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Anthony LaPaglia



Despite spending the first 25 years of his life in Adelaide, Australia, Anthony LaPaglia is best known for playing street-savvy Italian New Yorkers. This was not, however, LaPaglia's original plan. Rather than testing the waters of show business, LaPaglia traveled to the United States intending to pursue a full-time teaching career. As luck would have it, however, one of LaPaglia's odd jobs was a small role in Cold Steel (1987), a low-budget detective drama. LaPaglia began pursuing theater and television in his spare time -- one of his more notable early performances was in 1988's Frank Nitti: The Enforcer -- and considered himself a full-time actor by 1989, when he made his feature-film debut in Slaves of New York. It was 1990, however, when the young actor earned critical recognition for his role as an exceedingly polite mobster in Betsy's Wedding.



LaPaglia continued to build his résuméthroughout the early '90s, most of which he spent playing either kindly policemen or good-hearted mobsters, and was delighted to work alongside a variety of noted actors so early in his career. Among those actors were Alan Alda in Betsy's Wedding, Michael Keaton in One Good Cop (1991), and Nathan Lane, Sharon Stone, and Kevin Bacon in He Said, She Said (1992). Later in 1992, LaPaglia could be found playing his first leading role in George Gallo's gangster farce 29th Street. Though the film did not fare particularly well, audiences were nonetheless impressed with LaPaglia's intensity, and he played a more serious gangster with great success opposite Susan Sarandon in The Client (1994). The actor switched gears for his next handful of films; in Mixed Nuts (1994) he played a disillusioned Santa Claus, while Empire Records (1995) found him as a down-on-his-luck store manager, and the Australian-helmed Brilliant Lies (1996) featured him as the defendant in a sketchy sexual-harassment case.



Despite a smattering of mediocre films between 1995 and the early 2000s, LaPaglia continued to earn critical acclaim for many of his endeavors, such as Steve Buscemi's directorial debut, Trees Lounge (1996), for which LaPaglia joined a star-studded supporting cast, as well as for his role as a detective in Spike Lee's Summer of Sam (1999). Luckily for him, 2000 and 2001 proved excellent for his career, as it was during this period that he played a wealthy businessman in The House of Mirth and an adulterous police detective in Lantana. In addition to receiving international success, Lantana earned LaPaglia the prestigious Best Actor award from the Australian Film Institute, as well as a nomination from the Film Critics Circle. In the meantime, he was adding several major television credits to his résumé, including a starring role as the head of the FBI's Missing Persons Squad on CBS's Without a Trace, and a recurring role on the long-running sitcom Frasier, a performance for which he would receive an Emmy in 2002. Far removed from his fledgling days as a teacher, 2002 also found LaPaglia working with Val Kilmer for The Salton Sea; Sigourney Weaver for The Guys; Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal in Analyze That; and Eric Stoltz in Happy Hour. In 2003, after filming Manhood with Janeane Garofalo and the late John Ritter, LaPaglia agreed to star in director Josh Sternfeld's Winter Solstice (2004).



Over the next several years, LaPaglia would appear in a number of big screen projects, like Balibo (2009), Overnight (2012) and A Good Marriage (2014).

