PROFILE
Name:
Michael Rispoli
Birth Date:
November 21, 1965
Birth Place:
Long Island, New York, New York, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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The Sopranos

Background:

Beginning his acting career in New York's famed Circle in the Square in the 1980s, character actor Michael Rispoli appeared on television in the late 1990s by portraying Jackie Aprile Sr. (1999-2001) on the critically acclaimed HBO mafia drama series "The Sopranos." He has since played roles in such TV series as "Ryan Caulfield: Year One" (1999), "Third Watch" (as Jerry Mankowicz; 1999-2002), "Big Apple" (2001), "Bram and Alice" (2002), "10-8: Officers on Duty" (2003), and "The Black Donnellys" (2007). He also guest starred in "Law & Order," "ER," "Touched by an Angel," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." Rispoli will next be seen in an upcoming Fox paranormal drama series called "The Oaks," alongside Sienna Guillory and Matt Lanter.

On the big screen, this frequent movie tough-guy appeared in the films "Household Saints" (1993), "Angie" (1994), "Above the Rim" (1994), "While You Were Sleeping" (1995), "To Die For" (1995), "The Juror" (1996), "Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco" (1996), "Volcano" (1997), "Snake Eyes" (1998), "Rounders" (1998), "Summer of Sam" (1999), "Two Family House" (2000), “Hacks” (2001), “Death to Smoochy” (2002), "Mr 3000" (2004), "The Weather Man" (2005), "Lonely Hearts" (2006), "Invincible" (2006), and "Black Irish" (2007). He will co-star in the upcoming films "See You in September" with Estella Warren and Justin Kirk, "The Taking of Pelham 123" alongside Denzel Washington, John Travolta, and Luis Guzmán, and "Kick-Ass" with Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.


New Yorker

Childhood and Family:

In Long Island, New York, Michael Rispoli was born on November 21, 1965. He was trained at the Circle in the Square Professional Theater School, in New York, New York, and was educated at State University of New York.

During his free time, Rispoli trains in Tae Kwon Do and makes wine. He is married to Pam Rispoli.


Two Family House

Career:

Honing in on his craft at New York's famed Circle in the Square, Michael Rispoli would spend many years appearing in such New York stage productions as “Twelfth Night,” the tragedy “MacBeth,” and the romantic comedy “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” In 1987, he co-founded the Willow Cabin Theater Company in New York.

In the early 1990s, Rispoli began appearing on the big screen and was seen in an unaccredited role in Irwin Winkler's "Night and the City" (1992; starring Robert De Niro and Jessica Lange). He subsequently gave an impressive performance as Nicky Falconetti in Nancy Savoca's film adaptation of the novel by Francine Prose, "Household Saints" (1993; opposite Tracey Ullman, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Lili Taylor) and appeared in Martha Coolidge's romantic film based on the 1991 novel "Angie, I Says by Avra Wing," "Angie" (1994; starring Geena Davis). He was also cast alongside Duane Martin, Leon Robinson, Tupac Shakur, and Christopher Andrews in Jeff Pollack's dramatic film, "Above the Rim" (1994).

During the mid 1990s, Rispoli could be seen in the films "Burnzy's Last Call," by Michael De Avila, "While You Were Sleeping," a romantic comedy by Jon Turteltaub starring Sandra Bullock, Bill Pullman, and Peter Gallagher, and "To Die For," Gus Van Sant's take on Joyce Maynard's dark comedy novel of the same name that starred Nicole Kidman, Matt Dillon, and Joaquin Phoenix. On the small screen, Rispoli co-starred with Kelly Rutherford and Peter Krause in the legal drama series "The Great Defender,” but the Fox series was canceled after one episode. He was also spotted as a guest in an episode of the short-lived sitcom "Bless This House."

Rispoli continued to add to his resume roles in the films "The Juror" (1996), "Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco" (1996), and "Feeling Minnesota" (1996), writer/director Steven Baigelman's romantic comedy starring Keanu Reeves, Vincent D'Onofrio, Cameron Diaz, and Courtney Love. He also starred as Sonny DeMarco, a widowed father with two young sons, in the short-lived CBS sitcom "My Guys" (1996).

1997 saw Rispoli with a featured role in Mick Jackson's disaster action film "Volcano," starring Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, and Don Cheadle, and starring in the Canadian independent comedy written and directed by Hal Salwen, "His and Hers," alongside Liev Schreiber. That same year, he also starred in Jacques Rey's 18-minute short film, "Cusp."

