Lillo Brancato Jr. Is an American actor. He was born on August 30 in the year 1976.He was born in Bogota, Colombia, Unites Sates of America. He is known for his role as Matthew Bevilaqua, a young mobster on the popular HBO series The Sopranos. Brancato is perhaps most famous for playing Calogero Anello in the 1993 Robert De Niro-directed film A Bronx Tale. Belonging to the Colombian ethnicity while he holds an American nationality. In December 2005, Brancato was charged with second-degree murder for his role in a burglary in the Bronx, New York in which an off-duty police officer, Daniel Enchautegui, confronted two burglars and was killed in a shootout. He was subsequently acquitted of murder, but was convicted of first-degree attempted burglary and sentenced to 10 years in a prison. He was released on parole on December 21, 2013. Co-defendant Steve Armento was convicted of firing the fatal shot in a separate trial and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Lillo Brancato Jr. Bio: Age, Early Life, Parents, Ethnicity
Brancato was born on August 30 in 1976 in Bogota, Colombia. Adopted when he was four months old, he was raised by Italian-American parents, Lillo Sr. (a construction worker) and Domenica (an electrolysist), in Yonkers, New York. Brancato studied at Mount Saint Michael Academy.His adoptive brother Vinny, briefly worked as a fashion model and now works as a Yonkers civil servant.Lillo is the third cousin of American songwriter/lyricist Gregory France-Brancato.
Although he was born in Colombia, Brancato has said,
I consider myself Italian.I was raised to eat pasta
Brancato was discovered in the year 1992, while swimming at New York’s Jones Beach, by a talent scout who noticed Brancato’s resemblance to Robert De Niro.Brancato was a fan of De Niro and impressed the scout with an impression of Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver. This won him the role of De Niro’s son in A Bronx Tale.
Lillo Brancato Jr. Career Details
Brancato acted in three fims in the mid-1990s,a prior to the joining cast of The Sopranos.In A Bronx Tale in 1993 he played the main character Calogero ‘C’ Anello, a teenager torn between his father and a mob boss who befriended him as a child according to New York Magazine, Brancato earned $25,000($44,800 today) for the role). He further appeared in Renaissance Man (1994), followed by a minor but climatic role as a radio operator in Crimson Tide (1995).
In the second season of The Sopranos which HBO broadcast in 2000, Brancato starred as Matthew Bevilaqua, a young mobster associated with Tony Soprano’s crime syndicate.Bevilaqua first appeared in the second season premiere, “Guy Walk’s into a Psychiatrist’s Office…”, and appeared in five more episodes.The character was murdered in “From Where to Eternity”, before appearing in flashback during “Bust Out”. Barcanto also played a mobster in the TV series Falcone, which debuted in 2000. Brancato went on to star in R’Xmas (2001), appearing with fellow Sopranos cast member Drea de Matteo, and appeared opposite Eddie Murphy as Larry in The Adventure of Pluto Nash(2002).Brancato’s last film before being charged in 2005 for first-degree burglary was Saturday Morning, released in 2007. The director, whose brother in law is a police officer, edited down in all of Brancato’s scenes during post-production. He has since had supporting roles in films including Dead on Arrival (2017), a remake of D.O.A., and 5th Borough (2020).
Lillo Brancato Jr. Dating History And Marriage Details
At a very messy situation in his life Brancato was always supported and encouraged by his girlfriend, Christina Chen. The interracial love started way back when Lillo was in his golden days.The couple immediately sparked a bond and started dating each other. Despite, the actors jail sentence and drug addiction, Christina did not leave his side and waited for him to return.After an extended stay in prison, Lillo moved in with his wife prospect at her home located in Yonkers in 2005.
Lillo Brancato Jr. Net Worth
As an actor, he had earned a huge name and fame in his lifetime career. After serving eight years in prison the net worth of the Lillo has been estimated at around $1 thousand US dollars. While his exact annual salary is under review yet. As of 2021, the actor is sharing his story to prevent such mishaps again.