Chazz Palminteri

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Chazz Palminteri
Chazz Palminteri 2011 Shankbone.JPG
Palminteri in New York, April 2011
BornCalogero Palmenteri[1]
(1952-05-15) May 15, 1952 (age 62)
The Bronx, New York City, US
OccupationActor, screenwriter, film producer
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Gianna Ranaudo (m. 1992)
ChildrenDante Lorenzo and Gabriella Rose
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Chazz Palminteri
Chazz Palminteri 2011 Shankbone.JPG
Palminteri in New York, April 2011
BornCalogero Palmenteri[1]
(1952-05-15) May 15, 1952 (age 62)
The Bronx, New York City, US
OccupationActor, screenwriter, film producer
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Gianna Ranaudo (m. 1992)
ChildrenDante Lorenzo and Gabriella Rose

Chazz Palminteri (born Calogero Palminteri on May 15, 1952[1]) is an American actor and writer, best known for his performances in The Usual Suspects, A Bronx Tale, and his Academy Award nominated role for Best Supporting Actor in Bullets over Broadway.

Early life[edit]

Chazz Palminteri's surname is of Sicilian origin and his family is originally from Menfi in the province of Agrigento. His grandparents, Calogero Palminteri and Rosa Bonfante, married in 1908 and moved to the United States in 1910. Chazz Palminteri was born in the Bronx on May 15, 1952, the son of Rose, a homemaker, and Lorenzo Palminteri, a bus driver.[2] 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;[3] Robert De Niro later developed and directed a film version (1993). Palminteri confirms he witnessed a murder first-hand as a child, as depicted in the play and film.[citation needed]


Film career[edit]

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.

During its run, he did 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 2006's Hoodwinked.

He made his directorial debut with Women vs. Men. He has also directed Noel.

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 starred on Broadway in A Bronx Tale the semi-autobiographical one-man show he first performed off-Broadway in 1989. The 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.[4]

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

On January 20, 2010, Palminteri guested on Modern Family and played the same character on the November 2, 2011, episode.[5] 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.

Palminteri will portray deceased mobster Paul Castellano in the upcoming John Gotti biopic Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father.

Other Work[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Palminteri lives in Bedford, New York. He describes himself as a "very spiritual," devout Roman Catholic.[6] He is married to actress Gianna Ranaudo, a.k.a. Gianna Rains. Together they have two children: Dante Lorenzo (born October 11, 1995) and Gabriella Rose (born December 25, 2001).

He is a self-avowed New York Yankees fan, and is often heard as caller "Chazz from Bedford" on WFAN-AM, a sports radio station.[7] Chazz has been known to have frequent disagreements about the Yankees with WFAN host Mike Francesa.



1984Home Free AllTruck Hijacker
1985The Last DragonHood No. 2
1992Innocent BloodTony
There Goes the NeighborhoodLyle Corrente
1993A Bronx TaleSonny LoSpecchioAlso writer
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor Also Bullets Over Broadway and The Usual Suspects
1994Bullets over BroadwayCheechIndependent 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
1995The Usual SuspectsDavid "Dave" Kujan, Special Agent, U.S. Customs ServiceNational Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor Also A Bronx Tale and Bullets Over Broadway
The Perez FamilyLt. John Pirelli
The Last WordRicky
JadeMatt Gavin
1996DiaboliqueGuy Baran
FaithfulTonyAlso writer
Dante and the DebutanteAlso producer and writer
Mulholland FallsElleroy Coolidge
1998Scar CityLieutenant Laine Devon
A Night at the RoxburyBenny ZadirUncredited
1999Analyze ThisPrimo Sidone
Stuart LittleSmokey, the Chief Alley-Cat(voice)
2001Down to EarthKing
Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure (video)Buster(voice)
One Eyed KingEddie Dugan
2002Poolhall JunkiesJoe
2003One Last RideTweat
Just Like Monaunknown
2004NoelArizonaAlso director
Animal (video)Kassada
In the MixFrank
2006Running ScaredDetective Rydell
A Guide to Recognizing Your SaintsMontySundance Film Festival – Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Performance
Arthur and the MinimoysTravel Agent
Little ManWalken
2007Body ArmourMaxwell
The DukesGeorgeAlso co-producer
2008Yonkers JoeYonkers JoeAlso executive producer
2009Once More with FeelingFrank Gregorio
Hollywood & WineGeno Scarpaci
2011PaulViolin Player in Barsmall role
2011The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon AdventureMarvin Milkshake
Mighty FineJoe Fine
SafeEddieAlso producer
2012The Stone PonyAngelo Casellapre-production
2013Gotti: In the Shadow of My FatherPaul Castellanopre-production
2014Henry & MeBabe Ruth(voice)


1986Hill Street BluesSonny CappelitoEpisode: "Bald Ambition"
1987Glory YearsDrummondTV movie
MatlockMP Sgt. MarcyEpisodes: "The Court-Martial: Part 1",
"The Court-Martial: Part 2"
1989DallasFrankEpisode: "He-e-ere's Papa!"
Peter GunnSoldierTV movie
ValerieLeslieEpisode: "Viva Las Vegas"
WiseguyPeter Alatorre / Sal RosselliEpisodes: "Sins of the Father",
"Heir to the Throne",
"How Will They Remember Me?"
1990SydneyTonyEpisode: "Love Ya, Babe"
1999Excellent CadaversGiovanni FalconeTV movie
DilbertLeonardo da Vinci(voice)
Episode: "Art"
2001Boss of BossesPaul CastellanoTV movie
2004Dr. VegasDuke WalcottEpisode: "Lust for Life"
2005KojakCaptain Frank McNeil
2010Rizzoli & IslesFrank Rizzoli Sr.
2010-2014Modern FamilyShortyEpisodes: "Fifteen Percent", "Treehouse"
"Bringing Up Baby", "Three Dinners"
2012Blue BloodsAngelo GalloEpisode: "Secrets and Lies"
2014Law & Order: Special Victims UnitPerry CannavaroEpisode: "Jersey Breakdown"

Video games[edit]

2013Call of Duty: Black Ops IISalvatore "Sal" DeLucaThe "Uprising" DLC, featured on the Zombies map "Mob of the Dead"

Theatre Work[edit]




  1. ^ a b Chazz Palminteri bio. Retrieved on 2013-11-19.
  2. ^ Duggan, Dennis (December 24, 1989). "DENNIS DUGGAN'S NEW YORK A Playwright (And an Actor) Grows in the Bronx". Newsday. 
  3. ^ "Broadway Names with Julie James", On Broadway, SiriusXM Radio, October 11, 2012
  4. ^ Cheri, Based on Colette's Classic Novella, Begins Performances Off-Broadway. November 19, 2013 .
  5. ^ Natalie Abrams (October 26, 2009). "Elizabeth Banks and Chazz Palminteri to Guest-Star on Modern Family". 
  6. ^ Rypka, Marsala (December 2009) With Chazz Palminteri at the Wayback Machine (archived November 25, 2010).
  7. ^ Various WFAN Podcasts.

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