|Michael Imperioli Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||March 26, 1966|
Michael Imperioli is an American actor, writer, director, and musician who is best known for his work in films such as Goodfellas (1990), Bad Boys (1995), High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story (2003), The Hungry Ghosts (2009), Cantinflas (2014), and One Night in Miami (2020). He is also well recognized for his portrayal of characters such as Christopher Moltisanti in the crime drama TV series The Sopranos (1999–2007), Detective Ray Carling in the sci-fi crime drama TV series Life on Mars (2008–2009), Lex in the comedy thriller TV series Mad Dogs (2015–2016), and Rick Sellitto in the crime drama TV series Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector (2020). Besides his prolific body of acting work, he has co-written the screenplay for the 1999 crime thriller film Summer of Sam and 5 episodes of The Sopranos. He had also written and directed the 2009 drama film The Hungry Ghosts. He has also been the vocalist and guitarist for a rock band named La Dolce Vita and another band called Zopa. In 2020, Zopa had released their debut album titled La Dolce Vita.
Mount Vernon, Westchester County, New York, United States
He splits his time between Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States; and Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, California, United States.
Michael had graduated from the Sacred Heart High School, a co-educational, private, Roman Catholic school in Yonkers, New York. After his school graduation, he had planned on attending a pre-med course at Columbia University, a private Ivy League research university in New York City.
He was, instead, accepted at the State University of New York at Albany, a public research university in Albany, New York. However, just before he was due to start college, he had, instead, enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, an acting school in New York City. He had also studied acting at the Stella Adler Conservatory, a prestigious acting school in New York City.
Actor, Writer, Director, Musician
- Father – Dan Imperioli (Bus Driver, Amateur Actor)
- Mother – Claire Imperioli (Department Store Worker, Amateur Actress)
- Siblings – John Imperioli (Brother)
- Others – Michael Imperiolo (Paternal Grandfather), Susanne Pedoto (Paternal Grandmother), Albert Luzzi (Maternal Grandfather), Josephine ‘Pat’ Segno (Maternal Grandmother)
Michael Imperioli’s net worth had been $20 million according to CelebrityNetWorth.com.
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
69 kg or 152 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Michael has dated –
- Lili Taylor (1992-1994) – Michael had started dating actress Lili Taylor in 1992 and they were engaged soon after. In 1993, they had founded the downtown theater company Machine Full. They had, however, parted ways in 1994.
- Victoria Chlebowski (1995-Present) – Michael had started dating actress, entrepreneur, and film producer Victoria Chlebowski in 1995, and they got married in 1996. They have 2 sons together named Vadim Imperioli (b. 1997), and David Imperioli (b. 2001). He also has a stepdaughter named Isabella Chlebowski from Victoria’s previous relationship. Michael has served as the artistic director of Studio Dante, an Off-Broadway theater that he had formed with Victoria.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Italian descent.
- Slender frame
- Side-parted, wavy hair
- Sports a rugged beard
- Bushy eyebrows
- Prominent nose
Michael has been featured in the TV commercials for –
- Sirius Satellite Radio (2004)
- National Thoroughbred Racing Association (2006)
- Toshiba (2007)
- 1-800-Tequila (2009-2012)
Michael Imperioli Facts
- Born in Mount Vernon, New York, Michael had moved to Brewster, New York, when he was about 11 years old. It was around that time that he had first started watching Broadway plays and had soon decided that he would pursue an acting career.
- Having started his acting career in 1989, an early minor role that had brought him some recognition was the character of Spider in the iconic 1990 biographical crime drama film Goodfellas. In the film, he had portrayed a local kid who works for the gangsters and eventually gets shot in the foot and later killed by a psychopathic mob soldier played by Joe Pesci.
- In a tribute to that scene, his character of Christopher Moltisanti, in the TV series The Sopranos (1999–2007), shoots someone in the foot. For his portrayal of this character, he had won a Primetime Emmy Award in the category of ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series’ in 2004.
- He had played characters named ‘Jo Jo’ in 2 films released in the same year (1995) –Clockers and Bad Boys.
- Michael had started practicing Tae Kwon Do in 2003 to help him quit smoking. He and his family have been avid practitioners of that martial art since then.
- He has been an active member of The Jazz Foundation of America and had co-hosted their May 2009 annual benefit concert which was held to celebrate the foundation’s 20th anniversary.
- In 2014, he had won the ‘Tournament of Stars’ competition on the reality TV cooking show Chopped. He had transferred his winning amount of USD 50k to the Pureland Project, an organization that builds schools in rural Tibet.
- In April 2020, he had started co-hosting a podcast titled Talking Sopranos with Steve Schirripa, his co-star from The Sopranos. The duo share inside information from the filming of that TV series on this podcast, episode by episode. By September 2020, the podcast had been downloaded more than 5 million times.
- Later that month, they had signed a deal to write an oral history of the show. The book, titled Woke Up This Morning: The Definitive Oral History of The Sopranos, was released in November 2021. Michael had also played a cameo role, as a narrator, in the 2021 Sopranos prequel film, The Many Saints of Newark.
Featured Image by Michael Imperioli / Instagram