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Also Known As: James Michael Imperioli Died:
Born: March 26, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Mount Vernon, New York, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, producer, director, busboy, bartender, waiter

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For six seasons, Michael Imperioli was an explosive fixture on HBO's critically acclaimed Mafia chronicle "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007), earning five Emmy nominations and one win for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Prior to making his mark on pop culture history with his finely drawn portrait of an Italian-American thug with suppressed artistic instincts, Imperioli was an active figure in the New York independent film scene of the 1990s. He was often seen in street-smart character roles for directors like Martin Scorsese, Hal Hartley and Spike Lee, with whom he also co-scripted and co-produced the crime feature, "Summer of Sam" (1999). Memorable for his ability to imbue a likeable quick wit into otherwise dark and dangerous characters, Imperioli also had significant talent off-camera, penning scripts for "The Sopranos," founding a New York theater company, and eventually writing and directing his own independent features.

For six seasons, Michael Imperioli was an explosive fixture on HBO's critically acclaimed Mafia chronicle "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007), earning five Emmy nominations and one win for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Prior to making his mark on pop culture history with his finely drawn portrait of an Italian-American thug with suppressed artistic instincts, Imperioli was an active figure in the New York independent film scene of the 1990s. He was often seen in street-smart character roles for directors like Martin Scorsese, Hal Hartley and Spike Lee, with whom he also co-scripted and co-produced the crime feature, "Summer of Sam" (1999). Memorable for his ability to imbue a likeable quick wit into otherwise dark and dangerous characters, Imperioli also had significant talent off-camera, penning scripts for "The Sopranos," founding a New York theater company, and eventually writing and directing his own independent features.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 M Word, The (2014)
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 Cantinflas (2014)
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 Wannabe, The (2014)
4.
 Oldboy (2013)
5.
 Scribbler, The (2013)
6.
 Call, The (2013)
7.
 Nicky Deuce (2013)
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 Stora Planid (2008)
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Raised in Mount Vernon, NY
1989:
Made film debut with one-line role in "Lean on Me"
1990:
Landed featured role in Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas"
1991:
First collaboration with Spike Lee, "Jungle Fever"; cast as Annabella Sciorra's brother
1992:
Played a reporter in Lee's "Malcolm X"
1993:
First screen collaboration with Lili Taylor, "Household Saints"
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Directed stage plays with The Machine Full Theater
1994:
Made TV debut as guest actor on ABC series "NYPD Blue"
1994:
Cast in small role in Hal Hartley's "Amateur"
1995:
Re-teamed with Taylor for Abel Ferrara's "The Addiction"; also featured future "The Sopranos" (HBO) co-star Edie Falco
1995:
Re-teamed with Spike Lee to portray a crooked cop in "Clockers"
1995:
Played first leading role in independent film "Sweet Nothing"
1996:
Appeared in New York segment of Hartley's "Flirt"
1996:
Essayed Scary Caller No. 30 in Spike Lee's "Girl 6"
1996:
Cast as part of the Italian gang in Walter Hill's lackluster "Last Man Standing"
1996:
Portrayed Ondine in Mary Harron's "I Shot Andy Warhol"; co-starred Taylor as Valerie Solanas
1996:
Appeared in Jim McKay's "Girls Town," co-scripted by and co-starring Lili Taylor
1998:
Re-teamed with Sorvino for "Too Tired to Die"
1998:
Acted in NBC miniseries "Witness to the Mob"
1999:
Co-penned (also executive produced and acted) screenplay for Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam"; originally set to direct before handing project over to Lee; third film with Sorvino
1999:
Co-starred as Christopher Moltisanti on acclaimed HBO series "The Sopranos"; also wrote a number of episodes
2000:
Cast as Rosencrantz in Campbell Scott's adaptation of "Hamlet"; aired as miniseries in Odyssey TV before playing selected theatrical venues
2002:
Landed featured role in ensemble romance "Love in the Time of Money"
2004:
Co-starred in comedy "My Baby's Daddy"
2004:
Lent voice to animated character Frankie in "Shark Tale"
2005:
Guest starred as a detective on final four "Law & Order" (NBC) episodes of season, filling in for actor Jesse L. Martin
2009:
Played a police detective in film adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestseller "The Lovely Bones"
2010:
Cast as Detective Louis Fitch on ABC drama "Detroit 1-8-7"
2012:
Guest starred on HBO's "Girls"
2013:
Acted opposite Halle Berry in thriller "The Call"
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Education

Brewster High School: Brewster , New York - 1983

Notes

On stage he has acted in Eric Bogosian's "Talk Radio" and Frank Pugliese's "Aven'U Boys", among other plays.

About researching the crack culture for "Sweet Nothing": "I got hooked up with some people who knew some of this world. It was in this weird place in the Bronx, this abandoned section of town. It wasn't really a crack house; it was sort of an outdoor situation. There was one point where I was alone with this guy in an airplane cargo box. We were in this thing together. He was paranoid as hell. He was like, 'Don't leave me.' It got a little bizarre."---Imperioli in Time Out New York, September 4-11, 1996.

"I had one line: 'Hey I'm going to be a star', but I was so scared, I couldn't get it out of my mouth."---Michael Imperioli on his first screen appearance in "Lean on Me" quoted in People, September 13, 1999.

"Christopher is kind of a nephew. You see, I'm not sure if he's really a nephew or more like my father and Tony Soprano were very close friends, or somehow related, or something like that. It's still kind of ambiguous. But, my father's gone, or died, and he [Tony] has kind of taken me under his wing. Christopher, more than anything, wants to be a made Mafia man. He wants to be a made Mafia guy, and the books are closed, which means, they're not taking new members at this point in time. And he wants to do good. He wants to impress Tony. He wants to be a successful earner in the family. But he's impatient and impulsive and he snorts a lot of crystal speed. He's addicted. But he's trying to do good by the family, earn some money, make some waves. He's driven and ambitious... He's a hothead so I get to vent my anger."---Imperioli describing his "Sopranos" character in an online interview (posted at www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Station/8647/hbo.html)

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companion:
Lili Taylor. Actor. Together from c. 1991 to 1995.
wife:
Victoria Imperioli. Philosophy scholar. Born c. 1964; married in 1995; has daughter from previous relationship.

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father:
Dan Imperioli. Bus driver. Acted in community theater.
step-daughter:
Isabella. Born c. 1991.
son:
Vadim Imperioli. Born c. January 1998.
son:
David Imperioli. Born c. September 2001.
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