James Ciccone

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James Ciccone
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James Ciccone at the Friars Club, NYC November, 2015
Years active2006–present
Children1 daughter: Isabella Star Ciccone

James Ciccone is an American character actor who has appeared in dozens of network television shows and a variety of popular films.[1] He appeared for 3 seasons as mob boss Carmine Patriccia in the HBO television drama The Deuce, created by David Simon and George Pelecanos.[2][3] He can also be seen playing the recurring role of Officer Lewis in the second season (2017) of NBC's Shades of Blue.[4][5] In 2017 Ciccone appeared in the racially charged bio-pic Crown Heights which premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2017 and won the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic Film.[6][7] In 2019, he appeared in The Kitchen, starring Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish, and the Academy Award nominated films, Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro, and Martin Scorsese's The Irishman.[8] In 2020 he will appear in Worth starring Michael Keaton.[9][10]

Early life[edit]

Ciccone was born in Park Slope, Brooklyn as the tenth child to Anthony Ciccone and Theresa (Merrit) Ciccone; he is of Italian and Irish descent.[11] The family owned a local luncheonette until 1965 when Ciccone's father died.[11] After his father's death Ciccone's mother sold the luncheonette and moved the family to the Gravesend/Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn where she worked full-time as a waitress.[12][note 1] As a result, Ciccone was raised largely by his nine older siblings, two of which had artistic influence on him.[13][14] Early on in elementary school Ciccone participated in several school plays and by age 11 began playing trumpet in the music program at Public School 153, Brooklyn.[11] For the next five years he continued studying music with Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal.[note 2] In 1977 Ciccone was accepted into the High School of Performing Arts on 46th Street, New York City. The school gained world recognition with the release of the 1980 multiple Academy Award-winning film FAME.[note 3] Ciccone studied music at Performing Arts while studying acting with Uta Hagen at HB Studio.[11][15][note 4] He later earned a bachelor's degree at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY and graduated magna cum laude.[16] In 2000 and 2003 respectively he earned master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees[note 5] from New York Theological Seminary.[17] Ciccone taught briefly for St. John's University and in the graduate program at Metropolitan College of New York, before beginning a professional acting career.[note 6]

Acting career[edit]

In 2006, Ciccone became a member of the small Primary Talent community theatre group housed at the 200-seat Players Theatre in Manhattan.[18] During this time he appeared in several productions including the lead role in Paddy Chayefsky’s Marty.[18] Over the next few years he was cast in a variety of unknown low-budget independent films and several student films at NYU Tish before writing and appearing in his own three short films Nothing for Nothing, Plenty of It, and Neighborhood Nonsense,[19] the latter of which appeared in the 2010 New Filmmakers Film Festival[20] and was featured on Funny or Die.[21] While studying with renown acting coach Harold Guskin [11][22] he secured his television debut in an Under-five role as Price, a card-player in the final season of the 54 year running soap, As The World Turns.[23][24] The following year in 2011 Ciccone landed a multiple day guest star role in an episode of White Collar playing the referee in an underground after-hours boxing club.[25] In 2012 he appeared opposite Donnie Wahlberg and Jennifer Esposito in Blue Bloods[26] and landed a recurring role as Joe Masseria’s thug on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.[27] In 2013 he worked opposite Jake McLaughlin[28] and Erik LaRay Harvey[29] in several scenes in an episode of NBC's Believe, directed by Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuaron.[30] Ciccone also appeared on network television opposite Debra Messing on The Mysteries of Laura[31] and made guest star appearances as Peter O'Neil on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[32] In 2015 Ciccone was cast in the guest star role of Ronald (the masturbator on the train) in Master of None[33] where he worked opposite comedian Aziz Ansari (playing Dev) who employs a citizen’s arrest only to "weirdly kind of sympathize with [him]".[34] Other 2015 Netflix roles include Cabbie opposite Charlie Cox on Daredevil and Vito in Italian Pinata on Difficult People.[35] Also in 2016 Ciccone appeared in the guest star role of truck-rental mobster Frank Capello on Person of Interest.[36] In late 2016 Ciccone was cast as a guest star (Anthony) in the new CBS episodic Bull starring Michael Weatherly.[37] In the 2017 Sundance Film Festival Ciccone appeared in the World Premiere of the racially charged bio-pic Crown Heights, which took home the Festival Audience Award for the US Dramatic competition.[38] In 2017 Ciccone appeared in recurring roles on two major episodics: NBC's Shades of Blue,[4] starring Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta,[5] and HBO’s hit television drama The Deuce[2] starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal. In 2018, his character (mob boss "Carmine Patriccia") continues to appear in season 2 on The Deuce.[39] Also in 2018 Ciccone has made guest star appearances in Fox's primetime network hit, Gotham scene partnering with Robin Lord Taylor, NBC's Blacklist alongside James Spader, and a co-star appearance on ABC's Quantico where he is paired again with Jake McLaughlin.[40][41] He was also cast in Martin Scorsese's The Irishman. Currently in production, Ciccone will appear opposite Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro in the anticipated 2019 release.

