Armand Assante Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameArmand Anthony Assante Jr.
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Armand Assante is a coarsely handsome American actor who has successfully portrayed a wide range of intriguing characters from numerous ethnic backgrounds, both on screen and in the theater.

Armand Anthony Assante, Jr. was born on October 4, 1949 in New York City, to Katherine (Healey), a music teacher and poet, and Armand Anthony Assante, Sr., an artist and painter. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry.

Assante graduated from Cornwall Central High School and received his dramatic training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His first screen role was as a wedding guest in the minor cult film The Lords of Flatbush (1974) starring Henry Winkler and Sylvester Stallone, then after guest appearances in several soap operas, he was back alongside Sylvester Stallone in Paradise Alley (1978). He played a wealthy Frenchman seducing army recruit Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin (1980), portrayed literary "hard boiled" detective Mike Hammer in I, the Jury (1982) plus, he was excellent as the title role in Belizaire the Cajun (1986).

Assante continued on into the 1990s with more strong performances as a drug baron in Q & A (1990) directed by Sidney Lumet, he made a sensational team with Antonio Banderas for the Cuban music spectacular The Mambo Kings (1992), he was very impressive in the mob drama Hoffa (1992), and once more he was on screen with Sylvester Stallone in the film adaptation of the futuristic comic book Judge Dredd (1995), and Assante co-starred in the uneven Demi Moore film Striptease (1996).

Assante's acting talents remain in strong demand, and he has continued to stay busy on screen with recent appearances in One Eyed King (2001), Citizen Verdict (2003) and Two for the Money (2005).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com

Spouse (1)

Karen Assante (28 February 1982 - 1994) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (10)

He is the son of an Irish-American mother and an Italian-American father, and, contrary to some popular belief, he was born in New York City.
Attended and graduated from Cornwall Central High School in upstate New York.
Reportedly gained nearly 50 lbs for his role as John Gotti in Gotti (1996).
Friends with Jennifer Blanc-Biehn since they filmed The Third Wish (2005).
Lives on a 225 acre farm in upstate New York.
Living in upstate New York, he has been separated from wife Karen since 1994 and has two daughters, Anya and Alessandra.
Comes from a creative, arts-involved family. His Irish-American mother, Katherine (Healy), was a music teacher and poet, and his Italian-American father, Armand Anthony Assante, Sr., was a painter and artist.
Christopher Reeve was scheduled to play the lead role in Kidnapped (1995); Armand replaced him following Reeve's paralyzing horse-riding accident.
Has appeared with Sylvester Stallone in three films: The Lords of Flatbush (1974), Paradise Alley (1978) and Judge Dredd (1995).
Has twice played Sylvester Stallone's brother in Paradise Alley (1978) and Judge Dredd (1995).

Personal Quotes (6)

I go out there and make a fool of myself. It's inevitable.
It's a blessing and a curse. But it's not always the best situation to be in. As a profession, I don't recommend acting at all.
Literature is air, and I'm suffocating in mediocrity.
I've got the best deal on earth. Where else can I sin and know that I'm forgiven for it?
[on the recession] I've never seen a time when the financial end of film was so fragile. Projects come and go on the capacity of whether people have the financial ability, even for the lowest budget projects. It shows what has happened since 2008.
[at the Transilvania Film Festival] I like being here. We have a film that is premiering, The Wanderers: The Quest of The Demon Hunter (2017). I like your country for very many reasons, especially for the generosity of its people. I have known Romania since the years 2000, when I was invited here to a beauty pageant. Ever since, I have been trying to convince people to come to Romania and invest in the local film making industry. Romania is a complex country, it resembles Italy. The temperaments here are similar, the intellect of the people is similar. I have found writings by some Romanians to be very interesting, particularly Cioran [philosopher Emil Cioran], who amazed me with the way his mind worked. [June 2017]

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