Brian Tarantina

Brian Tarantina

Highest Rated: 88% Donnie Brasco (1997)

Lowest Rated: 17% The Jerky Boys (1995)

Birthday: Mar 27, 1959

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

A beloved cult presence on both the stage and screen, Brian Tarantina was born in New York in 1959. Taking an interest in performing at a young age, Tarantina enrolled at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan. Intent on pursuing a career as a professional actor, he made his Broadway debut in 1983 in the original cast of "Angels Fall" at the Longacre Theatre. His screen debut came the following year with a role in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club" (1984). He returned to Broadway the next year to take on the role of Roy Selfridge in Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues," shortly before moving on to a different Broadway production, portraying Prick in "The Boys of Winter." Tarantina landed more film roles in the years to come, memorably appearing in the comedy "Uncle Buck" (1989), the psychological thriller "Jacob's Ladder" (1990), and the crime drama "Carlito's Way" (1993). He made his final Broadway appearance in 1995, co-starring in "Sacrilege." Tarantina went on to work with Spike Lee on the film "Summer of Sam" (1999) before taking on the recurring role of newsstand owner Bootsy on the series "Gilmore Girls" (WB, 2000-07). He later co-starred on the cult favorite series "The Black Donnellys" (NBC, 2007) and appeared in the big-budget action movie "Knight and Day" (2010). He reprised the role of Bootsy for the follow-up series "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" (Netflix, 2016) before working with the show's creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, once again, this time playing nightclub owner Jackie on the award-winning series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Amazon, 2017- ). Tarantina also re-teamed with Spike Lee when he took on a role in the director's acclaimed film "BlacKkKlansman" (2018). Tarintina's last film role was in the period crime drama "The Kitchen" (2019). He died in 2019 at the age of 60


Highest Rated Movies



24% 69% The Kitchen Burns (Character) $12.2M 2019
50% 88% Ask for Jane Angry Doctor (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zarra's Law Frankie Andreoli (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 44% A Crime Joe (Character) - 2006
85% 87% Unconscious Morelli (Character) - 2006
55% 60% Duane Hopwood Mr. Alonso (Character) $13.5K 2005
69% 62% Personal Velocity: Three Portraits Pete Shunt (Character) $763.2K 2002
48% 40% City by the Sea Snake (Character) $22.4M 2002
51% 60% Summer of Sam Bobby Del Fiore (Character) $19.3M 1999
88% 89% Donnie Brasco Bruno (Character) $42M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Firehouse Hooded Man (Character) - 1997
19% 67% Bed of Roses Randy (Character) $19M 1996
36% 44% Sweet Nothing Unknown (Character) $98.3K 1995
17% 50% The Jerky Boys Geno (Character) $7.6M 1995
73% 84% Jacob's Ladder Doug (Character) $24.8M 1990


No Score Yet 78% Madam Secretary Motel Manager (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet 89% Blue Bloods Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Night Of Bar Patron (Guest Star) 2016
92% 77% Person of Interest Yorke (Guest Star) 2013
91% 80% The Blacklist Edgar (Guest Star) 2013
95% 89% Elementary Walsh (Guest Star) 2012
93% 92% The Good Wife Frankie Peel (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2009 2005
90% 77% Fringe Nice Guy (Guest Star) 2008
78% 88% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bill Jensen (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet 87% New Amsterdam Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
40% 100% The Black Donnellys Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jonny Zero Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
85% 85% Gilmore Girls Bootsy (Guest Star) 2001-2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2001 1994 1991
92% 98% The Sopranos Mustang Sally (Guest Star) 2001
100% No Score Yet Now and Again Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Third Watch Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Darin Gammel (Guest Star) 1997
66% No Score Yet Spin City Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
72% No Score Yet Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Unknown (Guest Star) 1986


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