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MICHAEL RISPOLI (Russ) has amassed an impressive film career, showing his range as an actor by appearing in dramas, comedies, and thrillers, all of which received widespread notice and high box-office returns. Most recently, he starred in "Mr. 3000,” opposite Bernie Mac. Other memorable roles include "Death to Smoochy,” directed by Danny DeVito, Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam,” John Dahl's "Rounders” and Brian De Palma's "Snake Eyes.” Rispoli played the lead in "Two Family House,” which won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award in 2000. Some of his other feature credits are "Scared City,” "Volcano,” "To Die For,” ‘‘Feeling Minnesota,'' ‘‘While You Were Sleeping,'' ‘‘The Juror,'' and ‘‘One Tough Cop.

Rispoli is perhaps best known for his recurring role as Jackie Aprile in the HBO series~ "The Sopranos.” Other recurring roles for television include NBC's "Third Watch” and CBS's "Touched by an Angel.” He has also appeared as a guest lead in both "E.R.” and "Law & Order.” Rispoli has starred in numerous television series, including "The Beat,” "The Great Defender,” "The Larsens of Las Vegas,” "My Guys,” "Billy Club,” and "Brain and Alice.” Rispoli began his career on stage, performing in the Circle Rep/Steppenwolf revival of "Balm in Gilead,” directed by John Malkovich. He then became a co-founder of the Willow Cabin Theatre Company. The WCTC staged a production of "Wilder, Wilder, Wilder — Three by Thornton” that moved to off-Broadway and then to Broadway, earning a Tony nomination. Rispoli has appeared in New York and regional theatre in productions of "Macbeth,” "Tartuffe,” "A Midsummer Night's Dream” and "O'Neill's Sea Plays,” among many others. Since then, he has accumulated an extensive list of movie, television, and stage credits.

Rispoli will next appear in two independent films, "Black Irish” and "One Last Thing.” He will soon start filming Disney's "Invincible,” opposite Mark Wahlberg.


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