Born: January 31, 1959
Birthplace: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Anthony M. LaPaglia (/ləpɑːliːɑː/; born 31 January 1959) is an Australian actor.
He played the role of Joe in the coming of age comedy Empire Records and John in the film Autumn In New York, as well as FBI agent Jack Malone on the American TV series Without a Trace, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Drama. He also appeared in 8 episodes of Frasier as Daphne Moon's alcoholic brother Simon.
LaPaglia starred in the Australian films Looking for Alibrandi, Holding the Man, Lantana and Balibo. For the latter two films he won AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 2001 and 2009.
LaPaglia was born in Adelaide, South Australia, the son of Maria Johannes (née Brendel), a secretary and model, and Gedio "Eddie" LaPaglia (deceased), an auto mechanic and car dealer. LaPaglia's mother was Dutch, and his father emigrated from Bovalino, Calabria, Italy, at the age of eighteen. His younger brother, Jonathan LaPaglia, is also an actor, and his other brother, Michael, is a car wholesaler in Los Angeles. LaPaglia attended Rostrevor College and Norwood High School.
LaPaglia was working in Adelaide as a shoe salesman for Florsheim shoes in the early 1980s. He asked to be transferred to the US and continued working there whilst studying acting as he was rejected by the prestigious Sydney drama school NIDA. LaPaglia first began his venture into dramatic art in his late teens, when he enrolled in an acting course at the South Australian Castings Agency (SA Castings) in Adelaide. The two-and-half-year course was to be supplemented with a further three months, which would have included a "boot camp" and a trial listing with SA Castings. After completing one-and-a-half years of the course, LaPaglia left Adelaide for Los Angeles.
LaPaglia's earliest credit was a 1985 part in an episode of the television series Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories. His first feature film was Cold Steel in 1987, followed that same year by the title role of Frank Nitti in the telemovie Nitti: The Enforcer. LaPaglia had a supporting role as a mobster in the minor hit Betsy's Wedding (1990).
He starred alongside Danny Aiello and Lainie Kazan in 29th Street, a fact-based comedy/bio-pic, as the first New York State Lottery winner, Frank Pesce, Jr. This was followed by roles in the vampire/Mafia story Innocent Blood (1992), the comedy thriller So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), the legal thriller The Client (1994), and the comedy Empire Records in 1995. That same year, LaPaglia appeared in the role of Jimmy Wyler, lead character in the TV series Murder One, during its second and final season.
During 1997-98, LaPaglia appeared in a Broadway production of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge with the Roundabout Theatre Company and later received a Tony Award for his portrayal of the protagonist, Eddie Carbone. LaPaglia also played Tito Merelli in Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor on Broadway. Before A View From the Bridge opened, LaPaglia was sent a script for the pilot of The Sopranos and met its creator, David Chase, to discuss the role of protagonist Tony Soprano.
However, various factors, including his Broadway role, prevented LaPaglia obtaining the role. "'The Sopranos' thing didn't work out ... and of course it did work out perfectly, because the right person ended up with the role. You can't imagine that show without James Gandolfini." LaPaglia did, however, later play (in an uncredited 2002 cameo) an actor in a Sopranos-style TV show-within-a-film, in the comedy movie Analyze That. (In 2007, The Sopranos reciprocated, by featuring LaPaglia's brother Jonathan in a film-within-the-TV-show.) Spike Lee cast LaPaglia as a New York police detective in Summer of Sam (1999). During 2000-04, LaPaglia appeared in eight episodes of the sitcom Frasier, including the finale, playing Daphne Moon's brother Simon. The role won him an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series". LaPaglia made his debut in an Australian production with Looking for Alibrandi (1999), followed by a role as a Sydney police detective in the critically acclaimed Ray Lawrence film Lantana (2001).
In 2002, LaPaglia co-starred as a fire captain opposite Sigourney Weaver in The Guys, a film about New York firemen who died in the World Trade Center. He also played the role onstage, rotating with Bill Murray and others. "We did it as a tribute to the men," said LaPaglia. "I've been so lucky to do it, to be part of this experience. But I can't go back to that morning or watch the video. It's too painful." He also played fictional Australian actor Anthony Bella (who played Nicky Caesar in the fictitious series 'Little Caesar') in the comedy movie Analyze That, but was uncredited in his role.
