Maria Pitillo

Actor, Singer, Retail sales (Ann Taylor)
A sexy blonde, Maria Pitillo has made steady progress in show business since cashing her first professional paycheck for a Pepto-Bismol commercial. She attracted attention as a Southern troublemaker on ABC's daytime ... Read more »
Born: 01/08/1966 in Elmira, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (33)

Big Shots 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friends 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Providence 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Early Edition 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

After Sex 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Will & Grace 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dirk and Betty 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Godzilla 1998 (Movie)

Audrey Timmonds (Actor)

House Rules 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Something to Believe In 1997 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Dear God 1996 (Movie)

Gloria McKinney (Actor)

Mad About You 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Partners 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bye, Bye Love 1995 (Movie)

Kim (Actor)

Frank and Jesse 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

South of Sunset 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

I'll Do Anything 1994 (Movie)

Flight Attendant (Actor)

Natural Born Killers 1994 (Movie)

Deborah (Actor)

True Romance 1993 (Movie)

Kandi (Actor)

Chaplin 1992 (Movie)

Mary Pickford (Actor)

White Palace 1990 (Movie)

Janey (Actor)

Ryan's Hope 1974 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

She-Devil 1989 (Movie)

Olivia Honey (Actor)

Bright Lights, Big City 1988 (Movie)

Pony-Tail Girl (Actor)

Spike of Bensonhurst 1988 (Movie)

Angel (Actor)

What If I'm Gay? 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Wise Guys 1986 (Movie)

Masseuse (Actor)

Between Love and Honor (TV Show)

Actor

Cooperstown (TV Show)

Actor

The Christmas Secret (TV Show)

Actor

The Lost Capone (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A sexy blonde, Maria Pitillo has made steady progress in show business since cashing her first professional paycheck for a Pepto-Bismol commercial. She attracted attention as a Southern troublemaker on ABC's daytime drama "Ryan's Hope" in the mid-1980s and made her feature debut as a masseuse in Brian De Palma's "Wise Guys" (1986). Pitillo landed her first significant screen role in "What If I'm Gay?" (1987), a "CBS Schoolbreak Special", then played prominent roles in "Spike of Bensonhurst" (1988, as Spike's girlfriend) and "She-Devil" (1989). She delivered an incisive cameo as Mary Pickford in "Chaplin" (1992) and garnered good notices as Matthew Modine's girlfriend in "Bye Bye, Love" (1995). Some of Pitillo's best work in the 90s was on the small screen in the TNT productions "The Last Capone" (1990, as the gangster's mistress) and "Cooperstown" (1993, as Alan Arkin's daughter) and in the title role as a victim of spousal abuse in the 1995 NBC movie "Escape From Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story". Displaying her comedic abilities, Pitillo co-starred as the fiancee of an architect (Tate Donovan) whose presence threatened his best friend (Jon Cryer) in the short-lived Fox sitcom "Partners" (1995-96). Adopting a brunette look, the actress acquitted herself as Gloria McKinney, the coffee-shop proprietor who falls for Greg Kinnear, in "Dear God" (1996). Pitillo then landed the coveted female lead as an aspiring reporter in Roland Emmerich's anticipated remake of "Godzilla" (1998).

EDUCATION

studied voice with Robbie McCauley

studied acting with William Esper and Harold Guskin

Milestones

2001

Joined cast of the NBC series "Providence" as Tina, a single mother who becomes romantically involved with Robbie Hansen (Seth Peterson)

1998

Co-starred in the NBC midseason replacement sitcom "House Rules"

1998

Cast in the female lead as an aspiring reporter in Roland Emmerich's remake "Godzilla"

1996

Went brunette to portray coffee-shop proprietor Gloria who fell for Dead Letter Office postal employee (Greg Kinnear) in Garry Marshall's "Dear God"

1995

Starred in title role of NBC movie "Escape From Terror: The Teresa Stamper Story"

1993

Played Alan Arkin's daughter in TNT's "Cooperstown"

1992

Appeared as Mary Pickford in Richard Attenborough's "Chaplin"

1990

Portrayed Annie DeMarco, singer and kept-girl of Al Capone, in the TNT movie "The Last Capone"

1988

Played Spike's girlfriend Angel, the independent-minded daughter of the local Mafia don, in Paul Morrissey's "Spike of Bensonhurst"

1987

Appeared in "What If I'm Gay?", a "CBS Schoolbreak Special"

1986

Made feature debut as masseuse in Brian De Palma's "Wise Guys"

Portrayed Nancy Don Lewis, a sexy Southern troublemaker, on the ABC afternoon drama "Ryan's Hope"

Raised in Mahwah, NJ

Received her first professional paycheck for a Pepto-Bismol spot

Had regular role as Alicia in Fox series "Partners"

Began acting in regional theater productions while in high school

Bonus Trivia

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"Pitillo's own style and makeup routine have remained consistent throughout her many roles. She favors nude lip color topped off with gloss. 'It looks natural, but it still gives good definition,' she says. Pitillo has also mastered the art of covering every single lash with mascara so they don't look fake. 'It's great to look glamorous when you're walking down a red carpet,' the actress says of Hollywood premieres, 'but you're just hoping you don't fall on your face.'" --From Us, December 1996.

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