Calogero Lorenzo "Chazz" Palminteri (born May 15, 1952)
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is an American actor, screenwriter, producer and playwright. He is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role for Best Supporting Actor in ''Bullets over Broadway'', the 1993 film ''A Bronx Tale'', based on his play of the same name, Special Agent Dave Kujan in ''The Usual Suspects'', Primo Sidone in ''Analyze This'' and his recurring role as Shorty in ''Modern Family''.

Early life

Palminteri was born on May 15, 1952, in the Bronx borough of New York City, the son of Rose, a homemaker, and Lorenzo Palminteri, a bus driver. He was raised in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx. Palminteri is of Sicilian origin; his grandparents, Calogero Palminteri and Rosa Bonfante, married in 1908, and immigrated to the United States in 1910 from Menfi in the province of Agrigento, Sicily. He struggled to become an actor, splitting his time between acting in off-Broadway plays and moonlighting as a bouncer, alongside Dolph Lundgren. His big break came in 1988 with the premiere of his autobiographical one-man show, ''A Bronx Tale,'' which he wrote after being fired from a club for refusing entry to talent agent Swifty Lazar; Robert De Niro later developed and directed a film version (1993).


Film career

Palminteri has had acclaimed dramatic performances in films such as ''A Bronx Tale'', ''The Usual Suspects'', ''The Perez Family'', ''Jade'', and ''Diabolique'', as well as comedic roles in films such as ''Oscar'', ''Analyze This'', and ''Down to Earth''. During its run, he appeared in many advertisements for Vanilla Coke, in which he portrayed a mob boss who would threaten celebrities if they did not praise the taste of the product in question, and then let them walk away with the Vanilla Coke to "reward their curiosity", touching on its slogan at the time. Palminteri has voiced characters in various animated films, the most notable being Smokey in ''Stuart Little'' and Woolworth in ''Hoodwinked''. He made his directorial debut with an episode of ''Oz'', then the television film ''Women vs. Men'' and the 2004 feature film ''Noel''. Palminteri's recent acting efforts include ''A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints'', ''Running Scared'', and ''Arthur and the Minimoys''. In 2004, he received the "Indie Hero Award" from the Method Fest Independent Film Festival for his artistic achievements in film.


Palminteri starred on Broadway in ''A Bronx Tale'', the semiautobiographical one-man show he first performed (as ''A Bronx Play'') at Theatre West in Los Angeles in 1989. The Broadway production, directed by Jerry Zaks and with music by John Gromada, began previews October 4, 2008, at the Walter Kerr Theatre and opened on October 25, running for 18 weeks. Palminteri plays 18 roles in ''A Bronx Tale'', which depicts a rough childhood on the streets of the Bronx. The play ran for two months at Playhouse 91 in 1989. Robert De Niro saw this show there and made his directorial debut with the big-screen version, co-starring with Palminteri. Palminteri starred opposite Kenny D'Aquila in D'Aquila's play, ''Unorganized Crime''. Palminteri always appreciated the shot that Robert De Niro gave him, so he in turn agreed to star in D'Aquila's mafia-themed drama. Palminteri is currently performing in the Broadway musical version of ''A Bronx Tale'' since May 2018.


On January 20, 2010, Palminteri guested on ''Modern Family'' and played the same character on the November 2, 2011, episode. Palminteri has reprised the role twice more in season 5. In June 2010, Palminteri began guest-starring on the TNT crime drama ''Rizzoli & Isles'' as Frank Rizzoli, Sr. He guest starred twice on the CBS drama ''Blue Bloods'' as Angelo Gallo, a mob lawyer and childhood friend of main character Frank Reagan. Palminteri portrayed deceased mobster Paul Castellano in the 2001 TV film ''Boss of Bosses''.

Other work

In 2011, Palminteri opened a restaurant, Chazz: A Bronx Original, in Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood; their main foods are coal-fired pizza and Italian food. However, the restaurant closed in 2015. Palminteri opened an Italian restaurant, Chazz Palminteri Ristorante Italiano, in New York City on Second Avenue. Also, Palminteri did the voice acting for the ''Call of Duty: Black Ops II'' character Sal De Luca in the zombies map ''Mob of the Dead'', and his likeness was used for the character as well.

Personal life

Palminteri lives in Westchester County, New York. He describes himself as a "very spiritual", devout Roman Catholic.Rypka, Marsala (December 2009) . He has two children and is a fan of the New York Yankees.




Video games

Theatre work


* 2007 – ''A Bronx Tale'' – performer * 2013 – ''Human'' – performer and writer * 2016 – ''A Bronx Tale'' – writer and performer


* 1989 – ''A Bronx Tale'' – writer and performer * 2002 – ''The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui'' – Ernesto Roma


External links

A Bronx Tale on Broadway | The Official Website

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