PROFILE
Name:
Domiziano Arcangeli
Birth Date:
June 10, 1968
Birth Place:
Venice, Italy
Nationality:
Italian
BIOGRAPHY
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Domiziano Arcangeli
Waiting for Dracula

Background:

Domiziano Arcangeli is an Italian/American actor, producer, screenwriter and former fashion model. He became known in the 1980s for a series of very artistic photos made by Helmut Newton that appeared on the covers of major magazines worldwide. He quickly branched out to acting, and has collected over a hundred credits since made his debut in the 1980s. Arcangeli, who started appearing in Hollywood films in the early 2000s, is famous in the US for his performances in Zalman King's "Chromium Blue" on Showtime, Sasha Baron Cohen's "Bruno," Lions Gate's "Virus X" and "The Ghostmaker" and the TV series "Femme Fatales" and "Revenge." Since 2009, he has added film and television productions to his endeavors. In 2012, Arcangeli made his feature directorial debut with “Waiting for Dracula” (2012), which he also executive produced and starred in.

Currently, Arcangeli lives in Los Angeles, California, with his twins, Skyler Arcangeli and Thor-Lyndon Arcangeli (born November 11, 2011). He previously married Raffaella Baracchi (annulled) and Christine Santomes (from 1996-2002).


Domi

Childhood and Family:

Domiziano Arcangeli was born on June 10, 1968, in Venice, Italy. He was spotted by celebrated Photographer Helmut Newton in Venice when he was 11 years old. He is known with the nickname Domi.

Domi attended The National Acadamy of Arts & Drama "Silvio D'Amico" in Rome, Italy.

On May 10, 1988, Domi was married to former Miss Italy Raffaella Baracchi. The marriage, however, later was annulled. He then married Christine Santomes on May 19, 1996 until they divorced on July 2, 2002.

Domi is the father of twin boys, Skyler Arcangeli and Thor-Lyndon Arcangeli (born November 11, 2011). 


Frankenstein Rising

Career:

While growing up in Venice, Italy, 11 year old Domiziano Arcangeli was discovered by illustrious Helmut Newton in 1979. He then was brought to Berlin, Germany for a series of photo shoots, which created controversy due to the age of the model. Despite the contention, some of the very artistic pictures made the covers of many popular publications worldwide. Arcangeli was subsequently launched as a very interesting personality, and model, throughout the 1980's.

Arcangeli made his acting debut in the 1980 Italian/Japanese film “Eden no sono,” where he starred alongside Leonora Fani and Angela Goodwin. He continued to appear in a number of films during the 1980s, such as “Habibi, amor mío” (1981), “Notturno con grida” (1981), “À la queue Lulu” (1981), “Peccati di giovani mogli” (1981), “The Good Soldier” (1982), “L'inceneritore” (1982), “Una di troppo” (1982), “L'inconnue” (1982), “Hunters of the Golden Cobra” (1982, directed by Antonio Margheriti), “Pourvoir” (1982 ), “Un'età da sballo” (1983), “Black Venus” (1983), “Street Dance” (1984), “Barcamenandoci” (1984), “La donna del mare” (1984), “ The Ark of the Sun God” (1984), “Il ragazzo di Ebalus” (1984), “L'ultimo giorno” (1985), “Passaporto segnalato” (1985), “Penombra” (1986) and "Laura oggetto sessuale" (1987).

However, Arcangeli did not concentrate on acting until he landed an uncredited part in Federico Fellini's "Intervista" (1987). It was followed by roles on the films “Love of a Woman” (1988), “Pygmalion 88” (1988), “Rorret” (1988), “Racconti di donne” (1988), “Top Line” (1988), “Abatjour 2” (1989), “L'ultima emozione” (1989), “Jiboa, il sentiero dei diamanti” (1989), “Thrilling Love” (1989), “Francesco” (1989) and “Ragazzi nervosi” (1989).

Arcangeli made his TV movie debut in the Italian drama/thriller “Vampirismus” (1982), starring Antonio Salines, Roberto Tesconi and Gino Maringola and directed by Giulio Questi. Several works on television films followed before the actor landed his first series regular gig in “Turno di notte” (1987-1988), starring Lea Martino, Antonella Vitale and Matteo Gazzolo. There he played Mick.

Throughout the 1990s, Arcangeli kept on busy working in various film and television projects. He acted in such films as “Una donna da guardare” (1990), “Amore, non uccidermi” (1990), “Ritual of Love” (1990, helmed by Aldo Lado), “Scene di Bohème” (1990), “Paprika” (1991), “À la poursuite de Barbara” (1991), “ Instinct” (1992), “L'urlo della verità” (1992), “Belle da morire” (1992), “Estasi” (1993), “Dark Friday” (1993, reunited with director Aldo Lado), “Beniamino Gad - Alle soglie dell'incubo” (1994), the Oscar Wilde written “Fleshy Doll” (1995, starred as Silvio), “Intimate Crimes” and (1996, starred with Gabriella Barbuti and Sara Cosmi). In 1998, he portrayed Helmut in the television series “Le ragazze di Piazza di Spagna,” starring Romina Mondello, Vittoria Belvedere and Alice Evans. He also appeared in the TV films “ Una prova d'innocenza” (1990), “Viaggio in Italia” (1991), “ Un posto freddo in fondo al cuore” (1992), “Albert Savarus” (1993), “ Storia di un ufficiale di carriera” (1996) and “Anxiety” (1997).

