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Dominic Chianese

Biography

Professional/singer Dominic Chianese (pronounced Key-a-NAY-see) gained widespread identification for his portrayal of Corrado “Uncle Junior” Soprano over the cable-television series The Sopranos beginning in 1999, but his profession dates back towards the 1950s. A second-generation Italian-American, he was created in to a category of stonemasons in the brand new York Town borough the Bronx. After graduating from the esteemed Bronx SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL of Research, he got into the family members bricklaying business, however in 1952, he got a component within the chorus of the touring firm of Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, his initial professional performing and performing job. He came back to bricklaying following a year, however in the past due ’50s he started acting in summer months stock companies, ultimately obtaining his Actor’s Collateral credit card. He also returned to school, gaining a qualification from Brooklyn University at age 30. In the 1960s, while searching for performing parts, he also became a member of the folk music increase, playing an classical guitar and performing in Greenwich Community. He became an MC on the famed nightclub Gerde’s Folk Town in 1964, carrying on to seem there on / off into the past due ’70s. His performing parts steadily became more essential and included Broadway stints in Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo and David Mamet’s WATER Engine. He broke in to the films in 1972 with Fuzz, and since that time has appeared within a string of movies like the Godfather Component II (1974), Pet Day time Afternoon (1975), All of the President’s Males (1976), Fingertips (1978), … And Justice for many (1979), Q&A (1990), Out for Justice (1991), and THE NIGHT TIME We Under no circumstances Met (1993), in addition to making frequent visitor looks on network tv series. This designed for a regularly successful career like a personality actor, nonetheless it was his casting as Uncle Junior, the maturing Mafia patriarch who includes a contentious romantic relationship along with his Mob employer nephew Tony Soprano (performed by Adam Gandolfini) that produced him nationally well-known. On the ultimate episode of the 3rd season from the Sopranos in-may 2001, Chianese produced his national performing debut, presaging the discharge of his initial album, Strikes, in June. Ungrateful Center followed 2 yrs later.

Quick Facts


Full Name Dominic Chianese
Height 1.8 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Bricklayer, Guitarist
Education Brooklyn College, The Bronx High School of Science
Nationality American
Spouse Jane Pittson
Children Dominic Chianese Jr., Leah Espy Chianese, Rebbeca Scarpatti Chianese, Alexander John Gwozdz Chianese, Dominica Roskelly Chianese, Sarah Chianese
Parents Gaetano Chianese, Angelina Chianese
Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Music Songs Core 'ngrato, Parla piu piano, Solamente Una Vez, Song a napoletano, True Love Still on My Mind, Passing of Time, State vicin' a me, Love Is Real, Typical New Yorker, Chitarra romana, Shady Grove, Feels Like Home, A vucchella, Santa lucia luntana, O marenariello, Piscatore 'e pusilleco, Dicitencello vuje, Mala femmena, Torna a surriento, Lu cardillo, For the Good Times, O sole mio, Maria, marí, Mamma, Santa Lucia, Interludio: Core 'ngrato, Amazing Grace, Ramona, Guantanamera
Albums Ungrateful heart, Hits
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Movies The Godfather Part II, Unfaithful, Dog Day Afternoon, The Family, ...And Justice for All, Adrift in Manhattan, Mr. Popper's Penguins, All the President's Men, When Will I Be Loved, The Last New Yorker, Out for Justice, The Public Eye, Crimes of Fashion, Night Falls on Manhattan, Under Hellgate Bridge, King of the Corner, Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five, If Lucy Fell, A Time for Miracles, Q&A, Firepower, The Thomas Crown Affair, Just Laugh, The Mouse, Gotti
TV Shows Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos


