Michael Imperioli

Actor, Screenwriter, Director
For six seasons, Michael Imperioli was an explosive fixture on HBO's critically acclaimed Mafia chronicle "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007), earning five Emmy nominations and one win for Outstanding Supporting Actor ... Read more »
Born: 03/25/1966 in Mount Vernon, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (76)

Hawaii Five-O 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Californication 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cantinflas 2014 (Movie)

Michael Todd (Actor)

James Gandolfini: Tribute To A Friend 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Rake 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The M Word 2014 (Movie)

Charlie Moon (Actor)

The Scribbler 2014 (Movie)

Moss (Actor)

The Wannabe 2014 (Movie)

Alphonse (Actor)

Foreclosure 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nicky Deuce 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Oldboy 2013 (Movie)

Chucky (Actor)

The Call 2013 (Movie)

Alan Denado (Actor)

The Office 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Vijay and I 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Girls 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Necessary Roughness 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Godfather Legacy 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Narrator

Detroit 1-8-7 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Stuck Between Stations 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Celebrity Ghost Stories 2003 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1994 - 1997, 2003 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mercy 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1994 - 1997, 2003 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1996 - 1997, 2003 - 2006, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life on Mars 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lovely Bones 2009 (Movie)

Len Fenerman (Actor)

For One More Day 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Stora Planid 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Inner Life of Martin Frost 2007 (Movie)

Jim Fortunato (Actor)

The Simpsons 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

My Baby's Daddy 2004 (Movie)

Dominic (Actor)

Shark Tale 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Frankie (Actor)

Wendy Williams Is On Fire 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Night of Too Many Stars 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Big in 2002 Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Love in the Time of Money 2002 (Movie)

Will (Actor)

Disappearing Acts 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Hamlet 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Too Tired to Die 2001 (Movie)

Fabrizio (Actor)

On the Run 2000 (Movie)

Albert De Santis (Actor)

Summer of Sam 1999 (Movie)

Midnight (Actor)

Men Lie 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Office Killer 1997 (Movie)

Daniel Birch (Actor)

The Deli 1997 (Movie)

Matty (Actor)

Flirt 1996 (Movie)

Michael--Bill's Friend (Actor)

Girl 6 1996 (Movie)

Scary Caller No 30 (Actor)

Girls Town 1996 (Movie)

Anthony (Actor)

I Shot Andy Warhol 1996 (Movie)

Ondine (Actor)

Last Man Standing 1996 (Movie)

Giorgio Carmonte (Actor)

River Made to Drown In 1996 (Movie)

Allen Hayden (Actor)

Sweet Nothing 1996 (Movie)

Angelo (Actor)

Trees Lounge 1996 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Under the Bridge 1996 (Movie)

Rube (Actor)

Amateur 1995 (Movie)

Doorman at Club (Actor)

Bad Boys 1995 (Movie)

Jojo (Actor)

Clockers 1995 (Movie)

Jo-Jo (Actor)

Dead Presidents 1995 (Movie)

D'Ambrosio (Actor)

Postcards from America 1995 (Movie)

The Hustler (Actor)

The Addiction 1995 (Movie)

Missionary (Actor)

The Basketball Diaries 1995 (Movie)

Bobby (Actor)

Under Suspicion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Scenes From the New World 1994 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Trouble 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Handgun 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Household Saints 1993 (Movie)

Leonard Villanova (Actor)

Joey Breaker 1993 (Movie)

Larry Metz (Actor)

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

Reporter at Fire Bombing (Actor)

Jungle Fever 1991 (Movie)

James Tucci (Actor)

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

Spider (Actor)

Lean on Me 1989 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Witness to the Mob (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

The Hungry Ghosts 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

The Hungry Ghosts 2010 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Summer of Sam 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

For six seasons, Michael Imperioli was an explosive fixture on HBO's critically acclaimed Mafia chronicle "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007), earning five Emmy nominations and one win for Outstanding Supporting Actor. Prior to making his mark on pop culture history with his finely drawn portrait of an Italian-American thug with suppressed artistic instincts, Imperioli was an active figure in the New York independent film scene of the 1990s. He was often seen in street-smart character roles for directors like Martin Scorsese, Hal Hartley and Spike Lee, with whom he also co-scripted and co-produced the crime feature, "Summer of Sam" (1999). Memorable for his ability to imbue a likeable quick wit into otherwise dark and dangerous characters, Imperioli also had significant talent off-camera, penning scripts for "The Sopranos," founding a New York theater company, and eventually writing and directing his own independent features.

