Armand Anthony Assante, Jr.
October 4, 1949
|Parent(s)||Armand Anthony Assante, Sr. (painter)|
Katherine Healy (music teacher)
Armand Anthony Assante, Jr. ( // ; born October 4, 1949) is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles as mobster John Gotti in the 1996 HBO television film Gotti , as Odysseus in the 1997 mini-series adaptaion of Homer's The Odyssey, as Nietzsche in When Nietzsche Wept , and as Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer in 1982's I, the Jury . His performance in Gotti earned him a Primetime Emmy Award and nominations for the Golden Globe Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award.
Assante was born in New York City and raised in Cornwall, New York, the son of Armand Anthony Assante Sr. (August 5, 1922 – August 25, 2017), a painter and artist, and Katharine (née Healy) (October 16, 1921 – June 29, 2011), a music teacher, English teacher and poet. He is of Italian and Irish descent.
During the 1970s, Assante was a regular on two NBC soap operas, How to Survive a Marriage as Johnny McGee and The Doctors as Mike Powers. His first film was The Lords of Flatbush (1974), although his work did not appear in the final cut of the film and the end credits misspelled his last name as Assanti. His first on-screen role was playing Sylvester Stallone's brother in Paradise Alley and a role that brought him greater attention came in 1980's Private Benjamin as a handsome Frenchman who becomes the love interest of a U.S. soldier played by Goldie Hawn. In 1984 he portrayed the playboy violin virtuoso Maximillian Stein in the Dudley Moore comedy vehicle Unfaithfully Yours .
Assante's somewhat sinister look has made him a popular choice for tough-guy heroes, as in his acclaimed starring role as private eye Mike Hammer in the film I, the Jury (1982) or as Mafia gangsters such as Michael Moretti in Sidney Sheldon's Rage of Angels. In 1990 his role as Roberto Texador in Sidney Lumet's film Q&A garnered him a Golden Globe nomination, and the following year he portrayed the notorious Bugsy Siegel in Neil Simon's The Marrying Man (1991). The following year he was seen as mafia boss Carol D'Allesandro in Hoffa (1992) starring Jack Nicholson, and crime kingpin John Gotti in the 1996 made-for-television biopic Gotti , for which he won his Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.
In addition to mafia and "tough-guy" roles, Assante has distinguished himself in historical dramas, such as Napoleon Bonaparte in 1987's Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story opposite Jacqueline Bisset, the heroic Odysseus in The Odyssey , Friedrich Nietzsche in the film adaptation of Irving Yalom's novel When Nietzsche Wept , and as Sanchez, Queen Isabella's Minister of State, in 1492: Conquest of Paradise .
Other notable film appearances include one as a Cuban bandleader in The Mambo Kings opposite Antonio Banderas and in the adaptation of the science-fiction story Judge Dredd with Sylvester Stallone, his co-star in Paradise Alley . He appeared in the 2007 film American Gangster with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. He had a recurring guest star role in several episodes of NCIS , playing the international arms dealer René Benoit. He has also appeared in the 2009 horror film Smile as the mysterious Tollinger. Outside of the U.S., he has participated in several film projects and humanitarian endeavors in Romania, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan.
In 2013, Assante became a partner in his own premium cigar brand known as Ora Vivo Cigars.
