Stein
1984 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
1986 A Deadly Business Charles Macaluso Television movie
1987 Stranger in My Bed Hal Slater Television movie
1987 Hands of a Stranger Joe Hearn Television movie
1987 Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story Napoleon Bonaparte 3 episodes
1988 The Penitent Juan Mateo
1988 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
1989 Passion and Paradise Alfred De Marigny Television movie
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
1991 Fever Ray Television movie
1992 The Mambo Kings Caesar Castillo
1992 1492: Conquest of Paradise Sanchez
1992 Hoffa Carol
1993 Fatal Instinct Ned Ravine
1994 Blind Justice Canaan Television movie
1995 Judge Dredd Rico
1995 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
1996 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
2000 On the Beach Cmdr. Dwight Towers Television movie
2001 Last Run Frank Banner
2001 After the Storm Jean-Pierre Television movie
2001 One Eyed King Holly
2001 Federal Protection Frank Carbone
2002 Partners in Action Jack Cunningham
2002 Push, Nevada Unknown Episode: "The Amount"
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 ER Richard Elliot 4 episodes
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
2007 NCIS La Grenouille 5 episodes
2008 Shark Swarm Hamilton Lux Television movie
2008 La Linea Padre Antonio
2008 The Man Who Came Back Amos
2008 October Road Gabriel Diaz 2 episodes
2009 The Lost Kevin Television movie
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
2010 Chuck Premier Alejandro Goya 2 episodes
2010 Human Target Joubert Episode: "Christopher Chance"
2013 Dead Man Down Lon Gordon
2013 Assumed Killer
2013 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"
2015 Kids vs Monsters Damian Film

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.[6]


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