Chazz Palminteri

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Chazz Palminteri
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Palminteri in New York, April 2011
Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri [1]

(1952-05-15) May 15, 1952 (age 67)
Residence Bedford, New York
OccupationActor, screenwriter, film producer, playwright
Years active1984–present
Gianna Ranaudo(m. 1992)

Calogero Lorenzo "Chazz" Palminteri (born May 15, 1952) [1] is an American actor, screenwriter, producer and playwright. He is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role for Best Supporting Actor in Bullets over Broadway , the 1993 film A Bronx Tale , based on his play of the same name, Special Agent Dave Kujan in The Usual Suspects , Primo Sidone in Analyze This and his recurring role as Shorty in Modern Family .

Academy Awards American awards given annually for excellence in cinematic achievements

The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, are a set of awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the "Academy Award of Merit", although more commonly referred to by its nickname "Oscar".

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor one of the Academy Awards of Merit

The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is an award presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). It is given in honor of an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role while working within the film industry. The award was traditionally presented by the previous year's Best Supporting Actress winner.

<i>Bullets over Broadway</i> 1994 film by Woody Allen

Bullets over Broadway is a 1994 American black comedy-crime film directed by Woody Allen, written by Allen and Douglas McGrath and starring an ensemble cast including John Cusack, Dianne Wiest, Chazz Palminteri and Jennifer Tilly.


Early life

Palminteri was born on May 15, 1952, in the Bronx, the son of Rose, a homemaker, and Lorenzo Palminteri, a bus driver. [2] He was raised in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx. [3] Palminteri's surname is of Sicilian origin and his family is originally from Menfi in the province of Agrigento, Sicily. His grandparents, Calogero Palminteri and Rosa Bonfante, married in 1908 and moved to the United States in 1910.

Belmont, Bronx Neighborhood of the Bronx in New York City

Belmont is a primarily residential neighborhood geographically located in the Bronx in New York City. Its boundaries, starting from the north and moving clockwise, are Fordham Road to the north, Bronx Park to the east, East 181st Street to the south, and Third Avenue to the west. These boundaries give the neighborhood a crescent-like shape. The neighborhood is noted for its "close-knit community" and "small town feel," and as a result of its cultural history and wide array of Italian businesses, is widely known as the "Little Italy of the Bronx." Arthur Avenue, a street noted for its prominent local restaurants and markets, is the primary thoroughfare through Belmont.

Sicilians or the Sicilian people are the Romance-speaking ethnic group inhabiting the to the Italian island of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea as well as the largest and most populous of the autonomous regions of Italy.

Menfi Comune in Sicily, Italy

Menfi is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Agrigento in the Italian region Sicily, located about 70 kilometres (43 mi) southwest of Palermo and about 60 kilometres (37 mi) northwest of Agrigento.

He struggled to become a star, splitting his time between acting in off-Broadway plays and moonlighting as a bouncer, alongside Dolph Lundgren. His big break came in 1988 with the premiere of his autobiographical one-man show, A Bronx Tale, which he wrote after being fired from a club for refusing entry to super agent Swifty Lazar; [4] Robert De Niro later developed and directed a film version (1993).

An Off-Broadway theatre is any professional venue in Manhattan in New York City with a seating capacity between 100 and 499, inclusive. These theatres are smaller than Broadway theatres, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway theatres, which seat fewer than 100.

Unreported employment; working under the table, off the books, cash-in-hand, illicit work or moonlighting, is illegal employment that is not reported to the government. The employer or the employee often does so for tax evasion or avoiding or violating other laws. The working contract is made without social security costs, and does typically not provide health insurance, paid parental leave, paid vacation or pension funds. It is a part of what has been called the underground economy, shadow economy, black market or the non-observed economy.

Bouncer (doorman) Security guard profession

A bouncer is a type of security guard, employed at venues such as bars, nightclubs, stripclubs, casinos, hotels, billiard halls, restaurants, sporting events or concerts. A bouncer's duties are to provide security, to check legal age, to refuse entry for intoxicated persons, and to deal with aggressive behavior or non-compliance with statutory or establishment rules. They are civilians and they are often hired directly by the venue, rather than by a security firm. Bouncers are often required where crowd size, clientele or alcohol consumption may make arguments or fights a possibility, or where the threat or presence of criminal gang activity or violence is high.


Film career

Palminteri has had acclaimed dramatic performances in films such as The Perez Family , Jade , and Diabolique , as well as comedic roles in films such as Oscar , Analyze This , and Down to Earth .

<i>Jade</i> (film) 1995 film by William Friedkin

Jade is a 1995 American erotic thriller film written by Joe Eszterhas, produced by Robert Evans, directed by William Friedkin and starring David Caruso, Linda Fiorentino, Chazz Palminteri, Richard Crenna and Michael Biehn. The original music score was composed by James Horner based on a song composed by Loreena McKennitt. The film was marketed with the tagline "Some fantasies go too far."

