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Academy Award® nominee CHAZZ PALMINTERI (Walken) has been very busy, with several releases in 2005 and 2006, including Ron Underwood's In the Mix starring the music sensation Usher, the animated film Hoodwinked with Glenn Close, Jim Belushi and Anne Hathaway, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints a controversial coming-of-age drama by Orlando Montiel starring Robert Downey, Jr., which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, The Dukes, a heist movie set to ‘50s rock and roll written and directed by Robert Davi, Push, a drama set directed by Dave Rodriguez, the action thriller Running Scared written and directed by Wayne Kramer and co-starring Paul Walker and the animated adventure comedy Cat Tale with Sean Astin, Jerry O'Connell and Michael Richards. He has just wrapped the action film Body Armor and a pilot for ABC, "Drift.”

Palminteri recently made his feature film directorial debut with the holiday film Noel starring Penelope Cruz, Susan Sarandon, and Paul Walker. The film is the first feature film to be distributed via Flexplay, the 48-Hour No Return DVD.

Palminteri earned high praise and an Academy Award® nomination for his performance in Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway. His portrayal of "Cheech,” a gangster with unexpected dramatic gifts, also earned him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as nominations for a Screen Actors Guild Award and an American Comedy Award. He delivered another gripping, noteworthy performance in Anthony Drazen's Hurlyburly co-starring opposite Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey, Garry Shandling, Meg Ryan, Robin Wright Penn and Anna Paquin, based on David Rabe's acclaimed play. He was also seen in Down to Earth co-starring Chris Rock, Eugene Levy, Greg Germain and Regina King.

On television, Palminteri most recently starred opposite Ving Rhames in USA Network's series "Kojak.” He portrayed Mob Boss Paul Castellano in TNT's "Boss of Bosses.” In the HBO film "Excellent Cadavers,” he 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.” He also directed "Women vs. Men” a Showtime feature starring Paul Reiser, Joe Mantegna and Christine Lahti.

Well known for "A Bronx Tale,” Palminteri originally wrote the script for the stage and performed it as a one-man show in Los Angeles. He then moved the production 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 adapted his play for the screen and soon found himself starring opposite Robert DeNiro, who chose the script for his directorial debut. He is currently working with composer Jimmy Webb to bring "A Bronx Tale: The Musical” to the New York stage. For his second play, "Faithful,” Palminteri again won the Los Angeles Dramalogue Award for acting. He also wrote and starred in the film version opposite Cher and Ryan O'Neal.

Palminteri has starred in Analyze This with Robert DeNiro and Billy Crystal, The Perez Family opposite Marisa Tomei and Angelica Houston, The Usual Suspects costarring Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey and Stephen Baldwin, Jade opposite David Caruso and Linda Fiorentino for director William Friedkin, Mulholland Falls opposite Nick Nolte and John Malkovich for director Lee Tamahori and Diabolique co-starring Sharon Stone and Isabelle Adjani.

In the fall of 2002, he starred opposite Al Pacino in Bertolt Brecht's brilliant parable play, "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui.” The standing-room-only production at the National Actors Theatre in New York City was directed by Tony Randall featuring a star-studded cast that included Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, Paul Giamatti, Dominic Chianese,


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