James Michael Imperioli (born March 26, 1966 in Mount Vernon, New York), commonly known as Michael Imperioli, is an Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Italian-American actor who is best known for his role as Christopher Moltisanti on The Sopranos. He also appears as Det. Ed Green's temporary replacement, Det. Nick Falco, in the popular TV drama series Law & Order.
In addition to his role on The Sopranos, Imperioli has also appeared in a number of films, including Goodfellas, Jungle Fever, Bad Boys, The Basketball Diaries, Clockers, Dead Presidents, Lean on Me, Last Man Standing, Shark Tale, in which he was the voice of "Frankie", High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story, in which he played the title role, and Summer of Sam, which he also co-wrote and co-produced. In addition, he has also written a number of episodes for The Sopranos. Perhaps not coincidentally, his character on the series has been an aspiring screenwriter.
In Goodfellas, Imperioli plays Michael "Spider" Gianco, who Joe Pesci's character shoots in the foot for not getting him a drink and later kills for talking back. In The Sopranos he gets to pass the favor on, shooting a bakery clerk in the foot for being too slow with his pastry order (and showing a lack of respect). On his way out of the scene, the victim cries out, "You shot me in the foot!" Christopher comically retorts, "it happens" as he walks out the door, in a humorous allusion to his role in the Scorsese classic.
Imperioli has been nominated for five Emmy Awards for his work on The Sopranos and won once, in 2004 for the show's fifth season. He has also been nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
He serves as artistic director of an off-Broadway theater, Studio Dante, which he created together with wife, Victoria.
He is the lead singer/guitarist for a rock band named La Dolce Vita (Italian for "the sweet life" and the title of a famous Federico Fellini film).
He was one of the customary three guests - along with Claudine Pepin - on episode MB2E08 ("San Giuseppe") of Mario Batali's Food Network television show Molto Mario where the chef introduced him simply as "my friend Mike".
In 1995, he married Victoria Chlebowski, with whom he has two children (Isabella, 16, and Vadim, 9).
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Michael Imperioli received his first Emmy Award last September for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of hot headed Christopher Moltisanti on HBO's Emmy Award winning series "The Sopranos."
Detroit 1-8-7 stars Michael Imperioli (The Sopranos) as Detective Louis Fitch, Jon Michael Hill as Detective Damon Washington, James McDaniel (NYPD Blue) as Sergeant Jesse Longford, Aisha Hinds (True Blood) as Lieutenant Maureen Mason, Natalie Martinez as Detective Ariana Sanchez, D.J. Cotrona as Detective John Stone and Shaun Majumder as Detective Vikram Mahajan. visit website
The Hungry Ghosts
"The Hungry Ghosts" is actor Michael Imperioli's debut feature starring Steve Schirripa is about five New Yorkers — of different ages, races, backgrounds — hunger for sensual, emotional and spiritual fulfillment. Their intersecting and colliding paths reflect the zeitgeist of our times, in which the desperation of the West smacks up against the religious teachings of the East. visit website
Crains New York Business
Life for Michael Imperioli has never been nearly as dark or violent as it is for Christopher Moltisanti, the volatile mob soldier he plays on HBO's The Sopranos. The actor enjoyed an idyllic childhood in Mount Vernon, N.Y. Christopher is an occasional wheelman; Mr. Imperioli doesn't even drive.
But he has shown the same daring that is one of his character's more admirable qualities: The night before he was to leave for college, Mr. Imperioli told his parents that he would be moving to Manhattan to study acting instead. read more
Studio Dante is the creation of Michael and Victoria Imperioli. Originally housed on West 29th Street, the theatre was an unexpected jewel-box that was built to house progressive new plays in a setting inspired by the grand architecture and design of traditional 19th century venues.
In the fall of 2008, after five years of critically acclaimed premieres, Studio Dante has moved away from West 29th Street. The doors to creating new works for the stage, however, has not closed. Studio Dante remains committed to producing writers who inhabit a fresh point of view and have the courage to investigate difficult emotional terrain.