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Domiziano Arcangeli Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 10 June 1968Venice, Veneto, Italy
Nickname Domi
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Arcangeli was discovered in 1979 by photographer Helmut Newton in Venice, Italy, where he used to live: some of the photographs made the covers of international magazines. Arcangeli became a fashion model during the 1980s, and he was called by Federico Fellini at Cinecittà Studios in Rome for a screen test to play the young lead of a movie that eventually was unfortunately never made. However, the actor later worked in Fellini's Intervista (1987), playing himself at the time of that first screen test. Arcangeli did make his acting debut in the Italian-Japanese film The Garden of Eden (1980), and continued to appear in a number of films during the 1980s and 1990s, among them The Good Soldier (1982) directed by Franco Brusati, Credo (1983) directed in France by Jacques Deray, Il fantasma di Sodoma (1988) directed by Lucio Fulci and Love of a Woman (1988) directed by Nelo Risi. He appeared in the historical drama Francesco (1989) directed by Liliana Cavani, starring Mickey Rourke, played in the well-received Tinto Brass softcore comedy Paprika (1991) and in the thriller Dark Friday (1993) directed by Aldo Lado. At the same time the actor worked in several stage productions with directors such as Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, Luca Ronconi, Lev Dodin, Giancarlo Sepe, Jonathan Miller, and others.

Throughout the 1990s, Arcangeli kept busy working in various films and television projects. He had starring roles in Last Flight to Hell (1990), in Ritual of Love (1990), in Black Demons (1991) directed by Umberto Lenzi, Belle da morire (1992), L'urlo della verità (1992), directed by Stelvio Massi, Albert Savarus (1993) based on a novel by Honoré de Balzac, Estasi (1993), and Intimate Crimes (1996). He also played Helmut in the TV series Le ragazze di Piazza di Spagna (1998) directed by José María Sánchez. He was cast in Red Silk (1999) by Jess Franco, Il conte di Melissa (2000), Incubus (2002) and 3 Women (2003) directed in Luxembourg by Luciano Emmer. Arcangeli moved to the United States, where he already had citizenship, and was immediately cast as Popo in the Showtime/Viacom TV series Zalman King's ChromiumBlue.com (2002), and then played darker or more complex roles, such as Carlton, his first American antagonist opposite actor Jeffrey Wright in the thriller Sin's Kitchen (2004) directed by Fabien Pruvot. Arcangeli has since worked in several other independent films: Gameface (2007) directed by James Rhodimer, the thriller The Seer (2007) directed by Luigi Desole, in Kurando Mitsutake's Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf (2009). In 2009 Arcangeli founded his film production company Empire Films,inc., and he produced and starred in House of Flesh Mannequins (2009) directed by Domiziano Cristopharo, Virus X (2010), and The Ghostmaker (2012) both released in the United States by Lions Gate Films through Grindstone Entertainment, but also executive produced the comedy Scenes from a Gay Marriage (2012) in the same year.

In 2013, along with his production company Empire Films' new business partner, Aaron Benore, and with Jake Barsha of Right Hook Films, Arcangeli co-executive produced the TV miniseries The Bathroom Diaries (2014) in which he plays Snake, and starred in the feature film The Brides of Sodom (2013) directed by Creep Creepersin. He most recently appeared as Chaka in the second season of the TV series Femme Fatales (2011), in Giorgio Serafini's crime thriller investigation Ambushed (2013), in the futuristic thriller written and directed by Paul Hough, The Human Race (2013), played the heavy Larry in Ivan Zuccon's psychological horror Wrath of the Crows (2013), is to appear also in a drama directed by Everett Lewis, Territory (2016), while there are a whole new slate of projects announced as completed, or in production by Empire Films, such as Orgy of the Damned (2016), the art-house thriller Travel Well, Kamikaze (2016) ready to be presented on the film festival circuit, but Empire Films (www.empirefilms.net) has also several other projects in active production with Arcangeli also set to star in a few.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Aaron Benore

Spouse (2)

Christine Santomes (19 May 1996 - 2 July 2002) (divorced)
Raffaella Baracchi (10 May 1988 - ?) (annulled)

Trivia (5)

Arcangeli was discovered by photographer Helmut Newton who noticed him by chance in 1979 in Venice (Italy) where Arcangeli used to live. Newton eventually brought Arcangeli to Berlin (Germany) for a series of photo shoots, which gained controversy for the age of the model. Nonetheless some of those very artistic pictures made the covers of many publications worldwide.
Domiziano Arcangeli was set to star as Giovanni in the period drama La sposa di San Paolo (1990) directed by Gabriella Rosaleva in the Fall of 1989, which opened at the Locarno Film Festival on 1st August 1990, but the actor, who had also invested in the project, and had worked in all pre-production phases as an associate producer and casting consultant, had to drop out suddenly when the shoot was about to begin due to a serious form of pneumonia, with high fevers and extreme dehydration for which he was hospitalized for 4 weeks and recovered within a period of 4 months off work. Production on the movie was then delayed by 2 weeks and, when the studio's doctors declared Arcangeli unavailable to work for at least 3 months, he was replaced at the last moment by colleague Dario Parisini, who took on the role.
Arcangeli has 2 sons - fraternal twins, Skyler and Thor-Lyndon, born on 11-11-11, in Atlanta, Georgia. The mother, an American model of Swedish and Scottish heritage, prefers to remain unknown. Arcangeli's grandfather was born, by an interesting coincidence, on 11-11-1911.
Domiziano Arcangeli played one of the lead roles in Rai Radio Italian Television's production of "Teresa Di Neera" from the controversial novel by Anna Zuccari, written in 1886, directed and adapted by Gabriella Rosaleva, recorded in 1996 as a radio play in 13 episodes for Radio RAI 3, and, also starring famed Italian actress Milena Vukotic and with Turi Ferro, Duilio Del Prete, Massimo De Francovich, among others.
Domiziano Arcangeli won Best Actor at the United International Film Festival (UIFF) for the role of Fosco in the Empire Films' gothic horror feature presentation Orgy of the Damned (2016) on March 6th, 2016. The movie is scheduled for a nation wide release in mid-April 2016. The film was also nominated for Best Picture and was awarded Best Cinematography to Italian director of photography Mirco Sgarzi.

Personal Quotes (1)

Peculiar: The best way to find out about the truth, is to remain silent!

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