James Gandolfini was born in Westwood, New Jersey, to Santa (Penna), a high school lunchlady, and James Joseph Gandolfini, Sr., a bricklayer and head school janitor. His parents were both of Italian origin. Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater. His Broadway debut was in the 1992 revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" with Jessica Lange
and Alec Baldwin
“ Tony Soprano-The Sopranos ” - rob-coughlin27
One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of film's greatest decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies. Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940, in the Bronx, New York, to an Italian-American family...
“ Tony Montana-Scarface ” - rob-coughlin27
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier
in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949...
“ Don Vito Corleone-The Godfather ” - rob-coughlin27
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
, thought of as one of the greatest actors of all time, was born in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr.
His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is Irish, German, Dutch, English, and French. He was trained at the Stella Adler Conservatory and the American Workshop...
“ Sam"Ace"Rothstien-Casino ” - rob-coughlin27
“ Nicky Santoro-Casino ” - rob-coughlin27
Edward James Olmos
Edward James Olmos was born in Los Angeles, California, to Eleanor (Huizar) and Pedro Olmos, who was a mail carrier and welder. His family was of Mexican descent. If Olmos had followed the first love of his life, he would have been a professional baseball player. But by age 13, another love entered his life: rock music...
“ Montoya Santana-American Me ” - rob-coughlin27
Intense is the word for Ray Liotta. He specializes in psychopathic characters who hide behind a cultivated charm. Even in his nice guy roles in Field of Dreams
and Operation Dumbo Drop
, you get the impression that something is smoldering inside of him. Liotta maintains a steady stream of work, completing multiple projects per year...
“ Henry Hill-Goodfellas ” - rob-coughlin27
“ Pauly Wallnuts-The Soprano's ” - rob-coughlin27
"Go home and get your shine box....", so said ill-fated Billy Batts in Goodfellas
. However, Billy Batts is better known to a legion of crime-film fans as the talented actor, musician, and comedian Frank Vincent. Multi-talented Vincent was born in North Adams, Massachusetts, but was raised in the Greenville section of Jersey City...
“ Phil Leotardo-The Soprano's ” - rob-coughlin27
Bronx-born and raised Chazz Palminteri was a natural choice to continue the Italianate torch in film. In the tradition set forth in the 1970s by such icons as director Martin Scorsese
and actors Robert De Niro
, Al Pacino
, John Cazale
and Joe Pesci
, Palminteri has brought grit, muscle and an evocative realism to the sidewalks of his New York neighborhood...
“ Sonny LoSpecchio-Goodfellas ” - rob-coughlin27
Don Rickles was born May 8, 1926 in New York. After the Golden Era of Hollywood ended, Don Rickles is one man still living to tell his tales. One of the most respected talents in entertainment, Rickles got his start in the night clubs, toiling for over 20 years, until 1958, when Don made his film debut in Run Silent Run Deep
“ Billy Sherbert-Casino ” - rob-coughlin27
A multi-talented performer--as well as being an actor, he is an accomplished singer. He released a new music CD in late 2000 on which he sings American and Italian standards.
“ Junior-The Sopranos ” - rob-coughlin27
“ Silvio Dante-The Sopranos ” - rob-coughlin27
“ Johnny Sacks-The Sopranos ” - rob-coughlin27
Tall, dark and imposing American actor Paul Sorvino has made a solid career of portraying authority figures. He was born in Brooklyn, New York City. His mother, Angela (Renzi), was a piano teacher, of Italian descent. His father, Ford Sorvino, was an Italian immigrant who worked in a robe factory as a foreman...
“ Paul Ciero-Goodfellas ” - rob-coughlin27
Dynamically entertaining heavyset US actor with piercing eyes, William Forsythe has a superb talent for playing some truly unlikeable and downright nasty characters that dominate the films in which he appears! If you're cast as the "hero" against Forsythe's "villain", then you have your work cut out for you...
“ JD-American me ” - rob-coughlin27
First, acting job was in New York as a stand-in for Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" music video. Is fluent in Spanish and can speak moderately in Italian and German. Served in the U.S. Navy for three years traveling the world on three different ships. His eldest brother Rico died of cancer at the age of 30...
“ Boss Miklo-Blood in Blood out bound by honor ” - rob-coughlin27