Calogero Lorenzo "Chazz" Palminteri (born May 15, 1952) is an American actor. He is best known for his Academy Award–nominated performance in Bullets Over Broadway, the 1993 film A Bronx Tale, based on his play of the same name, and his recurring role as Shorty in Modern Family.
Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri
May 15, 1952
New York City, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Actor, filmmaker, playwright|
Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri was born on May 15, 1952, in the Bronx borough of New York City, the son of Rose, a homemaker, and Lorenzo Palminteri, a bus driver. He was raised in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx. Palminteri is of Sicilian origin; his grandparents, Calogero Palminteri and Rosa Bonfante, married in 1908, and immigrated to the United States in 1910 from Menfi in the province of Agrigento, Sicily. At the age of nine, Palminteri witnessed the murder of a mobster in front of his apartment building; the police questioned him, but he maintained that he did not see the incident.
He struggled to become an actor, splitting his time between acting in off-Broadway plays and moonlighting as a bouncer, alongside Dolph Lundgren.
Palminteri starred on Broadway in A Bronx Tale, the autobiographical one-man show based on his childhood that he first performed at Theatre West in Los Angeles in 1989. Palminteri states that he began writing the play after being fired from a club when, as a doorman, he refused entry to super agent Swifty Lazar. The Broadway production, directed by Jerry Zaks and with music by John Gromada, began previews October 4, 1988, at the Walter Kerr Theatre and opened on October 25, running for 18 weeks. Palminteri plays 18 roles in A Bronx Tale, which depicts a rough childhood on the streets of the Bronx. The play ran for two months at Playhouse 91 in 1989.
Palminteri starred opposite Kenny D'Aquila in D'Aquila's play, Unorganized Crime. Palminteri always appreciated the shot that Robert De Niro gave him, so he in turn agreed to star in D'Aquila's mafia-themed drama.
Palminteri performed in the Broadway musical version of A Bronx Tale in 2018.
Robert De Niro saw Palminteri's Broadway show of A Bronx Tale in 1990, and the two partnered together to adapt the play into a film. Palminteri created the screenplay and starred as Sonny, the gangster Calogero meets, while De Niro directed the film, making his directorial debut, also co-starring as Lorenzo, Calogero's father. The film was a commercial and critical success. In 1994, Chazz Palminteri played mob henchman Cheech in the black comedy film Bullets Over Broadway, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Palminteri also had performances in films such as The Usual Suspects, The Perez Family, Jade, and Diabolique, as well as comedic roles in films such as Oscar, Analyze This, and Down to Earth.
During its run, he appeared in 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 Smokey in Stuart Little and Woolworth in Hoodwinked.
He made his directorial debut with an episode of Oz, then the television film Women vs. Men and the 2004 feature film Noel.
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. Palminteri has reprised the role twice more in season 5. In June 2010, Palminteri began guest-starring on the TNT crime drama Rizzoli & Isles as Frank Rizzoli, Sr. He guest starred twice on the CBS drama Blue Bloods as Angelo Gallo, a mob lawyer and childhood friend of main character Frank Reagan.
Palminteri portrayed deceased mobster Paul Castellano in the 2001 TV film Boss of Bosses.
In 2011, Palminteri opened a restaurant, Chazz: A Bronx Original, in Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood; their main foods are coal-fired pizza and Italian food. However, the restaurant closed in 2015. Palminteri opened an Italian restaurant, Chazz Palminteri Ristorante Italiano, in New York City on Second Avenue. Also, Palminteri did the voice acting for the Call of Duty: Black Ops II character Sal De Luca in the zombies map Mob of the Dead, and his likeness was used for the character as well.
On February 8, 2021, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, a video posted to YouTube featuring Mr. Palminteri delivering a public service announcement as a prequel to the debut of the Chazz Palminteri Show, an hour-long live-streamed weekly infotainment installation hosted by the veteran actor and playwright (A Bronx Tale, The Usual Suspects). True to word, on February 15, 2021, the first episode of Chazz Palminteri Show, titled "It's All You" kicked off the series. Live-streamed and posted each Monday at 11 o'clock Eastern Standard Time on Palminteri's YouTube channel, Chazz Palminteri Show is an hour-long show delivered in classic talk show format that conveys content centrally grounded in moral ethics, essential life lessons and traditional "old school" loving family values. Producers of Chazz Palminteri Show are Dante Lorenzo Palminteri and podcaster / producer Michael Lavin. Guests features who have been featured on the show include actor William Baldwin, Episode 3 and, Kathrine Narducci, Episode 86 and Phil Stutz (co-author, "The Tools"), Episode 53.
