Chazz Palminteri

Lowest Rated: 7% Faithful (1996)
Birthday: May 15, 1952
Birthplace: New York, NY, USA
Actor, playwright, and screenwriter Chazz Palminteri is anything but an overnight success. For him, stardom was the result of nearly 20 years of relative obscurity as he worked his way from nightclubs to off-Broadway to small television roles. It was only after he penned his one-man 35-character autobiographical play A Bronx Tale that the then-36-year-old actor hit the big time. A big, burly Italian, he has since specialized in playing heavies and other bad guys. Born Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri, the son of a Bronx bus driver, he first dreamed of an acting career at age 13. Following high school, however, Palminteri became a singer and spent over a decade as a lounge crooner; he was also a member of a pop group. Though he made a decent living, Palminteri couldn't forget his initial aspiration and, in 1982, devoted himself full-time to acting. While attending acting classes and auditioning, Palminteri supported himself as a doorman and spent the next few years working off-Broadway in small roles. In 1988, he headed to Southern California to work as a bit-player on television, making his debut appearance on Hill Street Blues. After two years of playing relatively inconsequential parts, a frustrated Palminteri took matters into his own hands and, on five yellow legal pads, wrote the script for A Bronx Tale. The play debuted at the West Coast Ensemble theater to critical raves. He then took it to Playhouse 91 in New York, where it played to standing-room-only crowds for four months. One night, Robert DeNiro caught it and was greatly impressed by both Palminteri and his play. Shortly afterward, Palminteri was visited by Hollywood producers wanting to by the film rights. Cagily, he refused to sell unless he was guaranteed the lead. Four years later, with help from DeNiro, who would use it for his directorial debut and play a supporting role, Palminteri's wish came true. Released in 1993, A Bronx Tale received critical praise but did not catch on with audiences. Still, it was enough to jump-start Palminteri's film career and, in 1994, he co-starred in Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway as Cheech, a gangster thug with a love of the theater. Palminteri's portrayal of Cheech earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In 1996, another of Palminteri's plays, Faithful, the offbeat story of a strange relationship between a suicidal housewife and the thug her husband hires to kill her, became a film starring himself and Cher. A subsequent turn as the malevolent headmaster of a prestigious private school in the same year's Diabolique found Palminteri hanging up his gangster hat to turn in an especially menacing performance, with subsequent roles in Mulholland Falls, Analyze This, and Just Like Mona showing an actor who had perfected roles on both sides of the law and seemed to show little interest in branching out. Vocal performances in Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure and the computer animated 2005 comedy Hoodwinked made impressive use of the screen heavy's distinctive voice, and gave the longtime screen actor a chance to have some fun without necessarily having the stress of being on camera. A rare voyage into weekly television followed when Palminteri served as boss to one of television's greatest detectives in the 2005 revival of Kojack (this time featuring actor Ving Rhames in the role of the lollipop -munching cop), with a subsequent role as a crooked cop in Wayne Kramer's hyper-stylized action entry Running Scared finding the actor remaining safely behind the badge. One of six co-recipients of a Special Jury Prize for Dramatic Ensemble Performance at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival for his participation in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints, Palminteri cold next be seen as a diamond-hunting gangster searching for a most unusual thief in the Wayans brothers comedy Little Man (2006). Since then, Palminteri has divided his time between family life and his film career.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Vault Raymond 2019
61% Legend Angelo Bruno $14.2M 2015
67% Underdogs (Metegol) Actor $0.2M 2015
80% Henry & Me Babe Ruth 2014
No Score Yet Final Recourse Jerry 2013
No Score Yet Once Upon a Time in Queens Actor 2013
No Score Yet Hollywood & Wine Actor 2013
27% The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure Milky Marvin $1.1M 2012
20% Mighty Fine Executive Producer Joe Fine 2012
No Score Yet Body Armour Lee Maxwell 2009
No Score Yet Once More with Feeling Frank Gregorio 2009
55% Yonkers Joe Executive Producer Yonkers Joe 2009
48% Jolene Sal Fontaine 2008
No Score Yet Yankee Stadium: Baseball's Cathedral Narrator 2008
57% The Dukes Producer George 2007
22% Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) Travel Agent $15.1M 2007
76% A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints Monty $0.5M 2006
No Score Yet Push Vince 2006
12% Little Man Walken $58.3M 2006
41% Running Scared Detective Rydell $6.7M 2006
13% In the Mix Frank $10.2M 2005
No Score Yet Animal Kassada 2005
47% Hoodwinked Woolworth the Sheep $50.9M 2005
28% Noel Arizona Director 2004
No Score Yet One Last Ride Tweat 2003
No Score Yet Women vs. Men Director 2002
33% Poolhall Junkies Joe $0.6M 2002
No Score Yet One Eyed King Eddie Dugan 2001
20% Down to Earth King $63.1M 2001
45% Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure Buster 2000
67% Stuart Little Smokey 1999
63% Excellent Cadavers Giovanni Falcone 1999
No Score Yet Boss of Bosses Paul Castellano 1999
No Score Yet Scar City Actor 1999
70% Analyze This Primo Sindone 1999
59% Hurlyburly Phil 1998
11% A Night at the Roxbury Zadir (uncredited) 1998
No Score Yet Scarred City Lain Devon 1998
No Score Yet Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's Actor 1997
30% Mulholland Falls Ellery Coolidge 1996
7% Faithful Screenwriter 1996
18% Diabolique Guy Baran 1996
No Score Yet Little Italy Actor 1996
14% Jade Matt 1995
No Score Yet The Last Word Ricky 1995
89% The Usual Suspects Dave Kujan 1995
65% The Perez Family Officer Pirelli 1995
97% Bullets Over Broadway Cheech 1994
97% A Bronx Tale Screenwriter Sonny 1993
No Score Yet There Goes the Neighborhood (Paydirt) Lyle 1992
39% Innocent Blood Tony 1992
12% Oscar Connie 1991
No Score Yet Home Free All Hijacker 1983


28% Kevin Can Wait
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
  • 2017
87% Modern Family
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Guest Perry Cannavaro
  • 2014
72% Rizzoli & Isles
Frank Rizzoli
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
Angelo Gallo
  • 2013
  • 2012
33% Kojak
Capt. Frank McNeil
  • 2005
89% Oz
  • 1999
No Score Yet Wiseguy
  • 1989