Michael Imperioli (Italian: [impeˈrjɔːli]; born March 26, 1966) is an American actor, writer and director best known for his role as Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2004. He also appeared in the TV drama series Law & Order as NYPD Detective Nick Falco. Imperioli spent the 2008-2009 television season as Detective Ray Carling in the US version of Life on Mars. He was starring as Detective Louis Fitch in the ABC police drama Detroit 1-8-7 until its cancellation. He wrote and directed his first feature film, The Hungry Ghosts, in 2008. In 2015, he starred in Mad Dogs, a dark-comic thriller television series available for viewing on Amazon's Amazon Prime subscription service in the U.S and on Shomi in Canada.
Imperioli in 2007
|Born||March 26, 1966|
Mount Vernon, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, writer, director|
Victoria Chlebowski (m. 1995)
Imperioli was born in Mount Vernon, New York into an Italian-American family, with ancestors from Lazio and Sicily. He is the son of Dan Imperioli, a bus driver and amateur actor and Claire Imperioli, an amateur actress.
In addition to his role on The Sopranos, Imperioli has appeared in a number of films, including Goodfellas, Jungle Fever, Bad Boys, Malcolm X, The Basketball Diaries, Clockers, Dead Presidents, Girl 6, My Baby's Daddy, Lean on Me, I Shot Andy Warhol, Last Man Standing, Shark Tale, High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story, and Summer of Sam, which he also co-wrote and co-produced. He also wrote a number of episodes for The Sopranos.
He served as artistic director of Studio Dante, an Off-Broadway theater he formed with his wife. He is also the lead singer/guitarist for a rock band named La Dolce Vita. He makes a brief appearance in the video for the 1983 hit 'Shiny Shiny' by British performance group Haysi Fantayzee.
Imperioli is an active member of The Jazz Foundation of America and co-hosted their May 2009 annual benefit concert, "A Great Night in Harlem", at the Apollo Theater, which celebrated the foundation's 20th anniversary.
He won the "Tournament of Stars" competition on the cooking show Chopped in 2014, sending $50,000 to his designated charity the Pureland Project, an organization which builds and maintains schools in rural Tibet. In 2016, he guest starred as the angel Uriel on the Fox show Lucifer.
|Lean on Me||George|
|1990||Goodfellas||Michael "Spider" Gianco|
|1991||Jungle Fever||James Tucci|
|1992||Fathers & Sons||Johnny|
|Malcolm X||Reporter at Fire Bombing|
|1993||The Night We Never Met||Dry Cleaning Costumer #1|
|Joey Breaker||Larry Metz|
|Household Saints||Leonard Villanova|
|1994||Scenes from the New World||Billy|
|Amateur||Doorman at Club|
|Postcards from America||The Hustler|
|The Basketball Diaries||Bobby|
|Blixa Bargeld Stole My Cowboy Boots||Johnny|
|Girl 6||Scary Caller #30|
|I Shot Andy Warhol||Ondine|
|Last Man Standing||Giorgio Carmonte|
|1997||A River Made to Drown In||Allen Hayden|
|Office Killer||Daniel Birch|
|Under the Bridge||N/A|
|1999||Too Tired to Die||Fabrizio|
|On the Run||Albert DeSantis|
|Summer of Sam||Midnight||Also writer and executive producer|
|2002||Love in the Time of Money||Will|
|2003||High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story||Stu Ungar|
|2004||My Baby's Daddy||Dominic|
|Shark Tale||Frankie||Voice role|
|2007||The Inner Life of Martin Frost||Jim Fortunato|
|Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day||Charley "Chick" Benetto|
|2009||Hungry Ghosts||N/A||Director and writer|
Nominated—International Film Festival Rotterdam - Tiger Award
|The Lovely Bones||Detective Len Fenerman|
|2010||Love & Distrust||Stud|
|2011||Stuck Between Stations||David|
|2013||The Call||Alan Denado|
|2018||Cabaret Maxime||Bennie Gazza|