In addition to playing the central character in Without a Trace during 2002-09, LaPaglia co-wrote an episode entitled "Deep Water".
In 2009, LaPaglia played the part of Roger East, a real life Australian journalist, in the political thriller Balibo, about the killing in 1975 of five Australian journalists by the Indonesian Army in the town of Balibo, East Timor. The opening scene depicts East's own summary execution, during the Indonesian invasion.
In October 2011 it was announced that LaPaglia would join the cast of Quentin Tarantino's new film Django Unchained, in which he would portray an Australian character once again. However, he eventually left the project, calling the production "out of control."
In February 18, 2012, it was announced that LaPaglia would star in the ABC drama pilot Americana. The show was not picked up.
In March 2014, LaPaglia joined a new CBS terrorism drama pilot titled Red Zone starring as a retired CIA operative and current high school football coach who returns to active duty after a terrorist attack in Washington, D.C. It was renamed Field of Play and not picked up for the 2014 season.
LaPaglia had a supporting role in the Neil Armfield's Australian romantic-drama film Holding the Man, as Bob Caleo. The 2015 film stars Ryan Corr and Craig Stott, with supporting performances from LaPaglia, Guy Pearce and Geoffrey Rush. Holding the Man was adapted from Timothy Conigrave's 1995 memoir of the same name. For his role within the film, LaPaglia was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the 5th AACTA Awards in 2015.
In 2017, LaPaglia interpreted Vito Rizzuto in the Simon Barry TV series Bad Blood which aired on CityTV, in French on ICI Radio-Canada.
LaPaglia currently lives in Santa Monica, California, USA. He has said that he adopted an American accent to help him get acting work after moving to the US. His current accent is neither distinctly American nor is it Australian, but, rather, a combination of both. According to an offhand remark by LaPaglia, he has employed an American accent since 1982. LaPaglia is the godfather of Poppy Montgomery and Adam Kaufman's son, Jackson.
LaPaglia's first marriage was to actress Cherie Michan. His second marriage was to actress Gia Carides, whom he met at a party; the two starred in the 1994 Australian movie Paperback Romance (a.k.a. Lucky Break) and married in 1998. Their daughter Bridget was born in January 2003. In April 2015, newspapers reported that LaPaglia and Carides had split after 17 years.
In the 1980s, LaPaglia was a goalkeeper in the National Soccer League, playing for Adelaide City and West Adelaide. LaPaglia was part owner of A-League club Sydney FC until 2008; flying from California to Sydney to attend their matches since their inception in 2005. He was the narrator and executive producer of The Away Game, a critically acclaimed television documentary exploring the experiences of Australian footballers in Europe.
He plays occasionally with Hollywood United, an amateur organisation of which he is club president, with others in the entertainment industry including Frank Leboeuf, Vinnie Jones, Steve Jones (of the Sex Pistols) and others.
LaPaglia has a minority shareholding in the International Goalkeepers Academy. The Academy was founded and is operated by James Fraser, who represented the Australian national team leading up to the 1974 FIFA World Cup.
LaPaglia has volunteered as an actor with the Young Storytellers Program. He played in a charity football match in 2007 to raise funds for Southern California wildfire relief.
