Tony Lo Bianco
Tony Lo Bianco
Lo Bianco in Police Story, 1975
October 19, 1936
|Residence||Manhattan, New York City, U.S.|
Tony Lo Bianco (born Anthony LoBianco; October 19, 1936) is an American film, stage, and television actor, best known for his portrayals of gruff law enforcement figures in crime films. His accolades include one Tony Award nomination, an Obie Award, and a Daytime Emmy.
Born to first-generation Italian American parents in Brooklyn, New York City, Lo Bianco began his career in theater, and appeared in several Broadway productions throughout the 1960s. He transitioned to film in the 1970s, starring in the crime film The Honeymoon Killers (1970), William Friedkin's thriller The French Connection (1971), and the drama The Seven-Ups (1973). Lo Bianco won an Obie Award for his 1975 role in an Off-Broadway production of Yanks-3, Detroit-0, Top of the Seventh, and subsequently earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor for his role as Eddie in the 1983 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge.
In addition to film and theater, Lo Bianco appeared as a guest-star on numerous television series throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including appearances on Police Story (1974–1976), Franco Zeffirelli's miniseries Jesus of Nazareth (1977), and Marco Polo (1982). In 1984, he appeared in a stage production of Hizzoner!, playing American politician Fiorello LaGuardia. The one-man play was subsequently staged on Broadway in 1989, and Lo Bianco has gone on to perform several other Off-Broadway iterations of it, including LaGuardia (2008) and The Little Flower (2012–2015).
Anthony LoBianco was born October 19, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of a housewife mother and a taxi driver father. Both of his parents were first-generation Italian-Americans of Sicilian descent. He attended the William E. Grady CTE High School, a vocational school in Brooklyn. There, he had a teacher who encouraged him to try out for plays, which is when he began to develop an interest in acting. After graduating high school, he attended the Dramatic Workshop, studying acting and theater production.
Lo Bianco was a Golden Gloves boxer and also founded the Triangle Theatre in 1963, serving as its artistic director for six years and collaborating with lighting designer Jules Fisher, playwright Jason Miller and actor Roy Scheider. He performed as an understudy in a 1964 Broadway production of Incident at Vichy, and the following year had a supporting role in a Broadway production of Tartuffe. From late 1965 through the spring of 1966, he starred on Broadway as Fray Marcos de Nizza in The Royal Hunt of the Sun.
He made his film debut in The Sex Perils of Paulette (1965) before appearing as a murderer in the semi-biographical crime film The Honeymoon Killers (1970). He subsequently appeared as Salvatore Boca in William Friedkin's critically acclaimed action film The French Connection (1971), and later starred as a police officer investigating a series of murders in Larry Cohen's horror film God Told Me To (1976). From 1974–1976, Lo Bianco was a regular in Joseph Wambaugh's television series Police Story in the mid-1970s, opposite actors Don Meredith and Chuck Connors.
In 1975, Lo Bianco won an Obie award for his off-Broadway performance as Duke Bronkowski in the baseball-themed play Yanks-3, Detroit-0, Top of the Seventh. In 1983, Lo Bianco was nominated for a Tony for his portrayal of Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge. He also won the 1983 Outer Critics Circle Award for this performance. In 1984, he had a supporting role in the action comedy City Heat, opposite Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood.
Lo Bianco first portrayed the larger-than-life 1934–1945 mayor of New York City Fiorello H. La Guardia in the one-man show Hizzoner!, written in 1984 by Paul Shyre. Lo Bianco won a local Daytime Emmy Award for the WNET Public Television version of the play, which was filmed at the Empire State Institute for the Performing Arts in Albany. The play was subsequently staged on Broadway in 1989, where it ran for 12 performances. Lo Bianco appeared in several independent films in the 1990s, and in 1995 appeared as Jimmy Jacobs in the HBO biographical film Tyson, followed by a minor role in Nixon, directed by Oliver Stone.
Lo Bianco continued his work on the life of LaGuardia in a revised revival of the play in 2008, titled LaGuardia. His third incantation of the mayor's life that had a limited run off Broadway in October 2012, titled The Little Flower. Lo Bianco has rewritten the play several times, which he purchased from Shyre's estate, and he views it as "a vehicle to express my concerns for the public and the political mess that we're in, which we continue to be in I think, and try to relate answers to failure." He performed it in Moscow shortly before the fall of the Soviet Union, and in 2015 was scheduled to perform it in Italy. The show was staged at LaGuardia Community College in May 2015.
Lo Bianco, an Italian American, was the National Spokesperson for the Order Sons of Italy in America. His humanitarian efforts have earned multiple awards, including Man of the Year for Outstanding Contributions to the Italian-American Community from the Police Society of New Jersey; a Man of the Year Award from the State of New Jersey Senate; a Lifetime Entertainment Award from the Columbus Day Parade Committee; the 1997 Golden Lion Award; Humanitarian Award of the Boys' Town of Italy.
