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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 27, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Tappan, New York, USA Profession: actor, vintner

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Often cast as Italian-Americans, Michael Rispoli has proved a consummate character player, adding to the performances of the lead actors, while shining considerably in scene-stealing moments that showed his capability to carry a film. Fair-haired with a tendency towards roundness and an unmistakable New York ethnic look, Rispoli was frequently cast as the tough-next-door, or a wannabe wise guy. He played these roles well, giving his characters added depth and additional dimensions. Rispoli's film debut in a featured role as tragic Nicky Falconetti in Nancy Savoca's "Household Saints" (1993) proved him a notable talent. Rispoli gave a remarkable performance as a soldier returned from the war having a hard time reacquainting himself with civilian society. While a supporting rather than a starring role, Rispoli's character was one of the more indelible aspects of the film. He next gave a strong supporting performance in following year's emotional drama "Angie", starring Geena Davis.

Often cast as Italian-Americans, Michael Rispoli has proved a consummate character player, adding to the performances of the lead actors, while shining considerably in scene-stealing moments that showed his capability to carry a film. Fair-haired with a tendency towards roundness and an unmistakable New York ethnic look, Rispoli was frequently cast as the tough-next-door, or a wannabe wise guy. He played these roles well, giving his characters added depth and additional dimensions. Rispoli's film debut in a featured role as tragic Nicky Falconetti in Nancy Savoca's "Household Saints" (1993) proved him a notable talent. Rispoli gave a remarkable performance as a soldier returned from the war having a hard time reacquainting himself with civilian society. While a supporting rather than a starring role, Rispoli's character was one of the more indelible aspects of the film. He next gave a strong supporting performance in following year's emotional drama "Angie", starring Geena Davis.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Rob the Mob (2014)
2.
 Pain & Gain (2013)
3.
 Rum Diary, The (2011)
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 Kick-Ass (2010)
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 Yonkers Joe (2008)
9.
 Black Irish (2007)
10.
 Invincible (2006)
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1987:
Co-founded the Willow Cabin Theater Company in New York (date approximate)
1993:
Gave an impressive debut performance in Nancy Savoca's "Household Saints"
1994:
Appeared in the tearjerking drama "Angie"
1995:
Had a memorable turn in the romantic comedy "While You Were Sleeping"
1995:
Starred as an unorthodox but effective attorney on the Fox series "The Great Defender"
1995:
Appeared in Gus Van Sant's black comedy "To Die For"
1996:
Starred as a widowed father with two young sons on the short-lived CBS sitcom "My Guys"
1996:
Was featured in "The Juror" and "Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco"
1997:
Starred in the Canadian independent comedy "His and Hers"
1997:
Had a featured role in the disaster pic "Volcano"
1998:
Was featured in "Snake Eyes", "Rounders" and "One Tough Cop"
1998:
Guest starred on episodes of "Law & Order" and "ER" (both NBC)
1998:
Starred in "Scarred City", a direct-to-video police drama aired on HBO
1999:
Appeared on the acclaimed HBO series "The Sopranos"
1999:
Starred in Spike Lee's 1977 set drama "Summer of Sam" as a neighborhood thug leading a gang of toughs terrorizing anyone they suspect of being feared serial killer Son of Sam
1999:
Had regular role of Officer Susser on the short-lived Fox series "Ryan Caulfield: Year One"
2000:
Starred in the Sundance Audience Award winning "Two Family House," directed by Raymond De Felitta
2002:
Co-starred on the CBS television series "Bram and Alice"
2004:
Cast in the comedy "Mr. 3000" opposite Bernie Mac
2005:
Cast opposite Nicolas Cage in "The Weather Man"
2006:
Landed a featured role in the biographical drama "Invincible"
2007:
Appeared in a recurring role on NBC's short-lived "The Black Donnellys"
2009:
Acted opposite Denzel Washington and John Travolta in "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3"
2010:
Cast as Big Joe in "Kick-Ass"
2011:
Acted opposite Johnny Depp in "The Rum Diary," the big screen adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's novel
2011:
Co-starred with Mira Sorvino in the drama "Union Square," directed by Nancy Savoca
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Education

State University of New York, Plattsburgh: Plattsburgh , New York -
Circle in the Square Professional Theater School: New York , New York -

Notes

One of the founders of The Willow Cabin Theater Company

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wife:
Pam Rispoli.

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