Dominic Chianese (Italian pronunciation: [kjaˈneːze; -eːse]; born February 24, 1931) is an American actor, singer, and musician. He is best known for his role as Corrado "Junior" Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos, and Johnny Ola in The Godfather Part II.
Chianese in 2011
|Born||February 24, 1931|
New York City, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, singer, musician|
Chianese was born in the Bronx, New York. His father was a bricklayer. His grandfather immigrated to the United States from Naples in 1904, and settled in the Bronx. He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1948.
After a decade of attending college and appearing in Off-Broadway theatre, Chianese attended his first professional acting class at HB Studio in Manhattan, with renowned teacher Walt Witcover. Drama and musical theater became Chianese's passion. His first Broadway show was Oliver! in 1965. He has continued to perform in Broadway theatre, Off Broadway, and regional theatre. To supplement income in the dry periods, he played rhythm guitar and sang in taverns and restaurants, and also served as the master of ceremonies at the open microphone night at Gerdes Folk City in Greenwich Village. Chianese's first television credit occurred when George C. Scott recommended him for a role in the acclaimed series East Side/West Side. In 1974, Francis Ford Coppola cast Chianese as Johnny Ola in The Godfather Part II, which sparked a film career, culminating in several films (and plays) with Al Pacino.
Before being cast in The Godfather Part II, Chianese worked for the Drug Commission of New York State as a recreational worker in a rehabilitation center. He taught guitar to women who were serving time for drug-related crimes.
In 2010, Chianese received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in recognition of his humanitarian efforts.
Chianese has appeared in four movies with his friend Al Pacino:
- The Godfather Part II (1974) - as Johnny Ola
- Dog Day Afternoon (1975) - as Sonny's Father
- ...And Justice For All (1979) - as Carl Travers
- Looking for Richard (1996) - as Himself
Chianese is an accomplished tenor and musician, having released a CD titled Hits in 2000, on which he sings American and Italian songs. He performed Salvatore Cardillo's sentimental classic "Core 'ngrato" ("Ungrateful Heart"), on the third-season finale of The Sopranos (episode 3.13, "Army of One"). In 2003, Chianese, along with AOL Music, released a second CD titled Ungrateful Heart, which features 16 classic Neapolitan songs.
Chianese appeared as a guest actor on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire for three seasons as Leander Whitlock, a retired lawyer and power broker.
In December 2018, Chianese and coauthor, Matthew Sargent, published the powerfully revealing biography of Chianese's improbable rise to the top, Twelve Angels: The Women Who Taught Me How to Act, Live, and Love, distributed by Simon & Schuster.'
|1974||The Godfather Part II||Johnny Ola|
|1975||Dog Day Afternoon||Mr. Wortzik|
|1976||All the President's Men||Eugenio R. Martínez|
|1978||On the Yard||Mendoza||Uncredited|
|1979||...And Justice for All||Carl Travers|
|1981||Fort Apache, the Bronx||Mr. Corelli|
|1989||Second Sight||Father Dominic|
|1990||Q&A||Larry Pesch / Vito / Lorenzo Franconi|
|1991||Out for Justice||Mr. Madano|
|1992||The Public Eye||Spoleto|
|1993||Rivalen des Glücks - The Contenders||Father of the bride|
|1993||The Night We Never Met||Nosy Neighbor|
|1996||If Lucy Fell||Al|
|1996||Love Is All There Is||Italian Consul|
|1996||The Mouse||Al the Trainer|
|1996||Looking for Richard||Himself||Documentary|
|1997||Night Falls on Manhattan||Judge Impelliteri|
|1998||Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five||Mickey|
|1999||Cradle Will Rock||Silvano|
|2004||When Will I Be Loved||Count Tommaso Lupo|
|2004||King of the Corner||Stan Marshak|
|2007||The Last New Yorker||Lenny Sugarman|
|2007||Adrift in Manhattan||Tommaso Pensara|
|2011||Mr. Popper's Penguins||Reader|
|2013||The Family||Vinnie Caprese|
|1964||East Side/West Side||Charley||Episode: "The Street"|
|1976||Kojak||George Mallick||Episode: "A Hair-Trigger Away"|
|1980||A Time for Miracles||Promoter||Television movie|
|1981||Ryan's Hope||Alexei Vartova||40 episodes|
|1986||Tales from the Darkside||Correlli's father||Episode: "A Choice of Dreams"|
|1989||L.A. Law||Dr. Lacker (uncredited)||Episode: "I'm in the Nude for Love"|
|1990||The Lost Capone||Gabriel Capone||Television movie|
|1991||Law & Order||Dan Rubell||Episode: "Sonata for Solo Organ"|
|1995–1997||Law & Order||Judge Paul Kaylin||2 episodes|
|1996||Gotti||Joe Armone||Television movie|
|1997||Cosby||N/A||Episode: "Lucas Raymondicus"|
|The Sopranos||Corrado "Junior" Soprano||55 episodes|
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000)
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2000–01)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2001–03, 2005, 2007)
|2004||Hope & Faith||Irv Miller||Episode: "Trade Show"|
|2004||Crimes of Fashion||George||Television movie|
|2010||Damages||Stuart Zedeck||7 episodes|
|2010||Blue Bloods||"Happy" Jack Vintano||Episode: "Officer Down"|
|2011||The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Vic||2 episodes|
|2011–2013||Boardwalk Empire||Leander Cephas Whitlock||12 episodes|
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2012)
|2012–2015||The Good Wife||Judge Michael Marx||5 episodes|
|2019||The Village||Enzo||Main cast|
|2019||Inspector Montalbano||John Zuck||Episode: "Un diario del '43"|
Chianese's voice is dubbed by Gianni Giuliano
- Dominic Chianese Biography (1934?-)
- "Jon Favreau & E.L. Doctorow At Bronx Science Gala". The Bronx Daily | Bronx.com. April 25, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
- "Bronx High School Of Science Celebrates 75 Years With Gala". Look to the Stars. March 29, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
- Musicians Recall Dylan’s First Big Gig and 25 Years of Music History at Gerde’s Folk City
- "News: "Dominic Chianese Scores A Hit With 'Hits'"". BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.). September 18, 2001. Retrieved June 1, 2011.
- Dominic Chianese on IMDb
- Dominic Chianese at the Internet Broadway Database
- A conversation with Dominic Chianese, The Sopranos' Uncle Junior in Lavery, David; Howard, Douglas L.; Levinson, Paul (eds.). The Essential Sopranos Reader. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 339–362. ISBN 978-0-8131-3012-5.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
- Dominic Chianese - Downstage Center interview at American Theatre Wing.org