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About Chazz Palminteri (1952 – )
Chazz Palminteri was born on May 15, 1952, in the Bronx, the son of Rose, a homemaker, and Lorenzo Palminteri, a bus driver. He was raised in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx. Palminteri's surname is of Sicilian origin and his family is originally from Menfi in the province of Agrigento, Sicily. His grandparents, Calogero Palminteri and Rosa Bonfante, married in 1908 and moved to the United States in 1910.
He struggled to become a star, splitting his time between acting in off-Broadway plays and moonlighting as a bouncer, alongside Dolph Lundgren. His big break came in 1988 with the premiere of his autobiographical one-man show, A Bronx Tale, which he wrote after being fired from a club for refusing entry to super agent Swifty Lazar; Robert De Niro later developed and directed a film version (1993).
Palminteri has had acclaimed dramatic performances in films such as The Perez Family, Jade, and Diabolique, as well as comedic roles in films such as Oscar, Analyze This, and Down to Earth.
During A Bronx Tale's run, he did many advertisements for Vanilla Coke, in which he portrayed a mob boss who would threaten celebrities if they did not praise the taste of the product in question, and then let them walk away with the Vanilla Coke to "reward their curiosity", touching on its slogan at the time. Palminteri has voiced characters in various animated films, the most notable being Hoodwinked in 2006.
He made his directorial debut with Women vs. Men.
Palminteri's recent acting efforts include A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Running Scared, and Arthur and the Minimoys.
In 2004, he received the "Indie Hero Award" from the Method Fest Independent Film Festival for his artistic achievements in film.
On January 20, 2010, Palminteri guested on Modern Family and played the same character on the November 2, 2011, episode. He reprised the role twice more in the show's fifth season. In June 2010, Palminteri began guest-starring on the TNT crime drama Rizzoli & Isles as Frank Rizzoli, Sr.
Palminteri will portray deceased mobster Paul Castellano in the upcoming John Gotti biopic Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father.
In 2011, Palminteri opened a restaurant, Chazz: A Bronx Original, in Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood, offering as their main foods coal-fired pizza and Italian cuisine. The restaurant closed in 2015. Also, Palminteri did the voice acting for the Call of Duty: Black Ops II character Sal De Luca, and his likeness was used for the character as well.
Palminteri lives in Bedford, New York. He describes himself as a very spiritual devout Roman Catholic. He has two children: Dante Lorenzo (born October 11, 1995) and Gabriella Rose (born December 25, 2001).
He's an avowed New York Yankees fan, and is often heard as caller "Chazz from Bedford" on WFAN-AM, a sports radio station. Palminteri has been known to have frequent disagreements about the Yankees with WFAN host Mike Francesa.
Chazz Palminteri's movie credits include...
|1984||Home Free All||Truck Hijacker|
|1985||The Last Dragon||Hood No. 2|
|1992||There Goes the Neighborhood||Lyle Corrente|
|1993||A Bronx Tale||Sonny LoSpecchio|
|1994||Bullets over Broadway||Cheech|
|1995||The Usual Suspects||David "Dave" Kujan|
Special Agent, U.S. Customs
|1995||The Perez Family||Lt. John Pirelli|
|1995||The Last Word||Ricky|
|1996||Dante and the Debutante|
|1996||Mulholland Falls||Elleroy Coolidge|
|1998||Scar City||Lieutenant Laine Devon|
|1998||A Night at the Roxbury||Benny Zadir|
|1999||Analyze This||Primo Sidone|
|2001||Down to Earth||King|
|2001||Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure||Buster|
|2001||One Eyed King||Eddie Dugan|
|2003||One Last Ride||Tweat|
|2003||Just Like Mona|
|2005||Bullets Over Hollywood||Himself|
|2005||In the Mix||Frank|
|2006||Running Scared||Detective Rydell|
|2006||A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints||Monty|
|2006||Arthur and the Minimoys||Travel Agent|
|2008||Yonkers Joe||Yonkers Joe|
|2009||Once More with Feeling||Frank Gregorio|
|2009||Hollywood & Wine||Geno Scarpaci|
|2011||The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure||Marvin Milkshake|
|2011||Mighty Fine||Joe Fine|
|2012||The Stone Pony||Angelo Casella|
|2014||Henry & Me||Babe Ruth|
Chazz Palminteri's television credits include...
|1986||Hill Street Blues||Sonny Cappelito|
|1987||Matlock||MP Sgt. Marcy|
|1989||Wiseguy||Peter Alatorre / Sal Rosselli|
|1999||Excellent Cadavers||Giovanni Falcone|
|1999||Dilbert||Leonardo da Vinci|
|2001||Boss of Bosses||Paul Castellano|
|2004||Dr. Vegas||Duke Walcott|
|2005||Kojak||Captain Frank McNeil|
|2010||Rizzoli & Isles||Frank Rizzoli Sr.|
|Blue Bloods||Angelo Gallo|
|2014||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Perry Cannavaro|
Memorable Quotes by Chazz Palminteri
“I speak as much as I can about the working man in the Italian-American community. It's the working man who makes up the heart of the community. The Italian-Americans I play are mobsters who have a heart or a positive element.”
“I think the lessons I learned growing up in the streets in the Bronx were never tip your hand too soon. Always keep your cards close to the vest.”
“On the Waterfront is still the greatest movie ever made.”
[re his Bronx childhood] “The big guys used to beat up the little guys, and the little guys used to beat up the real little guys. If you were a little guy, you'd become a big guy and then beat up the little guys underneath you. Kids now, all they do is sit down and play Facebook. I was on the stoop, and I saw a man kill another man right in front of me. People go, 'You must have been traumatized!' I really wasn't. I just saw this guy kill a guy, and my father dragged me upstairs, we talked about it, I didn't rat on the guy, and that was it.”
“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent and the choices you make will shape your life forever.”
“I love people who just started making movies - first-timers, second-timers. They take chances.”
Things You May Not Know About Chazz Palminteri
He was initially offered $250,000, then a seven-figure amount, for the film rights to his play "A Bronx Tale," but he refused to sell out, insisting that he write the screenplay and play the lead, which he did.
Although "A Bronx Tale" was his first play, he had written skits for a comedy troupe for about four or five years prior to that.
He began as a long-haired lead singer for a band called "Razzamachazz."
He was considered for the role of Dean Martin in The Rat Pack (1998).
He got the role in The Usual Suspects after it was turned down by Al Pacino.
He has voiced two animated characters who were junkyard animals that hated house animals. In Stuart Little he voiced Smokey, a junkyard cat who hated house cats. In Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure he voiced Buster -- a junkyard dog who hated house dogs.