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MICHAEL RISPOLI (John Johnson) has amassed an impressive film and television career in drama, comedy, and in thrillers. His film credits include Disney's Invincible opposite Mark Wahlberg, The Weather Man opposite Nicolas Cage and Michael Caine, Mr. 3000 opposite Bernie Mac, Lonely Hearts opposite John Travolta, 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 include See You in September, Black Irish, One Last Thing, 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.” He was recently seen as Jimmy Breslin in ESPN miniseries, "The Bronx is Burning,” starred in Dean Devlin's TNT series "Talk to Me,” David Milch's CBS series "Big Apple,” the NBC pilot "Fort Pit” and numerous other television series including "Naked Hotel,” "Furst Family,” "The Beat,” "Russo,” and "Bram and Alice.” His recurring roles for television are "The Black Donnellys,” "Third Watch,” and "10-8.” He has also appeared as a guest lead in "E.R.,” "C.S.I. Crime Scene Investigation,” and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent.”

Rispoli began his career on stage performing in the Circle Rep/Steppenwolf revival of "Balm in Gilead,” directed by John Malkovich. He is 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. In 2004, Rispoli starred and received rave reviews in the off-Broadway production of the play "Magic Hands Freddy” opposite Ralph Macchio. 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 resides in New York with his wife and three children.

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