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MICHAEL RISPOLI (Sala) has amassed an impressive film and television career, by
showing his range as an actor by appearing in dramas, comedies, and thrillers.
His recent film credits include The Taking of Pelham 123 opposite Denzel
Washington and John Travolta and directed by Tony Scott, Kick-Ass opposite
Nicolas Cage produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B, 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, Danny Devito's Death
to Smoochy, 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, opposite Kelly
MacDonald which won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award in 2000. Some of
his other feature credits include See You in September, Scar City, Volcano, To
Die For, Feeling Minnesota, While You Were Sleeping, Black Irish, One Last
Thing, The Juror, and One Tough Cop. Next up is Union Square which premiered at
Sundance 2011 and the WWE film The Reunion.
On the small screen, Rispoli is perhaps best known for his recurring role as
Jackie Aprile in the HBO series, The Sopranos. He was also seen as Jimmy Breslin
in ESPN miniseries, The Bronx is Burning, 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, 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., CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Law &
Order: Criminal Intent. He is currently recurring on the CBS hit drama Blue
Bloods and will recur on the new STARZ series Magic City from Mitch Glazer.
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 (WCTC). 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, Michael starred and received
glorious 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.
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