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Michael Badalucco (born December 20, 1954) is an American actor, best known for his role as lawyer Jimmy Berlutti on the ABC legal drama television series The Practice. In 1999, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in the role. He also starred as Mathilda's father in the 1994 movie Léon: The Professional.

Michael Badalucco
Born (1954-12-20) December 20, 1954 (age 64)
Years active1980–present
Brenda Heyob (m. 1996)
RelativesJoseph Badalucco Jr. (brother)

Life and careerEdit

Badalucco, an Italian American, was born in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, the son of Jean, a homemaker, and Joe Badalucco, a set dresser, movie set carpenter and property person.[1][2] His brother is actor Joseph Badalucco Jr., whose most notable role was Jimmy Altieri in the television series The Sopranos.

He attended Xaverian High School in Brooklyn, graduating in 1972. He was the guest speaker at the 2005 commencement. He later attended SUNY New Paltz in New Paltz, New York. Badalucco has been married to Brenda Heyob since 1996.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
1980 Raging Bull Soda Fountain Clerk
1984 Broadway Danny Rose Money Ripper
1985 Desperately Seeking Susan Guy from Brooklyn
1990 Men of Respect Sal
Miller's Crossing Caspar's driver
1991 The Hard Way Pizza Man
Switch Hard Hat
Jungle Fever Frankie Botz
1992 Juice Detective Kelly
Mac Vic Vitelli
Night and the City Elaine's Bartender
1993 Sleepless in Seattle New York Taxi Driver
The Saint of Fort Washington Bridge Cop #2
1994 Men Lie Unknown
Léon: The Professional Mathilda's Father
The Search for One-eye Jimmy Joe Head
Mixed Nuts AAA Driver
1995 The Sunshine Boys Sound Man Television movie
Dearly Beloved Mr. Richards
Blue in the Face Statistician
Clockers Cop #1
1996 Two If by Sea Quinn
Paulie Paulie Short film
Basquiat Counterman at Deli
One Fine Day Lt. Bonomo
1997 Love Walked In Eddie Bianco
Commandments Detective
Path to Paradise State Trooper Television movie
The Deli Eric the Soda Man
Lesser Prophets Charlie
1998 You've Got Mail Charlie
1999 Summer of Sam Son of Sam
2000 It's a Shame About Ray Mr. Seinfeld
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Baby Face Nelson
2001 The Man Who Wasn't There Frank
2002 13 Moons Producer
Naked Movie Joe Head
2004 2BPerfectlyHonest Eugene
Gourmet Club Chef Orsino Mangiacavallo Television movie
2005 Bewitched Joey Props
Pizza My Heart Lou Prestolani Television movie
2006 Broken Circle Mitchell Stevens
2007 Joulutarina Emil
2009 Nowhere to Hide Paulo Farina
The Deported Store Patron
In My Sleep Derek
2010 Finding Hope Now Roger Minassian
2013 Fading Gigolo Burly Driver
2014 Zarra's Law Arthur Pascano
2015 Dancer and the Dame Harrier
2016 Rules Don't Apply Solly the Barber


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Law & Order David Zifrin Episode: "Jurisdiction"
1995 Central Park West Salesman Episode: "The Best, False Friend"
New York News Street Vendor Episode: "Forgotten"
199704 The Practice Jimmy Berlutti 166 episodes
1999 Ally McBeal Jimmy Berlutti Episode: "I Know Him By Heart"
2001 Boston Public Jimmy Berlutti Episode: "Chapter Thirteen"
Gideon's Crossing Jimmy Berlutti Episode: "Flashpoint"
2005 Joan of Arcadia Father Payne Episode: "Common Thread"
2006 Justice Frank Larusa Episode: "Addicts"
200814 Bones Scott Starret 2 episodes
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Tom Galli Episode: "Babes"
Monk Owen McCloskey Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Miracle"
2010 Cold Case Don Bardwill Episode: "Bombers"
In Plain Sight Benny Cusato Episode: "Death Becomes Her"
Private Practice Nick Episode: "What Happens Next"
The Young and the Restless Mark Hogan 8 episodes
Boardwalk Empire Harry Prince 2 episodes
2011 The Confession Arty 2 episodes
Chaos Fred Farmer 3 episodes
2014 Lilyhammer Joey Salmone 2 episodes
2015 Blue Bloods Ronnie Russo Episode: "Cursed"

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ "Michael Badalucco Biography (1954-)". Film Reference.
  2. ^ "Sat. 5/30 Death Notices". The New York Daily News.
  3. ^ "Boy of Summer - Michael Badalucco". People. July 26, 1999.

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