Calogero Lorenzo "Chazz" Palminteri (born May 15, 1952) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer and playwright. He is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role for Best Supporting Actor in Bullets over Broadway, the 1993 film A Bronx Tale, based on his play of the same name, Special Agent Dave Kujan in The Usual Suspects, Primo Sidone in Analyze This and his recurring role as Shorty in Modern Family.
Palminteri was born on May 15, 1952, in the Bronx, the son of Rose, a homemaker, and Lorenzo Palminteri, a bus driver. He was raised in the Belmont neighborhood of the Bronx. Palminteri's surname is of Sicilian origin and his family is originally from Menfi in the province of Agrigento, Sicily. His grandparents, Calogero Palminteri and Rosa Bonfante, married in 1908 and moved to the United States in 1910.
He struggled to become a star, splitting his time between acting in off-Broadway plays and moonlighting as a bouncer, alongside Dolph Lundgren. His big break came in 1988 with the premiere of his autobiographical one-man show, A Bronx Tale, which he wrote after being fired from a club for refusing entry to talent agent Swifty Lazar; Robert De Niro later developed and directed a film version (1993).
Palminteri has had acclaimed dramatic performances in films such as The Perez Family, Jade, and Diabolique, as well as comedic roles in films such as Oscar, Analyze This, and Down to Earth.
During its run, he appeared in many advertisements for Vanilla Coke, in which he portrayed a mob boss who would threaten celebrities if they did not praise the taste of the product in question, and then let them walk away with the Vanilla Coke to "reward their curiosity", touching on its slogan at the time. Palminteri has voiced characters in various animated films, the most notable being Smokey in Stuart Little and Woolworth in Hoodwinked.
He made his directorial debut with an episode of Oz, then the television film Women vs. Men and the 2004 feature film Noel.
Palminteri's recent acting efforts include A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Running Scared, and Arthur and the Minimoys.
In 2004, he received the "Indie Hero Award" from the Method Fest Independent Film Festival for his artistic achievements in film.
Palminteri starred on Broadway in A Bronx Tale, the semiautobiographical one-man show he first performed (as A Bronx Play) at Theatre West in Los Angeles in 1989. The Broadway production, directed by Jerry Zaks and with music by John Gromada, began previews October 4, 2008, at the Walter Kerr Theatre and opened on October 25, running for 18 weeks. Palminteri plays 18 roles in A Bronx Tale, which depicts a rough childhood on the streets of the Bronx. The play ran for two months at Playhouse 91 in 1989. Robert De Niro saw this show there and made his directorial debut with the big-screen version, co-starring with Palminteri.
Palminteri starred opposite Kenny D'Aquila in D'Aquila's play, Unorganized Crime. Palminteri always appreciated the shot that Robert De Niro gave him, so he in turn agreed to star in D'Aquila's mafia-themed drama.
Palminteri is currently performing in the Broadway musical version of A Bronx Tale since May 2018.
On January 20, 2010, Palminteri guested on Modern Family and played the same character on the November 2, 2011, episode. Palminteri has reprised the role twice more in season 5. In June 2010, Palminteri began guest-starring on the TNT crime drama Rizzoli & Isles as Frank Rizzoli, Sr. He guest starred twice on the CBS drama Blue Bloods as Angelo Gallo, a mob lawyer and childhood friend of main character Frank Reagan.
Palminteri portrayed deceased mobster Paul Castellano in the 2001 TV film Boss of Bosses.
In 2011, Palminteri opened a restaurant, Chazz: A Bronx Original, in Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood; their main foods are coal-fired pizza and Italian food. However, the restaurant closed in 2015. Palminteri opened an Italian restaurant, Chazz Palminteri Ristorante Italiano, in New York City on Second Avenue. Also, Palminteri did the voice acting for the Call of Duty: Black Ops II character Sal De Luca in the zombies map Mob of the Dead, and his likeness was used for the character as well.
Palminteri lives in Westchester, New York. He describes himself as a "very spiritual", devout Roman Catholic. He has two children: Dante Lorenzo (born October 11, 1995) and Gabriella Rose (born December 25, 2001). He is a self-avowed New York Yankees fan.
