Armand Assante

Actor, Factory worker
With his ethnic name and exotic good looks, Armand Assante was often mistaken by casting agents early in his career for foreign talent. The native New Yorker paid his dues in regional theatre and as a regular on the ... Read more »
Born: 10/03/1949 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (98)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Barry Minkow 2014 (Movie)

Jack Sachs (Actor)

Chicago Overcoat 2014 (Movie)

Stefano D'Agnostino (Actor)

Death Warrior 2014 (Movie)

Silvano (Actor)

Dot.Kill 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Funny Money 2014 (Movie)

Genero (Actor)

Hunt for the Devil 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Magic Man 2014 (Movie)

Taper (Actor)

Montevideo, vidimo se! 2014 (Movie)

Hotchkins (Actor)

Soul's Midnight 2014 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Surveillance 2014 (Movie)

Harley Walters (Actor)

The Bleeding 2014 (Movie)

Det. Plummer (Actor)

The Chaos Experiment 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Man Who Came Back 2014 (Movie)

Amos (Actor)

The Third Wish 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dead Man Down 2013 (Movie)

Lon Gordon (Actor)

Once Upon A Time In Brooklyn 2013 (Movie)

Joseph Baldano Sr. (Actor)

Mexican Sunrise 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Chuck 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Human Target 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Return of Joe Rich 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Breaking Point 2009 (Movie)

Marty Berlin (Actor)

California Dreamin' 2009 (Movie)

Captain Doug Jones (Actor)

The Line 2009 (Movie)

Padre Antonio (Actor)

Mirror Wars 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

October Road 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Gangster 2007 (Movie)

Dominic Cattano (Actor)

Children of Wax 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Finding Rin Tin Tin 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Frank Lloyd Wright's Buffalo 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Voice

Funny Money 2007 (Movie)

Genero (Actor)

NCIS 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

When Nietzsche Wept 2006 (Movie)

Nietzsche (Actor)

Citizen Verdict 2005 (Movie)

Sam Patterson (Actor)

Dead Lenny 2005 (Movie)

Tony Thick (Actor)

Two for the Money 2005 (Movie)

Novian (Actor)

Casanova's Love Letters 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Confessions of a Pit Fighter 2004 (Movie)

Argento (Actor)

Partners in Action 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

One Eyed Kings 2003 (Movie)

Holly (Actor)

Tough Luck 2003 (Movie)

Ike (Actor)

Federal Protection 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

History Vs. Hollywood 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Push, Nevada 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

After the Storm 2001 (Movie)

Jean-Pierre (Actor)

Last Run 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Looking for an Echo 2000 (Movie)

Vince (Actor)

On the Beach 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road to El Dorado 2000 (Movie)

of Tzekel-Kan (Voice)

Intimate Portrait: Jacqueline Bisset 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

25th International Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Gotti 1996 (Movie)

John Gotti (Actor)

Striptease 1996 (Movie)

Al Garcia (Actor)

Judge Dredd 1995 (Movie)

Rico (Actor)

Trial By Jury 1994 (Movie)

Pirone (Actor)

Fatal Instinct 1993 (Movie)

Ned Ravine (Actor)

1492: The Conquest of Paradise 1992 (Movie)

Sanchez (Actor)

Hoffa 1992 (Movie)

Carol D'Allesandro (Actor)

The Mambo Kings 1992 (Movie)

Cesar Castillo (Actor)

The Marrying Man 1991 (Movie)

Bugsy Siegel (Actor)

Eternity 1990 (Movie)

Sean/Roni (Actor)

Q&A 1990 (Movie)

Bobby Texador (Actor)

Animal Behavior 1989 (Movie)

Mark Mathias (Actor)

The Penitent 1988 (Movie)

Juan Mateo (Actor)

Stranger in My Bed 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Belizaire the Cajun 1986 (Movie)

Belizaire Breaux (Actor)

Evergreen 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Unfaithfully Yours 1984 (Movie)

Maxmillian Stein (Actor)

Why Me? 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Doctors 1962 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

I, the Jury 1982 (Movie)

Mike Hammer (Actor)

Love and Money 1982 (Movie)

Lorenzo Prado (Actor)

Little Darlings 1980 (Movie)

Gary Callahan (Actor)

Private Benjamin 1980 (Movie)

Henri Tremont (Actor)

Lady of the House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Prophecy 1979 (Movie)

John Hawks (Actor)

Paradise Alley 1978 (Movie)

Lenny Carboni (Actor)

How to Survive a Marriage 1973 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

A Deadly Business (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Justice (TV Show)

Actor

Consequence (TV Show)

Actor

Fever (TV Show)

Actor

Hands of a Stranger (TV Show)

Actor

Human Feelings (TV Show)

Actor

Jack the Ripper (TV Show)

Actor

Kidnapped (TV Show)

Actor

Passion and Paradise (TV Show)

Actor

Rage of Angels (TV Show)

Actor

Shark Swarm (TV Show)

Actor

Sophia Loren: Her Own Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Hunley (TV Show)

Actor

The Odyssey (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Dot.Kill 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

