Michael Imperioli

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Michael Imperioli
Chris Moltisanti.jpg
Imperioli in June 2007
Born Michael Imperioli
(1966-03-26) March 26, 1966 (age 51)
Mount Vernon, New York, United States
Residence Santa Barbara, California
Occupation Actor, writer, director
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Victoria Chlebowski (m. 1995)
Children 3

Michael Imperioli (born March 26, 1966) is an American actor, writer and director best known for his role as Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2004. He also appeared in the TV drama series Law & Order as NYPD Detective Nick Falco. Imperioli spent the 2008-2009 television season as Detective Ray Carling in the US version of Life on Mars, he was starring as Detective Louis Fitch in the ABC police drama Detroit 1-8-7 until its cancellation. He wrote and directed his first feature film, The Hungry Ghosts, in 2008; in 2015, he starred in Mad Dogs, a dark-comic thriller television series available for viewing on Amazon's Amazon Prime subscription service in the U.S and on Shomi in Canada.

Early life[edit]

Imperioli was born in Mount Vernon, New York into an Italian-American family (ancestors originated from Lazio),[1] the son of Dan Imperioli, a bus driver and amateur actor[2] and Claire Imperioli, an amateur actress. In his early childhood he attended Lincoln School in Mount Vernon, he graduated from Brewster High School in Brewster, New York in 1983.


Imperioli has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards as well as for five Emmy Awards for his work as Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos; he won one Emmy, for the show's fifth season in 2004.[citation needed]

In addition to his role on The Sopranos, Imperioli has appeared in a number of films, including Goodfellas, Jungle Fever, Bad Boys, The Basketball Diaries, Clockers, Dead Presidents, Lean on Me, I Shot Andy Warhol, Last Man Standing, Shark Tale, High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story, and Summer of Sam, which he also co-wrote and co-produced. In addition, he also wrote a number of episodes for The Sopranos.

He served as artistic director of Studio Dante,[3] an Off-Broadway theater he formed with his wife, he is also the lead singer/guitarist for a rock band named La Dolce Vita.[4]

Imperioli is an active member of The Jazz Foundation of America and co-hosted their May 2009 annual benefit concert, "A Great Night in Harlem", at the Apollo Theater, which celebrated the foundation's 20th anniversary.[5]

He was a guest on episode MB2E08 ("San Giuseppe") of Mario Batali's Food Network television show Molto Mario.[citation needed]

In 2010, Imperioli was signed on to play the lead in the ABC TV show, Detroit 1-8-7.[6]

Working with the writer Gabriele Tinti, he wrote the text Pride for Tinti's book New York Shots,[citation needed] and participated in a reading of The Way of the Cross at the Queens Museum of Art in 2011.[7]

He won the "Tournament of Stars" competition on the cooking show Chopped in 2014, sending $50,000 to his designated charity the Pureland Project, an organization which builds and maintains schools in rural Tibet; in 2016, he guest starred as the angel Uriel on the Fox show Lucifer.

Personal life[edit]

Imperioli has been married to Victoria Chlebowski since 1995, lives in Santa Barbara, California and has three children, he and his family are avid practitioners of Tae Kwon Do.[8]


