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Al Sapienza is an American actor, who has had numerous roles in television, stage and film productions

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From his big break playing Ringo in the Broadway hit “Beatlemania” to his latest role as mafia hit man Mikey Palmice (Uncle Junior's right hand man) in HBO’s series "The Sopranos", Al Sapienza’s career has practically elevated the concept of versatility to a Zen art form. The New York native has done and played it all on stage, television and film -- romantic comedy leads, crooked cops, sociopathic killers, faithful sidekick...from the doorman in "Pretty Woman" to the hapless taxi driver in "Godzilla" who first spots the angry lizard. In an industry which thrives on typecasting, Al Sapienza is one of those rare talents who dares to challenge himself to morph seamlessly into a wide variety of fictional lives.

“No matter what kind of person I am playing, I always keep in mind that every character is me, and it is my job to live and breathe that part,”

says Sapienza, whose vast array of films include "Lethal Weapon 4", "Frankie and Johnny" Free Willy 2" "Phoenix" and the much anticipated "Thick as Thieves" with Alec Baldwin.

“In my opinion the great actors of today...Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman..all share a common quality, they bring the uniqueness of themselves to every role. To be a success as an actor, you have to bring everything you can of yourself, all the little nuances that make you special, into the life you are portraying. The most important thing an actor must bring to a role is his or her own originality."

Sapienza’s overall philosophy to his chosen art form has not changed much since he graduated from New York University.

“It’s all about the love and need of self-expression,” he adds. “I looked at my life and thought, what profession would be the most fun? What would challenge me? Law? Politics? Being a prosecutor? I choose acting because...I thought it would be fascinating, you would be able to do just about anything, and wear many peoples shoes on a regular basis. But, you have to be committed, really committed. Unless you give 100% at all times, both while working and doing all you need to get the next role, it’s not going to work.”

Sapienza’s schedule has been in overdrive. Prior to beginning production on "The Sopranos" (starring with James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco and Nancy Marchand), he completed work on three upcoming independent features. He has the second lead in "Silicon Towers", a cautionary tale about a Bill Gates-like magnate, opposite Brian Dennehy and Daniel Baldwin. He played Michael Madsen’s sidekick in the action thriller "Supreme Sanction" and a crooked cop in the Alec Baldwin film "Thick as Thieves".

On the small screen, he had a recurring role in the ABC-TV daytime soap opera "Port Charles" This role rounded out an impressive list of over 40 TV credits, which included guest starring appearances on hit shows like "NYPD Blue", "Melrose Place, " Diagnosis: Murder", "JAG", "Matlock" and "Married with Children". “For me, the key to pulling off this mixed bag of roles is in the research,” says Sapienza.

“If you play a cop, go out and meet, observe and study cops. Watch them work, read books, watch documentaries, live the life. The technical knowledge aquired through research, along with bringing who you are to every role, makes it feel almost real."

He signed a distribution deal for his first venture as producer, on the low budget art house film "The Gifted", about two musical prodigy brothers torn by the struggle to overcome the temptations of inner city street life. Sapienza portrayed Nick Fontaine, the older brother who squanders his talent before achieving ultimate redemption.

Every actor recalls that key moment in which a certain movie or performance inspires the proverbial pursuit of the dream. For Al Sapienza, it was seeing "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" for the first time. While attending NYU he took some outside acting classes, which his sister Joanne helped finance, and it was in these classes where he was continually paired with Jackie Zeman, (who went on to star in ABC’s "General Hospital"), and whose husband Murray Kaufman aka Murray the K (fame rock DJ and impresario, known as the 5th Beatle would become fans of Sapienza's talents.

Sapienza had been playing the drums since age eight, and had earned extra money for school by playing behind numerous gay cabaret acts in Greenwich Village for several years. Murray the K was impressed with an original love song Sapienza penned, which Jay Black (of Jay & The Americans fame) was going to record as a comeback single, Murray the K then helped Sapienza land the part in the Broadway show "Beatlemania". Sapienza was flipping pizzas at his brothers restaurant in the village when he got the call which would change his life forever-the role of Ringo was available, could he do the job? The Fab Four changed the young actor’s life; "Beatlemania" played on Broadway over a year, and toured the U.S, Europe and Asia almost nonstop for five more years.

