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Dominic Chianese was born on the 24th February 1931, in The Bronx, New York City USA, and is an SAG Award winning actor, best known to the world as Johnny Ola in the film “The Godfather: Part II”, and as Junior Soprano in the TV series “The Sopranos” (1999-2007), among other appearances.

Have you ever wondered how rich Dominic Chianese is, as of mid- 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Chianese’s net worth is as high as $15 million, an amount earned through his successful career as an actor, which started in the early 1950s.

Dominic Chianese Net Worth $15 Million

Dominic is of part-Italian ancestry; his grandfather emigrated to the USA from Naples in 1904. Dominic went to The Bronx High School of Science, and after matriculation, he worked with his father on construction sites, since his father was bricklayer/mason, but soon also enrolled at Brooklyn College, and attended classes at night. He graduated in 1961 with a BA in Speech and Theater Studies.

His career started in off-Broadway theaters, performing musical comedy, but then got his first acting lessons from Walt Witcover and soon he made his Broadway debut, in the play “Oliver!” in 1965, and from then has featured in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, which have added considerably to his wealth. However, he struggled in his early career, and so took up the guitar. and performed in taverns and restaurants. Furthermore, before launching his screen career, Dominic worked as a recreational worker for the Drug Commission of New York State in a rehabilitation center.

In 1972 he was cast in the film “Fuzz”, but then in 1974 was selected for the role of Johnny Ola in the crime-drama film “The Godfather: Part II”, starring Al Pacino, Robert De Niro and Robert Duvall. The role kick-started his career and new roles were easily coming his way. In 1976 he featured in “All the President’s Men” (1976), while in 1979 he appeared in the crime-drama thriller “…and justice for all.”, which only increased further his wealth.

Dominic started the ‘80s with the role of Alexei Vartova in the TV series “Ryan’s Hope” (1980-1981), but didn’t have much success during the decade, as he made only a couple more brief appearances in TV series, and in the film “Second Sight” (1989), which went unnoticed. He had several roles until the late ‘90s, and the role of Junior Soprano, but all were minor, and didn’t have much influence on his net worth. Then in 1999 his life changed for good, when he was selected for the role of Junior, and featured in 86 episodes of the Award- winning crime-drama series “The Sopranos”, that featured James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, and Edie Falco in the lead roles. The success of the show added a significant amount to Dominic’s net worth. While the series lasted, Dominic remained active in searching for other acting engagements, and as a result, featured in such films as “Unfaithful” (2002), “When Will I Be Loved” (2004), and “Adrift in Manhattan” (2007). In 2011 he was the Reader in the fantasy comedy “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” (2011), and was then selected for the role of Leander Cephas Whitlock in the TV series “Boardwalk Empire” (2011-2013). To speak further of his accomplishments as an actor, he played Judge Michael Marx in “The Good Wife” from 2012 to 2015, and will appear in films “Active Adults” (2017) as Bart, and “Umberto D” (2018), as the lead character.

Dominic has also used his musical talents to increase his wealth. Back in 2000 he released his first album “Hits”, on which he sang American and Italian popular songs, while in 2003 he released his second album, entitled “Ungrateful Heart”, which comprises 16 Neapolitan songs.

Regarding his personal life, Dominic has been married to Jane Pittson since 2003. Previously he was married to Merle Molofsky, with whom he has three children.

Dominic is also a well-known philanthropist, and has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for his philanthropic endeavors.

