Michael Rispoli is an American character actor. He was a contender for the role of Tony Soprano, but ultimately cast in the HBO television series The Sopranos as Jackie Aprile, Sr. Rispoli reunited with Sopranos co-star James Gandolfini in the 2009 thriller The Taking of Pelham 123.
Tappan, New York, U.S.
Rispoli, a second-generation Italian American, was raised in Tappan, New York, one of eight children, and attended Tappan Zee High School, where he played football. He majored in theater at State University of New York at Plattsburgh and graduated in 1982.
The feature film Union Square (co-written and directed by Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Award winner, Nancy Savoca) premiered in 2011 at the Toronto International Film Festival: Rispoli co-stars with Mira Sorvino, Patti LuPone, Tammy Blanchard, Mike Doyle, and Daphne Rubin-Vega.
- Night and the City (1992) as Trainer (uncredited)
- Household Saints (1992) as Nicky Falconetti
- Angie (1994) as Jerry
- Above the Rim (1994) as Richie
- Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
- While You Were Sleeping (1995) as Joe Jr.
- To Die For (1995) as Ben DeLuca
- Burnzy's Last Call (1995) as Chris the Cop
- The Juror (1996) as Joseph Boffano
- Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco (1996) as Jack
- Feeling Minnesota (1996) as Manager of Motel
- His & Hers (1997) as Nick
- Volcano (1997) as Gator Harris
- Scar City (1998) as Sam Bandusky
- Snake Eyes (1998) as Jimmy George
- Rounders (1998) as Grama
- One Tough Cop (1998) as Det. Lt. Denny Reagan
- The Sopranos (1999–2001) as Jackie Aprile, Sr.
- Summer of Sam (1999) as Joey T
- The Third Miracle (1999) as John Leone
- Two Family House (2000) as Buddy Visalo
- It Had to Be You (2000) as Henry Taylor
- Russo (2000) as Russo
- Hacks (2002) as Al DeMarco
- Death to Smoochy (2002) as Spinner Dunn
- Mr. 3000 (2004) as Boca
- One Last Thing... (2005) as Babba
- The Weather Man (2005) as Russ
- Lonely Hearts (2006) as Coroner
- Invincible (2006) as Max Cantrell
- Black Irish (2007) as Joey
- Made in Brooklyn (2007) as Dominick Sciacca
- The Bronx is Burning (2007) as Jimmy Breslin
- Stories USA (2007) as Jack (segment "Club Soda")
- Yonkers Joe (2008) as Mickey
- The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009) as John Johnson
- Kick-Ass (2010) as Big Joe
- See You in September (2010) as Terrence
- The Last Godfather (2010) as Tony V
- Blue Bloods (2010–2011) as Jack Condo / Vitale
- Union Square (2011) as Nick
- The Rum Diary (2011) as Sala
- The Reunion (2011) as Canton
- Magic City (2012) as Bel Jaffe
- Empire State (2013) as Tony
- Pain & Gain (2013) as Frank Griga
- Not for Human Consumption (2013) as Tony Trotta
- Rob the Mob (2014) as Sal
- Friends and Romans (2014) as Nick DeMaio
- The Man in the High Castle (2015, S1:E1) as Don Warren
- Daughter of God (2016) as Detective Dibronski
- Madoff (miniseries) (2016) as Frank DiPascali
- The Deuce (2017–2019) as Rudy Pipilo
- Framing John DeLorean (2019) as Jim Hoffman
- Bottom of the 9th (2019) as Coach Hannis
- Buchanan, Jason. "Michael Rispoli – Full Biography". Movies & TV. New York Times. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
- Sepinwall, Alan (2013). All Due Respect ... The Sopranos Changes Everything. Simon and Schuster. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-4767-6150-3.
- Stein, Ruthe (October 15, 2000). "Michael Rispoli Makes the Cut". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
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- Rodriguez, Justin. "Actor trades Hollywood glitz for life in Pine Bush", Times Herald-Record, July 26, 2014. Accessed October 27, 2018. "Rispoli actually first heard of Pine Bush as a senior at Tappan Zee High School in 1977.... Michael Rispoli fell in love with Pine Bush. It reminded him of home, it still does. He grew up in Tappan, where his parents ran a hardware store."
- "Hollywood Actor Remembers His PSU Roots". All Points North. State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Archived from the original on December 2, 2008. Retrieved August 23, 2009.