Nick Mancuso

Nicodemo Antonio Massimo Mancuso (born May 29, 1948) is an Italian-Canadian actor, artist, playwright, and director.[1][2] Beginning his career as a stage actor, he had his breakthrough role in the 1981 drama Ticket to Heaven, for which he won the Genie Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor. He has over 155 film and television credits, including a starring role on the NBC series Stingray (1985–87) and as antichrist Franco Macalousso in the Apocalypse film series.

Nick Mancuso
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Mancuso in 2009
Nicodemo Antonio Massimo Mancuso

(1948-05-29) May 29, 1948 (age 71)
OccupationActor, director, artist, playwright, poet

Early life and educationEdit

Mancuso was born May 29, 1948 in Mammola, Calabria, Italy. His family emigrated to Canada in 1956 via Naples, when he was eight years old.[3] He grew up in Ontario and began acting in high school. Upon graduation, he studied psychology at the University of Toronto, but left to pursue acting full time.


Mancuso began his professional career in various independent theatre companies including the Toronto Free Theatre, Canadian Stage Company, Factory Theatre, and the Theatre Passe Muraille. He had his first voice screen role debut with an uncredited role in the 1974 slasher film Black Christmas, as the voice of the stalking murderer Billy. In order to get the proper creepy and raspy voice, Mancuso would stand on his head to compress the thorax in his neck. He spent a season in 1976 at the Stratford Festival, with leading roles in The Merchant of Venice, Antony and Cleopatra, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and landed his first screen appearance in a supporting role in Allan Eastman's debut film, A Sweeter Song.[4]

In 1979, his American stage debut working directly with Tennessee Williams, starring in Tiger Tail and The Night of the Iguana in Atlanta. During this time, he came to the attention of producers at Columbia Pictures. Martin Ransohoff and Arthur Hiller were instrumental in getting Mancuso for the lead in the horror-thriller Nightwing, directed by Hiller and co-starring David Warner. Ransohoff and Hiller hoped Nightwing would be a hit and be a breakthrough role for Mancuso, but it failed at the box office.

In the early 1980s, Mancuso had his breakthrough role in Ticket to Heaven in which he played the part of a David Kappel, a non-observant Jewish teacher in Toronto. His girlfriend leaves him and he visits San Francisco to find his footing and see an old friend. He is lured into spending a weekend at a camp that is actually the recruiting and indoctrination center for a religious cult.[5] The film was voted one of the top 10 films of 1981 by the National Board of Review, and earned Mancuso the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. The success of the film and Mancuso's performance put him in the running to play Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Mancuso played the titular role on the NBC series Stingray, which ran two seasons between 1985 and 1987. He played the antichrist Franco Macalousso in Apocalypse, a series of direct-to-video films produced by Cloud Ten Pictures. Among the other roles Mancuso has taken on there was the role of Holden Downes in Captured. In this sometime violent film, he plays a real estate tycoon on the edge. He comes across some thieves who are out to rob him and takes his anger out on them.[6] Instead, he turns the tables on them and making them the victims.[7] He has also appeared in numerous independent and short films.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1981, Mancuso married Lady Patricia Pelham-Clinton-Hope (born 1949), a daughter of Henry Pelham-Clinton-Hope, 9th Duke of Newcastle, but they were divorced in 1983.[8]

Mancuso currently resides in Toronto, where he runs a six-week acting workshop.[9] He has also published a book of poetry titled Mediterranean Man[10] and created a number of abstract paintings.[11] He is fluent in English and Italian, and speaks conversational French.




  1. ^ "Nick Mancuso | TV Guide". Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  2. ^ "The Nick Mancuso Acting Academy". Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  3. ^ "Nick Mancuso Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  4. ^ Abbot, Stacey (2001). "Nick Mancuso". In Rist, Peter Harry (ed.). Guide to the Cinema(s) of Canada. Westport, Ct.; London: Greenwood Press. pp. 135–136. ISBN 0313299315. Retrieved 8 September 2019. His first on-screen appearance.
  5. ^ Machlowitz, David S. (March 1982). "Lawyer on the Aisle". ABA Journal. 68: 364. ISSN 0747-0088.
  6. ^ "Captured". Weird Wild Realm. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  7. ^ Captured (1998) at Rotten Tomatoes
  8. ^ Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (Debrett's Peerage Limited, 2008), p. 1,055
  9. ^ "The Nick Mancuso Acting Academy". Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  10. ^ Mancuso, Nick (2006). Mediterranean Men. ISBN 155071242X.
  11. ^ Mancuso, 2019 Artmajeur Online Art Gallery / Nick. "Nick Mancuso". Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  12. ^ " The Outer Limits (1995-2002): Resurrection". 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  13. ^ " The Outer Limits (1995-2002): A New Life". 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018.

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