A View from the Bridge
Veteran actor Tony Lo Bianco’s notable film roles include Ray Fernandez in “The Honeymoon Killers” (1969), Sal Boca in the Academy Award winning “The French Connection” (1971), Joe Rinaldi in “City of Hope” (1991), Johnny Roselli in “Nixon” (1995) and Louie Boffano in “The Juror” (1996). His television credits include roles on “Jessie” (1984) and “Palace Guard” (1991) and recurring roles on “Police Story” (191973-1975) and “Homicide: Life on the Streets” (1995). He has also appeared in guest roles in episodes of “Law & Order,” “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” to name a few. Starting out on stage, Bianco co-founded New York City’s Triangle Theatre in 1963 and has directed and produced many shows there. He received a Tony nomination and an Outer Critics Circle Award for his starring role in a revival of Arthur Miller's “A View from the Bridge” (1983) and an Obie Award for his performance in “Yanks-3, Detroit-0, Top of the Seventh” (1975-1976). He also portrayed Fiorello LaGuardia in the one man show “Hizzoner,” which was adapted for public television in 1984. In addition, he was honored with an Eleonora Duse Award for his contributions to the performing arts.
Childhood and Family:
Tony Lo Bianco was born on October 19, 1936, in Brooklyn, New York. He was raised in Bensonhurst, New York, and studied acting at the Irwin Piscator Drama Workshop in New York.
Tony married Elizabeth on October 4, 2002.
The French Connection
Tony Lo Bianco began his career on stage. In 1963, he helped found the Triangle Theatre in New York and serving as its artistic director for six years. While with the company, he directed and produced many shows. He also appeared in “Incident at Vichy,” a play by Arthur Miller, at New York's ANTA Washington Square Theatre. His Broadway debut came in 1966 when he landed a part in “The Office.” He went on to play Rudy Avarian in J.J. Coyle's “The Ninety Day Mistress,” which ran for 24 performances at the Biltmore Theatre.
Billed as Anthony Greco, Bianco made his film debut in “The Sex Perils of Paulette” (1965), a Doris Wishman drama starring Anna Karol. He hit the small screen the next year with guest spots in “Get Smart” and “Hawk” before being cast in the series “Hidden Faces” (1968). Also in 1968, he guest starred in “N.Y.P.D.,” had an unaccredited role in “Star,” a musical starring Julie Andrews, Richard Crenna and Daniel Massey, and appeared as an officer in the Italian movie “A Fine Pair,” which starred Rock Hudson and Claudia Cardinale. Bianco got his first starring role when he was cast as Ray Fernandez on the 1969 crime drama “The Honeymoon Killers,” opposite Shirley Stoler. He gained further notice with his performance in the William Friedkin directed crime film “The French Connection” (1971), starring Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider. The film, which was adapted from Robin Moore's novel “The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy,” was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won the awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing.
Bianco was next cast as Dr. Joe Corelli in the CBS soap opera “Love of Life,” a role he performed from 1971 to 1973. He was reunited with “The French Connection” producer Phil D'Antoni for the NBC television film “Mr. Inside/Mr. Outside” (1973) and the film “The Seven-Ups” (1973), which starred Roy Scheider. Still in 1973, Bianco landed the recurring role of Tony Calabrese on the NBC series “Police Story,” a role he had until 1975. He also directed an episode of “Police Story” called “Eamon Kinsella Royce.”
Bianco’s career continued to gain momentum when he starred in the ABC TV film “The Story of Jacob and Joseph” (1974), starred as Pete Mackey in NBC’s “A Shadow in the Streets” (1975), which was directed by Richard Donner, and appeared in the TV miniseries “Origins of the Mafia” (1976). He was also cast as a detective in the Larry Cohen film “God Told Me To” (1976), starred in the Italian film “Merciless Man” (1976), and played rodeo cowboy Jesse Gifford in the dramatic film “Goldenrod” (1976). In addition, he gained recognition on stage with his portrayal of baseball’s Duke Bronkowsky in the American Place Theatre's production of “Yanks-3, Detroit-0, Top of the Seventh” (1975-1976). His performance in the play earned an Obie Award.
Next up for Bianco, he appeared as Quintilius in the Emmy nominated TV miniseries “Jesus of Nazareth” (1977), worked with Sylvester Stallone, Rod Steiger and Peter Boyle in Norman Jewison's “F.I.S.T” (1978) and portrayed Tommy De Coco on the Robert Mulligan Oscar nominated film “Bloodbrothers” (1978), opposite Richard Gere, Paul Sorvino and Marilu Henner. He also starred with Lee Strasberg and Christine Lahti in the Emmy Award winning television movie “The Last Tenant” (1978), Sally Kellerman and Annie Semler in the Australian TV film “Magee and the Lady” (1978), Shirley Knight and Jimmy McNichol in CBS’ “Champions: A Love Story” (1979) and Linda Purl and Shirley Jones in the ABC film “A Last Cry for Help” (1979). He was then seen in the TV film “Marciano” (1979) and directed episodes of “Kaz” (1978), “The Secret Empire” and “The Duke” (both 1979).