Personal life[edit]

Ciccone has one child through a longterm relationship with Ana Belkis Munoz.[11] Their daughter, Isabella Star was born in 2013.[11]


Year Title Role Notes
2020 Worth James Supporting
2019 Joker Trumpets Supporting, 2019 release
2019 The Irishman Genovese Capo Supporting, 2019 release
2019 The Kitchen Joe Goon Supporting, 2019 release
2018 FBI William Dean Guest star
2018 Manifest James Carlucci Guest star
2018 The Deuce Carmine Patriccia Recurring seasons 1, 2 & 3
2018 Blacklist Gabinelli Guest star
2018 Quantico Dealer Co-guest star
2017 Shades of Blue Officer Lewis Recurring
2017 Bull Anthony Guest star
2017 Gotham Giovanni Co-guest star
2017 Crown Heights Desk Officer Sundance Audience Award 2017
2016 Master of None Ronald Guest star
2016 Law & Order SVU Peter O'Neil Guest star
2016 Person of Interest Frank Capello Guest star
2016 Difficult People Vito Co-guest star
2015 Daredevil Cabbie Co-guest star
2015 Feast at the Beach Jimmy Short
2014 The Mysteries of Laura Line Guy Co-guest star
2013 Believe Craps Dealer Guest star
2012 Boardwalk Empire Masseria Thug Recurring
2012 Blue Bloods Superintendent Co-guest star
2011 White Collar Referee Guest star
2010 Roommate Angelo Supporting
2010 Lipstick Jungle Bar Patron Co-guest star
2010 As the World Turns Price Recurimg U5
2010 Lotto Carmine Supporting
2010 Neighborhood Nonsense Little Al Short
2009 Exit 0 Jack Lead
2009 Plenty of It Little Al Short
2009 Rotten Luck The Boss Supporting
2008 Shine a Light Detective Escort Featured Opp Marty Scorsese
2008 Neighborhood Story Al Supporting lead
2008 Samson is the Future Agent Doyle Short
2007 Nothing for Nothing Little Al Short


  1. ^ As mentioned in the referenced Interview Value of a Tough Upbringing Ciccone was only two years old at the time of his father's death and had no recollection of him.
  2. ^ According to Ciccone’s biography he maintained a close relationship with Goldenthal during his formative years due to their families’ relationship (Goldenthal’s half-brother was married to Ciccone’s aunt; his mother’s sister).
  3. ^ The 46th Street location closed shortly thereafter (1984) and merged with the High School of Music & Art (MA), (formerly located in Harlem) to form the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts at a new location across from Lincoln Center.
  4. ^ The HB Studio (Herbert Berghof Studio) is a school offering professional training in the performing arts. Founded in 1945 by Herbert Berghof and located in Greenwich Village, New York City. its curriculum includes classes in a variety of areas, including acting, directing, playwrighting, screenwriting, musical theatre, movement and dance, puppetry, dialect study, and scene analysis. Select classes require an audition for admission. In 1948, Uta Hagen joined the Studio as Berghof's artistic partner, and the two wed ten years later. Her master classes led to the writing of her books Respect for Acting and A Challenge for the Actor.
  5. ^ Noted in the Doctor of Ministry 40th Anniversary publication Ciccone's DMin dissertation is a prison ministry demonstration project titled Release: An Approach to Freedom for the X-Offender, p30. Said dissertation is available in the New York Theological Seminary library 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY.
  6. ^ The Metropolitan College of New York was formerly known as the Audrey Cohen College.


