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|Born||George Ralph DiCenzo
April 21, 1940
New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
|Died|| (aged 70)
Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Cause of death||Sepsis|
|Occupation||screen actor, voice actor, acting teacher, producer|
George Ralph DiCenzo (April 21, 1940 – August 9, 2010) was an American character actor and one-time associate producer for Dark Shadows. He was in show business for more than 30 years, with extensive film, TV, stage and commercial credits.
Life and career
DiCenzo was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He appeared in more than thirty feature films, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), The Choirboys (1977), The Frisco Kid (1979), The Ninth Configuration (1980), Back to the Future (1985), About Last Night (1986), Walk Like a Man (1987), The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1988), 18 Again! (1988), Sing (1989) and The Exorcist III (1990). He stated that one of his favorite roles was when he starred in Helter Skelter (1976), where he played Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor in the Charles Manson mass murder trial. DiCenzo also appeared in Hotel directed by Mike Figgis with an all-star cast, and Tempted, directed by Bill Bennett and starring Burt Reynolds and Saffron Burrows. He also played the late baseball commissioner, A. Bartlett Giamatti, in the ESPN made-for-television movie Hustle, about disgraced baseball great Pete Rose. In 2002 George played Ennio Salieri in Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven. George also provided the voice for Earnest Kelly in the 2002 game GTA Vice City.
In the 1981–1982 television season, DiCenzo was a regular on NBC's McClain's Law, with James Arness and Marshall Colt. He also made regular appearances on Murder, She Wrote and NYPD Blue. His own series included Equal Justice and Joe's Life in the early and mid-1990s. He appeared as a guest star in the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "Semi-Professional".
DiCenzo's voice can be heard on many commercials, audiobooks, and cartoon series. Notable in regards to the third is his work for Filmation; his roles include the title character in BlackStar, and Hordak in She-Ra: Princess of Power.
DiCenzo was also an acting teacher in New York City and Philadelphia for several years. He apprenticed under his mentor Milton Katselas at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in California. In addition, DiCenzo frequently privately coached students, and actors appearing on the New York stage. On an episode of Inside the Actors Studio Burt Reynolds referred to George DiCenzo as the best acting teacher in America.
George DiCenzo is a Cousin of New Haven, Connecticut native Ronald DeBrigita.
- "George Ralph DiCenzo, of Washington Crossing." Bucks Local News 11 Aug. 2010. February 7, 2012
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