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Dominic Chianese

Dominic Chianese
Chianese in 2011
Born (1931-02-24) February 24, 1931
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer, musician
Years active 1952–present

Dominic Chianese (; born February 24, 1931) is an American actor, singer, and musician. He is best known for his role as Corrado "Junior" Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos, and Johnny Ola in The Godfather Part II.


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

Early life

Chianese was born in the Bronx, New York. His father was a bricklayer.[1] His grandfather immigrated to the United States from Naples in 1904 and settled in the Bronx.[2]


After a decade of attending college and appearing in East Side/West Side. In 1974, Francis Ford Coppola cast Chianese as Johnny Ola in The Godfather Part II, which sparked a film career, culminating in several films (and plays) with Al Pacino.

Before being cast in The Godfather Part II, Chianese worked for the Drug Commission of New York State as a recreational worker in a rehabilitation center. He taught guitar to women who were serving time for drug-related crimes.

In 2010, Chianese received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in recognition of his humanitarian efforts.

Chianese has appeared in four movies with his friend Al Pacino:

Chianese is an accomplished tenor[3] and musician, having released a CD titled Hits in 2000, on which he sings American and Italian songs. He performed Salvatore Cardillo's sentimental classic "Core 'ngrato" ("Ungrateful Heart"), on the third-season finale of The Sopranos (episode 3.13, "Army of One"). In 2003, Chianese, along with AOL Music, released a second CD titled Ungrateful Heart, which features 16 classic Neapolitan songs.

His son, Dominic Chianese Jr., is also an actor and appeared in the final season of The Sopranos as a member of the fictional Lupertazzi crime family.

Chianese appeared as a guest actor on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire as Leander Whitlock, a retired Atlantic City alderman.


Year Title Role Notes
1972 Fuzz Panhandler
1974 The Godfather Part II Johnny Ola
1975 Dog Day Afternoon Father
1976 All the President's Men Eugenio R. Martinez
1978 Fingers Arthur Fox
1978 On the Yard Mendoza Uncredited
1979 Firepower Orlov
1979 ...And Justice for All Carl Travers
1980 A Time for Miracles Promoter TV
1981 Fort Apache, the Bronx Corelli's Father
1975, 1981 Ryan's Hope Uncle Ben TV
1985-1989 The Equalizer TV
1989 Second Sight Father Dominic
1990 Q&A Larry Pesch / Vito / Lorenzo Franconi
1990 The Lost Capone Gabriel Capone TV
1991 Out for Justice Mr. Madano
1992 The Public Eye Spoleto
1993 Rivalen des Glücks - The Contenders Father of the bride
1993 The Night We Never Met Nosy Neighbor
1996 If Lucy Fell Al
1996 Love Is All There Is Italian Consul
1996 Gotti Joe Armone TV
1996 The Mouse Al the Trainer
1996 Looking for Richard Himself Documentary
1997 Night Falls on Manhattan Judge Impelliteri
1998 Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five Mickey
1999–2007 The Sopranos Corrado Soprano TV
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (1999, 2007)
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2008)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2000, 2001)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000-2002, 2004, 2006)
1999 Cradle Will Rock Silvano
2002 Unfaithful Frank Wilson
2004 When Will I Be Loved Count Tommaso Lupo
2004 King of the Corner Stan Marshak
2004 Crimes of Fashion George TV
2006 The Last New Yorker Lenny Sugarman
2007 Adrift in Manhattan Tommaso Pensara
2010 Damages Stuart Zedeck TV
2011 Mr. Popper's Penguins Reader
2011 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Vic TV
2011 Boardwalk Empire Leander Cephas Whitlock TV
2012-2014 The Good Wife Judge Michael Marx TV (3 episodes)
2011 Boardwalk Empire Leander Cephas Whitlock TV


  1. ^ Dominic Chianese Biography (1934?-)
  2. ^ Chianese to croon in Staten Island
  3. ^ """News: "Dominic Chianese Scores A Hit With ‘Hits’. BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.). September 18, 2001. Retrieved 1 June 2011. 

External links

  • Dominic Chianese - Official Website
  • Dominic Chianese at the Internet Movie Database
  • Dominic Chianese at the Internet Broadway Database
  • A conversation with Dominic Chianese, The Sopranos' Uncle Junior in Lavery, David; Howard, Douglas L.; Levinson, Paul (eds.). The Essential Sopranos Reader. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 339–362.  
  • Dominic Chianese - Downstage Center interview at American Theatre
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