The career of actor Tony Lo Bianco is distinguished as much by its depth and variety as by the skills and gifts Mr. Lo Bianco brings to his work. He has appeared in over 100 films, television programs, and stage performances, both on-screen and off as a writer, director, and producer. Throughout his career, Mr. Lo Bianco has collaborated with many of the brightest creative minds in the performing arts, both past and present.
On stage, Off-Broadway, Mr. Lo Bianco won an Obie Award for Best Actor in Jonathan Reynold’s Yanks-3, Detroit-0, Top of the 7th. Following his memorable performance as Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge on Broadway, he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor, and won the Outer Critics Circle Award. He also received an Emmy Award for Hizzoner! The Life of Fiorello La Guardia.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, as a teenager, he was a former Golden Gloves boxer and an all-star baseball player.
His best known film performances are as Sal Boca in the 5 Academy Awards winner The French Connection, with Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider ; as Ray Fernandez in cult classic The Honeymoon Killers; as Peter in God Told Me To; Bloodbrothers with Richard Gere; City Heat with Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds; Oliver Stone’s Nixon with Anthony Hopkins; The Juror with Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore; and F.I.S.T. with Sylvester Stallone, Kill the Irishman, alongside Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer, and Christopher Walken and The Engagement Ring with Lainie Kazan and Patricia Heaton.
On television, Mr. Lo Bianco starred as the undefeated heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano in Marciano, and again in the remake, The Rocky Marciano Story with George C. Scott and Jon Favreau. He appeared in the mini-series Marco Polo; Franco Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth with Lawrence Olivier and Anthony Quinn; he co-starred in La Romana with Gina Lollobrigeda and in The Last Tenant with legendary acting teacher Lee Strasberg. Mr. Lo Bianco starred in the television series, Police Story and Palace Guard, and co-starred in the television series, Jessie, with Lindsay Wagner. He has appeared in episodes of Law & Order; Murder, She Wrote; and numerous two-hour movies of the week. As a director, Mr. Lo Bianco directed episodes of television series Police Story, Kaz and several others, and the feature film Too Scared to Scream and is now in the process of writing, and will direct in his new film based on his younger years.
Mr. Lo Bianco co-founded the Triangle Theater and served as artistic director for six years, during which time lighting designer Jules Fisher, playwright Jason Miller, and actor Roy Scheider, as well as many others, performed there. Mr. Lo Bianco himself directed eight of the productions and produced twenty-five others. He is currently touring with his one-man show, The Little Flower, the Life and Time of New York Mayor, Fiorello La Guardia, and giving his inspirational talk across the country entitled From Brooklyn to Broadway and Beyond. Mr. Lo Bianco is currently teaching acting and is a member of The Actors Studio.
Mr. Lo Bianco served as the National Spokesperson for the Order Sons of Italy. His many humanitarian efforts have earned multiple awards, including the Eleanora Duse Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts; Man of the Year for Outstanding Contributions to the Italian-American Community from the Police Society of New Jersey; a Man of the Year Award from the State of New Jersey Senate; a Lifetime Entertainment Award from the Columbus Day Parade Committee; the 1997 Golden Lion Award; and the Humanitarian Award of the Boys' Town of Italy, and the Ellis Island Medal of honor. He is a member of the Italian American National Hall of Fame and just this year received the Louis Prima Arts and Entertainment Award.
Tony is now married to the love of his life, the beautiful and talented Alyse.