Chazz Palminteri

Actor, Playwright, Screenwriter
Actor, writer and director Chazz Palminteri wrote his own ticket to the top with his one-man stage play "A Bronx Tale," an Italian-American coming of age story that wooed movie studios and Robert De Niro, who directed ... Read more »
Born: 05/14/1952 in Bronx, New York, USA


Actor (70)

Borrowed Frame 2014 (Movie)


Henry & Me 2014 (Movie)

Babe Ruth (Voice)

Hollywood and Wine 2014 (Movie)


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2014 (Tv Show)


Legend 2014 (Movie)

Angelo Bruno (Actor)

Modern Family 2010 - 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)


Rizzoli & Isles 2010, 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)


Mighty Fine 2012 (Movie)

Joe Fine (Actor)

Once Upon A Time In Queens 2012 (Movie)


The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure 2012 (Movie)

Milky Marvin (Voice)

Rocco's Dinner Party 2011 (Tv Show)


Celebrity Ghost Stories 1999 - 2000, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)


Jolene 2010 (Movie)


The 2010 Miss Universe Pageant 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


Yonkers Joe 2009 (Movie)

Yonkers Joe (Actor)

Once More with Feeling 2008 (Movie)


The Dukes 2008 (Movie)

George Zucco (Actor)

Wedding Bros 2008 (Movie)

Mr. Marconi (Actor)

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints 2006 (Movie)

Monty--Dito's Father (Actor)

Arthur and the Invisibles 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Travel Agent (Actor)

Body Armour 2006 (Movie)

Lee Maxwell (Actor)

Bullets Over Hollywood 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


Little Man 2006 (Movie)

Walken (Actor)

One Last Ride 2006 (Movie)

Tweat (Actor)

Push 2006 (Movie)

Vince (Actor)

Running Scared 2006 (Movie)

Detective Rydell (Actor)

The Third Annual Vibe Awards on UPN 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


Hoodwinked 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Woolworth (Actor)

In the Mix 2005 (Movie)

Frank Pacelli (Actor)

Kojak (USA) 2005 (Tv Show)


Animal 2004 (Movie)

Kassada (Actor)

Dr. Vegas 2004 (Tv Show)


Safe 2004 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

One Eyed Kings 2003 (Movie)


Poolhall Junkies 2003 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Down to Earth 2001 (Movie)

Mister King (Actor)

Dilbert 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)


Analyze This 1999 (Movie)

Primo Sindone (Actor)

Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure 1999 (Movie)

of Buster (Voice)

Stuart Little 1999 (Movie)

of Smokey (Voice)

The Book That Wrote Itself 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Night At the Roxbury 1998 (Movie)

Mr Zadir--Nightclub Owner (Actor)

Hurlyburly 1998 (Movie)

Phil (Actor)

Diabolique 1996 (Movie)

Guy Baran (Actor)

Faithful 1996 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Mulholland Falls 1996 (Movie)

Coolidge (Actor)

Sinatra: 80 Years My Way 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Inside the Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Jade 1995 (Movie)

Matt Gavin (Actor)

The 1995 MTV Movie Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


The Last Word 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


The Perez Family 1995 (Movie)

Lieutenant John Pirelli (Actor)

The Usual Suspects 1995 (Movie)

US Customs Special Agent David Kujan (Actor)

Bullets Over Broadway 1994 (Movie)

Cheech (Actor)

A Bronx Tale 1993 (Movie)

Sonny (Actor)

Innocent Blood 1992 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

There Goes the Neighborhood 1992 (Movie)

Lyle (Actor)

Oscar 1991 (Movie)

Connie (Actor)

An Even Break 1988 (Movie)

Frank Livorno (Actor)

The Last Dragon 1985 (Movie)

Hood (Actor)

Fine Line 1983 (Movie)


Boss of Bosses (TV Show)


Excellent Cadavers (TV Show)


Italians in America (TV Show)


Little Italy (TV Show)


Peter Gunn (TV Show)


Scarred City (TV Show)

Producer (4)

Mighty Fine 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Yonkers Joe 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Dukes 2008 (Movie)


Safe 2004 (Movie)

Writer (3)

Faithful 1996 (Movie)