With his ethnic name and exotic good looks, Armand Assante was often mistaken by casting agents early in his career for foreign talent. The native New Yorker paid his dues in regional theatre and as a regular on the soap opera "The Doctors" (NBC, 1963-1982), but work in films was longer in coming. Although Assante was courted by such 1970s auteurs as Francis Ford Coppola and Terence Malick, it was future action star Sylvester Stallone who gave him his first big breaks - as an extra in "The Lords of Flatbush" (1974) and as his co-star in "Paradise Alley" (1978). Typed as a slightly unreliable romantic leading man, Assante scored with moviegoers in "Private Benjamin" (1980) opposite Goldie Hawn and "Little Darlings" (1980) with Tatum O'Neal, but his first star outing, as Mike Hammer in the 1982 "I, the Jury" remake, was a box office dud. More successful on the small screen, Assante subspecialized in mobster roles in the trashy miniseries "Rage of Angels" (NBC, 1983), Jack Nicholson's "Hoffa" (1992) and the HBO biopic "Gotti" (1996), while proving a credible leading man in the indie "Belizaire, the Cajun" (1986) and "The Mambo Kings" (1991) with Antonio Banderas. Disinclined to trade on his looks for A-list status, Assante quit Hollywood to live off the grid with his family in upstate New York. The actor spent the better part of his career bouncing between low budget films and made-for-TV fare, lending an inarguable intensity and a disarming level of intelligence to any job he chose to take on.

Relationships

Armand Assante

Father
Italian descent

Alesandra Assante

Daughter
Born May 26, 1988; mother, Karen McArn

Anya Assante

Daughter
Born May 1983; mother, Karen McArn

Vanessa Constantino

Companion
No longer together

Katherine Healy

Mother
Irish descent; paraplegic due to polio

Karen McArn Actor

Wife
Married Feb. 28, 1982 Divorced 1994

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York
received the Jehlinger Award in 1969

Milestones

2013

Cast opposite Colin Farrell in neo-noir crime thriller "Dead Man Down"

2007

Played supporting role in Ridley Scott's crime drama "American Gangster"

2007

Co-starred in "Funny Money," a film adaptation of 1994 play written by Ray Cooney

2006

Landed recurring guest role on "ER" (NBC)

2005

Starred in "Citizen Verdict" with Jerry Springer and Roy Scheider

2002

Cast as Mr. Smooth on mystery television series "Push, Nevada" (ABC)

2001

Co-starred in drama thriller "After The Storm"

1999

Starred in drama feature "Looking for an Echo"

1997

Portrayed Odysseus in NBC's two-part adaptation of Homer's "The Odyssey"

1996

Delivered Emmy-winning performance as reputed Gambino crime boss John Gotti in HBO drama "Gotti"

1995

Reteamed with Stallone (from "Lords of Flatbush" and "Paradise Alley" days) for sci-fi actioner "Judge Dredd"

1995

Replaced Christopher Reeve in role of imprisoned expatriate Alan Breck Stewart in Family Channel miniseries "Kidnapped," based on Robert Louis Stevenson novel

1993

Showed unexpected flair for farce as cop-lawyer targeted for murder by his wife and her lover in film noir spoof "Fatal Instinct"

1992

Accompanied Columbus (Gerard Depardieu) in Ridley Scott's sinking ship "1492: Conquest of Paradise"

1992

Played a Cuban skirt-chasing singer in "The Mambo Kings," adapted from Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Oscar Hijuelos Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

1991

Acted part of Bugsy Siegel in "The Marrying Man"

1990

Offered letter-perfect performance as Latin gangster Bobby Texador in Sidney Lumet's "Q & A"

1989

Received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for portrayal of Richard Mansfield in two-part CBS miniseries "Jack the Ripper"

1987

Reprised Napoleon in ABC romantic miniseries "Napoleon and Josephine"

1986

Outfitted with long hair, beard, and nifty period garb while playing title role of "Belizaire the Cajun," an independent film depicting persecution of Cajuns by Louisiana land owners in 1850s

1985

Portrayed Lesley Ann Warren's contractor husband in opulent six-hour, three-part miniseries "Evergreen" (NBC), based on Belva Plain's romantic bestseller

1983

Played a dashing concert violinist in "Unfaithfully Yours"

1982

Starred as plausibly macho and ruggedly sexy Mike Hammer in "I, the Jury"

1981

Returned to Broadway as Emperor Napoleon I in Edward Sheehan's "Kingdoms"

1980

Had first film success in "Private Benjamin" opposite Goldie Hawn

1978

TV miniseries debut, "Harold Robbins' "The Pirate" (CBS)

1978

First major film, "Paradise Alley"

1977

Portrayed Tybalt in Circle in the Square production of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet"

1976

Appeared on Broadway in "The Comedians"

1975

Played Dr. Michael Powers on NBC soap opera "The Doctors"

1974

Played Johnny McGee on NBC daytime soap "How to Survive a Marriage"

1974

Landed bit part as wedding guest in "The Lords of Flatbush"

1970

Debuted off-Broadway opposite Hal Holbrook in Steve Tesich's "Lake of the Woods"

1968

Made tage debut at Westport Playhouse

1957

Moved to Cornwall, NY

Grew up in Manhattan

Bonus Trivia

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Assante's birth year has variously been given as 1944, 1945, and 1949. Since the majority of printed sources list 1949, that is what this database will use until more definitive data are discovered.

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Assante nearly died in 1987 when he collapsed in a hypoglycemic shock while shooting "Jack the Ripper" (CBS, 1988).

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"I don't advocate nor do I condone what's been done [by Gotti]. But at the end of the day, I think you have to read between the lines in this particular case. The media created a monster. The media kept throwing that [Dapper Don] image in the face of the government. John Gotti didn't get up and say, 'I want to go out and get photographed today.' The media were there, they were lying in wait and they created this image. You can't do that to the American government, so they went after him with a particular vengeance...There are a lot of New Yorkers who are supporters of Gotti, believe it or not. [I found out] how many people admire him, how many people really believe it's tragic that he is where he is. So many people spoke of his incredible generosity. The guy's a natural born leader. He has tremendous charisma." – Assante to Time Out New York, Aug. 14-21, 1996

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