|1974||The Lords of Flatbush||Wedding guest|
|1978||Paradise Alley||Lenny Carboni|
|1980||Little Darlings||Gary Callahan|
|Private Benjamin||Henri Alan Tremont|
|Sophia Loren: Her Own Story||Riccardo Scicolone|
|1982||Love and Money||Lorenzo Prado|
|I, the Jury||Mike Hammer|
|1984||Unfaithfully Yours||Maximillian Stein|
|1986||Belizaire the Cajun||Belizaire Breaux|
|1988||The Penitent||Juan Mateo|
|Animal Behavior||Mark Mathias|
|1990||Q&A||Roberto Texador||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture|
|1991||The Marrying Man||Bugsy Siegel|
|1992||The Mambo Kings||Caesar Castillo|
|1492: Conquest of Paradise||Sanchez|
|Hoffa||Carl 'Dally' D'Allesandro|
|1993||Fatal Instinct||Ned Ravine|
|1994||Trial by Jury||'Rusty' Pirone|
|1996||Striptease||Lieutenant Al Garcia|
|1997||The Odyssey||Odysseus||Miniseries directed by Andrey Konchalovsky|
|1998||Looking for an Echo||Vince 'Vinnie' Pirelli|
|2000||The Road to El Dorado||Tzekel-Kan||Nominated—Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production|
|2001||Last Run||Frank Banner|
|One Eyed King||Hollis 'Holly' Cone|
|2002||Partners in Action||Jack Cunningham|
|2003||Citizen Verdict||Sam Patterson|
|2005||Casanova's Last Stand||Sebastian Marr|
|Children of Wax||Kemal|
|The Third Wish||Benefactor|
|Two for the Money||C.M. Novian|
|Confessions of a Pit Fighter||Argento|
|Rambam: The Story of Maimonides||Yitzchak, the Inkman||Voice, illustrated animated film|
|Dead Lenny||Tony 'Thick'|
|California Dreamin'||Captain Doug Jones|
|When Nietzsche Wept||Nietzsche|
|American Gangster||Dominic Cottano||Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture|
|2008||La Linea||Padre Antonio|
|The Man Who Came Back||Amos|
|The Steam Experiment||Detective Mancini|
|Chicago Overcoat||Stefano D'Agnostino|
|Breaking Point||Marty Berlin|
|The Bleeding||Jake Plummer|
|2010||Shadows in Paradise||Captain John 'Ghost' Santo|
|Killer by Nature||Eugene Branch|
|2011||The Return of Joe Rich||Uncle Dom|
|2013||Dead Man Down||Lon Gordon|
|Assumed Killer||Aaron Banfield|
|Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn||Joseph Baldano Sr.|
|2014||Montevideo, vidimo se!||Hotchkins|
|A Fine Step||Bolivar|
|2015||Kids vs Monsters||Damian|
|The Red Maple Leaf||Joe Cortez|
|Stressed to Kill||Paul Jordan|
|First Law||Don Nowet|
|You Can't Have It||The Man|
|Joe's War||Dr. Galante|
|The Wanderers: The Quest of The Demon Hunter||Louis|
|Power of Silence||Narrator|
|2018||Con Man||Jack Saxon|
|2020||The Match||Camp Commander|
|1975||First Ladies Diaries||Robards|
|1978||Human Feelings||Johnny Turner|
|Lady of the House||Ernest|
|1983||Rage of Angels||Michael Moretti|
|1984||Why Me?||James Stalling|
|1986||A Deadly Business||Charles Macaluso|
|1987||Stranger in My Bed||Hal Slater|
|Hands of a Stranger||Joe Hearn|
|1989||Passion and Paradise||Alfred de Marigny|
|1995||Kidnapped||Alan Breck Stewart|
|1996||Gotti||John Gotti|| Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie |
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
|1999||The Hunley||Lieutenant George E. Dixon|
|2000||On the Beach||Commander Dwight Towers|
|2001||After the Storm||Jean-Pierre|
|2002||Federal Protection||Frank Carbone|
|2008||Shark Swarm||Hamilton Lux|
|1974–1975||How to Survive a Marriage||Johnny McGee||N/A|
|1975–1977||The Doctors||Mike Powers #6||102 episodes|
|1977||Kojak||Tom Ryan||Episode: "Caper on a Quiet Street"|
|1979||Mrs. Columbo||Freddie Faust||Episode: "A Chilling Surprise"|
|1985||Evergreen||Joe Friedman||3 episodes|
|1987||Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story||Napoleon Bonaparte||3 episodes - ABC-TV miniseries|
|1988||Jack the Ripper||Richard Mansfield||2 episodes|
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
|1997||The Odyssey||Odysseus||2 episodes|
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
|2002||Push, Nevada||N/A||Episode: "The Amount"|
|2006||ER||Richard Elliot||4 episodes|
|2007||NCIS||'La Grenouille'||5 episodes|
|2008||October Road||Gabriel Diaz||2 episodes|
|2010||Chuck||Premier Alejandro Goya||2 episodes|
|Human Target||Joubert||Episode: "Christopher Chance"|
|2015||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Nicolas Amaro||Episode: "Padre Sandunguero"|
|2018||The Deuce||Mr. Martino||Episode: "Nobody Has to Get Hurt"|
|2018-present||The Family Business||Sal Dash|
In 2010, Assante received a star on the Italian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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