Vince Colosimo

Vincenzo Colosimo (born 11 November 1966) is an Australian AFI Award winning stage, television and screen actor. He has worked in both Australia and the United States. He is of Italian descent and currently resides in Melbourne, Australia. He was previously married to Australian actress Jane Hall.

Vince Colosimo
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Colosimo at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards
Vincenzo Colosimo

(1966-11-11) 11 November 1966 (age 54)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
OccupationActor, businessman
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Jane Hall (1996–2007)

Early lifeEdit

Colosimo was born in Melbourne, one of four children of Italian-born parents from Calabria. He grew up in the inner city suburb of Carlton North.[1]



Colosimo has had some success on film, mainly in Australia. He made his film debut in the coming-of-age story Moving Out in 1983 and featured in 1984's Street Hero.[2]

Other credits include the cult movie Chopper (2000), in which he played Melbourne drug dealer Neville Bartos opposite Eric Bana, The Wog Boy (2000) Lantana (2001), Walking on Water (2002), The Nugget (2002), Take Away (2004) and Opal Dream (2006).[2] In 2008, he starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2008 American film Body of Lies.[3] In 2010, Colosimo starred in the sequel Wog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos.[3] Colosimo also appeared in the vampire film Daybreakers, starring alongside Sam Neill, Willem Dafoe and Ethan Hawke.[4]

In 2011, he starred in the film Face to Face, and in 2012, he starred in Starz "Spartacus" Season 4, and portrays a pirate leader.

Then in 2013, he appeared as a coffee shop ownernin The Great Gatsby alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.


Despite several movie roles and guest roles in A Country Practice (1994), Good Guys Bad Guys (1997) and Stingers (2002), it was not until his performance as Joe Sabatini in Something in the Air in 2001 and 2002 that resulted in wider exposure.[citation needed] In 2003, he starred in the telemovie, After the Deluge. In 2003 and 2004, he played Dr. Rex Mariani in The Secret Life of Us.[3] Vince also starred as himself in episode 6 of the hit ABC series We Can Be Heroes.[3] He was chosen to play Phil Olivetti in the fictional mini-series within the show.[citation needed]

From 2005 until late 2007, Colosimo had guest roles in Blue Heelers (2005), MDA (2005), Two Twisted (2006) and City Homicide (2007). His American credits include popular shows such as The Practice (2004) and Without a Trace (2003).[5]

2008 was a busy year for Colosimo. He portrayed Melbourne gangland figure Alphonse Gangitano in the Channel 9 series Underbelly (in a guest role); Channel Ten's telemovie Emerald Falls and Channel Nine's Scorched. He also appeared in Top Gear Australia's "Star in a bog-standard car" section in the first episode.[6]

In early 2009, Colosimo appeared in Carla Cametti PD, a six-part series that aired on SBS.[7] In 2010, he had the leading male role in the tele-movie, Wicked Love: The Maria Korp Story about the Maria Korp case.

In 2012 he and his ancestors featured in the SBS show, Who Do You Think You Are?[8]

He announced in late 2013 that he would be reprising his role of Alphonse Gangitano in the sequel/spin-off series Fat Tony & Co. which will not be placed under the Underbelly franchise (due to financing reasons) and will focus on the rise and fall of Tony Mokbel, who also featured in the original series, played by Robert Mammone.

Other endeavoursEdit

Colosimo is part-owner of a cafe in Northcote, Espresso Alley, with Vince Mazzone.[9][10]

He also sampled his voice on Snitch by Vanessa Amorosi in on her 2009 album Hazardous (album)[11]

Personal lifeEdit

He has a daughter, Lucia (2002), with his former wife, actress Jane Hall.[12] Colosimo and Hall worked together on A Country Practice in 1994. He lived in Westgarth, a suburb of Melbourne, until late 2015.[13] The mother of his second child is Australian actress Diana Glenn with whom he had a son, Massimo, in April 2014. The couple separated two months after the birth of Massimo.[14]


He was selected as one of the entrants to the Who's Who in Australia 2011 edition.[15]