Palminteri lives in Westchester County, New York in the town of Bedford. He describes himself as a "very spiritual", devout Roman Catholic. He married Gianna Ranaudo in 1992, and together they have two children.
|1983||Home Free All||Truck Hijacker|
|1985||The Last Dragon||Hood No. 2|
|1987||Glory Years||Drummond||TV movie|
|1989||Peter Gunn||Soldier||TV movie|
|1992||Innocent Blood||Tony Silva|
|There Goes the Neighborhood||Lyle Corrente|
|1993||A Bronx Tale||Sonny LoSpecchio|
|1994||Bullets over Broadway||Cheech|
|1995||The Usual Suspects||Dave Kujan|
|The Perez Family||Lt. John Pirelli|
|The Last Word||Ricky|
|Mulholland Falls||Elleroy Coolidge|
|1998||Scar City||Lieutenant Laine Devon|
|A Night at the Roxbury||Benny Zadir|
|1999||Analyze This||Primo Sidone|
|The Book That Wrote Itself||Mr. Palminteri|
|Excellent Cadavers||Giovanni Falcone||TV movie|
|Stuart Little||Smokey (voice)|
|2001||Down to Earth||King|
|Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure||Buster (voice)||Video|
|Boss of Bosses||Paul Castellano||TV movie|
|One Eyed King||Eddie Dugan|
|2004||One Last Ride||Tweat|
|In the Mix||Frank|
|2006||Running Scared||Detective Rydell|
|A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints||Monty|
|Arthur and the Minimoys||Travel Agent (voice)|
|2007||The Bodyguard||Lee Maxwell|
|2008||Yonkers Joe||Yonkers Joe|
|2009||Once More with Feeling||Frank Gregorio||Video|
|2010||Hollywood & Wine||Geno Scarpaci||Video|
|2012||Mighty Fine||Joe Fine|
|The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure||Marvin Milkshake (voice)|
|2013||Once Upon a Time in Queens||Ben Rose|
|Final Recourse||Dr. Tomman|
|2014||Henry & Me||Babe Ruth (voice)|
|2019||Vault||Raymond Patriarca Sr.|
|1986||Hill Street Blues||Sonny Cappelito||Episode: "Bald Ambition"|
|1987||Matlock||MP Sgt. Marcy||Episode: "The Court-Martial: Part 2"|
|1989||Dallas||Frank||Episode: "He-e-ere's Papa!"|
|Valerie||Leslie||Episode: "Viva Las Vegas"|
|1st & Ten: The Championship||Al||Episode: "Duty Call"|
|Wiseguy||Peter Alatorre/Sal Rosselli||Recurring Cast: Season 3|
|1990||Sydney||Tony||Episode: "Love Ya, Babe"|
|1997||The Directors||Himself||Episode: "The Films of William Friedkin"|
|1999||Dilbert||Leonardo da Vinci (voice)||Episode: "Art"|
|2001||An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson||Himself/Host||Main Host|
|Bravo Profiles||Himself||Episode: "Rod Steiger"|
|2003||AFI Life Achievement Award||Himself||Episode: "A Tribute to Robert De Niro"|
|Biography||Himself||Episode: "Humphrey Bogart"|
|2004||Dr. Vegas||Duke Walcott||Episode: "Lust for Life"|
|2005||Kojak||Captain Frank McNeil||Recurring Cast|
|2010||Celebrity Ghost Stories||Himself||Episode: "Episode #2.4"|
|2010–14||Rizzoli & Isles||Frank Rizzoli Sr.||Recurring Cast: Season 1, Guest: Season 3-4|
|2010–19||Modern Family||Shorty||Guest Cast: Season 1 & 3-5 & 9-10|
|2011||Rocco's Dinner Party||Himself||Episode: "Ultimate Summer Party"|
|2012||The Haunting of...||Himself||Episode: "Chazz Palminteri"|
|2012–13||Blue Bloods||Angelo Gallo||Episode: "Secrets and Lies" & "Justice Served" |
|2014||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Perry Cannavaro||Episode: "Jersey Breakdown"|
|2017||Kevin Can Wait||Vincent||Episode: "Plus One Is the Loneliest Number"|
|2017–18||Voltron: Legendary Defender||Burr (voice)||Episode: "The Voltron Show!" & "Clear Day"|
|2019–21||Godfather of Harlem||Joe Bonanno||Recurring Cast: Season 1-2|
|2021||Law & Order: Organized Crime||Manfredi Sinatra||Episode: "What Happens in Puglia"|
|Gravesend||Cesar Tremaldo||Recurring Cast: Season 2|
|2012||Call of Duty: Black Ops II||Salvatore "Sal" DeLuca||Featured on 2013's "Uprising" downloadable content.|
