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Michael Badalucco

Highest Rated:   100% Broadway Danny Rose (1984)
Lowest Rated:   7% Mixed Nuts (1994)
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From his earliest days, Michael Badalucco could feel the beacon of show business drawing him ever closer to a career as an actor. There was just something about him that drew people's attention, and his love for film, combined with his natural knack for entertaining friends and family, helped the painfully shy youngster overcome his aversion to the spotlight and develop his talent with the full blessing of his mother and father. Badalucco is a Flatbush native whose Sicilian father worked as a movie set carpenter when he was growing up; his parents instilled in him a strong devotion to family and religion that would serve as a guiding light through his life and career. Badalucco was in the third grade when his father was working on the Sidney Lumet thriller Fail-Safe, and when the script called for a young boy, the elder Badalucco offered the services of his son without hesitation. Though his screen debut as an ill-fated Russian general's son was a non-speaking role that required little more than standing still for a few photographs, the aspiring young actor was already on the path to a successful acting career. In the following years, Badalucco earned his bachelor's degree in theater arts from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and it was there that he cut his teeth on-stage and made the acquaintance of another up-and-coming talent named John Turturro. During his years at S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, Badalucco essayed roles in over 20 plays. When their appearances in the off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's Tooth of Crime caught the attention of actor Robert De Niro, both Badalucco and Turturro were called into director Martin Scorsese's office to audition for supporting roles in Raging Bull. Not only did the experience provide young Badalucco with the chance to appear onscreen with one of his cinematic idols, but it also set into motion a career that would find him turning up in such acclaimed films as Miller's Crossing (1990), Jungle Fever (1991), and The Professional (1994). Throughout the 1990s, Badalucco rose steadily through the ranks with a series of memorable supporting roles. His performance in the romantic comedy One Fine Day (1996) prompted star Michelle Pfeiffer to recommend Badalucco to husband David E. Kelley for a role in Kelley's weekly law drama The Practice. Not only did Badalucco get the part, but his performance as Jimmy Berluti would ultimately serve as his breakout role. After re-teaming with Jungle Fever director Spike Lee to essay the role of disturbed serial killer David Berkowitz in 1999's Summer of Sam, Badalucco stepped into the shoes of notorious gangster George "Baby Face" Nelson for the throwback Coen brothers comedy O Brother, Where Art Thou? the following year. His role in the Coens' subsequent film, The Man Who Wasn't There, found Badalucco threatening to become a Coen regular, and after appearing opposite Steve Buscemi in 13 Moons, the Practice star joined old friend Turturro in the comedy drama 2 B Perfectly Honest.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Addiction: A 60's Love Story
  • Sam Kendrick
2015
No Score Yet Dancer and the Dame
  • Harrier
2015
55% Fading Gigolo
  • Burly Driver
$3.2M 2014
No Score Yet Zarra's Law
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Heebie Jeebies
  • Billy Butler
2013
37% The Resident
  • Moving Man
2012
12% In My Sleep
  • Derek
2010
67% Who Is Norman Lloyd?
  • Producer
2007
No Score Yet Pizza My Heart
  • Lou Prestolani
2005
25% Bewitched
  • Joey Props
$62.3M 2005
No Score Yet The Gourmet Club
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet 2b Perfectly Honest
  • Eugene/Gene
2004
No Score Yet 13 Moons
  • Producer
2002
81% The Man Who Wasn't There
  • Frank
$7.5M 2001
77% O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • George `Babyface' Nelson
$45.2M 2000
51% Summer of Sam
  • Son of Sam
1999
69% You've Got Mail
  • Charlie, Lift Attendant
1998
No Score Yet Love Walked In
  • Eddie Bianco
1998
No Score Yet Lesser Prophets (The Last Bet)
  • Charlie
1997
No Score Yet The Deli
  • Eric the Soda Man
1997
19% Commandments
  • Detective
1997
70% Basquiat
  • Counterman At Deli
1996
No Score Yet Search for One-Eye Jimmy
  • Actor
1996
43% Blue in the Face
  • Statistician
1995
68% Clockers
  • Cop No. 1
1995
11% Two if by Sea
  • Quinn
1995
7% Mixed Nuts
  • AAA Driver
1994
71% Léon: The Professional
  • Mathilda's Father
1994
No Score Yet The Search for One-Eyed Jimmy
  • Joe Head
1994
78% The Saint of Fort Washington
  • Bridge Cop #2
1993
72% Sleepless in Seattle
  • New York Taxi Dispatcher
1993
67% Night and the City
  • Elaine's Bartender
1992
70% Mac
  • Vico Vitelli
1992
83% Juice
  • Detective Kelly
1992
81% Jungle Fever
  • Frankie Botz
1991
74% The Hard Way
  • Pizza Man
1991
33% Switch
  • Hard Hat
1991
No Score Yet Men of Respect
  • Sal
1991
91% Miller's Crossing
  • Caspar's Driver
1990
61% Bright Lights, Big City
  • Policeman
1988
88% Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Guy from Brooklyn
$27.4M 1985
100% Broadway Danny Rose
  • Money Ripper
1984
95% Raging Bull
  • Soda Fountain Clerk
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
53% Doubt
2017
  • Judge Jeff Mallard
  • 2017
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • Ronnie Russo
  • 2016
No Score Yet Bones
2005
  • Scott Starret Scott Starret/Pilot
  • 2014
  • 2008
47% CHAOS
2011
  • Fred Farmer
  • 2011
91% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
  • Harry Price
  • 2010
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Don Bardwill
  • 2010
No Score Yet Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Nick
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
  • Jimmy Berluti
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • David Scott Zifrin
  • 1993

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