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Annabelle 2
  • Samuel Mullins
2017
No Score Yet (Re)assignment
  • Honest John Hartunian
2016
No Score Yet (Re)Assignment
  • Honest John Hartunian
2016
22% (Re) Assignment
  • Actor
2016
35% Big Stone Gap
  • Spec Broadwater
2015
No Score Yet The Eichmann Show
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Newcomer
  • Daniel
2015
No Score Yet This Isn't Funny
  • Mike
2015
61% A Month Of Sundays
  • Actor
2015
67% Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show
  • Actor
2014
35% Stephen King's A Good Marriage
  • Bob
2014
No Score Yet Crazy Kind Of Love
  • Gordie
2013
40% Mental
  • Barry Moochmore
2013
88% Django Unchained
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Underground
  • Ken Roberts
2012
No Score Yet Underground
  • Actor
2012
46% Happy Feet Two
  • The Alpha Skua
2011
No Score Yet The Ride
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet All-Star Superman
  • Lex Luthor
2011
50% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
  • Twilight
2010
100% Balibo
  • Executive Producer
  • Roger East
2009
75% $9.99
  • Jim
2008
11% The Architect
  • Leo Waters
2006
75% Happy Feet
  • Boss Skua
2006
No Score Yet Played
  • Det. Drummon
2006
No Score Yet View From the Bridge
  • Actor
2006
60% Winter Solstice
  • Jim Winters
  • Executive Producer
2005
38% Happy Hour
  • Tulley
2004
No Score Yet Spinning Boris
  • Dick Dresner
2004
73% The Guys
  • Nick
2003
No Score Yet Manhood
  • Jack's Attorney
2003
27% Analyze That
  • Anthony Bella
2002
No Score Yet Dead Heat (I Fought the Law)
  • Ray LaMarr
2002
62% The Salton Sea
  • Garcetti
2002
90% Lantana
  • Leon
2002
61% El Juego de la Banca
  • Simon O'Reily
2002
No Score Yet I'm with Lucy
  • Bobby Staley
2002
No Score Yet On the Edge
  • Elliot Maas
2001
20% Under Hellgate Bridge
  • Actor
2001
14% Company Man
  • Fidel Castro
2001
No Score Yet Looking for Alibrandi
  • Michael Andretti
2001
No Score Yet Jack the Dog
  • Jack's Attorney
2001
81% The House of Mirth
  • Sim Rosedale
2000
20% Autumn in New York
  • John
2000
No Score Yet Black and Blue
  • Bobby Benedetto
1999
78% Sweet and Lowdown
  • Al Torrio
1999
51% Summer of Sam
  • Detective Petrocelli
1999
50% Phoenix
  • Mike Henshaw
1998
No Score Yet Lansky
  • Lucky Luciano
1998
No Score Yet Mob Law: The True Story of Oscar Goodman
  • Narrator
1998
33% Paperback Romance
  • Eddie
1997
19% Commandments
  • Harry Luce
1997
No Score Yet Garden of Redemption
  • Don Paolo
1997
81% Trees Lounge
  • Rob
1996
No Score Yet Brilliant Lies
  • Gary Fitzgerald
1996
23% Empire Records
  • Joe
1995
63% Bulletproof Heart
  • Mick
1995
No Score Yet Chameleon
  • Willie Serling
1995
No Score Yet National Geographic
  • Actor
1995
7% Mixed Nuts
  • Felix
1994
80% The Client
  • Barry Muldano
1994
No Score Yet Past Tense
  • Larry Talbert
1994
55% So I Married an Axe Murderer
  • Tony Giardino
1993
No Score Yet The Custodian
  • Quinlan
1993
41% Innocent Blood
  • Joe Gennaro
1992
No Score Yet Black Magic
  • Ross Gage
1992
25% Whispers in the Dark
  • Morgenstern
1992
No Score Yet Keeper of the City
  • Vince
1992
80% 29th Street
  • Frank Pesce, Jr.
1991
15% One Good Cop
  • Stevie Diroma
1991
33% He Said, She Said
  • Mark
1991
50% Betsy's Wedding
  • Stevie Dee
1990
No Score Yet Mortal Sins (Divine Obsession)
  • Vito
1990
No Score Yet Criminal Justice
  • David Ringel
1990
13% Slaves of New York
  • Henry
1989
No Score Yet Frank Nitti: The Enforcer
  • Frank Nitti
1988
No Score Yet Police Story: Gladiator School
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Cold Steel
  • Spooky
1987

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Voice
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Simon Simon Moon
  • Guest
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
  • Jack Malone
  • Screenwriter
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Jack Malone
No Score Yet Red Zone
2014
  • Holden Weller

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