In October 2014, he opposed the Metropolitan Opera's decision to stage the controversial play The Death of Klinghoffer, which he described as "outrageous" because it "tries to justify the killing of a helpless man in a wheelchair because he happens to be Jewish".
Lo Bianco was married from 1964 until 1984 to Dora Landey. They had three daughters. He was married to Elizabeth Fitzpatrick from 2002 until 2008. He married his current wife, Alyse Best Muldoon, in June 2015.
|1965||The Sex Perils of Paulette||Allen|
|1970||The Honeymoon Killers||Ray Fernandez|
|1971||The French Connection||Salvatore Boca|
|1973||Mean Frank and Crazy Tony||Tony Breda|
|1973||Mr. Inside/Mr. Outside||Detective Rick Massi||Television film|
|1973||The Seven-Ups||Vito Lucia|
|1974||The Story of Jacob and Joseph||Joseph||Television film|
|1975||A Shadow in the Streets||Pete Mackey||Television film|
|1976||God Told Me To||Peter J. Nicholas|
|1976||Merciless Man||The American|
|1978||The Last Tenant||Joey||Television film|
|1978||Bloodbrothers||Tommy De Coco|
|1978||She'll Be Sweet||Magee||Television film|
|1979||Champions: A Love Story||Alan Denschroeder||Television film|
|1979||A Last Cry for Help||Dr. Ben Abbot||Television film|
|1979||Marciano||Rocky Marciano||Television film|
|1981||Pals||Frank Green||Short film|
|1981||Separate Ways||Ken Colby|
|1983||Another Woman's Child||Mike DeBray|
|1984||City Heat||Leon Coll|
|1984||Hizzoner!||Fiorello La Guardia||Television film|
|1984||Jessie||Lieutenant Alex Ascoli||Television film|
|1986||Blood Ties||Judge Guiliano Salina||Television film|
|1987||Police Story: The Freeway Killings||Detective DiAngelo||Television film|
|1988||Body of Evidence||Evan Campbell||Television film|
|1988||The Ann Jillian Story||Andy Murcia||Television film|
|1990||Perry Mason: The Case of the Poisoned Pen||Michael Garcia||Television film|
|1990||Death Has a Bad Reputation||Carlos||Television film|
|1991||City of Hope||Joe Rinaldi|
|1991||The 10 Million Dollar Getaway||Tony "Ducks" Carallo||Television film|
|1991||The Good Policeman||Jerry Diangelis|
|1992||In the Shadow of a Killer||Frederick Berger||Television film|
|1992||Stormy Weathers||Lt. Frank Orozco||Television film|
|1992||Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story||Allen Dorfman||Television film|
|1993||Boiling Point||Tony Dio|
|1994||La ragnatela del silenzio - A.I.D.S.||Professor Donati|
|1994||Power and Lovers||Warren|
|1995||Tyson||Jimmy Jacobs||Television film|
|1996||The Juror||Louie Boffano|
|1996||Sworn to Justice||Briggs|
|1997||Cold Night Into Dawn||Supervisor Klyn|
|1997||Let Me Call You Sweetheart||Dr. Charles Smith||Television film|
|1997||Bella Mafia||Pietro Carolla||Television film|
|1999||Rocky Marciano||Frankie Carbo|
|2000||The Day the Ponies Come Back||Paul DeCruccio|
|2001||Friends and Family||Victor Patrizzi|
|2001||Down 'n Dirty||Detective Dan Ward|
|2002||Endangered Species||Captain Tanzini|
|2002||Lucky Day||Detective Marinello||Television film|
|2003||The Cruelest Day||Il generale Loi||Italian: Ilaria Alpi - Il più crudele dei giorni|
|2005||The Engagement Ring||Nick Di Cenzo||Television film|
|2005||N.Y.-70||Congressman Fario Cardinale||Television film|
|2006||The Last Request||Monte|
|2009||Frame of Mind||Mouthman|
|2011||Kill the Irishman||Jack Licavoli|
|2013||Send No Flowers||Anthony Albano|
|1966||Get Smart||KAOS Agent||Episode: "The Smart Assassin"|
|1966||Blue Light||Carbonne||Episode: "Jet Trial"|
|1966||Hawk||Joey Fentanello||Episode: ""H" is a Dirty Letter"|
|1968||N.Y.P.D.||Muller / Joe Peconic||2 episodes|
|1968||Hidden Faces||Nick Capello Turner||Miniseries|
|1971||Great Performances||Frank||Episode: "A Memory of Two Mondays"|
|1972||Madigan||Joe Lakka||Episode: "The Manhattan Beat"|
|1974–1976||Police Story||D.J. Perkins / Det. Sgt. Tony Calabrese||6 episodes|
|1975||The Streets of San Francisco||Al Wozynsky||Episode: "Solitaire"|
|1976||Origins of the Mafia||Nino Sciallacca||Episode: "Omertà"|
|1977||Jesus of Nazareth||Quintilius||Miniseries|
|1981||Today's FBI||Joey D'Amico||Episode: "The Bureau"|
