Who is Lillo Brancato Jr. from “Sopranos”? Wiki bio
Lillo Brancato Jr. was born in Bogota, Colombia, on August 30, 1976 – his zodiac sign is Virgo and he now has American nationality. He’s an actor, probably best known for portraying Matthew Bevilaqua in the 2000 crime drama series “The Sopranos”, which aired from 1999 to 2007. It starred James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco and Edie Falco, and is the story of mob boss Tony Soprano in New Jersey, who has to seek professional psychiatric help after problems at home and at work. The series was a huge success, winning 118 awards, including five Golden Globes, while being nominated for 303 others.
Former ‘Sopranos’ actor Lillo Brancato Jr. says after about eight years in prison in New York, he tries to help young people avoid the mistakes he made. Learn more at http://tinyurl.com/ly34h3h
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Early life and education
Lillo was abandoned by his parents soon after he was born, and when he was four months old, Lillo Sr. adopted. and Domenica him and grew up in Yonkers, New York City. Lillo Sr. is American and was a construction worker, while Domenica is from Italy and was an electrolyzer; the two also adopted another boy, Vinny, who was a fashion model before becoming a civil servant.
Lillo attended Mount Saint Michael Academy (Roman Catholic High School) and although he was born in Colombia, he considers himself Italian because he was “raised to eat pasta.” He was 16 years old when he was spotted by a talent scout who saw him swimming at New York’s Jones Beach, and noticed that Lillo looked like Robert De Niro.
Roles in movies
Being a huge fan of Robert De Niro, Lillo showed his talent scout his impression of De Niro’s character in the psychological thriller drama film “Taxi Driver”, and Lillo was then cast to play Robert’s son Calogero C Anello in the crime drama film. “A Bronx Tale”, starring De Niro and Chazz Palminteri, is about a father whose son befriends a local mobster. The film won one award and was nominated for three others.
In 1994, Lillo portrayed the supporting character Pvt. Donnie Benitez in the comedy movie “Renaissance Man”starring Danny DeVito, Gregory Hines and James Remar in the story of a man hired by the military, who teaches recruits the basics to complete their basic training.
The following year, Lillo played Petty Officer Third Class Russell Vossler in the submarine movie “Crimson Tide”, before being cast to play a supporting character in the critically acclaimed action thriller movie “Enemy of the State”, starring Will Smith and Gene Hackman, and the drama film “Provocateur” in 1998, starring Chris Finn. In 1999, he played the supporting character Pretty in the comedy drama film “The Florentine”, starring Jeremy Davies and Virginia Madsen, and which is about a variety of people who spend their time in a bar in an old Pennsylvania town.
In 2000, Lillo appeared in three films: the romantic comedy drama “Mambo Café,” the comedy drama “Blue Moon,” and the comedy “Table One,” directed and written by Michael Bergman, about four men in their 40s who open a restaurant to flirt only with women.
The following year, Lillo played one of the lead characters in the thriller film “In the Shadows” which also starred Matthew Modine and James Caan, while also playing a supporting character in the crime film “’R Xmas” directed by Abel Ferrara. . He starred alongside Justina Machado and Keith Brunsmann in the action comedy “Sticks” in 2001, and was subsequently cast to appear in the romantic thriller drama “The Real Deal” and the sci-fi action comedy “The Adventures of Pluto Nash” in 2012. before playing the lead character Lenny in the drama “Downtown: A Street Tale” in 2004.
In 2005, Lillo starred in the adventure comedy Searching for Bobby D, starring William DeMeo and Chuck Zito, about four young people who raise money for their movie by telling their investors that Robert De Niro is in it.
He also played DJ in the independent crime film “Slingshot”. In 2007, he appeared as the supporting character Alan Delucci in the comedy film “Saturday Morning”, then took an eight-year hiatus from appearing in films (because he was in prison), until he starred as Joey in the short movie “The Bronx Dahmer” in 2015.
Some of his latest roles in movies were in the comedy horror “Vamp Bikers Tres” in 2016, the short drama film “Man of the House” and the mystery crime thriller film “Dead on Arrival”, both in 2017.
Appearances in TV series
Lillo made his TV series debut in 1999, playing Gulseppe Guissipini in the episode “The Vine” of the western anthology series “Dead Man’s Gun”, starring Kris Kristofferson and Jim Shield, and is about a cursed revolver the one through the American West is wreaking havoc on many landowners.
The series won five awards and was nominated for ten others.
In 2000, he played Lucky in the crime drama series “Falcone”, starring Amy Carlson and Jason Gedrick, was created by Bobby Moresco and Ken Solarz and was nominated for three awards, including two Primetime Emmys. His last appearance in a TV series was in the episode “Dead Meat in New Deli” of the police drama “NYPD Blue”, playing Gary Montaneri.
By the time he turned 25, Lillo was addicted to both heroin and cocaine, and on June 10, 2005, he was arrested for not having the papers for the car he was driving while also having an expired license plate. Police found four bags of heroin while searching the car and Lillo was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
On December 10, 2005, Lillo and Steven Armento – his girlfriend’s father – were arrested on charges of murdering Daniel Enchautegui, a police officer who was killed at home in The Bronx. Steven was charged with first degree murder on October 30, 2008 and was sentenced to the rest of his life in prison, while Lillo was charged only with attempted burglary and in 2009 was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He continued to use heroin at the Hudson Correctional Facility and overdosed several times, but was paroled on December 31, 2013.
Love life and relationships
In the first half of the 2000s, Lillo was in a relationship with Stefanie Armento whom he met at a party and who was also an addict. They could have been seen together many times, but shortly after Lillo and Stefanie’s father was arrested, the two separated and Lillo started dating Christina Chen.
She supported him while he was in prison and waited for him to be released. In 2015, the two moved into Yonkers together. Rumors have been circulating on the internet that the two broke up sometime in 2019, but another rumor has it that they got engaged and got married in January 2020. Lillo was seen with numerous women before he started dating Christina, and it is believed that most of the girls he dated were also addicted to cocaine and heroin, and that he supplied them with drugs.
Hobbies and other interests
Lillo was interested in sports during his teenage years and was good at both soccer and football. He later started going to the gym several times a week, but as he became more addicted to drugs, he stopped exercising and steadily lost his muscle build.
He enjoys partying in clubs and attending movie events, and has been to many US states, mostly to shoot for his movies and TV series, rarely for fun. He has been to Europe once when he visited several Italian cities as it is his favorite European country.
He likes to watch movies in his spare time, and some of his favorite actors and actresses are Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Helena Bonham Carter, while some of his favorite movies are “The Godfather”, “Taxi Driver” and “Pulp Fiction” trilogy. “.
Appearance and power
Lillo is 43 years old. He has short black hair and brown eyes, is 1.68 m tall and weighs about 61 kg. From May 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $1,000, probably conservative, but suggests he may still be spending money on illegal substances.