Marco Leonardi

Actor
Hunky Australian-born Italian actor Marco Leonardi made a splash in the 1990s with major roles in two of Hollywood's biggest foreign language film hits--"Cinema Paradiso" and "Like Water for Chocolate"--and kept winning ... Read more »
Born: 11/14/1971

Filmography

Actor (26)

Black Souls 2015 (Movie)

Luigi (Actor)

Cha Cha Cha 2013 (Movie)

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Once Upon a Time in Mexico 2003 (Movie)

Fideo (Actor)

The Knights of the Quest 2001 (Movie)

Rainiei di Panico (Actor)

The Five Senses 2000 (Movie)

Roberto (Actor)

The Stendhal Syndrome 1999 (Movie)

Marco Longhi (Actor)

From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter 1998 (Movie)

Johnny Madrid (Actor)

My Brother Jack 1998 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

David 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Manhattan Merengue 1997 (Movie)

Carmelo (Actor)

Deadly Measures 1996 (Movie)

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Vacation in Hell 1996 (Movie)

Angelo (Actor)

Italians 1995 (Movie)

Fortunato (Actor)

La Frontiera 1995 (Movie)

Franco (Actor)

Banditi 1994 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Viva San Isidro! 1994 (Movie)

Quintino (Actor)

La Ribelle 1993 (Movie)

Sebastiano (Actor)

Le Puttane 1993 (Movie)

Maurizio (Actor)

Like Water for Chocolate 1993 (Movie)

Pedro Muzquiz (Actor)

Cinema Paradiso 1990 (Movie)

Salvatore--as a Youth (Actor)

Ferdinando, Uomo d'amore 1990 (Movie)

Ferdinando (Actor)

The Palermo Connection 1990 (Movie)

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Scugnizzi 1989 (Movie)

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Ciao Ma... 1988 (Movie)

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La Sposa Era Bellissima 1988 (Movie)

Giuseppe (Actor)

Last Momemt 1988 (Movie)

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Biography

Hunky Australian-born Italian actor Marco Leonardi made a splash in the 1990s with major roles in two of Hollywood's biggest foreign language film hits--"Cinema Paradiso" and "Like Water for Chocolate"--and kept winning roles well into the 2000s in several notable films. Having moved to Italy at the age of four, Leonardi began to work in films as a teenager, memorably portraying Salvatore "Totò" Di Vita in Giuseppe Tornatore's cinematic memoir, "Cinema Paradiso". Four years later he won the lead part of the lovelorn young Pedro Muzquiz in the Mexican romance "Like Water for Chocolate". Plenty of feature work followed in Italian cinema throughout the 1990s, and, though his face was recognizable to many in the United States, he didn't make his American film debut until he starred in the 1998 Italian-American family drama "My Brother Jack". The following year Leonardi had a double-whammy, starring in the Canadian film "The Five Senses", which wove together five interconnected stories, and the horror/Western sequel "From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter", where he again had top billing. His performance caught the eye of the series originator, Robert Rodriguez, who cast Leonardi in 2003 as a bandito alongside mega-stars Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp in his action-crime-comedy "Once Upon a Time in Mexico". The following year Leonardi joined Juliet Binoche and an all-star cast in Abel Ferrara's religious-themed thriller "Mary", and since then he has divided his time between Los Angeles and Rome, working in both film capitols.

Relationships

Lumi Cavazos Actor

Companion
acted together in "Like Water for Chocolate" dated from c. 1991 to c. 2000

Bonus Trivia

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In August 2001, Leonardi was named in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a nine-year-old boy was struck and killed by a Jeep reportedly owned by the actor. The suit claimed that the vehicle's driver, actress Rebecca Gayheart was talking on a cell phone at the time of the alleged accident.

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