|1987||Cold Steel||Spooky||film debut|
|1989||Slaves of New York||Henry|
|1990||Betsy's Wedding||Stevie Dee|
|1991||He Said, She Said||Mark|
|One Good Cop||Stevie Diroma|
|29th Street||Frank Pesce, Jr.|
|1992||Whispers in the Dark||Larry Morgenstern|
|Innocent Blood||Joe Gennaro|
|1993||So I Married an Axe Murderer||Tony Giardino|
|The Custodian||Det. Sgt. James Quinlan|
|1994||The Client||Barry 'The Blade' Muldano|
|Lucky Break||Edward 'Eddie' Mercer|
|1995||Empire Records||Joe Reaves|
|Brilliant Lies||Gary Fitzgerald|
|1999||Summer of Sam||Detective Lou Petrocelli|
|Sweet and Lowdown||Al Torrio|
|2000||Company Man||Fidel Castro|
|Looking for Alibrandi||Michael Andretti|
|The House of Mirth||Sim Rosedale|
|Autumn in New York||John|
|2001||Jack the Dog||Jack's Attorney|
|Lantana||Detective Leon Zat|
|The Bank||Simon O'Reily|
|2002||The Salton Sea||Al Garcetti|
|I'm with Lucy||Bobby Staley|
|Analyze That||Anthony Bella / Nicky Caesar||Uncredited|
|Spinning Boris||Dick Dresner|
|2004||Winter Solstice||Jim Winters||also Executive Producer|
|2006||The Architect||Leo Waters|
|Happy Feet||Boss Skua||voice role|
|2008||$9.99||Jim Peck||voice role|
|2009||Balibo||Roger East||also Producer|
|Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole||Twilight||voice role|
|2011||All-Star Superman||Lex Luthor||voice role|
|Happy Feet Two||The Alpha Skua||voice role|
|2012||Long Time Gone||Gordie|
|2014||A Good Marriage||Bob|
|Big Stone Gap||Spec Broadwater|
|2015||A Month of Sundays||Frank Mollard||also Executive Producer|
|This Isn't Funny||Mike|
|Holding the Man||Bob Caleo|
|2016||The Assignment||Honest John Hartunian|
|Toy Gun||Gaetano Lolli|
|2017||Annabelle: Creation||Samuel Mullins|
|1985||Amazing Stories||Mechanic||television debut
Episode: "The Mission"
|1986||Magnum, P.I||Albert Stanley Higgins||Episode: "Who Is Don Luis Higgins... and Why Is He Doing These Terrible Things to Me?"|
|The Twilight Zone||Punk||Episode: "A Day in Beaumont/The Last Defender of Camelot"|
|1988||Nitti: The Enforcer||Frank Nitti||Television Movie|
|1988||Police Story: Gladiator School||Sergeant Petrelli||Television Movie|
|1988||The Equalizer||Agent #1||Episode: "The Child Broker"|
|1989||A Man Called Hawk||Jesse||Episode: "A Time and A Place"|
|1989||Gideon Oliver||Raskin||Episode: "Sleep Well, Professor Oliver"|
|1989||Hardball||Randy Stoltz||Episode: "The Silver Scream"|
|1990||Father Dowling Mysteries||Paul Damon||Episode: "The Visiting Priest Mystery"|
|1990||Equal Justice||George Griffin||Episode: "The Price of Justice"|
|1990||Criminal Justice||David Ringel||Television Movie|
|1991||The Brotherhood||Salvatore's Brother||Television Movie|
|1991||Keeper of the City||Vince Benedetto||Television Movie|
|1991||Tales from the Crypt||Abel, the Cable Guy||Episode: "Spoiled"|
|1992||Black Magic||Ross Gage||Television Movie|
|1994||Past Tense||Larry Talbert||Television Movie|
|1996||Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story||Jim 'Jimmy V' Valvano||Television Movie|
|1996-1997||Murder One||Jimmy Wyler||18 episodes|
|1997||Murder One: Diary of a Serial Killer||Jimmy Wyler||Television Miniseries
|1997||The Garden of Redemption||Don Paolo Montale||Television Movie|
|1999||Lansky||Charlie 'Lucky' Luciano||Television Movie|
|Black and Blue||Bobby Benedetto||Television Movie|
|2000||Normal, Ohio||David Le tour||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2001||On the Edge||Dr. Maas||Television Movie|
|2000-2004||Frasier||Simon Moon||8 episodes|
|2002-2009||Without a Trace||Jack Malone||160 episodes
also Writer Episode: "Deep Water", Episode: "Devotion"
|2006||The Away Game||Television Doumentary
also Executive Producer
|2007||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Jack Malone||Episode: "Who and What"|
|2012||Americana||Robert Soulter||Television Movie|
|2013||Boomerang||Bill Hamilton||Television Movie|
|2014||Red Zone||Television Movie|