With a solid bank account in hand and hoping to get by with a little help from his friends, Al Sapienza went to Los Angeles to study acting and, of course, become a movie star. Though he loved the artistic challenges, his one minor career regret is having concentrated too much on theater (over 30 plays) in the early years of his career, when he should have been pursuing immediate film roles.

“I was so busy trying to prove to myself I could be a great actor, that I overlooked my original goal-to do movies,” Don't get me wrong, I love theatre, and I'm sure I'll do it again soon, It's just that I did it for years. I wish I pursued more film right away. Working with the right director, you can learn just as much on a set as you can performing on stage.”

As his resume attests, Sapienza-who divides his time between homes in Los Angeles and Greenwich Village, NYC--feels comfortable in almost anyone’s skin. Even that of a sociopathic hit man, as he played on "The Sopranos",

“I never play a bad guy as a bad guy, because this kind of character always believed he is doing the right, noble thing. Stanislavsky once said that if you can kill a fly, you can play Othello. As an actor, my job is to understand both the humor in life as well as the pain, and bring those emotions across. A good artist has a strong sense of self, and a voice which he dares to share with his fellow man, hopefully bringing a positive message across."

“I’d like to do more films that not only entertain, but elevate the masses and serve a social purpose similar to the Oliver Stone’s films or Roland Jaffe’s "the Killing Fields", he adds. “I think about all I’ve done and hope to do, and reflect sometimes--If I’m able to do something this much fun, yet also help bring enlightening information to people, whether about life, relationships, government...I really consider this a great life.”

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Al Sapienza

Al Sapienza is an American actor, who has had numerous roles in television, stage and film productions

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Al Sapienza Biography

From his big break playing Ringo in the Broadway hit “Beatlemania” to his latest role as mafia hit man Mikey Palmice (Uncle Junior's right hand man) in HBO’s series "The Sopranos", Al Sapienza’s career has practically elevated the concept of versatility to a Zen art form. The New York native has done and played it all on stage, television and film -- romantic comedy leads, crooked cops, sociopathic killers, faithful sidekick...from the doorman in "Pretty Woman" to the hapless taxi driver in "Godzilla" who first spots the angry lizard. In an industry which thrives on typecasting, Al Sapienza is one of those rare talents who dares to challenge himself to morph seamlessly into a wide variety of fictional lives.

“No matter what kind of person I am playing, I always keep in mind that every character is me, and it is my job to live and breathe that part,”

says Sapienza, whose vast array of films include "Lethal Weapon 4", "Frankie and Johnny" Free Willy 2" "Phoenix" and the much anticipated "Thick as Thieves" with Alec Baldwin.

“In my opinion the great actors of today...Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman..all share a common quality, they bring the uniqueness of themselves to every role. To be a success as an actor, you have to bring everything you can of yourself, all the little nuances that make you special, into the life you are portraying. The most important thing an actor must bring to a role is his or her own originality."

Sapienza’s overall philosophy to his chosen art form has not changed much since he graduated from New York University.

“It’s all about the love and need of self-expression,” he adds. “I looked at my life and thought, what profession would be the most fun? What would challenge me? Law? Politics? Being a prosecutor? I choose acting because...I thought it would be fascinating, you would be able to do just about anything, and wear many peoples shoes on a regular basis. But, you have to be committed, really committed. Unless you give 100% at all times, both while working and doing all you need to get the next role, it’s not going to work.”

Sapienza’s schedule has been in overdrive. Prior to beginning production on "The Sopranos" (starring with James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco and Nancy Marchand), he completed work on three upcoming independent features. He has the second lead in "Silicon Towers", a cautionary tale about a Bill Gates-like magnate, opposite Brian Dennehy and Daniel Baldwin. He played Michael Madsen’s sidekick in the action thriller "Supreme Sanction" and a crooked cop in the Alec Baldwin film "Thick as Thieves".

On the small screen, he had a recurring role in the ABC-TV daytime soap opera "Port Charles" This role rounded out an impressive list of over 40 TV credits, which included guest starring appearances on hit shows like "NYPD Blue", "Melrose Place, " Diagnosis: Murder", "JAG", "Matlock" and "Married with Children". “For me, the key to pulling off this mixed bag of roles is in the research,” says Sapienza.