  1. ^ "Hollywood.com. What Are You Looking For: Full Cast & Credits". January 4, 2017. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Deadline Hollywood. Margarita Levieva To Star In HBO Drama Pilot ‘The Deuce’; Two Others Cast.
  3. ^ TV Worth Watching.HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ Goes Down and Dirty into the 70s.
  4. ^ a b IBTimes.com Shades of Blue Season 2 Spoilers.
  5. ^ a b Listal.com. Cast and Credits Shades of Blue
  6. ^ Joe Utichi (January 28, 2017). "Crown Heights Nets Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience Award". Deadline. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  7. ^ Patrick Ryan (January 29, 2017). "Sundance Winners: 'Crown Heights reigns victorious'". USA Today. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  8. ^ TalentRafters Magazine. [1]From the Pulpit to Acting James Ciccone Lands Key Role, Nick Christophers. Oct 14, 2017.
  9. ^ "Michael Keaton Gets Into Character While Filming 'What Is Life Worth'". newsok.com. April 2, 2019. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  10. ^ "Monday, April 1 Filming Locations for What Is Life?, FBI, SVU, & more!". onlocationvacations.com. April 1, 2019. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g "Biography". James Ciccone Website.
  12. ^ Seamens' Society for Children & Families. James Ciccone Shares the Value of his Tough Upbringing
  13. ^ "Value of a Tough Upbringing". Seamens’ Society Interview.
  14. ^ Daily News Archives. Portrait Of An Artist A Young Man Who Died Too Soon, Denis Hamill. Oct 11, 1995
  15. ^ Peter B. Flint (November 6, 1990). "Herbert Berghof, Actor, Director And Eminent Acting Teacher, 81". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  16. ^ "Class of 1995". Marist College Classmates.
  17. ^ New York Theological Seminary. March 7, 2015. "Doctor of Ministry 40th Anniversary Gathering", P8.
  18. ^ a b "Primary Talent Group". Roster.
  19. ^ Casting Networks For Entertainment Professionals
  20. ^ "NewFilmmakers Announces Summer Fest 2010".
  21. ^ "Neighborhood Nonsense". Funny or Die. (directed by James Ciccone). June 14, 2009. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  22. ^ The New Yorker. The Great Guskin. March 20, 1995 p44.
  23. ^ Deadline Hollywood. Daily Talk Show To Replace As The World Turns On CBS.
  24. ^ YoutubeAs the World Turns Full Episodes.
  25. ^ TV Maze. White Collar. Gloves Off, ep 4:9.
  26. ^ TV.com People. James Ciccone.
  27. ^ TV.com. Boardwalk Empire. A Man, A Plan, ep 3:10.
  28. ^ Getty Images. Jake McLaughlin and James Ciccone
  29. ^ Getty Images. Erik LaRay Harvey and James Ciccone
  30. ^ Deadline Hollywood. Hot TV Teaser: First 2 Minutes of NBC's Believe.
  31. ^ Hollywood.com. Mysteries of Laura: Full Cast and Credits, 2014
  32. ^ TV Maze.com. James Ciccone known for...
  33. ^ Listal. Cast and Credits of Master of None.
  34. ^ The New Yorker. Sickness and Health...Master of None.
  35. ^ Decider. Difficult People 203 Recap: Italian Piñata.
  36. ^ Spoiler TV. Person of Interest. Episode 508, Reassortment. Promotional Photos & Press Release Updated.
  37. ^ Bull, Stockholm Syndrome ep 1:12. Cast Credits and Photos.
  38. ^ Deadline Hollywood. ‘Crown Heights’ Nets Sundance U.S. Dramatic Audience.
  39. ^ NY Post. Maggie Gyllenhaal is Hooker Chic on Set of The Deuce,
  40. ^ Hibberd, James (May 10, 2017). "Gotham renewed for season 4". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
  41. ^ Nemetz, Dave (July 28, 2017). "Gotham Season 4 Premiere Moved Up". TVLine. Retrieved July 28, 2017.

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