|1982||Marco Polo||Brother Nicolas||Miniseries|
|1984||The Paper Chase||Professor Reese||Episode: "The Advocate"|
|1984||Jessie||Lieutenant Alex Ascoli||10 episodes|
|1985||Lady Blue||Det. Sgt. Bing Bingham||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1985||The Twilight Zone||Paul Marano||Episode: "If She Dies"|
|1987||Night Heat||Tony Rimbaud||Episode: "Flashback"|
|1988||CBS Summer Playhouse||Tom "Coop" Cooper||Episode: "Off Duty"|
|1989||True Blue||Doc||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1990||ABC Afterschool Specials||Officer Abbott||Episode: "Over the Limit"|
|1990||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Coach Douglas||Episode: "Malcolm Takes the Shot"|
|1991||Palace Guard||Arturo Taft||8 episodes|
|1991–1994||Murder, She Wrote||Paul Avoncino / Phil Mannix||2 episodes|
|1992||Law & Order||Mark Menaker||Episode: "Cradle to Grave"|
|1994||The Maharaja's Daughter||Vito Capece||Miniseries|
|1995||Homicide: Life on the Street||Mitch Drummond||3 episodes|
|1997||F/X: The Series||Martin Thorne||Episode: "Reunion"|
|1997||Law & Order||Sal DiMarco||Episode: "Menace"|
|2001||Walker, Texas Ranger||Tony Ferrell||Episode: "Saturday Night"|
|2002||Law & Order||Detective Mike Foster||Episode: "True Crime"|
|2007||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Joseph||Episode: "World's Fair"|
|1964–1965||Incident at Vichy||Prisoner||Understudy
ANTA Washington Square Theatre
|1965||Tartuffe||Sergeant||ANTA Washington Square Theatre|
|1965–1966||The Royal Hunt of the Sun||Fray Marcos de Nizza||ANTA Playhouse|
|1966||The Office||Gucci||10 previews; never officially opened|
|196||The Ninety Day Mistress||Rudy Avarian||Biltmore Theatre|
|1968||The Exercise||The Actor||John Golden Theatre|
|1968||The Goodbye People||Michael Silverman||Ethel Barrymore Theatre|
|1975||Yanks-3, Detroit-0, Top of the Seventh||Duke Bronkowski||The American Place Theatre
Obie Award for Best Actor
|1983||A View from the Bridge||Eddie||Ambassador Theatre
Nominated— Tony Award for Best Actor
|1989||Hizzoner!||Fiorello LaGuardia||Longacre Theatre|
|2008||LaGuardia||Fiorello LaGuardia||DiCapo Opera Theater|||
|2012||The Little Flower||Fiorello LaGuardia||DiCapo Opera Theater|||
- Panarello, Joseph F. (March 13, 2013). "BWW Interview: Tony Lo Bianco - Creating Magic with THE LITTLE FLOWER". BroadwayWorld. Archived from the original on February 12, 2019.
- Search Results
- Lo Bianco, Tony (September 12, 2011). "BuildingNY: Tony Lo Bianco, actor-writer-director" (Interview). Interviewed by Michael Stoler. CUNY-TV – via YouTube.
- "Screen and Theatre Legend Tony LoBianco Inspires Confidence in Acting Students". New York Film Academy. Archived from the original on February 12, 2019.
- "Tony Lo Bianco Credits". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on February 12, 2019.
- Hischak, Thomas H. (2001). American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama, 1969-2000. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 90. ISBN 978-0-195-35255-9.
- Jones, Kenneth (October 15, 2015). "Tony Lo Bianco Is His Honor, Mayor LaGuardia, in The Little Flower in NYC". Playbill. Archived from the original on February 12, 2019.
- Harney, John (May 5, 2015). "An Actor Takes His Portrayal of La Guardia Far Beyond Broadway". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 12, 2019.
- "Tony LoBianco in One-Man Show About LaGuardia". Cooley's Anemia Foundation. October 2, 2008. Archived from the original on February 12, 2019.
- "Actor Tony Lo Bianco Plays "The Little Flower" At LaGuardia Community College". City University of New York. May 1, 2015. Archived from the original on February 12, 2019.
- "Prisoners Among Us: Italian-American Identity & World War II". Archived from the original on June 30, 2012.
- Program, White Barn Theatre production of THE CONFESSION OF MANY STRANGERS, 1997
- Brown, Lauretta (29 October 2014). "Veteran Actor Tony Lo Bianco Condemns 'The Death of Klinghoffer'". CNS.com. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
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