Federico Castelluccio

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Federico Castelluccio
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Born 1965 (age 50–51)
Naples, Italy
Occupation Actor, painter
Years active 1986–present

Federico Castelluccio (born circa 1965)[1] is an Italian American actor and professional visual artist, who is best known for his role as Furio Giunta on the HBO TV series, The Sopranos.

Early life[edit]

Born in Naples, Castellucio moved with his family to Paterson, New Jersey, when he was nearly 4 years old..[1] In 1982, Castelluccio was awarded a full scholarship to the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where he earned a BFA in painting and media arts.[2] Just prior to winning the scholarship, he received an opportunity to create a painting for veteran actor George Burns.[3]

Acting[edit]

Castelluccio began his career as an actor in 1986. Some of his film credits include Made with Jon Favreau, Fire with Paul Campbell and 18 Shades of Dust with Danny Aiello. In television, his credits include NYPD Blue and his best known role in the HBO hit series, The Sopranos, as the Neapolitan enforcer Furio Giunta.

He also appeared in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints which debuted in 2006 at the Sundance Film Festival and received two awards, one for best dramatic directing and another for best dramatic ensemble, headed by Robert Downey Jr., Chazz Palminteri, and Rosario Dawson.

Other film projects include the biographical El Cantante; Aftermath, a crime thriller; and The Obscure Brother, filmed in southern Italy, a short film that he executive produced and acted in; 2003's La Araña; the 2008 comedy Capers; Lucky Days; and the 2009 Forget Me Not. In television, Castelluccio played the lead role in Dragon Dynasty, a telefilm that aired on the Sci-Fi Channel. He also appeared in the episode of Kenny Vs. Spenny titled "Who Can Produce The Best Commercial".

Painting[edit]

During the fourth season of Celebrity Apprentice, Castelluccio was asked by Donald Trump to judge which celebrity designed the best hat. Castelluccio eventually chose La Toya Jackson. She was awarded $25,000 for her charity, the AIDS Project Los Angeles.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "For the Cast, a Touch of Authenticity". The New York Times. March 4, 2001. Retrieved December 4, 2007. The 36-year-old actor ... was born in Naples and came to Paterson when he was almost 4. 
  2. ^ "«I Sopranos? No agli stereotipi ma non facciamone un dramma» - Federico Castelluccio, il Furio Giunta della celebre serie tv, a Toronto per incontrare gli zii", Corriere Canadese, May 11, 2005. Accessed December 4, 2007. "Nel 1982, Castelluccio vince una borsa di studio alla School of Visual Arts di New York, dove si laurea in pittura."
  3. ^ "The Sopranos: Cast & Crew". HBO. Retrieved 2010-08-16. 
  4. ^ http://www.nj.com/entertainment/tv/index.ssf/2011/04/celebrity_apprentice_recap_ric.html

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