In September 2016, Colosimo was charged by police after he was found in possession of Methamphetamine in Melbourne's north.[16] In January 2017, he appeared in court where he had pleaded guilty and was fined $1000 without conviction and was put under a good behaviour bond for a year.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Moving Out Gino Nominated – AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1984 Street Hero Vinnie
1988 All The Way Joe Bianchi TV Mini-Series
1993 Seven Deadly Sins Sloth TV Mini-Series
2000 The Wog Boy Frank
2000 Chopper Neville Bartos
2001 Lantana Nik Daniels AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — FCCA Award for Best Supporting Actor
2002 Walking on Water Charlie Nominated – AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — FCCA Award for Best Leading Actor
Nominated – IF Award for Best Actor
2002 The Hard Word Detective Mike Kelly
2002 Secret Bridemaids' Business James William Davis TV Movie
2002 The Nugget Dimitri
2003 Ain't Got No Jazz Bartender Short Film
2003 After the Deluge Eric TV Movie
2003 Take Away Tony Stilano
2005 BlackJack: Sweet Science Nick Delos TV Movie
2005 Life Michael Cardamone TV Movie
2006 Opal Dream Rex Williamson
2006 Solo Keeling
2007 St. George Short Film
2008 Emerald Falls Ned Montoya TV Movie
2008 Scorched Michael Francia TV Movie
2008 Body of Lies Skip
2009 Daybreakers Christopher Caruso
2010 Wicked Love: The Maria Korp Story Joe Korp TV Movie
2010 Wog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos Frank
2011 Panic at Rock Island Hirsch TV Movie
2011 Face to Face Greg Baldoni Newport Beach Film Festival Jury Award for Best Actor
Nominated – IF Award for Best Actor
2011 Swerve Sam
2013 The Great Gatsby Michaelis
2013 The 34th Battalion Donnelly Pre-Production


Year Title Role Notes
1994 A Country Practice Sergeant Danny Sabatini 4 episodes
1997 Good Guys, Bad Guys Zoran Episode: Gone to the Dogs
1999 Halifax f.p. Detective Johnson Episode: Someone You Know
2000 Stingers Paul Braun 3 episodes
2001–2002 Something in the Air Joe Sabatini 29 episodes
2003 Kath & Kim Jared Episode: Obsession
2003 Without a Trace Gus Finn Episode: Trip Box
2004 The Practice Matthew Billings 5 episodes
2005 Blue Heelers Andrew Lapscott 3 episodes
2005 MDA Dr. Andrew Morello 4 episodes
2005 We Can Be Heroes Himself Episode 6
2006 Two Twisted Duncan Episode: Love Crimes
2007 City Homicide Ernie Calabrese 2 episodes
2008 Underbelly Alphonse Gangitano 2 episodes
Nominated – Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor
2009 Carla Cometti PD Luciano Gandolfi Lead Role
2010 The Librarians Adrian Green 3 episodes
2010 Australian Families of Crime Narrator Episode: Killer Couple: David and Catherine McBirnie
2010 Cops LAC Dominic Salter Episode: I'll See You
2012 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Hector Chambers Episode: Murder in Montparnasse
2013 Spartacus: War of the Damned Herocleo 3 episodes
2013 Janet King Jack Rizzoli 8 episodes
2014 Schapelle Corby's Lawyer TV Movie
2014 Fat Tony & Co. Alphonse Gangitano 1 episode
2014 It's A Date Harry 1 episode
2018 Underbelly Files: Chopper Alphonse Gangitano 2 episodes
2019 Reef Break Mr. Pink 3 episodes


AFI Awards

  • 1982 – Nominated for "Best Actor in a Lead Role" (for Moving Out)
  • 2001 – Won for "Best Actor in a Supporting Role" (for Lantana)
  • 2002 – Nominated for "Best Actor in a Lead Role" (for Walking on Water)
  • 2008 – Nominated for "Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama" (for Underbelly)

Logie Awards

Newport Beach Film Festival, USA


  1. ^ Who Do You Think You are? SBS television ancestry show, Vice Colosimo S4 Episode 24, aired April 2012
  2. ^ a b " – A star is reborn". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  3. ^ a b c d Vince Colosimo at IMDb
  4. ^ Examiner, Huddersfield (11 January 2010). "Fresh: Review of Daybreakers".
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Category". Herald Sun. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Category". Herald Sun. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  8. ^ Who Do You Think You are? SBS television ancestry show, Vince Colosimo, Series 4 Episode 4, aired 17 April 2012
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Espresso". The Age. Melbourne. 7 February 2012.
  11. ^ "Hazardous – Vanessa Amorosi – Songs, Reviews, Credits – AllMusic". AllMusic.
  12. ^ "Vince Colosimo wants his split". 24 May 2008.
  13. ^ "Category". Herald Sun. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  14. ^ Kalina, Paul (28 February 2014). "Lunch with ... Vince Colosimo". The Age.
  15. ^ "Who's Who pack now boasts Siddle, Hamish and Andy and the Masterchef judges". 9 December 2010.
  16. ^ "Vince Colosimo to face court over alleged drug possession". 15 January 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  17. ^ "Actor Vince Colosimo fined $1000 for drug possession". 22 January 2017. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  18. ^ a b "Vince Colosimo". IMDb.

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