("Faithful") (Play as Source Material)

Faithful 1996 (Movie)


A Bronx Tale 1993 (Movie)

Director (3)

Noel 2004 (Movie)


Oz 1999 (Tv Show)


WOMEN vs. MEN (TV Show)



Actor, writer and director Chazz Palminteri wrote his own ticket to the top with his one-man stage play "A Bronx Tale," an Italian-American coming of age story that wooed movie studios and Robert De Niro, who directed the 1993 screen adaptation. Palminteri's starring film role as a Mafia boss set the tone for his subsequent film career, where he lent dimension to streetwise characters, like the undiscovered literary genius behind a craps-shooting bodyguard in "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994), for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His soft-hearted tough guys were offset by staunch law enforcement officials and conflicted working-class Joes in acclaimed indies "The Usual Suspects" (1995) and "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints" (2006), while his incredibly timeless "character" face made him a fedora-sporting favorite in neo-noirs like "Mulholland Falls" (1996). Unfortunately, Hollywood was not willing to cast Palminteri as anything other than a mob boss, gambler or tough cop, and while he was sometimes reduced to sending up his image in low-brow comedies like "Little Man" (2006) his better, later performances came thanks to independent film directors who had faith in the stage-trained actor's ability to portray a wider range of characters.


Lorenzo Palminteri


Gabriella Palminteri

born on December 25, 2001

Dante Palminteri

born on October 10, 1995

Gianna Ranado

born c. 1964


Theodore Roosevelt High School

Bronx , New York 1965

studied acting with Paul Austin

DeWitt Clinton High School

Bronx , New York
switched to Roosevelt because DeWitt was an all-boys school



Co-wrote the screenplay for "10th and Wolf," which is based on the real life events of Joseph Pistone aka Donnie Brasco


Played a detective in Wayne Kramer's "Running Scared"


Played a mob boss opposite Usher in Ron Underwood's crime drama "In The Mix"


Cast opposite Ving Rhames in the USA series "Kojack" a remake of the original 70's series, which starred Telly Savalas


Cast in the feature "Poolhall Junkies"


Headlined the TNT original drama "Boss of Bosses", playing real-life mobster Paul Castellano


Starred as a zealous prosecutor in the HBO original movie "Excellent Cadavers"


Directed an episode of HBO's "Oz"


Supported Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro in "Analyze This"


Appeared in the ensemble drama "Hurlyburly"


Underwent surgery to remove cancerous tumor from his neck


First romantic lead, "The Perez Family"


First film in a lead role, also screenwriting debut, "A Bronx Tale"


Moved the show to New York, where it ran for four months at Playhouse 91


TV-movie debut, "Peter Gunn"


Feature acting debut, "An Even Break"


Wrote first stage version of "A Bronx Tale"


First production of "A Bronx Tale", a one-man show that ran at the West Coast Ensemble theater; produced by Peter Gatien


Moved to L.A.


TV acting debut in an episode of "Hill Street Blues"

After high school worked as a nightclub singer

Worked as a doorman at the New York nightclub, The Limelight; met his future producer Peter Gatien, owner of The Limelight in the mid-1980s

Worked in Off-Broadway productions

Made directorial debut with "Oooph!" (lensed 2001) for Showtime

Bonus Trivia


"I loved my neighborhood; I loved my childhood. Was it a little dangerous? Was it a little racist? Sure. But there was a decency there. It was a working-class neighborhood with fathers who woke up every morning to jobs they didn't like but did it for their families. They were firemen or cops or sanitation workers or bricklayers or bus drivers, like my father. These people are the glue that holds together Italian-American families. People think about Italians, and they say 'Mafioso.' But that's a very small sub-culture. People like my father put their dreams aside for their families. Those are the people I care about." --Chazz Palminteri quoted in The New York Times, September 13, 1993.


"I got so frustrated with my career one day that I sat down on my bed and I started to cry. I was living in a dump. I said to myself, how could you be living like this if you're so talented? Then I said, you ARE talented, They just don't know it yet. So I drove to the Thrifty Drug Store, picked up five legal pads and said, I am going to write something that will blow them away. And that's when my life turned around." --Palminteri quoted in Us, April 1995.