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#Fact
1 His son, Dominic Chianese Jr., also an actor, appeared in three installments of the final season of The Sopranos (1999), as a member of the competing Lupertazzi crime family.
2 Dominic has released two CD music albums. The first, entitled "Hits," in 2000, singing American and Italian standards. The second CD, released in 2003 by AOL Music, entitled "Ungrateful Heart," features 16 classic Neapolitan songs, including the title song, Salvatore Cardillo's sentimental classic "Core 'ngrato" ("Ungrateful Heart"), which Dominic performed on the third-season finale of The Sopranos.
3 2010 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in recognition of his humanitarian efforts.
4 Son of a bricklayer/mason. After graduating from high school, Dominic worked with his father on construction jobs while attending night school, ultimately graduating from Brooklyn College in 1961 with a B.A. in Speech and Theater Studies.
5 Has appeared in four movies with his friend Al Pacino: The Godfather: Part II (1974), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), ...and justice for all. (1979) and Looking for Richard (1996).
6 Before being cast in The Godfather: Part II (1974), Chianese worked for the New York State Drug Abuse Control Commission as a recreational worker in a rehabilitation center. He taught guitar to women who were serving time for drug-related crimes.
7 As of 2012, Chianese still regularly performs music in New York City area venues, one of a declining group of nationally recognizable celebrities to do so. Woody Allen is the most notable of these celebrity performers, which, until recently also included Conrad Janis and Les Paul (d.2009). Chianese's typical sets have included mostly Italian favorites, complementary to his great tenor voice, songs similar to what might have been heard on The Sopranos (1999). While The Sopranos was still in production, Dominic was able to help one of his band mates get a guest spot, as a well-wisher to an ailing Tony Soprano. For many years, Chianese's most regular performing venue was restaurant/theater The West Bank, but over the last several years he's been been caught performing at other hot spots.
8 He has the distinction of being the only actor to appear in the greatest mobster movie series (as Johnny Ola in The Godfather: Part II (1974)) and the greatest mobster TV series as a series regular (as Uncle Junior on The Sopranos (1999)). Richard Bright and Vittorio Duse also appeared in both the Godfather series and "The Sopranos", although they aren't regular cast members of "The Sopranos".
9 Once sang "A Fool Such as I" at the Grand Ole Opry.
10 Italian-American.
11 Last name (Chianese) is pronounced Kee-en-ay-zay.
12 Graduated from the prestigious Bronx High School of Science.
13 Got his start in musical comedy, and still often appears as a cabaret singer performing standards, ballads and Italian folk songs.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Umberto D. 2017 pre-production Umberto D.
Active Adults 2016 completed Bart
The Good Wife 2012-2015 TV Series Judge Michael Marx
Boardwalk Empire 2011-2013 TV Series Leander Cephas Whitlock
The Family 2013/I Vinnie Caprese
Mr. Popper's Penguins 2011 Reader
The Secret Life of the American Teenager 2011 TV Series Vic
Blue Bloods 2010 TV Series Happy Jack
Damages 2010 TV Series Stuart Zedeck
What About Sal? 2008 TV Short Salvador Pucchini
The Last New Yorker 2007 Lenny Sugarman
The Sopranos 1999-2007 TV Series Junior Soprano
Adrift in Manhattan 2007 Tomasso Pensara
Crimes of Fashion 2004 TV Movie George
When Will I Be Loved 2004 Count Tommaso Lupo
King of the Corner 2004 Stan Marshak
Hope & Faith 2004 TV Series Irv Miller
Unfaithful 2002 Frank Wilson
Under Hellgate Bridge 2000 Father Nichols
Cradle Will Rock 1999 Silvano - Papa
Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five 1998 Mickey (The Photographer)
Law & Order 1991-1997 TV Series Judge Paul Kaylin / Dan Rubell
Cosby 1997 TV Series
Night Falls on Manhattan 1996 Judge Impelliteri
The Mouse 1996 Al the Trainer
Gotti 1996 TV Movie Joe Armone
Love Is All There Is 1996 Italian Consul
If Lucy Fell 1996 Al
The Contenders 1993 Father of bride
The Night We Never Met 1993 Lion's Den Nosy Neighbor
The Public Eye 1992 Spoleto
Coconut Downs 1991 TV Movie Nicky Fish
Out for Justice 1991 Mr. Madano
The Lost Capone 1990 TV Movie Gabriel Capone
Q & A 1990 Larry Pesch / Vito / Lorenzo Franconi (as Dominick Chianese)
Second Sight 1989 Father Dominic
Tales from the Darkside 1986 TV Series Correlli's Father
Spenser: For Hire 1986 TV Series Mr. Bloomquist
Ryan's Hope 1980-1981 TV Series Alexei Vartova / Uncle Ben the Consultant
Fort Apache the Bronx 1981 Corelli's Father
A Time for Miracles 1980 TV Movie Promoter
...and justice for all. 1979 Carl Travers
Firepower 1979 Orlov
On the Yard 1978 Mendoza (uncredited)
Fingers 1978 Arthur Fox
The Godfather: A Novel for Television 1977 TV Mini-Series Johnny Ola
Kojak 1976 TV Series George Mallick
All the President's Men 1976 Eugenio R. Martinez
Dog Day Afternoon 1975 Father
The Godfather: Part II 1974 Johnny Ola
Fuzz 1972 Panhandler
East Side/West Side 1964 TV Series Charley

