ANTHONY LaPAGLIA (Al Torrio) has a rare gift for an actor in the way he has chosen his roles in film, television and theatre, created impassioned, poignant performances that stay in peoples minds.
Recently, LaPaglia starred in the Australian film "Looking for Alibrandi" opposite Greta Scacchi, in Terrence Davies "The House of Mirth" starring Gillian Anderson and Eric Stoltz and Doug McGraths "Company Man," starring Woody Allen, John Turturro and Sigourney Weaver.
His other film credits include co-starring with Richard Dreyfuss in the John McNaughton-directed HBO film, "Lansky." In addition, LaPaglia starred in "Phoenix," "Trees Lounge," "The Commandments," "Brilliant Lies," "Paperback Romance," "One Good Cop," "29th Street," "So I Married An Ax Murderer," "Mixed Nuts," "The Client," "Innocent Blood" and "Whispers in the Dark." He first captivated filmgoers with his performance as Stevie Dee in Alan Aldas comedy "Betsys Wedding." His performance in the independent film "Bulletproof Heart" played to unanimous acclaim at the Cannes and Toronto International film festivals.
LaPaglia starred on Broadway in the hit revival of Arthur Millers "A View From the Bridge." His performance earned him a Tony Award as Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. He also won the Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance.
His breakthrough stage role came in the off-Broadway comedy, "Bouncers," in which he performed eight of 30 characters. His impressive list of stage credits include "Northeast Local," and "The Rose Tattoo," which earned him a Drama Desk nomination for outstanding Featured Actor in a Play. LaPaglia also captured attention in the Joseph Papp Public Theatre production of "On the Open Road."
In 1997, LaPaglia starred as high-powered defense attorney, James Wyler, in Steven Bochcos critically acclaimed television series, "Murder One." Some of his other television credits include HBOs "Keeper of the City" and "Criminal Justice," for which he received a Cable ACE nomination. For Showtime, LaPaglia starred opposite Embeth Davidtz in "Garden of Redemption." He also starred as Jim Valvano in CBS "Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story."