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CHAZZ PALMINTERI earned high praise and an Academy Award nomination for his performance in Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway. His portrayal of "Cheech” also earned him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor, nominations for a Screen Actor's Guild Award and an American Comedy Award.

Palminteri has also starred in Down to Earth, Analyze This, The Perez Family, The Usual Suspects, Jade, Mulholland Falls, and Diabolique.

Palminteri also portrayed Mob Boss Paul Castellano in TNT's "Boss of Bosses.” In the HBO film "Excellent Cadavers,” Palminteri starred as famed Sicilian prosecutor Giovanni Falcone who pursued the Mafia and was ultimately assassinated. 

As a director, Palminteri directed "Unnatural Disasters"-- an episode of the critically acclaimed prison series,"OZ," and "Women vs. Men,” a Showtime feature. Most recently, Palminteri directed the feature film Noel which will be released in December, 2004.

Palminteri is perhaps best known for his performance in "A Bronx Tale,” originally written for the stage and performed as a one-man show in Los Angeles. He then moved the show to New York, where it played for four sold-out months and earned him nominations for the New York Outer Critics Circle for both acting and writing. While in New York he completed the screenplay of in A Bronx Tale, which became one of the hottest properties in Hollywood. He held out for an offer that would let him star in the film, and soon found himself starring opposite Robert DeNiro, who chose the script for his directorial debut. For his second play, "Faithful,” Palminteri again won the Los Angeles Dramalogue Award for acting. He also wrote and starred in the film version of Faithful opposite Cher and Ryan O'Neal.

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