|1997||Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's|
|1998||Italians in America|
|2005||Bullets Over Hollywood|||
|2008||Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & the Movies|
|2014||Journey to Sundance|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1994||Sant Jordi Awards||Best Foreign Actor||"A Bronx Tale"||Won|
|1995||Sant Jordi Awards||Best Foreign Actor||"Bullets Over Broadway"||Won|
|Independent Spirit Awards||Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male||Won|
|Academy Awards||Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|1996||Sant Jordi Awards||Best Foreign Actor||"The Usual Suspects"||Won|
|National Board of Review Awards||National Board of Review Award for Best Cast||Won|
|2006||Sundance Film Festival||Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Performance||"A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints"||Won|
- 2007 – A Bronx Tale – performer
- 2013 – Human – performer and writer
- 2016 – A Bronx Tale – writer and performer
- 1989 – A Bronx Tale – writer and performer
- 2002 – The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui – Ernesto Roma
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- ^ Duggan, Dennis (December 24, 1989). "A Playwright (And an Actor) Grows in the Bronx". Newsday.
- ^ Allis, Sam (March 22, 2009). "All that Chazz". Boston.com. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
- ^ "Chazz Palminteri and the real-life inspiration for 'A Bronx Tale' are forever intertwined". bostonglobe.com. March 31, 2019.
- ^ The Villager, Vol. 77, No. 23; November 7–13, 2007
- ^ "Broadway Names with Julie James," On Broadway, SiriusXM, October 11, 2012.
- ^ Winn, Steven. "Palminteri revisits 'A Bronx Tale'" San Francisco Chronicle, September 23, 2008.
- ^ "Cheri, Based on Colette's Classic Novella, Begins Performances Off-Broadway". Broadway.com. November 19, 2013.
- ^ "Kenny D'Aquila". IMDb.
- ^ "'Unorganized Crime' a quirky mob-family melodrama". Los Angeles Times. May 16, 2014.
- ^ "Chazz Palminteri Talks New Play 'Unorganized Crime,' Getting His Start from Robert DeNiro (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. May 8, 2014.
- ^ Vlastelica, Ryan (March 2, 2016). "Chazz Palminteri on A Bronx Tale, Keyser Söze, and Stallone's career advice". The A.V. Club. Retrieved February 27, 2020.
- ^ Kachka, Boris (October 14, 2007). "How 'A Bronx Tale' Got Told – New York Magazine". Nymag.com. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
- ^ Natalie Abrams (October 26, 2009). "Elizabeth Banks and Chazz Palminteri to Guest-Star on Modern Family". TVGuide.com.
- ^ "Chazz: A Bronx Original Closes". Baltimore magazine. January 26, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
- ^ "Welcome to the Chazz Palminteri Show". YouTube, Chazz Palminteri Show. February 8, 2021.
- ^ "Video Mike Lavin | The Secret To Being Real | Chazz Palminteri Show | EP 2". The Homeless Pimp.
- ^ "A Chat With Billy Baldwin". YouTube, Chazz Palminteri Show. March 1, 2021.
- ^ "Spirituality of Acting with Kathrine Narducci". YouTube, Chazz Palminteri Show. October 3, 2022.
- ^ "The Tools with Phil Stutz". YouTube, Chazz Palminteri Show. February 14, 2022.
- ^ Rypka, Marsala (December 2009) "With Chazz Palminteri". luxurylv.com. Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2014..
- ^ "Blue Bloods: Season 3, Episode 9 Secrets and Lies". IMDb.com. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
- ^ "Blue Bloods: Season 4, Episode 8; Justice Served". IMDb.com. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
- ^ "Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 – Mob of the Dead: Chazz Palminteri".
- ^ "Bullets Over Hollywood (2005)". IMDb.com. Retrieved January 22, 2016.