<i>Diabolique</i> (1996 film) 1996 film by Jeremiah S. Chechik

Diabolique is a 1996 American psychological thriller film directed by Jeremiah Chechik, written by Henri-Georges Clouzot and Don Roos, and starring Sharon Stone, Isabelle Adjani, Chazz Palminteri, and Kathy Bates. The plot follows the wife and mistress of an abusive schoolmaster who find themselves stalked by an unknown assailant after murdering him and disposing of his body.

<i>Oscar</i> (1991 film) 1991 film by John Landis

Oscar is a 1991 American slapstick crime comedy film directed by John Landis. Based on the Claude Magnier stage play, it is a remake of the 1967 French film of the same name, but the setting has been moved to Depression-era New York City and the plot centers on a mob boss trying to go straight. The film stars Sylvester Stallone, Marisa Tomei, Ornella Muti, Tim Curry and Chazz Palminteri, and was a rare attempt by Stallone at doing a comedy role.

During its run, he appeared in many advertisements for Vanilla Coke, in which he portrayed a mob boss who would threaten celebrities if they did not praise the taste of the product in question, and then let them walk away with the Vanilla Coke to "reward their curiosity", touching on its slogan at the time. Palminteri has voiced characters in various animated films, the most notable being Smokey in Stuart Little and Woolworth in Hoodwinked .

<i>Stuart Little</i> (film) 1999 film by Rob Minkoff

Stuart Little is a 1999 American family comedy film loosely based on the novel of the same name by E. B. White. Directed by Rob Minkoff in his live action debut, the screenplay was written by M. Night Shyamalan and Greg Brooker, and stars Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, and Jonathan Lipnicki, alongside the voices of Michael J. Fox and Nathan Lane. The plot bears little resemblance to that of the book, as only some of the characters and a few minor plot elements are the same. The film's sequel more closely resembles the original novel.

He made his directorial debut with an episode of Oz , then the television film Women vs. Men and the 2004 feature film Noel .

<i>Oz</i> (TV series) American drama television series

Oz is an American television drama series created by Tom Fontana, who also wrote or co-wrote all of the series' 56 episodes. It was the first one-hour dramatic television series to be produced by the premium cable network HBO. Oz premiered on July 12, 1997 and ran for six seasons; the series finale aired February 23, 2003.

<i>Noel</i> (film) 2004 American Christmas-themed drama film directed by Chazz Palminteri

Noel is a 2004 Christmas-themed drama film written by David Hubbard and directed by Chazz Palminteri. It stars Penélope Cruz, Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker, Alan Arkin, Daniel Sunjata and an uncredited Robin Williams. It was filmed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Palminteri's recent acting efforts include A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints , Running Scared , and Arthur and the Minimoys .

In 2004, he received the "Indie Hero Award" from the Method Fest Independent Film Festival for his artistic achievements in film.


Palminteri with his wife Gianna Ranaudo in New York City, 2010. Gianna Ranaudo Chazz Palminteri Shankbone 2010.jpg
Palminteri with his wife Gianna Ranaudo in New York City, 2010.

Palminteri starred on Broadway in A Bronx Tale, the semiautobiographical one-man show he first performed (as A Bronx Play) at Theatre West in Los Angeles in 1989. [5] The Broadway production, directed by Jerry Zaks and with music by John Gromada, began previews October 4, 2008, at the Walter Kerr Theatre and opened on October 25, running for 18 weeks. Palminteri plays 18 roles in A Bronx Tale, which depicts a rough childhood on the streets of the Bronx. The play ran for two months at Playhouse 91 in 1989. Robert De Niro saw this show there and made his directorial debut with the big-screen version, co-starring with Palminteri. [6]

Palminteri starred opposite Kenny D'Aquila in D'Aquila's play, Unorganized Crime. [7] [8] Palminteri always appreciated the shot that Robert De Niro gave him, so he in turn agreed to star in D'Aquila's mafia-themed drama. [9]

Palminteri is currently performing in the Broadway musical version of A Bronx Tale since May 2018.


On January 20, 2010, Palminteri guested on Modern Family and played the same character on the November 2, 2011, episode. [10] Palminteri has reprised the role twice more in season 5. In June 2010, Palminteri began guest-starring on the TNT crime drama Rizzoli & Isles as Frank Rizzoli, Sr. He guest starred twice on the CBS drama Blue Bloods as Angelo Gallo, a mob lawyer and childhood friend of main character Frank Reagan.

Palminteri portrayed deceased mobster Paul Castellano in the 2001 TV film Boss of Bosses .

