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Overview (4)

Born in Syracuse, New York, USA
Birth NameAndrew Michael Davoli
Nickname Andy
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Andy Davoli has been on stage since the age of six. He attended clown and magic school as a teen and eventually made his way to New York City. He began his formal acting training at the famed Stella Adler Academy, and was quickly discovered by Martin Scorsese, who cast him in a small role in Bringing Out the Dead (1999). He continued his career working opposite top talents such as Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron in The Yards (2000). After an audition for the critically acclaimed HBO series The Sopranos (1999), series creator David Chase wrote the recurring role of Dino Zerilli for him in the third season of the show. His passion and irreverence grabbed the attention of playwright David Mamet, who immediately cast him in the room after auditioning for Spartan (2004). Next, Davoli beat out hundreds of other actors for the coveted role of "Scarpa" in New Line Cinema's Knockaround Guys (2001). Brian Koppelman and David Levein cast him in the lead role opposite 'Dennis Hopper (I)', John Malkovich and Vin Diesel. This led to the lead role of "Basil" in the George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh comedy Welcome to Collinwood (2002). He continued to prove himself as a multi-faceted actor in the role of Jake Perini opposite Kenneth Branagh and Cynthia Nixon in the Golden Globe-nominated HBO miniseries Warm Springs (2005).

Davoli's dark good looks were used to stunning effect in a Stephen Meisel-shot Dolce & Gabbana campaign opposite international supermodel Gisele Bündchen. His starring turn in the neoclassic short film Lucky Clown (2007) paved the way for the film to premiere at both the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival.

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Trivia (19)

Based his costume in Welcome to Collinwood (2002) on a combination of a winter jacket he wore in the third grade and the wardrobe of Sean Penn's character in The Falcon and the Snowman (1985).
Shot the behind-the-scenes featurette for Welcome to Collinwood (2002) with his one-chip Sony video camera, which is included on the DVD.
Took an improv class at Jimi Hendrix's old Electric Ladyland Studios on 8th St. in Grenwhich Village, New York City.
Played Dino Zerilli, the 23rd character to be whacked on HBO's The Sopranos (1999).
His grandfather and uncle own a spaghetti sauce factory named Enrico's.
Went to clown college and magic school as a teen.
Lived on Mott Street in NYC's Little Italy for 4 years with his brother Dave.
Put on 30 pounds and spent a month in a wheelchair to play Jake Perini, a paraplegic ex-steel worker in the HBO film Warm Springs (2005).
Grew up with 10 foreign exchange students from such countries as the Dominican Republic, South Africa, France, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
Wrote and played 8 characters in the short film Brando from the Neck Down (2004), which is based on Marlon Brando's ill-fated acting class.
Played the role of Murphy in the off broadway revival of the play 'The Indian Wants the Bronx' right after 9/11.
Trained with Ron Burrus and Arthur Mendoza, both protégés of 'Stella Adler'.
Shot the Dolce Gabana campaign with Giselle.
Has family in Rome.
Davoli is a real town in Calabria, Italy.
Plays classical piano.
His production company was called Fraternal Artists. It was named after his father's company, which booked musicians such as James Brown and The Righteous Brothers.
Graduated from Westhill High School in Syracuse, New York, where much of his family still resides.
Nickname in college was The Joker.

Personal Quotes (3)

I've always felt like an outsider, a pariah of sorts. Becoming an actor saved my life.
I'm not looking to define my life or label it. I want to experience it.
As an actor you have to abolish caution. You're cutting a path to an artistic destination which basically has no road map, no direction, no one to lead the way. I'm not comfortable unless I'm risking.

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