Michael Imperioli

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Michael Imperioli
Chris Moltisanti.jpg
Imperioli in 2007
Born (1966-03-26) March 26, 1966 (age 53)
OccupationActor, writer, director
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)
Victoria Chlebowski(m. 1995)
Children3

Michael Imperioli (Italian:  [impeˈrjɔːli] ; born March 26, 1966) is an American actor, writer and director best known for his role as Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos , for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2004. He also appeared in the TV drama series Law & Order as NYPD Detective Nick Falco. Imperioli spent the 2008-2009 television season as Detective Ray Carling in the US version of Life on Mars . He was starring as Detective Louis Fitch in the ABC police drama Detroit 1-8-7 until its cancellation. He wrote and directed his first feature film, The Hungry Ghosts , in 2008. In 2015, he starred in Mad Dogs , a dark-comic thriller television series available for viewing on Amazon's Amazon Prime subscription service in the U.S and on Shomi in Canada.

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Early life

Imperioli was born in Mount Vernon, New York into an Italian-American family, with ancestors from Lazio [1] and Sicily. [2] He is the son of Dan Imperioli, a bus driver and amateur actor [3] and Claire Imperioli, an amateur actress.

Career

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Imperioli in 2005

Imperioli has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards as well as for five Emmy Awards for his work as Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos; he won one Emmy, for the show's fifth season in 2004.

In addition to his role on The Sopranos, Imperioli has appeared in a number of films, including Goodfellas , Jungle Fever , Bad Boys , Malcolm X , The Basketball Diaries , Clockers , Dead Presidents , Girl 6 , My Baby's Daddy , Lean on Me , I Shot Andy Warhol , Last Man Standing , Shark Tale , High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story , and Summer of Sam , which he also co-wrote and co-produced. He also wrote a number of episodes for The Sopranos.

He served as artistic director of Studio Dante, [4] an Off-Broadway theater he formed with his wife. He is also the lead singer/guitarist for a rock band named La Dolce Vita. [5] He makes a brief appearance in the video for the 1983 hit 'Shiny Shiny' by British performance group Haysi Fantayzee. [6]

Imperioli is an active member of The Jazz Foundation of America and co-hosted their May 2009 annual benefit concert, "A Great Night in Harlem", at the Apollo Theater, which celebrated the foundation's 20th anniversary. [7]

He was a guest on episode MB2E08 ("San Giuseppe") of Mario Batali's Food Network television show Molto Mario.

In 2010, Imperioli was signed on to play the lead in the ABC TV show Detroit 1-8-7 . [8]

Working with the writer Gabriele Tinti, he wrote the text Pride for Tinti's book New York Shots, and participated in a reading of The Way of the Cross at the Queens Museum of Art in 2011. [9]

He won the "Tournament of Stars" competition on the cooking show Chopped in 2014, sending $50,000 to his designated charity the Pureland Project, an organization which builds and maintains schools in rural Tibet. In 2016, he guest starred as the angel Uriel on the Fox show Lucifer .

On March 13, 2019, Imperioli was cast in the lead role of Rick Sellitto in NBC drama series Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector . [10]

In April 2020, Imperioli will host a podcast alongside Steve Schirripa called Talking Sopranos, where the two will provide inside info as they follow The Sopranos series episode by episode. [11]

