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Michael Imperioli

Michael Imperioli
Imperioli in June 2007
Born (1966-03-26) March 26, 1966
Mount Vernon, New York, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Victoria Chlebowski (m. 1995)

James Michael Imperioli (born March 26, 1966) is an American actor, writer, director, and producer, 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 which was the Opening Night Selection for the 2009 Rotterdam International Film Festival.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Imperioli, an Italian American, was born in Mount Vernon, New York,[1] the son of Dan Imperioli, a bus driver and amateur actor.[2] In his early childhood he attended Lincoln School in Mount Vernon. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers, 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.

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 has also written 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.

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, and participated in a reading of The Way of the Cross at the Queens Museum of Art in 2011.

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.

Personal life

Married to Victoria Chlebowski since 1995, he lives in Santa Barbara, California, and is a father of three, including his son, Vadim, an aspiring actor and comedian who appeared in Detroit 1-8-7 with his father. Michael and his wife are students of Tibetan Buddhist Lama Garchen Rinpoche.[7]

Politically, he is an Independent, because he "feels limited by the two party system"; he typically votes as a Democrat. Michael Imperioli practices taekwondo in his spare time.[8]

Imperioli serves on the board of the Greenwich International Film Festival.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Alexa Acid Head
1989 Lean on Me Punk who gets expelled by Joe Clark
1990 Goodfellas "Spider"
1991 Jungle Fever James Tucci
1992 Fathers & Sons Johnny
1992 Malcolm X Reporter at Fire Bombing
1993 The Night We Never Met Dry Cleaning Costumer #1
1993 Joey Breaker Larry Metz
1993 Household Saints Leonard Villanova
1994 Scenes from the New World Billy
1994 Touch Base Bennie
1994 Hand Gun Benny
1994 Men Lie
1994 Amateur Doorman at Club
1994 Postcards from America The Hustler
1995 Trouble Ellis
1995 Bad Boys Jojo
1995 The Basketball Diaries Bobby
1995 Clockers Detective 'Jo-Jo'
1995 Flirt Michael
1995 Dead Presidents D'ambrosio
1996 Girls Town Anthony
1996 Blixa Bargeld Stole My Cowboy Boots Johnny
1995 The Addiction Missionary
1996 Sweet Nothing Angel' the crackhead family man
1996 Girl 6 Scary Caller #30
1996 I Shot Andy Warhol Ondine
1996 Trees Lounge George
1996 Last Man Standing Giorgio Carmonte
1997 A River Made to Drown In Allen Hayden
1997 Firehouse Lt. O'Connell
1997 The Deli Matty
1997 Office Killer Daniel Birch
1997 Under the Bridge
1998 Witness to the Mob Louie Milito
1998 Too Tired to Die Fabrizio
1999 On the Run Albert DeSantis
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)
1999 Summer of Sam Midnight
2000 Auto Motives Stud
2000 Disappearing Acts Vinney
2000 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
2004 Shark Tale Frankie (voice)
2004 The Five People You Meet in Heaven Captain
2005 Law & Order Det. Falco
2006 The Simpsons Dante, Jr. Episode: "The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer"
2006 The Sopranos: Road to Respect Christopher Moltisanti Video game voice-over
2007–2008 Life on Mars Det. Ray Carling
2007 The Inner Life of Martin Frost Jim Fortunato
2007 The Lovebirds Vincent
2007 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
2009 The Lovely Bones Len Fenerman
2010 Mercy Harold Pindus
2010 Detroit 1-8-7 Det. Louis Fitch
2010 Love & Distrust Stud
2011 Stuck Between Stations David
2012 Girls Powell Goldman
2012 40
2013 The Call Alan Denado
2013 The Office Sensei Billy Episode: "Livin' the Dream"
2013 Oldboy Chucky
2014 Foreclosure Bill Landopolous
2014 Rake Alberto Rinaldi Episode: "Bigamist"
2014 The Scribbler Moss
2014 Chopped Himself Episodes: "Tournament of Stars: Actors", "Tournament of Stars: Finale"
2014 Californication Rick Rath[10]
2014 Cantinflas Michael Todd[11][12]
2015 Hawaii Five-0 Odell Martin Episodes: "E 'Imi pono", "Kahania"


  1. ^ "Michael Imperioli". IMDb. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Michael Imperioli Biography (1966?-)". 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". Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Michael Imperioli Nabs Lead in ABC Drama Pilot". Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  7. ^ Retrieved 2015-10-15
  8. ^ "Imperioli: Tae Kwon Do Changed His Life". 2007-01-28. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  9. ^ Heins, Barbara (20 April 2014). "Actors Michael Imperioli, Deborah Royce Join Greenwich International Film Festival Board". Greenwich Patch. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Michael Imperioli Joins ‘Californication’". Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
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External links

  • Michael Imperioli at the Internet Movie Database
  • Bio and photo of Michael Imperioli — Crain's New York Business 40 under 40 — 2005
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