Tony Lo Bianco has appeared in numerous films, television programs, and stage performances, both on-screen and off as a writer, director, and producer. Onstage, he won an Obie Award for Best Actor in Jonathan Reynolds’s “Yanks-3, Detroit-0, Top of the 7th”. Following his memorable performance as Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge on Broadway, he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor, and won the Outer Critics Circle Award. He also won a New York Area Television Academy Award and daytime Emmy for Hizzoner! (1984).
A Brooklyn-born New Yorker, Lo BIanco’s best-known film performance was as Sal Boca in the iconic Academy Award-winning film, The French Connection (1971). He also starred in the cult classic The Honeymoon Killers (1970); in The Seven-Ups (1973) (with Roy Scheider); in Bloodbrothers (1978) (with Richard Gere and Paul Sorvino); in City Heat (1984) (with Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds); in Nixon (1995) (starring Anthony Hopkins in the title role); in The Juror (1996) (starring Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore); in F.I.S.T. (1978) (starring Sylvester Stallone and Rod Steiger); in Boiling Point (1993) (starring Wesley Snipes and Dennis Hopper); in God Told Me To (1976); in Kill the Irishman (2011) (starring Val Kilmer and Vincent D’Onofrio); in the Italian miniseries La romana (1988) (with screen legend Gina Lollobrigida), and in both 79 Parts (2016)and 79 Parts: Director’s Cut (2019) (playing the same character). Lo Bianco has appeared in more than 100 films to date.
On television, Lo Bianco starred as Rocky Marciano, the only undefeated heavyweight champ of the world, in Marciano (1979). He appeared in the mini-series/made-for-television movies Alle origini della mafia (1976), Marco Polo (1982), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), The Last Tenant (1978) (opposite Lee Strasberg) and Another Woman’s Child (1983) (starring Linda Lavin). Later television roles have included several episodes of Police Story (1973), Law & Order (1990), and Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) (all NBC police procedurals), playing different roles and characters. He starred opposite Lindsay Wagner in the series Jessie (1984). Lo Bianco directing credits include Police Story (1973), The Secret Empire (1979), Kaz (1978), and the feature film, Too Scared to Scream (1984).
In 1963, he co-founded the Triangle Theater and served as artistic director for six years, during which time lighting designer Jules Fisher, playwright Jason Miller and actor Roy Scheider passed through its doors. Lo Bianco himself directed eight productions and produced twenty-five others. He is a member of the Italian American National Hall of Fame and served as the National Spokesperson for the Order Sons of Italy.
He has received the following awards and honors: Eleanora Duse Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts; Man of the Year for Outstanding Contributions to the Italian-American Community from the Police Society of New Jersey; Man of the Year Award from the State of New Jersey Senate; Lifetime Entertainment Award from the Columbus Day Parade Committee; Golden Lion Award (1997); the Humanitarian Award of the Boys’ Town of Italy and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
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