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Armand Assante

Armand Assante

A native of New York City, Assante is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he won the Jehlinger Award for best actor in 1969. He made his professional stage debut opposite Imogene Coca in Why I Went Crazy, under the direction of Joshua Logan.

In 1997, Assante received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special for his portrayal of notorious crime boss John Gotti in HBO Pictures┬╣ biographical drama Gotti. He also garnered nominations for both a Golden Globe and SAG Award for the same performance. In 1998 Assante was again nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Odysseus in the Hallmark Entertainment/NBC miniseries The Odyssey, which attracted 50 million viewers.

Assante has earned widespread praise for his work in a number of feature films. He starred as Ceser Castillo in Arnie Glimcher's The Mambo Kings, appeared in Danny Devito's Hoffa, and played chief advisor to Queen Isabel in Ridley Scott's epic 1492: Conquest of Paradise. Assante was honored with a Golden Globe nomination for his work in Sidney Lumet's Q & A, and won a Special Jury Prize at the USA Film Festival for his portrayal of the title role in Belizaire, The Cajun. Assante's additional feature film credits include Paradise Alley, Little Darlings, Private Benjamin, Unfaithfully Yours, The Penitent, Animal Behavior, Fatal Instinct, Trial By Jury, Judge Dredd, and Striptease.

Assante was nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his compelling performance in Jack the Ripper. He has also starred in such notable telefilms as Kidnapped, Blind Justice, Fever, Stranger In My Bed, Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story, Hands Of A Stranger, Evergreen, Why Me?, and Rage of Angels.

More recently, Assante was seen in the Showtime feature On The Beach, opposite Rachel Ward. The remake of the 1950's classic was filmed entirely on location in Australia. He was also recently heard as the voice of the evil character Tzekel-Kan in the Dreamworks animated feature The Road to El Dorado.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Armand Assante Facts

BirthdayOctober 4, 1949 (74)
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Armand Assante compared to you?

Selected Filmography

American Gangster
1492: Conquest of Paradise
Chicago Overcoat
Diamond Cartel
Road to El Dorado
Breaking Point
The Night Never Sleeps
The Odyssey
Sleight of Hand
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