Relationships

Isabella

Step-Daughter
Born c. 1991; mother, Victoria Chlebowski

Victoria Chlebowski

Wife
Born c. 1964 Married in 1995; she had a daughter Isabella from a previous relationship

Dan Imperioli

Father
Acted in community theater

David Imperioli

Son
Born in 2001; mother, Victoria Chlebowski

Vadim Imperioli

Son
Born in 1997; mother, Victoria Chlebowski

Lili Taylor Actor

Companion
Dated from c. 1991 to 1995; briefly engaged Acted together in "Household Saints" (1993), "The Addiction" (1995) and "I Shot Andy Warhol" (1996) No longer together

EDUCATION

Brewster High School

Brewster , New York 1983

Studied acting with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler

Milestones

2013

Acted opposite Halle Berry in thriller "The Call"

2012

Guest starred on HBO's "Girls"

2010

Cast as Detective Louis Fitch on ABC drama "Detroit 1-8-7"

2009

Played a police detective in film adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestseller "The Lovely Bones"

2005

Guest starred as a detective on final four "Law & Order" (NBC) episodes of season, filling in for actor Jesse L. Martin

2004

Lent voice to animated character Frankie in "Shark Tale"

2004

Co-starred in comedy "My Baby's Daddy"

2002

Landed featured role in ensemble romance "Love in the Time of Money"

2000

Cast as Rosencrantz in Campbell Scott's adaptation of "Hamlet"; aired as miniseries in Odyssey TV before playing selected theatrical venues

1999

Co-penned (also executive produced and acted) screenplay for Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam"; originally set to direct before handing project over to Lee; third film with Sorvino

1999

Co-starred as Christopher Moltisanti on acclaimed HBO series "The Sopranos"; also wrote a number of episodes

1998

Re-teamed with Sorvino for "Too Tired to Die"

1998

Acted in NBC miniseries "Witness to the Mob"

1996

Essayed Scary Caller No. 30 in Spike Lee's "Girl 6"

1996

Cast as part of the Italian gang in Walter Hill's lackluster "Last Man Standing"

1996

Appeared in New York segment of Hartley's "Flirt"

1996

Portrayed Ondine in Mary Harron's "I Shot Andy Warhol"; co-starred Taylor as Valerie Solanas

1996

Appeared in Jim McKay's "Girls Town," co-scripted by and co-starring Lili Taylor

1995

Re-teamed with Spike Lee to portray a crooked cop in "Clockers"

1995

Played first leading role in independent film "Sweet Nothing"

1995

Re-teamed with Taylor for Abel Ferrara's "The Addiction"; also featured future "The Sopranos" (HBO) co-star Edie Falco

1994

Cast in small role in Hal Hartley's "Amateur"

1994

Made TV debut as guest actor on ABC series "NYPD Blue"

1993

First screen collaboration with Lili Taylor, "Household Saints"

1992

Played a reporter in Lee's "Malcolm X"

1991

First collaboration with Spike Lee, "Jungle Fever"; cast as Annabella Sciorra's brother

1990

Landed featured role in Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas"

1989

Made film debut with one-line role in "Lean on Me"

Raised in Mount Vernon, NY

Directed stage plays with The Machine Full Theater

Bonus Trivia

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On stage, Imperioli has acted in Eric Bogosian's "Talk Radio" and Frank Pugliese's "Aven'U Boys."

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"I got hooked up with some people who knew some of this world. It was in this weird place in the Bronx, this abandoned section of town. It wasn't really a crack house; it was sort of an outdoor situation. There was one point where I was alone with this guy in an airplane cargo box. We were in this thing together. He was paranoid as hell. He was like, 'Don't leave me.' It got a little bizarre." – Imperioli on researching for "Sweet Nothing," quoted in Time Out New York, Sept. 4-11, 1996

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"I had one line: 'Hey I'm going to be a star,' but I was so scared, I couldn't get it out of my mouth." – Imperioli on his first screen appearance in "Lean on Me," quoted in People, Sept. 13, 1999

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