“If you play a cop, go out and meet, observe and study cops. Watch them work, read books, watch documentaries, live the life. The technical knowledge aquired through research, along with bringing who you are to every role, makes it feel almost real."

He signed a distribution deal for his first venture as producer, on the low budget art house film "The Gifted", about two musical prodigy brothers torn by the struggle to overcome the temptations of inner city street life. Sapienza portrayed Nick Fontaine, the older brother who squanders his talent before achieving ultimate redemption.

Every actor recalls that key moment in which a certain movie or performance inspires the proverbial pursuit of the dream. For Al Sapienza, it was seeing "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" for the first time. While attending NYU he took some outside acting classes, which his sister Joanne helped finance, and it was in these classes where he was continually paired with Jackie Zeman, (who went on to star in ABC’s "General Hospital"), and whose husband Murray Kaufman aka Murray the K (fame rock DJ and impresario, known as the 5th Beatle would become fans of Sapienza's talents.

Sapienza had been playing the drums since age eight, and had earned extra money for school by playing behind numerous gay cabaret acts in Greenwich Village for several years. Murray the K was impressed with an original love song Sapienza penned, which Jay Black (of Jay & The Americans fame) was going to record as a comeback single, Murray the K then helped Sapienza land the part in the Broadway show "Beatlemania". Sapienza was flipping pizzas at his brothers restaurant in the village when he got the call which would change his life forever-the role of Ringo was available, could he do the job? The Fab Four changed the young actor’s life; "Beatlemania" played on Broadway over a year, and toured the U.S, Europe and Asia almost nonstop for five more years.

With a solid bank account in hand and hoping to get by with a little help from his friends, Al Sapienza went to Los Angeles to study acting and, of course, become a movie star. Though he loved the artistic challenges, his one minor career regret is having concentrated too much on theater (over 30 plays) in the early years of his career, when he should have been pursuing immediate film roles.

“I was so busy trying to prove to myself I could be a great actor, that I overlooked my original goal-to do movies,” Don't get me wrong, I love theatre, and I'm sure I'll do it again soon, It's just that I did it for years. I wish I pursued more film right away. Working with the right director, you can learn just as much on a set as you can performing on stage.”

As his resume attests, Sapienza-who divides his time between homes in Los Angeles and Greenwich Village, NYC--feels comfortable in almost anyone’s skin. Even that of a sociopathic hit man, as he played on "The Sopranos",

“I never play a bad guy as a bad guy, because this kind of character always believed he is doing the right, noble thing. Stanislavsky once said that if you can kill a fly, you can play Othello. As an actor, my job is to understand both the humor in life as well as the pain, and bring those emotions across. A good artist has a strong sense of self, and a voice which he dares to share with his fellow man, hopefully bringing a positive message across."

“I’d like to do more films that not only entertain, but elevate the masses and serve a social purpose similar to the Oliver Stone’s films or Roland Jaffe’s "the Killing Fields", he adds. “I think about all I’ve done and hope to do, and reflect sometimes--If I’m able to do something this much fun, yet also help bring enlightening information to people, whether about life, relationships, government...I really consider this a great life.”

Al Sapienza Videos

  • Kevin Spacey Does WHAT on Set? Actor Al Sapienza Tells All
  • The Artie Lange Show - Al Sapienza (Part #1) - In The Studio

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  • How to book Al Sapienza?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Al Sapienza for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Al Sapienza, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Al Sapienza or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Al Sapienza?

    Booking fees for Al Sapienza, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Al Sapienza, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Al Sapienza?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Al Sapienza for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Al Sapienza for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Al Sapienza or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Al Sapienza or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Al Sapienza is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Al Sapienza for your event is available upon request. Al Sapienza generally travels from West Hollywood, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Toby Sebastian, Nikki Deloach, Patrick Sabongui, Brian Markinson and Alan Arkin. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Al Sapienza for an upcoming event.

Al Sapienza Speaker Videos

  • Kevin Spacey Does WHAT on Set? Actor Al Sapienza Tells All
    The Artie Lange Show - Al Sapienza (Part #1) - In The Studio

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