Quick Facts

Birth date: February 24, 1931
Birth place: Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Height:5' 11" (1.8 m)
Profession:Actor, Soundtrack
Education:Brooklyn College, The Bronx High School of Science
Nationality:American
Spouse:Jane Pittson
Children:Dominic Chianese Jr., Leah Espy Chianese, Rebbeca Scarpatti Chianese, Alexander John Gwozdz Chianese, Dominica Roskelly, Daughter Sarah Chianese
Parents:Gaetano Chianese, Angelina Chianese
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1His son, Dominic Chianese Jr., also an actor, appeared in three installments of the final season of The Sopranos (1999), as a member of the competing Lupertazzi crime family.
2Dominic has released two CD music albums. The first, entitled "Hits," in 2000, singing American and Italian standards. The second CD, released in 2003 by AOL Music, entitled "Ungrateful Heart," features 16 classic Neapolitan songs, including the title song, Salvatore Cardillo's sentimental classic "Core 'ngrato" ("Ungrateful Heart"), which Dominic performed on the third-season finale of The Sopranos.
32010 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in recognition of his humanitarian efforts.
4Son of a bricklayer/mason. After graduating from high school, Dominic worked with his father on construction jobs while attending night school, ultimately graduating from Brooklyn College in 1961 with a B.A. in Speech and Theater Studies.
5Has appeared in four movies with his friend Al Pacino: The Godfather: Part II (1974), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), ...and justice for all. (1979) and Looking for Richard (1996).
6Before being cast in The Godfather: Part II (1974), Chianese worked for the New York State Drug Abuse Control Commission as a recreational worker in a rehabilitation center. He taught guitar to women who were serving time for drug-related crimes.
7As of 2012, Chianese still regularly performs music in New York City area venues, one of a declining group of nationally recognizable celebrities to do so. Woody Allen is the most notable of these celebrity performers, which, until recently also included Conrad Janis and Les Paul (d.2009). Chianese's typical sets have included mostly Italian favorites, complementary to his great tenor voice, songs similar to what might have been heard on The Sopranos (1999). While The Sopranos was still in production, Dominic was able to help one of his band mates get a guest spot, as a well-wisher to an ailing Tony Soprano. For many years, Chianese's most regular performing venue was restaurant/theater The West Bank, but over the last several years he's been been caught performing at other hot spots.
8He has the distinction of being the only actor to appear in the greatest mobster movie series (as Johnny Ola in The Godfather: Part II (1974)) and the greatest mobster TV series as a series regular (as Uncle Junior on The Sopranos (1999)). Richard Bright and Vittorio Duse also appeared in both the Godfather series and "The Sopranos", although they aren't regular cast members of "The Sopranos".
9Once sang "A Fool Such as I" at the Grand Ole Opry.
10Italian-American.
11Last name (Chianese) is pronounced Kee-en-ay-zay.
12Graduated from the prestigious Bronx High School of Science.
13Got his start in musical comedy, and still often appears as a cabaret singer performing standards, ballads and Italian folk songs.


Quotes

#Quote
1[on his role as Corrado "Uncle Junior" Soprano] About a week after my audition, one of the executive producers came in, kept me in a room for an hour and a half with different kinds of glasses. That helped me tremendously--subconsciously at first and then consciously. After the first couple of seasons I couldn't act without them. They were part of my makeup. Those glasses were my mask. We were doing Greek tragedy there. Behind the mask a lot of things come out that you wouldn't do.
2[on the loss of Elaine Kaufman] She was like an older sister, someone I could confide in. She would introduce me to people. She would ask if I was working and try to help.


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Won Awards

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actor - Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2007OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2007ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Sharon Angela
· Lorraine Bracco
· Max Casella
· Edie Falco
· James Gandolfini
· Joseph R. Gannascoli
· Dan Grimaldi
· Robert Iler
· Michael Imperioli
· Steve Schirripa
· Jamie-Lynn Sigler
· Tony Sirico
· Aida Turturro
· Maureen Van Zandt
· Steven Van Zandt
· Frank Vincent
2005ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Lorraine Bracco
· Steve Buscemi
· Vincent Curatola
· Drea de Matteo
· Jamie-Lynn Sigler
· Edie Falco
· James Gandolfini
· Robert Iler
· Michael Imperioli
· Steve Schirripa
· Tony Sirico
· Aida Turturro
· Steven Van Zandt
· John Ventimiglia
2003ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Lorraine Bracco
· Federico Castelluccio
· Vincent Curatola
· Drea de Matteo
· Edie Falco
· James Gandolfini
· Robert Iler
· Michael Imperioli
· Joe Pantoliano
· Steve Schirripa
· Jamie-Lynn Sigler
· Tony Sirico
· Aida Turturro
· Steven Van Zandt
· John Ventimiglia
2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Lorraine Bracco
· Federico Castelluccio
· Drea de Matteo
· Edie Falco
· James Gandolfini
· Robert Iler
· Michael Imperioli
· Joe Pantoliano
· Steve Schirripa
· Jamie-Lynn Sigler
· Tony Sirico
· Aida Turturro
· Steven Van Zandt
· John Ventimiglia
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)· Lorraine Bracco
· Drea de Matteo
· Edie Falco
· James Gandolfini
· Robert Iler
· Michael Imperioli
· Nancy Marchand
· Vincent Pastore
· David Proval
· Jamie-Lynn Sigler
· Tony Sirico
· Aida Turturro
· Steven Van Zandt
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesThe Sopranos (1999)