During the 1980s and 1990s, Arcangeli also performed in several plays all over Europe. Among acclaimed directors he has worked with include Giuseppe Patroni-Griffi, Lev Dodin, Orazio Costa, Giancarlo Sepe, Jonathan Miller, Rita Tamburi and Hossein Taheri.

Entering the new millennium, Arcangeli landed roles in the Italian films “Il conte di Melissa” (2000, starred Maria Gangale, John D'Aquino and Massimiliano Virgili), and “Capriccio veneziano” (2002). He also played Popo in the Luxembourg/UK/Showtime Networks drama series “ChromiumBlue.com” (2002), opposite Erica Prior, Summer Altice and Ian Abercrombie. Arcangeli was cast as hooker in the American film “Out of Sync” (2002), which was directed and written by Robert Pena and starring Eddie Daniels, Eddie Swaine and Jason Andrews. He also starred with Sarah Buxton in the short film “Drama Queen,” by Yves Dessca, and worked with Carina Palmer, Carsten Frank and Lina Romay in the horror film “Incubus” (2002), by Jesus Franco. In 2003, the actor returned to Italian production with the direct to video “Cannibal World,” opposite Helena Wagner, Claudio Morales and Cindy Jelic Matic, and the film “3 Women,” starring Sabrina Ferilli, Giancarlo Giannini and Valérie Kaprisky. The same year, he also appeared in the French film “Clandestino,” directed and co-written by Paule Muxel. He starred with Marco Bonini and Sonia Aquino in the Italian drama film “Eden.”

In 2004, Arcangeli was cast opposite Jeffrey Wright, Robert Miano, Pierre Cosso and Sarah Buxton in the American drama “Sin's Kitchen,” which was directed by Fabien Pruvot and written by Jennifer Farrell. He had an uncredited part in the thriller “Devil's Highway” (2005), which reunited him with both Pruvot and Farrell, starred as Juan in the horror film “Werewolf in a Women's Prison” (2006), opposite Yurizan Beltrán and Vinnie Bilancio, supported Dan Uliel, Nazanin Boniadi and Allen Burns in the James Rhodimer comedy “Gameface” (2007) and played Mr. Klever in the Tom Madigan action/adventure flick “Dead Doornails” (2007), starring Derek Hall, Gloria D'Simone and Christina Morris. He also landed roles in such films as “The Seer” (2007), starring Michele Morrow, Alexander Fiske-Harrison and Irena A. Hoffman, “Absolute Horror” (2007), starring Anya Benton, Elissa Dowling and Monica Acuna, “Coupled with Love” (2008), starring Craig Cove, Robert Cox and Bruce L. Hart, “Sister of Night” (2009), opposite Sifu Art and Elana Blank, “Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf” (2009), with Jeffrey James Lippold and Kurando Mitsutake, who also directed and co-wrote the film, John Michael Elfers' “Finale” (2009), starring Carolyn Hauck, Suthi Picotte and Elizabeth Holmes, and the award winning comedy “Brüno” (2009), starring Sacha Baron Cohen,and directed by Larry Charles. He starred as Doctor Szandor in the thriller film “The Occultist” (2009), opposite Derek Baker and Adriana Barrera, and worked with Jack Forcinito, Andy Hopper and Nadine Stenovitch in “Silent Night, Zombie Night” (2009), helmed and penned by Sean Chain.

In 2009, Arcangeli started up his own production company, “Empire Films Inc,” and made his production debut with the horror/thriller “House of Flesh Mannequins” (2009), in which he also starred as Sebastian Rhys. Since then, he continues to produce several films and television series.

Arcangeli played Victor Frankenstein in the horror film “Frankenstein Rising” (2010), directed by Eric Swelstad, and starred and produced the horror/science fiction film “Virus X” (2010), helmed by Ryan Stevens Harris. He also played the lead role of Fosco in the horror film “Orgy of Blood” (2010), in which he also served as executive producer.

In 2011, Arcangeli acted in the films “What a Great Idea” (also wrote the screenplay and served as an executive producer), “The Scarlet Worm,” “ Lizard Boy,” “Daughter of Fear,” “The Ghostmaker” (also an executive producer), as well as in the direct to video “ Addicted to Blood,” which he also produced. He also made a guest appearance in an episode of “1000 Ways to Die” (2011) and starred and co-produced the TV horror series “The Funny Man” (2011).

Arcangeli has completed filming the leading roles in the crime film “My Name Is A by Anonymous” and the short “ Soul of an Artist” (both 2011). He is set to appear in forthcoming films like “Scary or Die” (2011), “The Brides of Sodom” (2012, also an executive producer), “The Norwegian” (2012), “Caravaggio and My Mother the Pope” (2012), “Wrath of the Crows” (2012), “Scenes from a Gay Marriage” (2012, also an executive producer), “Territory” (2012), “ They Work for Tips” (2012) and “The Human Race” (2012) as well as in an episode of “ Femme Fatales” called “Libra” (2012). Arcangeli will make his feature directorial debut with the upcoming horror comedy “Waiting for Dracula” (2012), where he will also play the role of Renfield. He is a co-producer on the film “Lizzie” (2012).


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