Detective Ray Carling on the ABC Television Network's "Life on Mars"
Michael Imperioli, acclaimed actor, writer and producer, has established a successful career in both television and film. He recently starred as Chick Benetto in "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day" on ABC. His role as Christopher Moltisanti on the acclaimed series "The Sopranos" earned him a Best Supporting Actor Emmy(r) Award and a Golden Globe(r) nomination. In addition to his role as a cast member, Imperioli wrote five episodes of the show. He also had a star turn on the right side of the law as a detective in the acclaimed series "Law & Order," and was the voice of Frankie in the DreamWorks Academy Award-nominated "Shark Tale."
Imperioli recently completed production on a feature film entitled "Hungry Ghosts," which he wrote and directed and is currently editing. He has a starring role in Peter Jackson's upcoming movie, "The Lovely Bones," opposite Rachel Weiz and Mark Wahlberg, based on the bestselling book and slated for release in Fall 2009.
Imperioli first came to the public's attention as Spider in Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas." In his more than 30 film roles, he has worked with such acclaimed directors as Spike Lee on "Jungle Fever," "Malcolm X," "Clockers," "Girl 6" and "Summer of Sam"; the Hughes Brothers on "Dead Presidents," and with Nancy Savoca on "Household Saints." Other credits include Campbell Scott's "Hamlet," Peter Mattei's "Love in the Time of Money," Gary Winnick's "Sweet Nothing" and the comedy "My Baby's Daddy."
As a writer, Imperioli has done work for Dimension on "King Suckerman" and penned the screen adaptation of Mario Puzo's "Omerta" for Miramax. He also wrote and executive-produced "Summer of Sam."
In Imperioli's ongoing commitment to New York City theater, he and his wife, Victoria, founded Studio Dante, a 60-seat non-profit theater for new works. The theater was built to inspire the next generation of New York's performance artists and audiences.
HOMETOWN: Mt. Vernon, NY
BIRTHDATE: March 26