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ARMAND ASSANTE (Novian) won an Emmy Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for his outstanding performance as the ruthless head of the Gambino crime family, "Dapper Don” John Gotti, in HBO's 1996 award-winning Gotti.

Known for being an exceptional character actor with leading-man looks and a smooth, steely presence, the half-Italian, half-Irish actor from New York is well known for another performance as a Cuban businessman. But this time he played it as a ladies man as Cesar Castillo in the 1992 critical hit The Mambo Kings, which co-starred Antonio Banderas, a story about two brothers who came to America to be discovered as musicians.

Assante received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in 1991 for Q & A opposite Nick Nolte and Anthony Quinn. He received two Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie in 1998 for The Odyssey and 1989 for Jack the Ripper. And he was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role as the disturbed Richard Mansfield in Jack the Ripper.

Since he first appeared in The Lords of Flatbush in 1974, Assante has appeared in 32 films and 24 television series, miniseries and made-for-TV movies.

He can be seen in the upcoming films The Third Wish, Funny Money, Confessions of a Pit Fighter, Surveillance and Gilgamesh. In 2004, he starred in John Irvin's thriller Dot Kill and in 2003 he appeared in Consequence, Citizen Verdict and Tough Luck.

In 2002 he gave a memorable performance as Mr. Smooth in the popular but short-lived TV series Push, Nevada. That year he also appeared in the films Partners in Action and Federal Protection.

Other feature performances he is best remembered for include: 1996's Striptease opposite Demi Moore, 1995's Judge Dredd with Sylvester Stallone, as Ned Ravine in Carl Reiner's 1993 comedy Fatal Instinct co-starring Sean Young, 1992's Hoffa directed by Danny DeVito, as Bugsy Siegel in 1991's The Marrying Man with Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin, and opposite Goldie Hawn in 1980's Private Benjamin.


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