Buddy Giovinazzo

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Buddy Giovinazzo
Born (1957-05-05) May 5, 1957 (age 62)
OccupationFilm director, author
RelativesCarmine Giovinazzo (cousin)

Buddy Giovinazzo is an American independent filmmaker and author who is known for his gritty-low budget debut film, Combat Shock, and his collection of harrowing short stories of low urban life in his 1993 novel, Life is Hot in Cracktown.

Born May 5, 1957 in New York City, Buddy grew up in Staten Island. He went to the College of Staten Island where he graduated with a Masters in Cinema, later teaching film there as well.

He is the brother of Rick Giovinazzo who is a composer, orchestrator, and the star of his premier film, Combat Shock. His cousin is television and film actor, Carmine Giovinazzo.


During a time when it was difficult to get a project made for Giovinazzo after his debut film, Combat Shock, he turned to writing novels instead and teaching film.

The Novels of Buddy Giovinazzo:

  • Life is Hot in Cracktown (1993) [Thunder's Mouth Press] ISBN 1-56025-054-2
  • Poetry & Purgatory (1996) [Thunder's Mouth Press] ISBN 1-56025-133-6
  • Broken Street (2000) In German [Maas] ISBN 3-929010-56-9
  • Potsdamer Platz (2004) [No Exit Press] ISBN 1-84243-115-3

His novel, Life is Hot in Cracktown, was adapted into a feature film by Giovinazzo himself as writer and director.



Sometime during or after The Unscarred, Giovinazzo left the United States for Berlin, Germany where he published his fourth novel, Potsdamer Platz and directed episodes for various German crime programs:

"Tatort" (3 episodes, 2003-2009) - Platt gemacht (2009) TV episode - Das Ende des Schweigens (2007) TV episode - 3 x schwarzer Kater (2003) TV episode

"Der Kriminalist" (3 episodes, 2008) - Ruhe in Frieden (2008) TV episode - Eiskalter Tod (2008) TV episode - Avalon (????) TV episode

"Polizeiruf 110" (2 episodes, 2003-2006) - Mit anderen Augen (2006) TV episode - Tiefe Wunden (2003) TV episode

"Wilsberg" (2 episodes, 2005) - Todesengel (2005) TV episode - Schuld und Sünde (2005) TV episode


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