PROFILE
Name:
Andrew Davoli
Birth Date:
September 2, 1973
Birth Place:
Paris, France
Nationality:
French
BIOGRAPHY
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Knockaround Guys

Background:

“As an actor you have to abolish caution. You're cutting a path to an artistic destination which basically has no road map, no direction, no one to lead the way. I'm not comfortable unless I'm risking.” Andrew Davoli

Andrew Davoli, also known as Andy Davoli, rose to prominence playing Dino Zerilli in several episodes of HBO's drama “The Sopranos” (2001). He continued to gain notice for his work in the films “Knockaround Guys” (2002, as Chris Scarpa), “Welcome To Collinwood” (2002, as Basil) and “Spartan” (2004, as Zimmer). Davoli also appeared in Martin Scorsese's “Bringing Out the Dead” (1999), James Gray's “The Yards” (2000), Ron Shelton's “Hollywood Homicide” (2003), and Michael Hurst's “Room 6” (2006) as well as the Emmy Award winning television movie “Warm Springs” (2005). He has guest starred in “CSI: Miami,” “The Unit” and “CSI: NY.”

Davoli owns a production company called “Fraternal Artists,” through which he has produced short films like “Brando from the Neck Down” (2004, also wrote and acted in) and “Tracks of Color” (2007).


The Joker

Childhood and Family:

Andrew Michael Davoli, nicknamed Andy, was born on September 2, 1973, in Syracuse, New York. He has a brother named Dave. After graduating from Westhill High School in Syracuse, he attended Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, and graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology with a minor in theater. He got the nickname The Joker while in college. After college, Andy moved to New York City to launch a career in acting. He studied acting at the Greg Zittel Acting Studio and took an improve class at Jimmi Hendrix’s old Electric Lady Land Studio in Greenwich Village. He also trained with Ron Burrus and Arthur Mendoza. Andy also plays classical piano.


The Sopranos

Career:

“I've always felt like an outsider, a pariah of sorts. Becoming an actor saved my life.” Andrew Davoli

Andrew Davoli began acting on stage when he was 6 years old. After graduating from college, he moved to New York City to pursue his acting career. In 1996, he made her first feature film debut in “The Juror,” which starred Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin. The film was helmed by Brian Gibson and adapted by Ted Telly from George Dawes Green's novel of the same name. He next appeared in the independent film “Scar City,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 1998, before being released on July 23, 1999. Andrew received his first lead role in the independent thriller “Loser Love” (1999), where he portrayed the abusive boyfriend of Laurel Holloman. Later that same year, the talented actor was cast in the small role of Stanley in Martin Scorsese's film adaptation of Joe Connelly's best selling novel, “Bringing Out the Dead” (1999). Starring Nicolas Cage, Ving Rhames, John Goodman, Tom Sizemore and Patricia Arquette, the thriller enjoyed critical success, but was a box office disappointment.

Opening the new millennium, Davoli worked with top names like Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, James Caan and Faye Dunaway in “The Yards” (2000), a crime movie from writer/director James Gray. However, he did not earn real recognition until the next year when he was cast in the recurring role of Dino Zerilli in the third season of the HBO hit “The Sopranos” (2001), a role created for him by David Chase. He gained additional attention on the big screen when he was cast as Chris Scarpa in New Line Cinema's gangster movie “Knockaround Guys” (debuted at the Oldenburg International Film Festival in September 2001, released in U.S. in October 2002), which was directed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien. Costars of the film included Barry Pepper, Seth Green, Vin Diesel, Dennis Hopper and John Malkovich. He then received the supporting role of Basil in the Russo brothers comedy feature “Welcome To Collinwood” (2002), a remake of the 1958 Italian movie “I soliti ignot,” by Mario Monicelli. The film's cast members included William H. Macy, Isaiah Washington, Michael Jeter, Sam Rockwell, Luis Guzmán, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney, Jennifer Esposito and Gabrielle Union.

Davoli next teamed up with Al Pacino and Kim Basinger for the drama “People I Know,” which was directed by Daniel Algrant and written by Jon Robin Baitz. Premiering in Italy in October 2002, the film earned mixed reviews. He then had a small part in Ron Shelton's disappointing “Hollywood Homicide” (2003), which starred Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett, and played 8 different characters in the 22 minute comedy “Brando From the Neck Down,” which he also wrote. Still in 2004, Davoli appeared in the small role of Zimmer in “Spartan,” a political thriller directed and written by David Mamet and starring Val Kilmer, Derek Luke, William H. Macy, and Kristen Bell.

2005 saw Davoli revisit television with a one episode role in “CSI: Miami” and a supporting role in the critically acclaimed HBO biopic “Warm Springs,” starring Kenneth Branagh as Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Cynthia Nixon as Eleanor Roosevelt. He played Jake Perini in the film. He then played Joel Bowman in an episode of “The Unit” called “Morale, Welfare and Recreation” (2006).

After appearing in the short film “The Last Supper” (2006), Davoli received a supporting role in the horror film “Room 6” (2006), which starred Christine Taylor and Shane Brolly, costarred with Clare Carey and Krishna Asani in “Blind Spot” (2007), Gianluca Galtrucco's 28 minute film that won a Gold Award at the 2009 WorldFest Houston, and had the title role in the 15 minute drama “Lucky Clown” (2007), directed and written by Salvatore di Costanzo. “Lucky Clown” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 27, 2007. He went on to reprise his role of Lucky Clown in “The Crying Museum” (2008), which was shown at the Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2009. Three days after the film's premiere at Cannes, he portrayed Crazy Tony Tardala in the episode “Pay Up” of “CSI: NY.”

Davoli has completed filming “The Sinatra Club” (2009), an action film helmed by James Quattrochi and starring Joseph Lawrence, Danny Nucci and Jason Gedrick. He will also play Sweet in the upcoming thriller “Dumping Grounds” (2010), alongside Marcus Thomas.


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