Tony Lo Bianco

Veteran actor Tony Lo Bianco is not only known for his skills as a performer, but has extended his talents into directing, writing and producing, as well. The New York born-and-bred tough guy and former Golden Gloves boxer has distinguished himself over the years with a variety of Italianate blue-collar roles, initially on stage and then on film and TV. Adept at playing both sides of the law -- the determined, streetwise cop and the corrupt politico and syndicate boss -- embodying them with a dark, brooding, edgy intensity. He won an off-Broadway Obie award as a waning baseball icon in "Yanks-3, Detroit-0, Top of the Seventh"; an Outer Critics Circle Award and a Tony nomination in Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge"; and received critical kudos for his one-man show, "Hizzoner!", which was based on the life of Fiorello LaGuardia, a show he later took to public television and won a New York Area Television Academy Award. Tony's film career started off promisingly with the cult classic, The Honeymoon Killers, in which he portrayed a cold-blooded ladies' man who, paired with a heavyset nurse, sought out wealthy, lonely women to swindle and murder. Over the years, he has given added weight and dimension to such films as The French Connection, The Seven-Ups, Bloodbrothers, City of Hope, Nixon and The Juror. Tony scored exceptionally well with such mini-movies as Marciano, as fighter Rocky Marciano, and Bella Mafia. He has directed such TV programs as Police Story and the feature film, Too Scared to Scream. In a solid career that has nearly reached the four decade mark, the durable Tony has brought to life a number of interesting hard-boiled characters, particularly in crimers.
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