Personal life

Imperioli has been married to Victoria Chlebowski since 1995, lives in Santa Barbara, California, and has three children. He and his family are avid practitioners of Tae Kwon Do. [12]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1989AlexaAcid Head
Lean on Me George
1990 Goodfellas Michael "Spider" Gianco
Jacob's Ladder DoctorUncredited
1991 Jungle Fever James Tucci
1992 Fathers & Sons Johnny
Malcolm X Reporter at Fire Bombing
1993The Night We Never MetDry Cleaning Costumer #1
Joey Breaker Larry Metz
Household Saints Leonard Villanova
1994Scenes from the New WorldBilly
Touch BaseBennie
Hand GunBenny
Men LieN/A
Amateur Doorman at Club
Postcards from AmericaThe Hustler
1995 The Addiction Missionary
TroubleEllis Short film
Bad Boys Jojo
The Basketball Diaries Bobby
Clockers Detective 'Jo-Jo'
Flirt Michael
Dead Presidents D'ambrosio
1996 Girls Town Anthony
Blixa Bargeld Stole My Cowboy BootsJohnny
Sweet Nothing Angelo
Girl 6 Scary Caller #30
I Shot Andy Warhol Ondine
Trees Lounge George
Last Man Standing Giorgio Carmonte
1997 A River Made to Drown In Allen Hayden
The DeliMatty
Office Killer Daniel Birch
Under the BridgeN/A
1999Too Tired to DieFabrizio
On the RunAlbert DeSantis
Summer of Sam MidnightAlso writer and executive producer
2000Auto MotivesStud
2002 Love in the Time of Money Will
2003 High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story Stu Ungar
2004 My Baby's Daddy Dominic
Shark Tale FrankieVoice role
2007The Inner Life of Martin FrostJim Fortunato
The Lovebirds Vincent
Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day Charley "Chick" Benetto
2008Stóra PlaniðAlexander
2009 Hungry Ghosts N/ADirector and writer
Nominated—International Film Festival Rotterdam - Tiger Award
The Lovely Bones Detective Len Fenerman
2010 Love & Distrust Stud
2011 Stuck Between Stations David
2013 The Call Alan Denado
Oldboy Chucky
2014ForeclosureBill Landopolous
The Scribbler Moss
Cantinflas Michael Todd [13] [14]
2015 The Wannabe Alphonse
2018Cabaret MaximeBennie Gazza
2019 The Last Full Measure Jay Ford
Primal Paul Freed

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1994 NYPD Blue Duane RollinsEpisode: "Dead and Gone"
1996 Law & Order Johnny StiversEpisode: "Atonement"
Credited as Michael Imperiola
1997 New York Undercover Miles GordonEpisode: "The Last Hurrah"
Firehouse Lt. O'Connell Television movie
1998 Witness to the Mob Louie MilitoTelevision movie
1999–2007 The Sopranos Christopher Moltisanti 80 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2004)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1999, 2007)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2002, 2004)
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2008)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2001, 2003, 2006-2007)
Nominated—PRISM Award for Best Performance in a Drama Series (2003)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000-2002, 2004, 2006)
2002 Disappearing Acts VinneyTelevision movie
2004 The Five People You Meet in Heaven CaptainTelevision movie
2005–2006 Law & Order Nick Falco5 episodes
2006 The Simpsons Dante, Jr. (voice)Episode: "The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer"
2008–2009 Life on Mars Detective Ray Carling17 episodes
2010 Mercy Harold PindusEpisode: "We're All Adults"
The Secret Life of the American Teenager Dr. WattabiEpisode: "The Sound of Silence"
2010–2011 Detroit 1-8-7 Detective Louis "Lou" Fitch18 episodes
2012 Girls Powell GoldmanEpisode: "Leave Me Alone"
The Godfather LegacyNarratorVoice
Television documentary
40N/APilot
2013 The Office Sensei BillyEpisode: "Livin' the Dream"
2014 Californication Rick Rath11 episodes
Rake Alberto RinaldiEpisode: "Bigamist"
Chopped Himself2 episodes
2015–2016 Mad Dogs Lex10 episodes
2015Saint FrancisFrancis QuinlanPilot
2015–2016, 2018 Hawaii Five-0 Odell Martin4 episodes
2016–2017 Lucifer Uriel 2 episodes
2016 Blue Bloods Deputy Attorney General Robert Lewis2 episodes
2017 Dice HimselfEpisode: "Fingerless"
2018 Alex, Inc. Eddie10 episodes
Escape at Dannemora Andrew Cuomo Episode: "Part 7"
2019 Project Blue Book Edward Rizzuto2 episodes
Watchmen Himself/Mayor of New YorkUncredited
Episode: "Little Fear of Lightning"
2020 Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector Rick Sellitto

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