Why is Dominic Chianese famous?

Dominic Chianese is a renowned American actor who is popularly known for his roles in series like “The Sopranos” and “The Godfather Part II”. He has been seen working actively since the year of 1952.

Quick Info 
Full NameDominic Chianese
Date of BirthFebruary 24, 1931
Birth PlaceThe Bronx, New York, United States
ParentsGaetano Chianese
Angelina Chianese
ProfessionAn actor
SpouseVincenza Jean Vacchio
Merle Molofshy
Age 89 years
ChildrenDominic Chianese Jr
Leach Espy Chianese
Alexander John Gwazdz Chianese
Net Worth$15 Million
Dominic Chianese
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Bio, Age, Family, and Young

Dominic Chianese was born on 24 February 1931 as a son of his father, Gaetano Chianese, and mother, Angelina Chianese. His father used to be a bricklayer.



Dominic Chianese holds an American nationality and belongs to the Naples ethnicity.

As he was born on 24 February, his zodiac sign is Pisces.


Physical Features

He has got brown hair with brown eyes.


Dominic Chianese’s height is 1.8 m.


Dominic Chianese’s weight is 68 kg.


Education and University

Dominic Chianese has not stated about his childhood and he grew up as he used to keep his personal life private. For his education, he went to attend the Bronx High School of Science from where he completed his graduation in 1948. Later, he became interested in acting after the decade of his graduation and started to focus on his acting career.


Personal Life

Ex-Wives and Children

Before Dominic Chianese was in a relationship with Vincenza Jean Vacchio and got married in 1958 but later, they decided to divorce. After that, he married Merle Molofshy in 1961 and they gave birth to their three children who were Dominic Chianese Jr, Leach Espy Chianese, and Alexander John Gwazdz Chianese. Later, they also decided to live separately and divorced.



Television Shows

In his early career, he was seen appearing on a British musical “Oliver!” in 1965 and also seen appearing on several plays.

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Dominic Chianese started his television career after he had been cast as Charley on an American drama series “East Side/ West Side” in 1964. After that, he was seen appearing as George Mallick on an American action crime drama television series “Kojak” in 1976. Later, he was seen playing the role of Promoter on an American made-for-television biographical drama movie “a Time for Miracle” in 1980.

Further, he was seen as Alexei Vartova on an American soap opera “Ryan’s Hope” in 1981. Likewise, he was seen appearing in an American anthology horror TV series “Tales from the Darkside” as Correlli’s father in 1986. In the year of 1989, he was seen appearing as Dr, Lacker on an American legal drama television series “L.A.Law”. In the following year, he was cast as Gabriel Capone in a television movie “The Lost Capone”. 

Likewise, he was seen playing the role of Gabriel Capone in a television movie “The Lost Capone” in 1990. After that, he was seen appearing as Dan Rubell on an American police procedural; and legal drama television series “Law & Order” in 1991. He was also seen playing the role of Judge Paul Kaylin o a television series “Law & Order” alongside Trini Alvarado from 1995 to 1997. Later, he was cast as Joe Armone on the crime movie “Gotti: The Rise and Fall of a Real Life Mafia Don” in 1996, and then in 1997, he was seen on an American television sitcom “Cosby” in 1997.

From the year 1999 to 2007, he was cast into the role of Corrado “Junior” Soprano on an American crime drama television series “ The Sopranos” for which he had won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. in 2004, he was seen playing the role of Irv Miller on an American television sitcom “Hope & Faith”. Further, he was seen appearing on television movies and series like “Crimes of Fashion”, “Damages”, “Blue Bloods” alongside Melissa Benoist, and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”.

Further, he was seen playing the role of Leander Cephas Whitlock on an American period crime drama television series “Boardwalk Empire” from 2011 to 2013 for which he has won Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in Drama Series. Likewise, he was seen cast as the main cast as Enzo on an American drama television series “The Village” in 2019. In addition, he was seen in series like “The Good Wife” and “Inspector Montalbano”.



Dominic Chianese started his film career after he had been cast as Panhandler on an American action-comedy movie “Fuzz” in 1972. After that, he earned more fame and attention from so many people after he was cast as Johnny Ola on an American epic crime movie “The Godfather Part II” in 1974. Later, he was seen appearing as Mr. Wortzik on an American biographical crime drama movie “Dog Day Afternoon” in 1975. In the following year, he was also seen playing the role of Eugenio R. Martinez in an American political drama movie “All the President’s Men” in 1976.

Further, he was seen appearing in several movies including “All the President’s Men”, “Fingers”, “On the Yard”, “Firepower”, “…And Justice for All”, “Fort Apache, The Bronx”, “Unfaithful” alongside Michelle Monaghan, “Second Sight”, “Q&A”, “Out for Justice”, “The Public Eye”, “Rivalen des Glicks – The Contenders”, “The Night We Never Met”, “I Lucy Fell”, “The Mouse”, “looking for Richard”, “Night Falls on Manhattan”. He has also performed in “Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God…Be Back by Five” and “Cradle Will Rock”.

Dominic Chianese
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In 2004, he was seen in an American erotic drama movie “When Will I Be Loved” and in the same year, he was also cast as Stan Marshak in the movie “King of the Corner”. In addition, he played into the movies like “The Last New Yorker”, “Adrift in Manhattan”, “Mr. Popper’s Penguins”, “The Family” and “Active Adults”.


Net Worth

Dominic Chianese made his career successful after he came up with his outstanding performance which made everyone love him and attracted to him. The estimated net worth of popular and talented actor, Chianese is $15 million.


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