Calogero Lorenzo "Chazz" Palminteri (born May 15, 1952) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer and playwright. He is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role for Best Supporting Actor in Bullets over Broadway, the 1993 film A Bronx Tale, based on his play of the same name, Special Agent Dave Kujan in The Usual Suspects, Primo Sidone in Analyze This and his recurring role as Shorty in Modern Family.
Palminteri in New York, April 2011
Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri|
May 15, 1952
Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, screenwriter, film producer, playwright|
Gianna Ranaudo (m. 1992)
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).
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.
In 2004, he received the "Indie Hero Award" from the Method Fest Independent Film Festival for his artistic achievements in film.
Palminteri starred on Broadway in A Bronx Tale, the semiautobiographical one-man show he first performed (as A Bronx Play) at Theatre West in Los Angeles in 1989. The Broadway production, directed by Jerry Zaks and with music by John Gromada, began previews October 4, 2008, 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. Robert De Niro saw this show there and made his directorial debut with the big-screen version, co-starring with Palminteri.
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 is currently performing in the Broadway musical version of A Bronx Tale since May 2018.
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.
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.
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 is a self-avowed New York Yankees fan.
|1986||Hill Street Blues||Sonny Cappelito||Episode: "Bald Ambition"|
|1987||Glory Years||Drummond||TV movie|
|Matlock||MP Sgt. Marcy||Episodes: "The Court-Martial: Part 1",|
"The Court-Martial: Part 2"
|1989||Dallas||Frank||Episode: "He-e-ere's Papa!"|
|Peter Gunn||Soldier||TV movie|
|Valerie||Leslie||Episode: "Viva Las Vegas"|
|1st & Ten: The Championship||Al||Episode: "Duty Call"|
|Wiseguy||Peter Alatorre / Sal Rosselli||Episodes: "Sins of the Father",|
"Heir to the Throne",
"How Will They Remember Me?"
|1990||Sydney||Tony||Episode: "Love Ya, Babe"|
|1999||Excellent Cadavers||Giovanni Falcone||TV movie|
|Dilbert||Leonardo da Vinci||Voice|
|2001||Boss of Bosses||Paul Castellano||TV movie|
|An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson||Host|
|2004||Dr. Vegas||Duke Walcott||Episode: "Lust for Life"|
|2005||Kojak||Captain Frank McNeil||5 episodes|
|2010–2014||Rizzoli & Isles||Frank Rizzoli Sr.||6 episodes|
|2010–2017||Modern Family||Shorty||5 episodes|
|2012–2013||Blue Bloods||Angelo Gallo||Episodes: "Secrets and Lies",|
|2014||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Perry Cannavaro||Episode: "Jersey Breakdown"|
|2015||The Making of the Mob: New York||Himself|
|Kevin Can Wait||Vincent||Episode: "Plus One Is the Loneliest Number"|
|2017||Voltron: Legendary Defender||Burrowing Alien||Episode: "The Voltron Show!"|
|2012||Call of Duty: Black Ops II||Salvatore "Sal" DeLuca||The "Uprising" DLC, featured on the Zombies map "Mob of the Dead"|
- 2007 – A Bronx Tale – performer
- 2013 – Human – performer and writer
- 2016 – A Bronx Tale – writer and performer
- Chazz Palminteri bio. Chazzpalminteri.net. Retrieved on 2013-11-19.
- 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.
- "Broadway Names with Julie James", On Broadway, SiriusXM Radio, October 11, 2012
- The Villager, Vol. 77, No. 23; November 7–13, 2007
- "Cheri, Based on Colette's Classic Novella, Begins Performances Off-Broadway". Broadway.com. November 19, 2013.
- "Kenny D'Aquila".
- "'Unorganized Crime' a quirky mob-family melodrama". Los Angeles Times.
- "Chazz Palminteri Talks New Play 'Unorganized Crime,' Getting His Start from Robert DeNiro (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter.
- 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. 2015-01-26. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
- Rypka, Marsala (December 2009) "With Chazz Palminteri". luxurylv.com. Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2014..
- "Bullets Over Hollywood (2005)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
- "Blue Bloods: Season 3, Episode 9 Secrets and Lies". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
- "Blue Bloods: Season 4, Episode 8 ; Justice Served". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-01-22.