Filmography

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Umberto D.2017pre-productionUmberto D.
Active Adults2016completedBart
The Good Wife2012-2015TV SeriesJudge Michael Marx
Boardwalk Empire2011-2013TV SeriesLeander Cephas Whitlock
The Family2013/IVinnie Caprese
Mr. Popper's Penguins2011Reader
The Secret Life of the American Teenager2011TV SeriesVic
Blue Bloods2010TV SeriesHappy Jack
Damages2010TV SeriesStuart Zedeck
What About Sal?2008TV ShortSalvador Pucchini
The Last New Yorker2007Lenny Sugarman
The Sopranos1999-2007TV SeriesJunior Soprano
Adrift in Manhattan2007Tomasso Pensara
Crimes of Fashion2004TV MovieGeorge
When Will I Be Loved2004Count Tommaso Lupo
King of the Corner2004Stan Marshak
Hope & Faith2004TV SeriesIrv Miller
Unfaithful2002Frank Wilson
Under Hellgate Bridge2000Father Nichols
Cradle Will Rock1999Silvano - Papa
Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five1998Mickey (The Photographer)
Law & Order1991-1997TV SeriesJudge Paul Kaylin / Dan Rubell
Cosby1997TV Series
Night Falls on Manhattan1996Judge Impelliteri
The Mouse1996Al the Trainer
Gotti1996TV MovieJoe Armone
Love Is All There Is1996Italian Consul
If Lucy Fell1996Al
The Contenders1993Father of bride
The Night We Never Met1993Lion's Den Nosy Neighbor
The Public Eye1992Spoleto
Coconut Downs1991TV MovieNicky Fish
Out for Justice1991Mr. Madano
The Lost Capone1990TV MovieGabriel Capone
Q & A1990Larry Pesch / Vito / Lorenzo Franconi (as Dominick Chianese)
Second Sight1989Father Dominic
Tales from the Darkside1986TV SeriesCorrelli's Father
Spenser: For Hire1986TV SeriesMr. Bloomquist
Ryan's Hope1980-1981TV SeriesAlexei Vartova / Uncle Ben the Consultant
Fort Apache the Bronx1981Corelli's Father
A Time for Miracles1980TV MoviePromoter
...and justice for all.1979Carl Travers
Firepower1979Orlov
On the Yard1978Mendoza (uncredited)
Fingers1978Arthur Fox
The Godfather: A Novel for Television1977TV Mini-SeriesJohnny Ola
Kojak1976TV SeriesGeorge Mallick
All the President's Men1976Eugenio R. Martinez
Dog Day Afternoon1975Father
The Godfather: Part II1974Johnny Ola
Fuzz1972Panhandler
East Side/West Side1964TV SeriesCharley

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sopranos2001-2002TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Downtown 811981thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
James Gandolfini: Tribute to a Friend2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Annual 2011 Actors Fund Gala Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Just Laugh!2010DocumentaryHimself
At the Table with...2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Mayne Street2009TV SeriesHimself
Caiga quien caiga2008TV SeriesHimself
Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & the Movies2008DocumentaryHimself
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet2007TV SeriesHimself
The Music of 'The Sopranos'2007TV Short documentaryHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2006TV Series
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
The Tony Danza Show2004TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman2004TV SeriesHimself
CMT: 40 Greatest Fashion Statements2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2001TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2001TV SeriesHimself
Looking for Richard1996DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Godfather Trilogy: 1901-19801992VideoJohnny Ola
The Sopranos: A Sitdown2007TV Short documentaryCorrado 'Junior' Soprano

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