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Alexa Acid Head
Lean on Me Punk who gets expelled by Joe Clark
1990 Goodfellas Michael "Spider" Gianco
Jacob's Ladder Doctor (Uncredited Cameo)
1991 Jungle Fever James Tucci
1992 Fathers & Sons Johnny
Malcolm X Reporter at Fire Bombing
1993 The Night We Never Met Dry Cleaning Costumer #1
Joey Breaker Larry Metz
Household Saints Leonard Villanova
1994 Scenes from the New World Billy
Touch Base Bennie
Hand Gun Benny
Men Lie
Amateur Doorman at Club
Postcards from America The Hustler
1995 The Addiction Missionary
Trouble Ellis
Bad Boys Jojo
The Basketball Diaries Bobby
Clockers Detective 'Jo-Jo'
Flirt Michael
Dead Presidents D'ambrosio
1996 Girls Town Anthony
Blixa Bargeld Stole My Cowboy Boots Johnny
Sweet Nothing Angelo
Girl 6 Scary Caller #30
I Shot Andy Warhol Ondine
Trees Lounge George
Last Man Standing Giorgio Carmonte
Law & Order Johnny Stivers
1997 A River Made to Drown In Allen Hayden
Firehouse Lt. O'Connell
The Deli Matty
Office Killer Daniel Birch
Under the Bridge
1998 Witness to the Mob Louie Milito
Too Tired to Die Fabrizio
1999 On the Run Albert DeSantis
Summer of Sam Midnight
1999–2007 The Sopranos Christopher Moltisanti Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2004)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1999, 2007)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (2002, 2004)
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2008)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2001, 2003, 2006-2007)
Nominated—PRISM Award for Best Performance in a Drama Series (2003)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000-2002, 2004, 2006)
2000 Auto Motives Stud
Disappearing Acts Vinney
Hamlet Rosencrantz
2002 Love in the Time of Money Will
2003 High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story Stu Ungar
2004 My Baby's Daddy Dominic
Shark Tale Frankie (voice)
The Five People You Meet in Heaven Captain
2005 Law & Order Detective Nicholas "Nick" Falco
2006 The Simpsons Dante, Jr. Episode: "The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer"
The Sopranos: Road to Respect Christopher Moltisanti Video game voice-over
2007–2008 Life on Mars Detective Raymond "Ray" Carling
2007 The Inner Life of Martin Frost Jim Fortunato
The Lovebirds Vincent
Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day Charley "Chick" Benetto
2008 Stóra Planið Alexander
2009 Hungry Ghosts Nominated—International Film Festival Rotterdam - Tiger Award
The Lovely Bones Len Fenerman
2010 Mercy Harold Pindus
Detroit 1-8-7 Detective Louis "Lou" Fitch
Love & Distrust Stud
2011 Stuck Between Stations David
2012 Girls Powell Goldman
2013 The Call Alan Denado
The Office Sensei Billy Episode: "Livin' the Dream"
Oldboy Chucky
2014 Foreclosure Bill Landopolous
Rake Alberto Rinaldi Episode: "Bigamist"
The Scribbler Moss
Californication Rick Rath[9]
Cantinflas Michael Todd[10][11]
2015 The Wannabe Alphonse
2015–2016 Hawaii Five-0 Odell Martin Episodes: "Powehiwehi", "Kahania," "Ka Pohaku Kihi Pa'a"
2015–2016 Mad Dogs Lex Series regular
2016 Lucifer Uriel Episodes: "Weaponizer", "A Good Day to Die"
Blue Bloods Attorney General Robert Lewis Episodes: "The Greater Good" & "Guilt by Association"


  1. ^ "Michael Imperioli". IMDb. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Michael Imperioli Biography (1966?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  3. ^ Buckley, Cara; Thomas J. Lueck (September 5, 2007). "Pipe Bomb Shatters the Night Outside a Theater Owned by a 'Sopranos' Actor". The New York Times. Retrieved February 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Michael Imperioli's band 'La Dolce Vita' performing at Don Hills New York City 2007". erikremec.com. Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
  5. ^ Jazz, All About. "All About Jazz". 
  6. ^ "Michael Imperioli Nabs Lead in ABC Drama Pilot". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  7. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCLZ84RWCSU "Michael Imperioli reads The way of the cross" Queens Museum of Art, December 2011
  8. ^ DOBNIK, VERENA (28 January 2007). "Imperioli: Tae Kwon Do Changed His Life" – via washingtonpost.com. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Michael Imperioli Joins ‘Californication’". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  10. ^ "Cantinflas". 18 September 2014 – via IMDb. 
  11. ^ México, El Universal, Compañia Periodística Nacional. "Explotará en Californication". 

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