Federico Castelluccio

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Federico Castelluccio
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Born (1964-04-29) April 29, 1964 (age 55)
OccupationActor, painter
Years active1986–present

Federico Castelluccio (Italian pronunciation: [fedeˈriːko kastelˈluttʃo]; born April 29, 1964)[1] is an Italian-American actor and professional visual artist, who is known for his role as Furio Giunta on the HBO series, The Sopranos.

Early life[edit]

Born in Naples, Italy, Castellucio moved with his family to Paterson, New Jersey, when he was just 3 years old. 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 actor George Burns.[3]

Career[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".

In 2014, Castelluccio starred in the short film Eulogy[4] directed by Don Capria The film won "Best Ensemble"[5] in the 2015 Queens World Film Festival.

In 2016, Castelluccio directed the feature film The Brooklyn Banker.

In 2017, Castelluccio directed the TV pilot "Outcall.

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.[6]

Painting discovery[edit]

Guercino - Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian

Castelluccio discovered a 17th century painting by Italian Baroque painter Guercino at a Frankfurt gallery and subsequently purchased it at auction after it had been incorrectly identified as an 18th-century painting. The painting was purchased for €49,000 and was estimated at $10M.[7] The total cost of the painting including restoration and shipping plus extra costs came to $140,000.[8][9]

Filmography[edit]

Movies[edit]

  • 1999 18 Shades of Dust as Bounced #1
  • 2001 Made as Doorman
  • 2002 Fire as Himself (video)
  • 2003 La Arana as Bobby
  • 2004 Return of Fire as Himself (voice)
  • 2004 Volare as Paolo Bongiovanni Short film
  • 2005 In Hot Water as Father Sal Manella Short film First
  • 2006 A Guide to Recognizing Your Saint as Antonio's Father
  • 2006 Dragon Dynasty as Marco TV Movie
  • 2006 El cantante as Jerry Massucci
  • 2007 The Obscure Brother as Father Short film
  • 2008 Lucky Day (2008 film) as Vincent
  • 2008 Proud Iza as Samuel Stein Main Character
  • 2008 The Bronx Balletomane as Joey Short film
  • 2008 The Brooklyn Heist as R. Fadagucci
  • 2008 Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace as Louie the Bartender Short film and video
  • 2009 Forget Me Not as Samaratian Antagonist Short film
  • 2010 Bicycle Lessons as Himself (voice) Short film
  • 2010 Lily of the Feast as Santo Bastucci Short film
  • 2010 For Customers Only as Mr. Sierra Short film
  • 2011 Keep Your Enemies Closer as Agent Short film
  • 2011 The Decoy Bride as Marco
  • 2011 The Orphan Killer as Dr. Morris (Uncredited)
  • 2012 T he Trouble with Cali as Chassidic Bouncer
  • 2012 Pollination as Father Short film
  • 2012 1,000 Times More Brutal as Kastriot Morina
  • 2012 Delivering the Goods as Enzo
  • 2013 Stanley's Adventures Short film
  • 2013 Aftermath as Darrell
  • 2013 Checkmate: Keep Your Enemies Closer as Agent Lepari
  • 2013 House of Shadows as Nicola
  • 2014 Euology as Martin, Short film
  • 2015 Dutch Book as Mel
  • 2015 Fall 4 You as Nicky Short film
  • 2016 Fall 4 You as Jerry
  • 2016 The Brooklyn Banker as Zucci
  • 2016 Leaves of the Tree as Doctor Ferramanti
  • 2016 Toy Gun as Sante Cassoria
  • 2017 Good Friday as Gio
  • 2018 Sarah Q as Barry Homburg
  • 2018 Exit 0 as Detective Mueller

TV Shows[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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" Archived 2007-11-03 at the Wayback Machine, 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. ^ "The Spotlight: Director Don Capria". 19 March 2015. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Festival Winners @ Queens World Film Festival". www.queensworldfilmfestival.com. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  6. ^ "'Celebrity Apprentice' recap: Richard Hatch fired for not raising money". Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  7. ^ ""Sopranos" star Federico Castelluccio: How I found a $10M Guercino". West46th Mag. 12 October 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  8. ^ "'Sopranos' Actor Discovers $10 Million Guercino". artnet news. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  9. ^ "'Sopranos' Actor Slapped With Lawsuit Over Unpaid PR Bills for $10 Million Guercino Discovery". artnet news. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 7 September 2017.

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