|1984||Home Free All||Truck Hijacker|
|1985||The Last Dragon||Hood No. 2|
|There Goes the Neighborhood||Lyle Corrente|
|1993||A Bronx Tale||Sonny LoSpecchio||Also writer|
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor Also Bullets Over Broadway and The Usual Suspects
|1994||Bullets over Broadway||Cheech||Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male|
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor Also A Bronx Tale and The Usual Suspects
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
|1995||The Usual Suspects||David "Dave" Kujan, Special Agent, U.S. Customs Service||National Board of Review Award for Best Cast|
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actor Also A Bronx Tale and Bullets Over Broadway
|The Perez Family||Lt. John Pirelli|
|The Last Word||Ricky|
|Dante and the Debutante||Also producer and writer|
|Mulholland Falls||Elleroy Coolidge|
|1998||Scar City||Lieutenant Laine Devon|
|A Night at the Roxbury||Benny Zadir||Uncredited|
|1999||Analyze This||Primo Sidone|
|2001||Down to Earth||King|
|Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure||Buster||Voice|
|One Eyed King||Eddie Dugan|
|2003||One Last Ride||Tweat|
|Just Like Mona|
|Bullets Over Hollywood||Himself||Encore documentary|
|In the Mix||Frank|
|2006||Running Scared||Detective Rydell|
|A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints||Monty||Sundance Film Festival – Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Performance|
|Arthur and the Minimoys||Travel Agent|
|The Dukes||George||Also co-producer|
|2008||Yonkers Joe||Yonkers Joe||Also executive producer|
|2009||Once More with Feeling||Frank Gregorio|
|Hollywood & Wine||Geno Scarpaci|
|2011||The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure||Marvin Milkshake|
|2012||The Stone Pony||Angelo Casella|
|Mighty Fine||Joe Fine|
|2013||Once Upon a Time in Queens||Ben Rose|
|2014||Henry & Me||Babe Ruth||Voice|
|1986||Hill Street Blues||Sonny Cappelito||Episode: "Bald Ambition"|
|1987||Glory Years||Drummond||TV movie|
|Matlock||MP Sgt. Marcy||Episodes: "The Court-Martial: Part 1",|
"The Court-Martial: Part 2"
|1989||Dallas||Frank||Episode: "He-e-ere's Papa!"|
|Peter Gunn||Soldier||TV movie|
|Valerie||Leslie||Episode: "Viva Las Vegas"|
|1st & Ten: The Championship||Al||Episode: "Duty Call"|
|Wiseguy||Peter Alatorre / Sal Rosselli||Episodes: "Sins of the Father",|
"Heir to the Throne",
"How Will They Remember Me?"
|1990||Sydney||Tony||Episode: "Love Ya, Babe"|
|1999||Excellent Cadavers||Giovanni Falcone||TV movie|
|Dilbert||Leonardo da Vinci||Voice|
|2001||Boss of Bosses||Paul Castellano||TV movie|
|An All-Star Tribute to Brian Wilson||Host|
|2004||Dr. Vegas||Duke Walcott||Episode: "Lust for Life"|
|2005||Kojak||Captain Frank McNeil||5 episodes|
|2010–2014||Rizzoli & Isles||Frank Rizzoli Sr.||6 episodes|
|2010–2017||Modern Family||Shorty||5 episodes|
|2012–2013||Blue Bloods||Angelo Gallo||Episodes: "Secrets and Lies",|
|2014||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Perry Cannavaro||Episode: "Jersey Breakdown"|
|2015||The Making of the Mob: New York||Himself|
|Kevin Can Wait||Vincent||Episode: "Plus One Is the Loneliest Number"|
|2017||Voltron: Legendary Defender||Burrowing Alien||Episode: "The Voltron Show!"|
|2012||Call of Duty: Black Ops II||Salvatore "Sal" DeLuca||The "Uprising" DLC, featured on the Zombies map "Mob of the Dead"|
- 2007 – A Bronx Tale – performer
- 2013 – Human – performer and writer
- 2016 – A Bronx Tale – writer and performer
- 1989 – A Bronx Tale – writer and performer
- 2002 – The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui – Ernesto Roma
- Chazz Palminteri bio. Chazzpalminteri.net. Retrieved on 2013-11-19.
- Duggan, Dennis (December 24, 1989). "A Playwright (And an Actor) Grows in the Bronx". Newsday.
- Allis, Sam (March 22, 2009). "All that Chazz". Boston.com. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
- "Broadway Names with Julie James", On Broadway, SiriusXM Radio, October 11, 2012
- The Villager, Vol. 77, No. 23; November 7–13, 2007
- "Cheri, Based on Colette's Classic Novella, Begins Performances Off-Broadway". Broadway.com. November 19, 2013.
- "Kenny D'Aquila".
- "'Unorganized Crime' a quirky mob-family melodrama". Los Angeles Times.
- "Chazz Palminteri Talks New Play 'Unorganized Crime,' Getting His Start from Robert DeNiro (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Natalie Abrams (October 26, 2009). "Elizabeth Banks and Chazz Palminteri to Guest-Star on Modern Family". TVGuide.com.
- "Chazz: A Bronx Original Closes". Baltimore magazine. January 26, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
- Rypka, Marsala (December 2009) "With Chazz Palminteri". luxurylv.com. Archived from the original on November 25, 2010. Retrieved October 31, 2014..
- "Bullets Over Hollywood (2005)". IMDb.com. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
- "Blue Bloods: Season 3, Episode 9 Secrets and Lies". IMDb.com. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
- "Blue Bloods: Season 4, Episode 8 ; Justice Served". IMDb.com. Retrieved January 22, 2016.