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Also Known As: Chalogero Lorenzo Palminteri Died:
Born: May 15, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: actor, playwright, screenwriter, nightclub singer, songwriter, nightclub doorman

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Actor, writer and director Chazz Palminteri wrote his own ticket to the top with his one-man stage play "A Bronx Tale," an Italian-American coming of age story that wooed movie studios and Robert De Niro, who directed the 1993 screen adaptation. Palminteri's starring film role as a Mafia boss set the tone for his subsequent film career, where he lent dimension to streetwise characters, like the undiscovered literary genius behind a craps-shooting bodyguard in "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994), for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His soft-hearted tough guys were offset by staunch law enforcement officials and conflicted working-class Joes in acclaimed indies "The Usual Suspects" (1995) and "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" (2006), while his incredibly timeless "character" face made him a fedora-sporting favorite in neo-noirs like "Mulholland Falls" (1996). Unfortunately, Hollywood was not willing to cast Palminteri as anything other than a mob boss, gambler or tough cop, and while he was sometimes reduced to sending up his image in low-brow comedies like "Little Man" (2006) his better, later performances came thanks to independent film directors who had faith in...

Actor, writer and director Chazz Palminteri wrote his own ticket to the top with his one-man stage play "A Bronx Tale," an Italian-American coming of age story that wooed movie studios and Robert De Niro, who directed the 1993 screen adaptation. Palminteri's starring film role as a Mafia boss set the tone for his subsequent film career, where he lent dimension to streetwise characters, like the undiscovered literary genius behind a craps-shooting bodyguard in "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994), for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His soft-hearted tough guys were offset by staunch law enforcement officials and conflicted working-class Joes in acclaimed indies "The Usual Suspects" (1995) and "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" (2006), while his incredibly timeless "character" face made him a fedora-sporting favorite in neo-noirs like "Mulholland Falls" (1996). Unfortunately, Hollywood was not willing to cast Palminteri as anything other than a mob boss, gambler or tough cop, and while he was sometimes reduced to sending up his image in low-brow comedies like "Little Man" (2006) his better, later performances came thanks to independent film directors who had faith in the stage-trained actor's ability to portray a wider range of characters.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Noel (2004) Director
2.
  WOMEN vs. MEN (2002) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Henry & Me (2014)
2.
 Final Recourse (2013)
3.
 Last I Heard (2013)
5.
 Wedding Bros (2009)
7.
 Jolene (2008)
8.
 Yonkers Joe (2008)
9.
 Body Armour (2007)
10.
 Dukes, The (2007)
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After high school worked as a nightclub singer
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Worked in Off-Broadway productions
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Worked as a doorman at the New York nightclub, The Limelight; met his future producer Peter Gatien, owner of The Limelight in the mid-1980s
1986:
Moved to L.A.
1986:
TV acting debut in an episode of "Hill Street Blues"
1988:
Wrote first stage version of "A Bronx Tale"
1988:
First production of "A Bronx Tale", a one-man show that ran at the West Coast Ensemble theater; produced by Peter Gatien
1989:
Moved the show to New York, where it ran for four months at Playhouse 91
1989:
Feature acting debut, "An Even Break"
1989:
TV-movie debut, "Peter Gunn"
1993:
First film in a lead role, also screenwriting debut, "A Bronx Tale"
1995:
First romantic lead, "The Perez Family"
1997:
Underwent surgery to remove cancerous tumor from his neck
1998:
Appeared in the ensemble drama "Hurlyburly"
1999:
Supported Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro in "Analyze This"
1999:
Directed an episode of HBO's "Oz"
1999:
Starred as a zealous prosecutor in the HBO original movie "Excellent Cadavers"
2001:
Headlined the TNT original drama "Boss of Bosses", playing real-life mobster Paul Castellano
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Made directorial debut with "Oooph!" (lensed 2001) for Showtime
2003:
Cast in the feature "Poolhall Junkies"
2005:
Cast opposite Ving Rhames in the USA series "Kojack" a remake of the original 70's series, which starred Telly Savalas
2005:
Played a mob boss opposite Usher in Ron Underwood's crime drama "In The Mix"
2006:
Played a detective in Wayne Kramer's "Running Scared"
2006:
Co-wrote the screenplay for "10th and Wolf," which is based on the real life events of Joseph Pistone aka Donnie Brasco
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Education

DeWitt Clinton High School: Bronx , New York -
Theodore Roosevelt High School: Bronx , New York - 1965

Notes

"I loved my neighborhood; I loved my childhood. Was it a little dangerous? Was it a little racist? Sure. But there was a decency there. It was a working-class neighborhood with fathers who woke up every morning to jobs they didn't like but did it for their families. They were firemen or cops or sanitation workers or bricklayers or bus drivers, like my father. These people are the glue that holds together Italian-American families. People think about Italians, and they say 'Mafioso.' But that's a very small sub-culture. People like my father put their dreams aside for their families. Those are the people I care about." --Chazz Palminteri quoted in The New York Times, September 13, 1993.

"I got so frustrated with my career one day that I sat down on my bed and I started to cry. I was living in a dump. I said to myself, how could you be living like this if you're so talented? Then I said, you ARE talented, They just don't know it yet. So I drove to the Thrifty Drug Store, picked up five legal pads and said, I am going to write something that will blow them away. And that's when my life turned around." --Palminteri quoted in Us, April 1995.

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wife:
Gianna Ranado. Actor. Born c. 1964.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Lorenzo Palminteri. Bus driver.
son:
Dante Lorenzo Palminteri. Born on October 10, 1995.
daughter:
Gabriella Rose Palminteri. Born on December 25, 2001.

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