Michael Imperioli

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Michael Imperioli
Chris Moltisanti.jpg
Imperioli in June 2007
Born(1966-03-26) March 26, 1966 (age 48)
Mount Vernon, New York, United States
OccupationActor
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Victoria Chlebowski (1995-present)
 
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Michael Imperioli
Chris Moltisanti.jpg
Imperioli in June 2007
Born(1966-03-26) March 26, 1966 (age 48)
Mount Vernon, New York, United States
OccupationActor
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Victoria Chlebowski (1995-present)

Michael Imperioli (born March 26, 1966) is an American actor, writer, director and producer. He is 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 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 which was the Opening Night Selection for the 2009 Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Early life[edit]

Imperioli, an Italian American, was born in Mount Vernon, New York, the son of Dan Imperioli, a bus driver and amateur actor, Claire Imperioli.[1] In his early childhood he attended Lincoln School in Mount Vernon. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers, New York in 1983.

Career[edit]

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.[citation needed]

In addition to his role on The Sopranos, Imperioli has appeared in a number of films, including Goodfellas, Jungle Fever, Bad Boys, The Basketball Diaries, Clockers, Dead Presidents, 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. In addition, he has also written a number of episodes for The Sopranos.

He served as artistic director of Studio Dante,[2] an Off-Broadway theater he formed with his wife. He is also the lead singer/guitarist for a rock band named Zopa.[3]

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.[4]

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

In 2010, Imperioli was signed on to play the lead in the ABC TV show, Detroit 1-8-7.[5]

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

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.

Personal life[edit]

Married to Victoria Chlebowski since 1995, he lives in the Tribeca neighborhood of New York City and is a father of three, including his son, Vadim, who acted in Detroit 1-8-7 with his father.[6] Michael and his wife are students of Tibetan Buddhist Lama Garchen Rinpoche.[citation needed]

Politically, he is an Independent, because he "feels limited by the two party system"[citation needed]; he typically votes as a Democrat.[citation needed] Michael Imperioli practices taekwondo in his spare time.[7]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1989AlexaAcid Head
1989Lean on MePunk who gets expelled by Joe Clark
1990GoodfellasSpider
1991Jungle FeverJames Tucci
1992Fathers & SonsJohnny
1992Malcolm XReporter at Fire Bombing
1993The Night We Never MetDry Cleaning Costumer #1
1993Joey BreakerLarry Metz
1993Household SaintsLeonard Villanova
1994Scenes from the New WorldBilly
1994Touch BaseBennie
1994Hand GunBenny
1994Men Lie
1994AmateurDoorman at Club
1994Postcards from AmericaThe Hustler
1995TroubleEllis
1995Bad BoysJojo
1995The Basketball DiariesBobby
1995ClockersDetective 'Jo-Jo'
1995FlirtMichael
1995Dead PresidentsD'ambrosio
1996Girls TownAnthony
1996Blixa Bargeld Stole My Cowboy BootsJohnny
1995The AddictionMissionary
1996Sweet NothingAngel' the crackhead family man
1996Girl 6Scary Caller #30
1996I Shot Andy WarholOndine
1996Trees LoungeGeorge
1996Last Man StandingGiorgio Carmonte
1997A River Made to Drown InAllen Hayden
1997FirehouseLt. O'Connell
1997The DeliMatty
1997Office KillerDaniel Birch
1997Under the Bridge
1998Witness to the MobLouie Milito
1998Too Tired to DieFabrizio
1999On the RunAlbert DeSantis
1999–2007The SopranosChristopher MoltisantiPrimetime 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)
1999Summer of SamMidnight
2000Auto MotivesStud
2000Disappearing ActsVinney
2000HamletRosencrantz
2002Love in the Time of MoneyWill
2003High Roller: The Stu Ungar StoryStu Ungar
2004My Baby's DaddyDominic
2004Shark TaleFrankie (voice)
2004The Five People You Meet in HeavenCaptain
2005Law & OrderDet. Falco
2006The SimpsonsDante, Jr.Episode:"The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer"
2007–2008Life on Mars (U.S. TV series)Det. Ray Carling
2007The Inner Life of Martin FrostJim Fortunato
2007The LovebirdsVincent
2007Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More DayCharley 'Chick' Benetto
2008Stóra PlaniðAlexander
2009Hungry GhostsNominated - International Film Festival Rotterdam - Tiger Award
2009The Lovely BonesLen Fenerman
2010MercyHarold Pindus
2010Detroit 1-8-7Det. Louis Fitch
2010Love & DistrustStud
2011Stuck Between StationsDavid
2012GirlsPowell Goldman
201240
2012Foreclosurepost-production
2013The CallAlan Denado
2013The OfficeSensei BillyEpisode:Livin' the Dream
2013OldboyChucky
2014RakeAlberto RinaldiEpisode: "Bigamist"
2014The ScribblerPost-production
2014ChoppedHimselfEpisodes: "Tournament of Stars: Actors", "Tournament of Stars: Finale"
2014CalifornicationRick Rath[8]
2014CantinflasMichael Todd[9][10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Michael Imperioli Biography (1966?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  2. ^ Buckley, Cara; Thomas J. Lueck (September 5, 2007). "Pipe Bomb Shatters the Night Outside a Theater Owned by a 'Sopranos' Actor". The New York Times. Retrieved February 18, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Michael Imperioli's band 'La Dolce Vita' performing at Don Hills New York City 2007". erikremec.com. Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=34012
  5. ^ "Michael Imperioli Nabs Lead in ABC Drama Pilot". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  6. ^ Abelson, Max (2007-04-19). "Imperiolis Buy Entire Canal Street Walk-Up for $2.4 M.". The New York Observer. 
  7. ^ "Imperioli: Tae Kwon Do Changed His Life". Washingtonpost.com. 2007-01-28. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Michael Imperioli Joins ‘Californication’". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  9. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3005242/
  10. ^ http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/espectaculos/2013/impreso/explotara-en-californication-125650.html

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