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Anthony LaPaglia

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Anthony LaPaglia Biography

Native Australian Anthony LaPaglia moved to NYC and began acting in the theater when he was 25 years old. He got his big break Off-Broadway in Bouncers, a play in which he demonstrated his versatility and talent for accents while playing eight different characters. He did guest work on series like Amazing Stories, Magnum, P.I., Hunter and Trapper John, M.D. before landing the title role of the TV biopic Frank Nitti: The Enforcer (1988). LaPaglia made his feature debut in a small role in James Ivory's Slaves of New York (1989), and soon after gained widespread attention for his scene-stealing performance in Alan Alda's comedy Betsy's Wedding (1990), playing the surprisingly courtly and charming nephew of a Mafia boss. Cast in 29th Street (1991) as a NYC Italian-American, the richly seasoned script offered him one of his better roles as the son of Danny Aiello; he went on to portray "Barry The Blade", a flashy organized crime underling in the courtroom suspense The Client (1994). Parts in the films Bulletproof Heart (1995) and Trees Lounge (1997) brought him critical acclaim. LaPaglia then moved on to a role in the ABC legal drama Murder One, playing "Jimmy Wilder", a former district attorney turned defense counsel who was willing to bend the law to his clients' needs. Read Full Bio >>

Anthony LaPaglia Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2010 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards Best Actor - Male Balibo (2009). Won
2009 Australian Film Institute Best Lead Actor Balibo (2009). Won
2009 IF Awards Best Actor Balibo (2009). Nominated
2006 Australian Film Institute Best Actor Winter Solstice (2004/I). Nominated
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series "Without a Trace" (2002). Nominated

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Anthony LaPaglia Trivia

  • Last name is pronounced La Pah-lia
  • Brother of actor Jonathan LaPaglia
  • Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1991" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 43.
  • Italian on his father's side and Dutch on his mother's side.
  • Welcomed daughter, with Gia Carides, named Bridget born January 2003.
  • Filmed scenes playing as Chicago ganster Al Capone for the 2001 Tom Hanks drama, Road to Perdition (2002), but all the scenes were cut out.
  • Characteristically cast as New York tough guys, very few people know that he is actually a born and raised Australian. He has said that the only internationally successful Australian actor at the time he began acting was Mel Gibson, who had lost his Australian accent, so he did the same. Today, looking at all the hot young Australian actors who have kept their native accents but can use other dialects in their films, he says he regrets having dropped his accent.
  • Won Broadway's 1998 Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for a revival of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge."
  • He is part owner of an Australian Soccer club called Sydney FC (Football Club)


Anthony LaPaglia Photos

  • Anthony LaPaglia, Gia Carides

    "Jack the Giant Slayer" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    "Jack The Giant Slayer" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

  • Jonathan LaPaglia, Ursula Brooks, Anthony LaPaglia and Gia Carides

    2013 G'Day USA Black Tie Gala - Arrivals

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    "Happy Feet Two" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    "Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    64th Annual Tony Awards - Arrivals

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