Tony Musante in 1973.
Anthony Peter Musante Jr.
June 30, 1936
Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
|Died||November 26, 2013 (aged 77)|
(m. 1962; his death 2013)
Life and career
Musante was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, into an Italian-American family, the son of Natalie Anne (née Salerno), a school teacher, and Anthony Peter Musante, an accountant. He attended Oberlin College and Northwestern University.
Musante acted in numerous feature films, in the United States and elsewhere, including Italy. Among his body of work are the 1973 television series Toma (predecessor to Baretta) and the soap opera As the World Turns, and the 1975 Broadway play, P. S. Your Cat Is Dead!, for which he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award.
Toma did well in the ratings despite tough opposition, but Musante insisted upon leaving the series after one year, as was permitted by his contract. The series was revised as Baretta, with Robert Blake in the lead role, and it was a success. At the time of his death, The New York Times referred to Toma as "the show that got away." But Musante never regretted leaving the series, despite sacrificing money and fame.
He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his work in a 1975 episode of Medical Center, A Quality of Mercy. Musante also played Nino Schibetta, a feared Mafia boss and the Italian gang leader inside of Emerald City during the first season of the HBO television series Oz.
- The DuPont Show of the Week (1963, TV Series) - Ferrone
- Ride with Terror (1963, TV Movie) - Joe Ferrone
- Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1964, TV Series) - Major DeGuisado
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1964, TV Series) - Candle
- Once a Thief (1965) - Cleveland 'Cleve' Shoenstein
- The Trials of O'Brien (1965-1966, TV Series) - Coley Thomas
- The Fugitive (1966, TV Series) - Billy Karnes
- The Incident (1967) - Joe Ferrone
- The Detective (1968) - Felix
- The Mercenary (1968) - Paco Roman
- Metti una sera a cena (1969) - Max / Actor
- The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) - Sam Dalmas
- The Anonymous Venetian (1970) - Enrico
- Grissom Gang (1971) - Eddie Hagan
- The Last Run (1971) - Paul Rickard
- Il caso Pisciotta (1972) - Francesco Scauri
- Marcus Welby, M.D. (1973, TV Series) - David
- Toma (1973-1974, TV Series) - Det. David Toma
- Police Story (1974-1976, TV Series) - Jack Mitchell / Sgt. Vince Della Maggiori / Joe Basic
- The Rockford Files (1975, TV Series) - Charlie Harris
- Medical Story (1975-1976, TV Series) - Dr. Hoffman / Dr. Paul Brandon
- Origins of the Mafia (1976, TV Mini-Series) - Michele Borello
- Nowhere to Hide (1977, TV Movie) - Joey Faber
- Goodbye and Amen (1978) - John Dhannay
- Eutanasia di un amore (1978) - Paolo Naviase
- The Thirteenth Day: The Story of Esther (1979, TV Movie) - King Ahasuerus
- American Playhouse (1982, TV Series) - George
- Notturno (1983) - Jurek Rudinski
- The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984) - Pete
- MacGruder and Loud (1985, TV Series) - Caferelli
- The Trap (1985) - Michael Parker
- The Repenter (1985) - Vanni Ragusa
- Oz (1997, TV Series) - Nino Schibetta
- Exiled: A Law & Order Movie (1998, TV Movie) - Don Giancarlo Uzielli
- The Deep End of the Ocean (1999) - Angelo
- The Yards (2000) - Seymour Korman
- As the World Turns (2002, TV Series) - Joe D'Angelo
- La vita come viene (2003) - Karl
- Promessa d'amore (2004) - Amilcare
- We Own the Night (2007) - Jack Shapiro
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