Other work

In 2011, Palminteri opened a restaurant, Chazz: A Bronx Original, in Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood; their main foods are coal-fired pizza and Italian food. However, the restaurant closed in 2015. [11] Palminteri opened an Italian restaurant, Chazz Palminteri Ristorante Italiano, in New York City on Second Avenue. Also, Palminteri did the voice acting for the Call of Duty: Black Ops II character Sal De Luca in the zombies map Mob of the Dead, and his likeness was used for the character as well.

Personal life

Palminteri lives in Bedford, New York. He describes himself as a "very spiritual", devout Roman Catholic. [12] He has two children: Dante Lorenzo (born October 11, 1995) and Gabriella Rose (born December 25, 2001). He is a self-avowed New York Yankees fan.



1984 Home Free All Truck Hijacker
1985 The Last Dragon Hood No. 2
1991 Oscar Connie
1992 Innocent Blood Tony
There Goes the Neighborhood Lyle Corrente
1993 A Bronx Tale Sonny LoSpecchioAlso writer
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor Also Bullets Over Broadway and The Usual Suspects
1994 Bullets over Broadway Cheech Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor Also A Bronx Tale and The Usual Suspects
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
1995 The Usual Suspects David "Dave" Kujan, Special Agent, U.S. Customs Service National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor Also A Bronx Tale and Bullets Over Broadway
The Perez Family Lt. John Pirelli
The Last Word Ricky
Jade Matt Gavin
1996 Diabolique Guy Baran
Faithful TonyAlso writer
Dante and the DebutanteAlso producer and writer
Mulholland Falls Elleroy Coolidge
1998 Scar City Lieutenant Laine Devon
Hurlyburly Phil
A Night at the Roxbury Benny ZadirUncredited
1999 Analyze This Primo Sidone
Stuart Little Smokey Voice
2001 Down to Earth King
Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure BusterVoice
One Eyed King Eddie Dugan
2002 Poolhall Junkies Joe
2003One Last RideTweat
Just Like Mona
2004 Noel ArizonaAlso director
2005 Hoodwinked! WoolworthVoice; cameo
Animal Kassada
Bullets Over Hollywood [13] Himself Encore documentary
In the Mix Frank
2006 Running Scared Detective Rydell
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Monty Sundance Film Festival – Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Performance
Arthur and the Minimoys Travel Agent
Little Man Walken
2007 Body Armour Maxwell
The Dukes GeorgeAlso co-producer
2008 Yonkers Joe Yonkers JoeAlso executive producer
Jolene Sal
2009 Once More with Feeling Frank Gregorio
Hollywood & Wine Geno Scarpaci
2011 The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure Marvin Milkshake
SafeEddieAlso producer
2012 The Stone Pony Angelo Casella
Mighty Fine Joe Fine
2013 Once Upon a Time in Queens Ben Rose
Underdogs StinkyVoice
2014 Henry & Me Babe Ruth Voice
2015 Legend Angelo Bruno


1986 Hill Street Blues Sonny CappelitoEpisode: "Bald Ambition"
1987Glory YearsDrummondTV movie
Matlock MP Sgt. MarcyEpisodes: "The Court-Martial: Part 1",
"The Court-Martial: Part 2"
1989 Dallas FrankEpisode: "He-e-ere's Papa!"
Peter Gunn SoldierTV movie
Valerie LeslieEpisode: "Viva Las Vegas"
1st & Ten: The Championship AlEpisode: "Duty Call"
Wiseguy Peter Alatorre / Sal RosselliEpisodes: "Sins of the Father",
"Heir to the Throne",
"How Will They Remember Me?"
1990 Sydney TonyEpisode: "Love Ya, Babe"
1999 Excellent Cadavers Giovanni Falcone TV movie
Dilbert Leonardo da Vinci Voice
Episode: "Art"
2001 Boss of Bosses Paul Castellano TV movie
An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson Host
2004 Dr. Vegas Duke WalcottEpisode: "Lust for Life"
2005 Kojak Captain Frank McNeil5 episodes
2010–2014 Rizzoli & Isles Frank Rizzoli Sr.6 episodes
2010–2017 Modern Family Shorty5 episodes
2012–2013 Blue Bloods Angelo GalloEpisodes: "Secrets and Lies", [14]
"Justice Served" [15]
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Perry CannavaroEpisode: "Jersey Breakdown"
2015 The Making of the Mob: New York Himself
Kevin Can Wait VincentEpisode: "Plus One Is the Loneliest Number"
2017 Voltron: Legendary Defender Burrowing AlienEpisode: "The Voltron Show!"

Video games

2012 Call of Duty: Black Ops II Salvatore "Sal" DeLucaThe "Uprising" DLC, featured on the Zombies map "Mob of the Dead"

Theatre work



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