Entering the 1980s, Bianco teamed up with Karen Black and Arlene Golonka in the film “Separate Ways” (1981), portrayed Frank Greene in the short “Pals” (1981), played Brother Nicholas in the miniseries “Marci Polo” (1982), and was cast in the made for TV film “Another Woman's Child” (1983). He next received praise for his starring turn as Eddie in a 1983 revival of Arthur Miller's “A View from the Bridge,” staged by Arvin Brown. The role earned him a 1983 Tony nomination for Best Actor (Play) and an Outer Critics Circle Award. In 1984, Bianco landed the role of Lieutenant Alex Ascoli in the ABC series “Jessie” and guest starred in “The Paper Chase.” He then had a supporting role on “City Heat,” a film directed by Richard Benjamin that starred Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds, and starred as Fiorello La Guardia on the PBS broadcast of his critically acclaimed one man show “Hizzoner.”
Bianco made his feature film directing debut with “Too Scared to Scream” (1985), which starred Mike Connors, Anne Archer and Leon Isaac Kennedy. He went on to play roles on the TV films “Lady Blue” (1985), “Welcome Home, Bobby” (1986), “Police Story: The Freeway Killings” (1987, as Detective DiAngelo), “The Ann Jillian Story” (1988), “Body of Evidence” (1988), “La romana” (1988) and “True Blue” (1989). In addition, he worked on “Il cugino americano” (1986) and appeared in episodes of “The Twilight Zone” (1985), “Night Heat” (1987) and “CBS Summer Playhouse” (1988).
Bianco remained busy and following work on the TV films “Perry Mason: The Case of the Poisoned Pen” and “Death Has a Bad Reputation” and in episodes of “ABC Afterschool Specials” and “CBS Schoolbreak Special” (all 1990), he costarred with Ron Silver in the dramatic film “The Good Policeman” (1991), was cast in John Sayles' “City of Hope” (1991) and portrayed Tony Carallo on the TV film “The 10 Million Dollar Getaway” (1991). Still in 1991, he also played Arturo Taft in on the short lived CBS series “Palace Guard.” He then appeared in the TV films “In the Shadow of a Killer” (1992), “Stormy Weathers” (1992), “Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story” (1992) and “The Sands of Time” (1992). On the big screen, he acted in “Boiling Point” (1993), starring Wesley Snipes, Dennis Hopper, Tobin Bell and Viggo Mortensen, “Power and Lovers” (1994), starring Vincent Riotta, Stephen Dillane and Julian Glover, and “The Ascent” (1994), opposite Vincent Spano and Ben Cross. He also played Vito Capece on the 1994 TV miniseries “The Maharaja's Daughter.”
In 1995, Bianco had a recurring role on the NBC police drama “Homicide: Life on the Streets” (3 episodes), portrayed Johnny Roselli on Oliver Stone's biographical film “Nixon,” starring Antony Hopkins, and was cast as Jim Jacobs in the HBO TV film “Tyson,” which was based on the life of boxer Mike Tyson (played by Michael Jai White). He next appeared as a mob boss in the film adaptation of “The Juror” (1996), starring Demi Moore, starred with Cynthia Rothrock in “Sworn to Justice” (1996), and appeared in the thriller “Cold Night Into Dawn” (1997). In addition, he acted with Meredith Baxter and Victor Garber in the television film “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” (1997) and had a featured role on the Golden Globe nominated crime drama “Bella Mafia” (CBS, 1997), starring Vanessa Redgrave, Dennis Farina and Nastassja Kinski. He also appeared in Clay Borris' “The Pawn” (1998), “Jane Austen's Mafia” (1998) and “Rocky Marciano,” a made for TV film about the rise to fame of legendary boxer Rocky Marciano (played by Jon Favreau).
In 2000, Bianco had a supporting role in the film “The Day the Ponies Come Back,” which was directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starred Guillaume Canet, Burt Young and Monica Trombetta. He went on to appear in “Friends and Family” (2001), a film directed by Kristen Coury, Fred Williamson's “Down 'n Dirty” (2001), the TV film “Lucky Day” (2002), the Italian film “Il più crudele dei giorni” (2003) and the Kevin Tenney thriller “Endangered Species” (2003). He also guest starred in “Walker, Texas Ranger” (2001) and “Law & Order” (2002).
Bianco next worked with Lara Amersey, Rosa Arredondo and Joseph Barbara in the made for TV film “Hate” (2005), played Fario Cardinale in an unsold pilot titled “N.Y.-70” (2005), and costarred in the award winning short film “Exit” (2005), by Jamie Duneier. He was reunited with Vincent Spano for the TNT film “The Engagement Ring” (2005), teamed up with T.R. Knight, Danny Aiello, Mario Cantone, Frank Vincent, Sabrina Lloyd, Joe Piscopo and Vincent Pastore in the John DeBellis comedy “The Last Request” (2006) and appeared in an episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” called “World's Fair.” He resurfaced in “Frame of Mind,” a 2009 film directed, co-written by and starring Carl T. Evans. It was followed by roles in the short “Lily of the Feast” (2010) and the movie “Kill the Irishman” (2011), which was directed by Jonathan Hensleigh and starred Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken and Vincent D'Onofrio.
Eleonora Duse Award: Contributions to the Performing Arts
Outer Critics Circle: “A View from the Bridge,” 1983
Obie: “Yanks-3, Detroit-0, Top of the Seventh”