|2019||The Last Full Measure||Jay Ford|
|1994||NYPD Blue||Duane Rollins||Episode: "Dead and Gone"|
|1996||Law & Order||Johnny Stivers||Episode: "Atonement"|
Credited as Michael Imperiola
|1997||New York Undercover||Miles Gordon||Episode: "The Last Hurrah"|
|Firehouse||Lt. O'Connell||Television movie|
|1998||Witness to the Mob||Louie Milito||Television movie|
|1999–2007||The Sopranos||Christopher Moltisanti||80 episodes|
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2004)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1999, 2007)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2002, 2004)
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2008)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2001, 2003, 2006-2007)
Nominated—PRISM Award for Best Performance in a Drama Series (2003)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000-2002, 2004, 2006)
|2002||Disappearing Acts||Vinney||Television movie|
|2004||The Five People You Meet in Heaven||Captain||Television movie|
|2005–2006||Law & Order||Nick Falco||5 episodes|
|2006||The Simpsons||Dante, Jr. (voice)||Episode: "The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer"|
|2008–2009||Life on Mars||Detective Ray Carling||17 episodes|
|2010||Mercy||Harold Pindus||Episode: "We're All Adults"|
|The Secret Life of the American Teenager||Dr. Wattabi||Episode: "The Sound of Silence"|
|2010–2011||Detroit 1-8-7||Detective Louis "Lou" Fitch||18 episodes|
|2012||Girls||Powell Goldman||Episode: "Leave Me Alone"|
|The Godfather Legacy||Narrator||Voice|
|2013||The Office||Sensei Billy||Episode: "Livin' the Dream"|
|2014||Californication||Rick Rath||11 episodes|
|Rake||Alberto Rinaldi||Episode: "Bigamist"|
|2015–2016||Mad Dogs||Lex||10 episodes|
|2015||Saint Francis||Francis Quinlan||Pilot|
|2015–2016, 2018||Hawaii Five-0||Odell Martin||4 episodes|
|2016||Blue Bloods||Deputy Attorney General Robert Lewis||2 episodes|
|2018||Alex, Inc.||Eddie||10 episodes|
|Escape at Dannemora||Andrew Cuomo||Episode: "Part 7"|
|2019||Project Blue Book||Edward Rizzuto||2 episodes|
|Watchmen||Himself/Mayor of New York||Uncredited|
Episode: "Little Fear of Lightning"
|2020||Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector||Rick Sellitto|
- "Michael Imperioli". IMDb. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
- Schirripa, Steven R. (2013). The goomba diet : living large and loving it. Clarkson Potter. ISBN 9780307422057. OCLC 869558832.
- "Michael Imperioli Biography (1966?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
- Buckley, Cara; Thomas J. Lueck (September 5, 2007). "Pipe Bomb Shatters the Night Outside a Theater Owned by a 'Sopranos' Actor". The New York Times. Retrieved February 18, 2011.
- "Michael Imperioli's band 'La Dolce Vita' performing at Don Hills New York City 2007". erikremec.com. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
- "Haysi Fantayzee - Shiny Shiny (Official Video)". Youtube. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
- Jazz, All About. "All About Jazz".[permanent dead link]
- "Michael Imperioli Nabs Lead in ABC Drama Pilot". TVGuide.com. Retrieved March 1, 2014.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCLZ84RWCSU "Michael Imperioli reads The way of the cross" Queens Museum of Art, December 2011
- Petski, Denise (March 13, 2019). "Michael Imperioli To Star In 'Lincoln', NBC Pilot Based On 'The Bone Collector' Books". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
- DOBNIK, VERENA (January 28, 2007). "Imperioli: Tae Kwon Do Changed His Life" – via washingtonpost.com.
- "Cantinflas". September 18, 2014 – via IMDb.
- México, El Universal, Compañia Periodística Nacional. "Explotará en Californication".
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