Who is Lillo Brancato Jr. from “Sopranos”? Wiki Bio
Lillo Brancato Jr. was born in Bogota, Colombia, on 30 August 1976 – his zodiac sign is Virgo and he now holds American nationality. He is an actor, probably still best known for having portrayed Matthew Bevilaqua in the crime drama series “The Sopranos” in 2000, which aired from 1999 to 2007. It starred James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco and Edie Falco, and is the story of mafia boss Tony Soprano in New Jersey who, after dealing with problems at home and at work, has to seek professional psychiatric help. The series was a huge success, winning 118 awards including five Golden Globes, while it was nominated for 303 others.
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Early life and education
Lillo was abandoned by his parents shortly after he was born, and when he was four months old, Lillo Sr. and Domenica adopted him and he was raised in Yonkers, New York City. Lillo Sr. is American and was a construction worker, while Domenica is from Italy and was an electrolysis; 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 as he was ‘raised to eat pasta’. He was 16 years old when he was noticed by a talent scout who saw him swimming at Jones Beach in New York, and remarked how Lillo resembled Robert De Niro.
Roles in movies
As Lillo was a huge fan of Robert De Niro, he showed his talent scout his impression of De Niro’s character in the psychological thriller drama movie “Taxi Driver”, and Lillo was then cast to portray Robert’s son Calogero C Anello in the crime drama movie “A Bronx Tale” which starred De Niro and Chazz Palminteri, and is about a father whose son becomes friends with a local gangster. The movie 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”, which starred Danny DeVito, Gregory Hines and James Remar in the story of a man hired by the Army, who teaches recruits the basics to finish their basic training.
The following year saw Lillo play Petty Officer Third Class Russell Vossler in the submarine movie “Crimson Tide”, before he was cast to portray a supporting character in the critically acclaimed action thriller film “Enemy of the State”, which starred Will Smith and Gene Hackman, and the drama movie “Provocateur” in 1998, portraying the main character Chris Finn. In 1999, he played the supporting character Pretty in the comedy drama movie “The Florentine”, which starred Jeremy Davies and Virginia Madsen, and which is about a variety of people spending their time at a bar in an old Pennsylvania town.
In 2000, Lillo appeared in three movies: the romantic comedy drama “Mambo Café”, the comedy drama “Blue Moon”, and the comedy “Table One” which was directed and written by Michael Bergman, about four men in their 40s who open a restaurant only to flirt with women.
The following year saw Lillo portray one of the lead characters in the thriller movie “In the Shadows” which also starred Matthew Modine and James Caan, while he also portrayed a supporting character in the crime movie “’R Xmas”, directed by Abel Ferrara. He starred in the action comedy “Sticks” in 2001 alongside Justina Machado and Keith Brunsmann, and was then cast to appear in the romantic thriller drama “The Real Deal”, and the science fiction action comedy “The Adventures of Pluto Nash” in 2012, before portraying the lead character Lenny in the drama “Downtown: A Street Tale” in 2004.
In 2005, Lillo played Bobby in the adventure comedy film “Searching for Bobby D” which starred William DeMeo and Chuck Zito, about four young people raising money for their movie, by telling their investors that Robert De Niro is starring in it.
He also played DJ in the independent crime movie “Slingshot”. In 2007, he appeared as the supporting character Alan Delucci in the comedy film “Saturday Morning”, and then took an eight-year break from appearing in movies (as he was in jail), until he starred as Joey in the short film “The Bronx Dahmer” in 2015.
Some of his latest roles in movies have been 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 debut TV series appearance in 1999, when he portrayed Gulseppe Guissipini in the episode “The Vine” of the western anthology series “Dead Man’s Gun”, which starred Kris Kristofferson and Jim Shield, and is about a cursed revolver roaming around the American West bringing problems to many land owners.
The series won five awards and was nominated for 10 others.
In 2000, he played Lucky in the crime drama series “Falcone”, which starred Amy Carlson and Jason Gedrick, was created by Bobby Moresco and Ken Solarz, and was nominated for three awards, including two Primetime Emmys. His latest appearance in a TV series has been in the episode “Dead Meat in New Deli” of the police procedural drama “NYPD Blue”, in which he portrayed Gary Montaneri.
By the time he turned 25, Lillo was addicted to both heroin and cocaine, and on 10 June 2005 he was arrested for not having the papers of the car he was driving while he also had an expired registration. The police found four bags of heroin while searching the car, and Lillo was charged with possession of a controlled substance.
On 10 December 2005, Lillo and Steven Armento – the father of his girlfriend – 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 30 October 2008 and was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in jail, while Lillo was only charged with first-degree attempted burglary and in 2009 was sentenced to spend 10 years in jail. He continued to use heroin at Hudson Correctional Facility and overdosed several times, but was released on parole on 31 December 2013.
Love life and relationships
In the first half of the 2000s, Lillo was dating Stefanie Armento whom he met at a party, and who was a drug addict as well. They could had often be seen walking together, but shortly after Lillo and Stefanie’s father were arrested, the two broke up and Lillo started dating Christina Chen.
She supported him while he was in jail and waited for him to be released. In 2015, the two moved in together in Yonkers. There are rumors circulating the internet that the two split sometime in 2019, but another rumor has it that they became engaged, and 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 was supplying them with drugs.
Hobbies and other interests
Lillo was interested in playing sports during his teenage years, and was good at both football and soccer. He later started going to the gym several times per week, however, as he was getting more addicted to drugs, he stopped taking part in sports ,and steadily lost his muscular build.
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He likes to party at clubs as well as attend film events, and has been to many US states, mostly to shoot for his movies and TV series, rarely for pleasure. He has been to Europe on a single occasion when he visited several Italian cities as it’s 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 trilogy “The Godfather”, “Taxi Driver”, and “Pulp Fiction”.
Appearance and net worth
Lillo is 43 years old. He has short black hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall, and weighs around 134lbs (61kgs). As of May 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $1,000, probably conservative, but suggesting that he may well still be spending on illegal substances.