Rispoli then starred in "Scarred City" (1998; with Stephen Baldwin, Chazz Palminteri, and Tia Carrere) and was featured as bookie Jimmy George in Brian De Palma's crime thriller starring Nicolas Cage, "Snake Eyes." He then portrayed Edward Norton's assistant in John Dahl's film "Rounders" (also starring Matt Damon), and Detective Denny Reagan in Bruno Barreto's crime film based on the book written by New York City detective Bo Dietl, "One Tough Cop" (all three in 1998). He also appeared as a guest in two episodes of NBC’s police procedural and legal drama television series "Law & Order" and in an episode of the hit NBC medical drama "ER."

On January 17, 1999, Rispoli began playing Jackie Aprile Sr. on the critically-acclaimed HBO mafia drama series "The Sopranos." His character was killed off in the episode "Meadowlands," which originally aired on January 31, 1999, when his character died of stomach cancer. On April 29, 2001, he returned in a flashback in the episode "...To Save Us All from Satan's Power."

Rispoli portrayed Jerry Mankowicz on NBC’s television drama series "Third Watch" from 1999 to 2002 and appeared in Spike Lee's thriller based on the Son of Sam serial murders, "Summer of Sam" (1999; with John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody, Mira Sorvino, and Jennifer Esposito). He then acted in Raymond De Felitta's Sundance Audience Award winning drama "Two Family House" (2000), which won him a Best Actor Award at the Verona Love Screens Film Festival. Additionally, he starred in Agnieszka Holland's novel-based drama "The Third Miracle" (1999; starring Ed Harris and Anne Heche), Steven Feder's romantic comedy "It Had to Be You" (2000), Glenn Rockowitz's "Hacks" (2002) and Danny DeVito’s comedy "Death to Smoochy" (2002; starring Robin Williams, Edward Norton, and Catherine Keener). On the small, screen, Rispoli co-starred with Paget Brewster and David Keith in the comedic TV movie "Last Dance" (2001), appeared in the short-lived cop drama series "Ryan Caulfield: Year One" (1999) and guest-starred in CBS’ family drama series "Touched by an Angel."

In 2002, Rispoli co-starred with Alfred Molina and Traylor Howard in the short-lived CBS sitcom "Bram and Alice." He then co-starred with John Corbett in the romantic drama TV movie "Naked Hotel" (2003) and played the recurring role of Angelo Amonte (2003) on the short-lived ABC television series starring Ernie Hudson and Danny Nucci, "10-8: Officers on Duty."

Returning to the wide screen, Rispoli appeared opposite Bernie Mac and Angela Bassett in Charles Stone III's romantic comedy "Mr 3000" (2004), with Penélope Cruz, Ralph Fiennes, and Kristin Scott Thomas in Martha Fiennes' drama "Chromophobia" (2005), and alongside Michael Angarano, Cynthia Nixon, and Sunny Mabrey in Alex Steyermark's "One Last Thing..." (2005). He was also cast in Gore Verbinski's drama starring Nicolas Cage, "The Weather Man" (2005), Todd Robinson's drama "Lonely Hearts" (2006; starring John Travolta, James Gandolfini, Salma Hayek, and Jared Leto), Ericsson Core's biographical football drama "Invincible" (2006; starring Mark Wahlberg), and Paul Carafotes' 23-minute short film "Club Soda" (2006; with James Gandolfini, Louis Gossett Jr., and Joe Mantegna). Michael next co-starred with Adam Baldwin in the short-lived drama series "Talk to Me" (2006), guest-starred in two episodes of NBC’s drama "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and was seen in an episode of CBS’ crime drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

In 2007, Rispoli played Al Onatero on the NBC drama series "The Black Donnellys." During this time, he co-starred in an unpicked TV series pilot called "Fort Pit" and appeared in an episode of the ESPN television drama "The Bronx Is Burning" (starring John Turturro and Oliver Platt), an eight-episode mini-series adapted from Jonathan Mahler's best-selling book, "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bronx Is Burning." He could also be seen in the 2007 films "Black Irish," a drama written and directed by Brad Gann, and "Made in Brooklyn," a compilation of four short films about Brooklyn residents.

Rispoli recently co-starred with Chazz Palminteri and Christine Lahti in writer/director Robert Celestino's drama film, "Yonkers Joe" (2008). Next, he will appear in the pilot episode of an upcoming Fox paranormal drama series called "The Oaks," alongside Sienna Guillory and Matt Lanter. He has completed his latest film, "See You in September," a romantic comedy set in current day Manhattan starring Estella Warren and Justin Kirk. He will soon wrap up his upcoming film projects, "The Taking of Pelham 123" (with Denzel Washington, John Travolta, and Luis Guzmán), Tony Scott's film adaptation of the 1973 thriller novel by Morton Freedgood (written under the pseudonym John Godey), and "Kick-Ass," Matthew Vaughn's big screen version of the comic book series, "Kick-Ass," starring Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Lyndsy Fonseca, and Chloe Moretz.


Awards:

  • Verona Love Screens Film Festival: Best Actor, "Two Family House," 2001

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