Dominic Chianese

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Dominic Chianese
Dominic Chianese (cropped).jpg
Chianese in 2011
Born(1931-02-24) February 24, 1931 (age 83)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer, musician
Years active1952–present
 
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Dominic Chianese
Dominic Chianese (cropped).jpg
Chianese in 2011
Born(1931-02-24) February 24, 1931 (age 83)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer, musician
Years active1952–present

Dominic Chianese (/ˌkəˈnɛzɛ/; born February 24, 1931) is an American actor, singer, and musician. He is best known for his role as Corrado "Junior" Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos.

Early life[edit]

Chianese was born in the Bronx, New York. His father was a bricklayer.[1] His grandfather immigrated to the United States from Naples in 1904 and settled in the Bronx.[2]

Career[edit]

After a decade of attending college and appearing in Off-Broadway theatre, Chianese attended his first professional acting class at HB Studio in Manhattan, with renowned teacher Walt Witcover. Drama and musical theater became Chianese's passion. His first Broadway show was Oliver! in 1965. He has continued to perform in Broadway theatre, Off Broadway, and regional theatre. To supplement income in the dry periods, he played rhythm guitar and sang in taverns and restaurants. Chianese's first television credit occurred when George C. Scott recommended him for a role in the acclaimed series East Side/West Side. In 1974, Francis Ford Coppola cast Chianese as Johnny Ola in The Godfather Part II, which sparked a film career, culminating in several films (and plays) with Al Pacino.

Before being cast in Godfather II, Chianese was working for the Drug Commission of New York State as a recreational worker in a rehabilitation center. He taught guitar to women who were serving time for drug-related crimes.

In 2010, Chianese received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in recognition of his humanitarian efforts.

Chianese has appeared in 4 movies with his friend, Al Pacino:

Chianese is an accomplished tenor[3] and musician, having released a CD titled Hits in 2000, on which he sings American and Italian songs. He performed Salvatore Cardillo's sentimental classic "Core 'ngrato" ("Ungrateful Heart"), on the third-season finale of The Sopranos (episode 3x13, "Army of One"). In 2003, Chianese, along with AOL Music, released a second CD titled Ungrateful Heart, which features 16 classic Neapolitan songs.

His son, Dominic Chianese Jr., is also an actor and appeared in the final season of The Sopranos as a member of the fictional Lupertazzi crime family.

Chianese can currently be seen as a guest actor on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire as Leander Whitlock, a retired Atlantic City alderman.

Filmography[edit]

Filmography
YearTitleRoleNotes
1972FuzzPanhandler
1974The Godfather Part IIJohnny Ola
1975Dog Day AfternoonFather
1976All the President's MenEugenio R. Martinez
1978FingersArthur Fox
1978On the YardMendozaUncredited
1979FirepowerOrlov
1979...And Justice for AllCarl Travers
1980A Time for MiraclesPromoterTV
1981Fort Apache, the BronxCorelli's Father
1975, 1981Ryan's HopeUncle BenTV
1989Second SightFather Dominic
1990Q&AHimself
1990The Lost CaponeGabriel CaponeTV
1991Out for JusticeMr. Madano
1992The Public EyeSpoleto
1993Rivalen des Glücks - The ContendersFather of the bride
1993The Night We Never MetNosy Neighbor
1996If Lucy FellAl
1996Love Is All There IsItalian Consul
1996GottiJoe ArmoneTV
1996The MouseAl the Trainer
1996Looking for RichardHimselfDocumentary
1997Night Falls on ManhattanJudge Impelliteri
1998Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by FiveMickey
1999–2007The SopranosCorrado SopranoTV
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1999, 2007)
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2008)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2000, 2001)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000-2002, 2004, 2006)
1999Cradle Will RockSilvano
2002UnfaithfulFrank Wilson
2004When Will I Be LovedCount Tommaso Lupo
2004King of the CornerStan Marshak
2004Crimes of FashionGeorgeTV
2006The Last New YorkerLenny Sugarman
2007Adrift in ManhattanTomasso Pensara
2010DamagesStuart ZedeckTV
2011Mr. Popper's PenguinsReader
2011The Secret Life of the American TeenagerVicTV
2011Boardwalk EmpireLeander Cephas WhitlockTV
2012-2014The Good WifeJudge Michael MarxTV (3 episodes)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dominic Chianese Biography (1934?-)
  2. ^ Chianese to croon in Staten Island
  3. ^ "News: "Dominic Chianese Scores A Hit With ‘Hits’"". BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.). "September 18, 2001. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 

External links[edit]

Dominic Chianese at the Internet Movie Database
Dominic Chianese at the Internet Broadway Database
A conversation with Dominic Chianese, The Sopranos' Uncle Junior in Lavery, David; Howard, Douglas L.; Levinson, Paul (eds.). The Essential Sopranos Reader. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 339–362. ISBN 978-0-8131-3012-5. *Dominic Chianese - Downstage Center interview at American Theatre Wing.org