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sopranos 2001-2002 TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Downtown 81 1981 thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
James Gandolfini: Tribute to a Friend 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Annual 2011 Actors Fund Gala Awards 2011 TV Special Himself
Just Laugh! 2010 Documentary Himself
At the Table with... 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Mayne Street 2009 TV Series Himself
Caiga quien caiga 2008 TV Series Himself
Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & the Movies 2008 Documentary Himself
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet 2007 TV Series Himself
The Music of 'The Sopranos' 2007 TV Short documentary Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2006 TV Series
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 TV Special Himself
The Tony Danza Show 2004 TV Series Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2004 TV Series Himself
CMT: 40 Greatest Fashion Statements 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2001 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 2001 TV Series Himself
Looking for Richard 1996 Documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-1980 1992 Video Johnny Ola
The Sopranos: A Sitdown 2007 TV Short documentary Corrado 'Junior' Soprano

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 Golden Nymph Monte-Carlo TV Festival Outstanding Actor - Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2007 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2007 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999) · Sharon Angela
· Lorraine Bracco
· Max Casella
· Edie Falco
· James Gandolfini
· Joseph R. Gannascoli
· Dan Grimaldi
· Robert Iler
· Michael Imperioli
· Steve Schirripa
· Jamie-Lynn Sigler
· Tony Sirico
· Aida Turturro
· Maureen Van Zandt
· Steven Van Zandt
· Frank Vincent
2005 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999) · Lorraine Bracco
· Steve Buscemi
· Vincent Curatola
· Drea de Matteo
· Jamie-Lynn Sigler
· Edie Falco
· James Gandolfini
· Robert Iler
· Michael Imperioli
· Steve Schirripa
· Tony Sirico
· Aida Turturro
· Steven Van Zandt
· John Ventimiglia
2003 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999) · Lorraine Bracco
· Federico Castelluccio
· Vincent Curatola
· Drea de Matteo
· Edie Falco
· James Gandolfini
· Robert Iler
· Michael Imperioli
· Joe Pantoliano
· Steve Schirripa
· Jamie-Lynn Sigler
· Tony Sirico
· Aida Turturro
· Steven Van Zandt
· John Ventimiglia
2002 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999) · Lorraine Bracco
· Federico Castelluccio
· Drea de Matteo
· Edie Falco
· James Gandolfini
· Robert Iler
· Michael Imperioli
· Joe Pantoliano
· Steve Schirripa
· Jamie-Lynn Sigler
· Tony Sirico
· Aida Turturro
· Steven Van Zandt
· John Ventimiglia
2001 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)
2001 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999) · Lorraine Bracco
· Drea de Matteo
· Edie Falco
· James Gandolfini
· Robert Iler
· Michael Imperioli
· Nancy Marchand
· Vincent Pastore
· David Proval
· Jamie-Lynn Sigler
· Tony Sirico
· Aida Turturro
· Steven Van Zandt
2000 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series The Sopranos (1999)


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#Quote
1 [on his role as Corrado "Uncle Junior" Soprano] About a week after my audition, one of the executive producers came in, kept me in a room for an hour and a half with different kinds of glasses. That helped me tremendously--subconsciously at first and then consciously. After the first couple of seasons I couldn't act without them. They were part of my makeup. Those glasses were my mask. We were doing Greek tragedy there. Behind the mask a lot of things come out that you wouldn't do.
2 [on the loss of Elaine Kaufman] She was like an older sister, someone I could confide in. She would introduce me to people. She would ask if I was working and try to help.


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