Tony Montana (filmmaker)

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Tony Montana
Montana in 2013
Born
Tony Montana
Occupations
  • Director
  • Actor
Years active1988–present

Tony Montana is an American actor and film director.

Career[edit]

Professional Wrestling[edit]

Montana began acting on television in 1988 with a four-year stint portraying a villain wrestling manager on Chicago’s SportsChannel most notably managing WWE Hall of Fame Superstar Abdullah the Butcher.[1]

Montana in 1988 restraining Abdullah The Butcher

Acting[edit]

Montana studied acting with Bill Hickey (protegé of Uta Hagen's), Tracey Roberts (protegé of Elia Kazan's), Joel Asher (protegé of Sanford Meisner's), David LeGrant (protegé of Lee Strasberg's), and Catherine Carlen (protegé of Stella Adler's).

Film[edit]

In 1996, Montana began an eight-year journey producing and directing Overnight, which chronicled the rise and fall of Troy Duffy, director of The Boondock Saints. The film documents Duffy's clash with Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein and subsequent blacklisting in Hollywood. Premiering at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, Overnight was theatrically released in North America, Australia, Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom and Russia.[citation needed]

The film received two thumbs up on At the Movies with Roger Ebert proclaiming it "the best documentary about Hollywood I have seen".[2] Screen International recommended Overnight as "a must-see for anyone in the film business and a necessary addition to any film school curriculum". In an editorial in the same issue titled "Let It Be A Warning To Us All", Mike Goodridge described Duffy's flameout as "the well-deserved fall of a 25 year-old man whose monumental ego is one of the most memorable movie monsters in years".[3][4]

Roger Ebert[edit]

Montana was one of the first independent filmmakers the late film critic Roger Ebert tweeted about when social media site Twitter first launched in 2006. After attending the 2008 Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films screening of Rebuilt, Ebert tweeted "A flawless performance by Tony Montana".[5] Of Montana's 2010 short film Discover, Ebert tweeted "How powerful can a 90-second film be?"[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 2017, Montana accused actor Kevin Spacey of having sexually assaulted him in 2003. The story was reported by Fox News, the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, and USA Today. Montana was extensively interviewed on camera for the November 10, 2017 edition of ABC News Nightline.

In the December 13, 2017 issue of Variety, Montana stood alongside other victims of sexual assault, including actresses Natasha Henstridge, Leeann Tweeden and Erika Rosenbaum. In the article, titled "Justice League", Montana was optimistic about the #MeToo movement, saying, “Fortunately the tide is turning and the monsters are being vanquished. It is indeed a reckoning."[7]

Montana in 2017 with actress Erika Rosenbaum at Variety "Justice League" shoot

In a 2013 interview with Little White Lies magazine, Montana revealed that he has had relationships with Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie, Boxing Helena director Jennifer Lynch, Madonna's clothing designer Leslie Hamel, and adult film star Bobbi Bliss.

Montana in 2008 with Leslie Hamel

In 1983, Montana earned his 5th degree black belt in Chinese Kenpo Karate.[8][9]

Filmography[edit]

Montana in 2017 on set of The Final Sin
  • Hard Truths (2020)
  • The Final Sin (2018) - Julien
  • We Don't Exist (2016)
  • Kay.Fabe (2011) - Himself
  • Mr. Dupree (2011) - Himself
  • Discover (2009)
  • Rebuilt (2008) - Sam
  • Best Friend (2005)
  • Overnight (2003) - Himself
  • 3AM Eternal (2001) - Tyler
  • The Boondock Saints (1999) - The Pants

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tony Montana (2015-12-17), ABDULLAH THE BUTCHER managed by Tony Montana - 1988, retrieved 2017-11-01
  2. ^ "ROGER EBERT - "The best documentary about Hollywood I have seen."". December 1, 2010 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ "Tony Montana". www.facebook.com.
  4. ^ Goodridge2003-06-18T00:00:00+01:00, Mike. "Overnight". Screen.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  5. ^ "ROGER EBERT - "A flawless performance by Tony Montana."". December 1, 2010 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ "Tony Montana". www.facebook.com.
  7. ^ "Tony Montana". www.facebook.com.
  8. ^ "Tony Montana". www.facebook.com.
  9. ^ Lockett, Dee (November 1, 2017). "Kevin Spacey Accused of Groping Filmmaker Tony Montana, Harassing Young Actors". Vulture. New York City: New York Media. Retrieved November 1, 2017.

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