Armand Assante

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Armand Assante
BornArmand Anthony Assante, Jr.
(1949-10-04) October 4, 1949 (age 65)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Karen McArn (m. 1982–94)
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Armand Assante
BornArmand Anthony Assante, Jr.
(1949-10-04) October 4, 1949 (age 65)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Karen McArn (m. 1982–94)

Armand Anthony Assante, Jr. (born October 4, 1949) is an American actor.

Personal life[edit]

Armand Assante was born in New York City, and raised in Cornwall, New York, the son of Armand Anthony Assante, Sr., a painter and artist, and Katherine (née Healy), a music teacher and poet.[1][2][3] His father was Italian American, his mother was Irish American,[4] and he was raised in a devoutly Roman Catholic family.[5] Assante was married to Karen McArn from 1982 to 1994, and has two daughters, Anya and Alesandra.


During the 1970s, Assante was a regular on two NBC soap operas, How to Survive a Marriage as Johnny McGee and The Doctors as Dr. Mike Powers. His first film was The Lords of Flatbush (1974), although the title credits misspelled his last name as Assanti. 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.

Assante's somewhat sinister look has made him a popular choice for tough-guy heroes, as in his 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. He portrayed the notorious Bugsy Siegel in a comedy, Neil Simon's The Marrying Man (1991), another mobster 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.

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. In 2007 he appeared in American Gangster (2007) 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 Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Macedonia, Turkey, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania and Bulgaria.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Emmy Awards[edit]

Golden Globe Awards[edit]

Screen Actors Guild Awards[edit]

In 2010, Assante received a star on the Italian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Canada.[6]


1974-1975How to Survive a MarriageJohnny McGeeUnknown episodes
1974The Lords of FlatbushWedding guest
1975First Ladies Diaries: Rachel JacksonRobardsTelevision movie
1975-1977The DoctorsDr. Mike Powers #6Unknown episodes
1977KojakTom RyanEpisode: "Caper on a Quiet Street"
1978Paradise AlleyLenny Carboni
1978Human FeelingsJohnny TurnerTelevision movie
1978Lady of the HouseErnestTelevision movie
1978The PirateAhmedTelevision movie
1979ProphecyJohn Hawks
1979Mrs. ColumboFreddie FaustEpisode: "A Chilling Surprise"
1980Little DarlingsGary
1980Private BenjaminHenri Alan Tremont
1980Sophia Loren: Her Own StoryRiccardo Scicolone
1982Love and MoneyLorenzo Prado
1982I, the JuryMike Hammer
1983Rage of AngelsMichael MorettiTelevision movie
1984Unfaithfully YoursMaximillian Stein
1984Why Me?Dr. James StallingTelevision movie
1985EvergreenJoseph Friedman

1986 "Belizaire the Cajun" is an award-winning romantic adventure set in 1859 Louisiana, where Armande Assante played the role of "Beliaire Breaux". A delight to Cajuns everywhere, it played to critical acclaim in theaters around the world! Written, produced, and directed by Glen Pitre.

1986A Deadly BusinessCharles MacalusoTelevision movie
1987Stranger in My BedHal SlaterTelevision movie
1987Hands of a StrangerJoe HearnTelevision movie
1987Napoleon and Josephine: A Love StoryNapoleon Bonaparte3 episodes
1988The PenitentJuan Mateo
1988Jack the RipperRichard MansfieldTelevision movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1989Passion and ParadiseAlfred De MarignyTelevision movie
1989Animal BehaviorMark Mathias
1990Q&ARoberto TexadorNominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1991The Marrying ManBugsy Siegel
1991FeverRayTelevision movie
1992The Mambo KingsCaesar Castillo
19921492: Conquest of ParadiseSanchez
1993Fatal InstinctNed Ravine
1994Blind JusticeCanaanTelevision movie
1995Judge DreddRico
1995KidnappedAlan Breck StewartTelevision movie
1996StripteaseLt. Al Garcia
1996GottiJohn GottiTelevision movie
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
1997The OdysseyOdysseusTelevision movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
1998Looking for an EchoVince "Vinnie" Pirelli
1999The HunleyLt. George E. DixonTelevision movie
2000The Road to El DoradoTzekal-KanNominated—Annie Award Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
2000On the BeachCmdr. Dwight TowersTelevision movie
2001Last RunFrank Banner
2001After the StormJean-PierreTelevision movie
2001One Eyed KingHolly
2001Federal ProtectionFrank Carbone
2002Partners in ActionJack Cunningham
2002Push, NevadaUnknownEpisode: "The Amount"
2003Citizen VerdictSam Patterson
2003ConsequenceSam Tyler
2005Casanova's Last StandSebastian Marr
2005Children of WaxKemal
2005The Third WishBenefactor
2005Mirror WarsYork
2005Two for the MoneyNovian
2005Confessions of a Pit FighterArgento
2006Funny MoneyGenero
2006ERRichard Elliot4 episodes
2006Dead LennyTony Thick
2006Soul's MidnightSimon
2007Mexican SunriseSalvidar
2007California Dreamin'Cpt. Doug Jones
2007When Nietzsche WeptNietzsche
2007American GangsterDominic CottanoNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2007NCISLa Grenouille5 episodes
2008Shark SwarmHamilton LuxTelevision movie
2008La LineaPadre Antonio
2008The Man Who Came BackAmos
2008October RoadGabriel Diaz2 episodes
2009The LostKevinTelevision movie
2009The Steam ExperimentDetective Mancini
2009Chicago OvercoatStefano D'Agnostino
2009Breaking PointMarty Berlin
2009Magic ManTaper
2009The BleedingJake Plummer
2010Shadows in ParadiseCpt. John 'Ghost' Santo
2010Killer by NatureEugene Branch
2010ChuckPremier Alejandro Goya2 episodes
2010Human TargetJoubertEpisode: "Christopher Chance"
2013Dead Man DownLon Gordon
2014Montevideo, vidimo se!Hotchkins


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