Magaro at the 2012 New York Film Festival
John Robert Magaro|
February 16, 1983
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
John Robert Magaro (born February 16, 1983) is an American actor. He starred alongside James Gandolfini in Not Fade Away (2012)—the feature film debut of David Chase, creator of The Sopranos. He also starred alongside Rooney Mara in Carol (2015). He made his Broadway debut as Earl Williams, the escaped convict, in the hit revival of The Front Page in 2016.
Life and career
Magaro was born in Akron, Ohio, the son of Wendy and James Magaro, and grew up in its nearby suburb of Munroe Falls. His father is of Italian descent and his mother is Jewish, and he was raised in his mother's religion. His parents were teachers. While attending school within the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, he began acting in local theater, including shows at the Cleveland Play House and the Kent State Porthouse Theatre at Blossom Music Center, and Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio. As a youth, Magaro also appeared in television commercials, and had a role in a Rescue 911 episode.
After graduating from Stow-Munroe Falls High School in 2001, he went on to study theater at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. Currently, Magaro lives in and works out of New York. Among his acting highlights are The Big Short and Todd Haynes' acclaimed film Carol alongside Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett. His early film work included The Brave One alongside Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard; the HBO film Taking Chance starring Kevin Bacon; and a lead role in fellow Northeast Ohio native Wes Craven's horror film, My Soul to Take. He also appeared in 8 episodes of Orange Is the New Black.
Not Fade Away
Not Fade Away (2012) took place in 1960s New Jersey and centered on Magaro's character, the lead singer of a teenage rock and roll band called "The Twylight Zones" — a reference to Rod Serling's popular anthology series, The Twilight Zone. The film's title referred to "Not Fade Away", a Buddy Holly song later covered by The Rolling Stones. The film itself reunited Sopranos' creator David Chase with stars James Gandolfini (as Magaro's father) and Steven Van Zandt (as music supervisor).
|2005||Prisoners of War||Prisoner||Short film|
|2006||Level Red||Putski||Short film|
|The Brave One||Ethan|
|The Life Before Her Eyes||Michael Patrick|
|2008||Assassination of a High School President||Cipriato|
|We Pedal Uphill||Kyle||Written and directed by Roland Tec|
|2010||My Soul to Take||Alex|
|2011||Down the Shore||Martin|
|Not Fade Away||Douglas Damiano||Feature film debut for David Chase|
|2014||Unbroken||Frank A. Tinker|
|2015||Don't Worry Baby||Robert Lang|
|The Big Short||Charlie Geller|
|2016||The Finest Hours||Ervin Maske|
|2017||War Machine||Cory Staggart|
|2007||Law & Order||Nathan Gersh||Episode: "Talking Points"|
|2009||Taking Chance||Rich Brewer||TV movie|
|2010||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Andrew Hingham||Episode: "Conned"|
|2011||Body of Proof||Chuck Foster||Episode: "Buried Secrets"|
|2012||Person of Interest||Carl Elias (Age 22)||Episode: "Flesh and Blood"|
|2015||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Keith Musio||Episode: "Institutional Fail"|
|2015–2017||Orange Is The New Black||Vince Muccio||8 episodes|
|2015–2016||The Good Wife||Roland Hlavin||3 episodes|
|2016||Angie Tribeca||Snick||Episode: "The Coast Is Fear"|
|Crisis in Six Scenes||Alan Brockman||5 episodes|
|2018||The Umbrella Academy||Leonard Peabody|
|2008||Bully: Scholarship Edition||Sheldon|
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