Anthony LaPaglia

Anthony LaPaglia

Highest Rated: 100% Balibo (2009)

Lowest Rated: 10% Mixed Nuts (1994)

Birthday: Jan 31, 1959

Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

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).


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Below Actor 2019
70% Annabelle: Creation Samuel Mullins $101.8M 2017
34% The Assignment Honest John Hartunian 2017
No Score Yet The Operative (Newcomer) Daniel 2017
38% Big Stone Gap Spec Broadwater $1.1M 2015
No Score Yet This Isn't Funny Mike 2015
63% A Month Of Sundays Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Eichmann Show Actor 2015
67% Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show Actor 2014
32% Stephen King's A Good Marriage Bob 2014
No Score Yet Crazy Kind Of Love Gordie 2013
44% Mental Barry Moochmore $2.3M 2013
No Score Yet Underground Ken Roberts 2012
No Score Yet Underground Actor 2012
45% Happy Feet Two The Alpha Skua $64M 2011
No Score Yet The Ride Actor 2011
No Score Yet All-Star Superman Lex Luthor 2011
51% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Twilight $54.5M 2010
100% Balibo Roger East Executive Producer 2009
73% $9.99 Jim 2008
11% The Architect Leo Waters 2006
76% Happy Feet Boss Skua $197.9M 2006
No Score Yet Played Detective Drummond 2006
60% Winter Solstice Executive Producer Jim Winters $0.3M 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 $32.1M 2002
No Score Yet Dead Heat (I Fought the Law) Ray LaMarr 2002
64% The Salton Sea Garcetti $0.7M 2002
90% Lantana Leon $4.3M 2002
61% The Bank 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
82% The House of Mirth Sim Rosedale 2000
19% Autumn in New York John 2000
No Score Yet Black and Blue Bobby Benedetto 1999
77% Sweet and Lowdown Al Torrio 1999
51% Summer of Sam Detective Petrocelli 1999
50% Phoenix Mike Henshaw 1998
40% Lansky Lucky Luciano 1998
No Score Yet Mob Law: The True Story of Oscar Goodman Narrator 1998
33% Paperback Romance Eddie 1997
24% Commandments Harry Luce 1997
No Score Yet Garden of Redemption Don Paolo 1997
81% Trees Lounge Rob 1996
80% Brilliant Lies Gary Fitzgerald 1996
29% Empire Records Joe 1995
63% Bulletproof Heart Mick 1995
No Score Yet Chameleon Willie Serling 1995
No Score Yet National Geographic Actor 1995
10% Mixed Nuts Felix 1994
78% The Client Barry Muldano 1994
No Score Yet Past Tense Larry Talbert 1994
54% So I Married an Axe Murderer Tony Giardino 1993
No Score Yet The Custodian Quinlan 1993
39% Innocent Blood Joe Gennaro 1992
No Score Yet Black Magic Ross Gage 1992
33% Whispers in the Dark Morgenstern 1992
No Score Yet Keeper of the City Vince 1992
82% 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 (Dangerous Obsession) Vito 1990
No Score Yet Criminal Justice David Ringel 1990
22% 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


80% Bad Blood
Vito Rizzuto 2019
No Score Yet Without a Trace
Screenwriter Jack Malone 2019
No Score Yet Swedish Dicks
Jack 2017
No Score Yet The Code
Jan Roth 2014
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
Guest 2010
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Guest 2009
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Jack Malone 2007
No Score Yet Nature
Voice Narrator 2006
94% Frasier
Guest Simon Simon Moon 2004
91% Murder One
Jimmy Wyler 1997
82% Tales from the Crypt
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
Albert Stanley Higgins 1986
No Score Yet Red Zone
Holden Weller


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Soren says: Yeah, but have you done this before?!

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Echidna says: The warrior!!

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Twilight says: Ahah!! Danger, intrigue!! The stuff of song.

Digger says: Oh, no, not the lute.

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Digger says: Do you even know the way to the Sea of Hoolemere? Twilight knows the way.

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Digger says: It's Hoolemere.

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Twilight says: Dinner is served!! And she will not stop talking.

Lex Luthor says: "Einstein couldn't connect the gravitational force to the other three but if he could have seen this... it's so obvious, the fundamental forces are yolked by awareness. The mechanistic clockwork hinges on an impossible defiance of entropy; life. And the clockwork doesn't care." "You're embarrassing me beyond therapy." -Leave it to Grant Morrison to explain everything.

Lex Luthor says: Einstein couldn't connect the gravitational force to the other three but if he could have seen this... it's so obvious, the fundamental forces are yolked by awareness. The mechanistic clockwork hinges on an impossible defiance of entropy; life. And the clockwork doesn't care. You're embarrassing me beyond therapy.

The Alpha Skua says: "I'll wait till your stiff and stinky!!"

The Alpha Skua says: I'll wait till your stiff and stinky!

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Joe says: Who knows where thoughts come from. They just appear.