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Also Known As: Anthony M Lapaglia Died:
Born: January 31, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Australia Profession: actor, production assistant, furniture restorer, shoe salesperson, sprinkler installer, elementary school teacher, waiter, professional soccer player

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Having earned the respect of his peers and acclaim from critics, actor Anthony LaPaglia finally reached a wide mainstream audience when he starred on the hit procedural drama, "Without a Trace" (CBS, 2002-09), playing a troubled missing persons FBI investigator for seven successful seasons. Prior to the show, LaPaglia moved up the ranks as a character actor - often playing mobsters or some other Italian stereotype - in movies like "29th Street" (1991), "So I Married an Axe Murder" (1993) and "The Client" (1994). He had one of his more acclaimed performances as a hit man with a romantic streak in the underrated thriller, "Killer" (1994), which earned acclaim from the few who saw it. Also a prolific stage actor, LaPaglia reached the pinnacle of that of his career when he won a Tony Award for his performance in a revival of Arthur Miller's "A View from a Bridge" (1998). Following supporting roles in "Summer of Sam" (1999) and "Sweet and Lowdown" (1999), as well as an Emmy-winning guest stint on "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004), LaPaglia landed his career-making role on "Without A Trace," which allowed the charismatic and versatile performer to finally earn his proper due.

Having earned the respect of his peers and acclaim from critics, actor Anthony LaPaglia finally reached a wide mainstream audience when he starred on the hit procedural drama, "Without a Trace" (CBS, 2002-09), playing a troubled missing persons FBI investigator for seven successful seasons. Prior to the show, LaPaglia moved up the ranks as a character actor - often playing mobsters or some other Italian stereotype - in movies like "29th Street" (1991), "So I Married an Axe Murder" (1993) and "The Client" (1994). He had one of his more acclaimed performances as a hit man with a romantic streak in the underrated thriller, "Killer" (1994), which earned acclaim from the few who saw it. Also a prolific stage actor, LaPaglia reached the pinnacle of that of his career when he won a Tony Award for his performance in a revival of Arthur Miller's "A View from a Bridge" (1998). Following supporting roles in "Summer of Sam" (1999) and "Sweet and Lowdown" (1999), as well as an Emmy-winning guest stint on "Frasier" (NBC, 1993-2004), LaPaglia landed his career-making role on "Without A Trace," which allowed the charismatic and versatile performer to finally earn his proper due.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Holding the Man (2015)
2.
 Good Marriage, A (2014)
3.
 Long Time Gone (2013)
4.
 Mental (2013)
5.
 Showrunners (2012)
6.
 Overnight (2012)
7.
 Showrunners (2012)
8.
 Happy Feet Two (2011)
9.
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Worked in community theater in Australia
1982:
Moved to America; settled in NYC
:
Performed eight of 30 roles in the off-Broadway comedy "Bouncers"
1985:
Made early TV appearance as the 2nd Mechanic on "The Mission" episode of NBC's "Amazing Stories"
1988:
Made TV-movie debut playing the title role of "Frank Nitti: The Enforcer" (ABC)
1989:
Made feature film debut in "Slaves of New York"
1990:
Stood out as a moonstruck mobster wooing Ally Sheedy in Alan Alda's comedy "Betsy's Wedding"
1990:
Garnered a CableACE Award nomination for his work in the HBO movie "Criminal Justice"
1991:
Appeared in the "Spoiled" episode of HBO's "Tales From the Crypt"
1991:
Gave a dynamite performance as Danny Aiello's son in "29th Street"
1993:
Co-starred in Steve Tesich's of-Broadway play "On the Open Road"
1994:
Portrayed mob killer Barry 'The Blade' in Joel Schumacher's "The Client"
1994:
Acted with significant other Gia Carides in "Paperback Romance"
1994:
Copped praise for his angst-ridden hit man in the neo-noir indie "Bulletproof Heart"
1995:
Played opposite Mercedes Ruehl in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo"
1996:
Portrayed Jim Valvano in the CBS movie "Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story"
1996:
Again co-starred with Carides in the Australian-made "Brilliant Lies"
1996:
Made TV series debut as regular in "Murder One" (ABC)
1997:
Starred with Courteney Cox and Aidan Quinn in "Commandments"
1998:
Played leading role of Eddie Carbone in the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge"
1998:
Starred in the CBS pilot "Repair Shop"
2000:
Played the recurring role of Simon Moon, Daphne's crass brother, on NBC's "Frasier"; received an Emmy nomination for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2000:
Portrayed Fidel Castro in the comedy feature "Company Man"
2001:
Won plaudits for his starring turn in the Australian thriller "Lantana"
2001:
Co-starred with David Wenham in "The Bank"; released in Australia
2002:
Appeared in the critically accliamed film "The Salton Sea"
2002:
Appeared in "Analyze That" with Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal
2003:
Played the lead in "The Guys" as a New York city fire captain who must pay tribute to the men he lost in September 11th
2002:
Played senior agent Jack Malone on the CBS drama series "Without A Trace"; earned SAG (2004, 2005) and Emmy (2004) nominations for Best Actor
2004:
Reprised role of Simon Moon, Daphne's crass brother, on an episode of "Fraiser"; received an Emmy nomination for Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2005:
Played a widower raising two teenage sons in "Winter Solstice"
2006:
Cast in the Australian-produced computer-animated film "Happy Feet"
2006:
Starred as an idealistic architect and patriarch of an affluent, suburban Chicago family in "The Architect"
2009:
Produced and starred in the Australian feature "Balibo"
2010:
Starred as the tenor in the Broadway revival of "Lend Me a Tenor"
2011:
Reprised voiceover role of The Alpha Skua in the animated sequel "Happy Feet Two"
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Education

Rostrevor College: -
South Australian Castings Agency: -

Notes

"'Murder One' wasn't a bad experience, but TV is hard even if you're working with the best, and there aren't many better than [Steven] Bocho. It's just that the constraints make for the antithesis of quality. You don't have time to do anything right. It was especially brutal for me because I was in every scene. If you put in 15-hour days without a break, halfway through the season you're ready to shoot yourself."---Anthony LaPaglia in Movieline, August 1997.

So, by way of encouragement to actors who might be having a tough time, don't worry about it. Life has a way of making it work out. It really ain't over 'til it's over. You can appear to be dead and gone, and one project later, you're a hit. You have to just believe in yourself."---LaPaglia quoted in Venice magazine, April 2005.

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wife:
Gia Carides. Actor. Together since c. 1992.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Eddie LaPaglia. Car dealer, auto mechanic. Italian; immigrated to Australia; became a successful automobile wholesaler.
mother:
Maria LaPaglia. Secretary. Dutch; immigrated to Australia.
brother:
Michael LaPaglia. Car dealer. Younger.
brother:
Jonathan LaPaglia. Doctor, actor. Younger; born in 1969; was a regular on Fox series "New York Undercover" for the 1996-1997 season; a licensed doctor in England and Australia.
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