|2015||The Eichmann Show||Leo Hurwitz||Television Movie|
|2016||The Code||Jan Roth||6 episodes|
|2016||Swedish Dicks||Jack||Episode: "#1.9"|
|2017||Riviera||Constantine Clios||9 episodes|
|Bad Blood||Vito Rizzuto||Television Miniseries
|1987||Bouncers||Les||Minetta Lane Theatre|
|1993||On the Open Road||Angel||Joseph Papp Public Theater/Martinson Hall|
|1995||The Rose Tattoo||Alvaro Mangiacavallo||Circle in the Square Theatre
Theatre World Award
Nominated - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
|1995-1996||Northeast Local||Mickey||Lincoln Center Theater|
|1997-1998||A View From the Bridge||Eddie||Criterion Center Stage Right
Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
|2002||The Guys||Flea Theater|
|2010||Lend Me a Tenor||Tito Merelli||Music Box Theatre|
|1991||Chicago Film Critics Association award, Most Promising Actor||Betsy's Wedding||Nominated|
|1993||Australian Film Institute award, Best Lead Actor||The Custodian||Nominated|
|2000||Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Frasier||Won|
|2001||Australian Film Institute award, Best Lead Actor||Lantana||Won|
|2001||Film Critics Circle of Australia award, Best Supporting Actor - Male||Looking for Alibrandi||Nominated|
|2001||IF award, Best Actor||Lantana||Won|
|2002||Durban International Film Festival award, Best Actor||Lantana||Won|
|2002||Film Critics Circle of Australia award, Best Actor - Male||Lantana||Won|
|2002||Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Frasier||Won|
|2003||Chlotrudis award, Best Lead Actor||Lantana||Nominated|
|2004||Gold Derby award, Best Drama Lead Actor||Without a Trace||Nominated|
|2004||Golden Globe award, Best Lead Actor in a Television Series - Drama||Without a Trace||Won|
|2004||Hamptons International Film Festival award, Golden Starfish Award for Career Achievement||Won|
|2004||Newport Beach Film Festival award, Outstanding Achievement in Acting||Happy Hour||Won|
|2004||Online Film & Television Association award, Best Actor in a Drama Series||Without a Trace||Nominated|
|2004||Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Without a Trace||Nominated|
|2004||Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Frasier||Nominated|
|2004||Prism award, Performance in a Film Festival award||Happy Hour||Won|
|2004||Satellite award, Best Lead Actor in a Series - Drama||Without a Trace||Nominated|
|2004||Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series||Without a Trace||Nominated|
|2004||Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Without a Trace||Nominated|
|2004||Verona Love Screens Film Festival award, Best Actor||Happy Hour||Won|
|2005||Satellite award, Best Lead Actor in a Series - Drama||Without a Trace||Nominated|
|2005||Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Without a Trace||Nominated|
|2006||Australian Film Institute award, Best Lead Actor||Winter Solstice||Nominated|
|2009||Australian Film Institute award, Best Lead Actor||Balido||Won|
|2009||Australian Film Institute award, Best Actor||Without a Trace||Nominated|
|2009||IF award, Best Actor||Balido||Nominated|
|2009||IF award, Best Feature Film||Balido||Nominated|
|2010||Film Critics Circle of Australia award, Best Actor - Male||Balibo||Won|
|2012||Behind the Voice Actors award, Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short||All-Star Superman||Won|
|2015||Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts award, Best Supporting Actor||Holding the Man||Nominated|
|2016||Australian Film Critics Association award, Best Supporting Actor||Holding the Man||Nominated|
|2016||Film Critics Circle of Australia award, Best Actor - Supporting Role||Holding the Man||Nominated|
|2017||Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts award, Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama||Sunshine||Nominated|
|2017||Australian Film Critics Association award, Best Supporting Actor||A Month of Sundays||Nominated|