Anthony LaPaglia
LaPaglia in 2013
Born (1959-01-31) 31 January 1959 (age 64)
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Cherie Michan (divorced)
(m. 1998; div. 2015)

Alexandra Henkel
(m. 2018)
RelativesJonathan LaPaglia (brother)

Anthony LaPaglia (/ləˈpɑːliə/, Italian pronunciation: [laˈpaʎʎa]; born 31 January 1959)[1] is an Australian actor. He is best known for his role as Jack Malone in the television drama Without a Trace (2002–2009), for which he received a Golden Globe Award in 2004.

LaPaglia won a Primetime Emmy Award for his role as Simon Moon in the television sitcom Frasier (2000–2004). He has also appeared in films such as Betsy's Wedding (1990), Empire Records (1995), Autumn in New York (2000), Lantana (2001), Balibo (2009), Holding the Man (2015), Annabelle: Creation (2017), and Nitram (2021), the lattermost of which earned him an AACTA Award.

Early life

LaPaglia was born in Adelaide, South Australia, the son of Maria Johannes (née Brendel), a secretary and model, and Gedio "Eddie" LaPaglia (deceased), an auto mechanic and car dealer.[2] LaPaglia's mother was Dutch, and his father emigrated from Bovalino, Calabria, Italy, at the age of eighteen.[2] His younger brother, Jonathan LaPaglia, is also an actor, and his other brother, Michael, is a car wholesaler in Los Angeles. LaPaglia attended Rostrevor College and Norwood High School.

LaPaglia was working in Adelaide as a shoe salesman for Florsheim Shoes in the early 1980s. He asked to be transferred to the US and continued working there while studying acting as he was rejected by the prestigious Sydney drama school NIDA. LaPaglia first began his venture into dramatic art in his late teens, when he enrolled in an acting course at the South Australian Castings Agency (SA Castings) in Adelaide. The two-and-half-year course was to be supplemented with a further three months, which would have included a "boot camp" and a trial listing with SA Castings. After completing one-and-a-half years of the course, LaPaglia left Adelaide for Los Angeles.


LaPaglia's earliest credit was a 1985 part in an episode of the television series Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories. His first feature film was Cold Steel in 1987, followed that same year by the title role of Frank Nitti in the telemovie Nitti: The Enforcer. LaPaglia had a supporting role as a mobster in the minor hit Betsy's Wedding (1990).

He starred alongside Danny Aiello and Lainie Kazan in 29th Street, a fact-based comedy/bio-pic, as the first New York State Lottery winner, Frank Pesce Jr. This was followed by roles in the vampire/Mafia story Innocent Blood (1992), the comedy thriller So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), the legal thriller The Client (1994), and the comedy Empire Records in 1995. That same year, LaPaglia appeared in the role of Jimmy Wyler, lead character in the TV series Murder One, during its second and final season.

During 1997–98, LaPaglia appeared in a Broadway production of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge with the Roundabout Theatre Company and later received a Tony Award for his portrayal of the protagonist, Eddie Carbone. LaPaglia also played Tito Merelli in Ken Ludwig's Lend Me a Tenor on Broadway. Before A View From the Bridge opened, LaPaglia was sent a script for the pilot of The Sopranos and met its creator, David Chase, to discuss the role of protagonist Tony Soprano.[3] However, various factors, including Fox and his Broadway role, prevented LaPaglia from obtaining the role.[4]

Spike Lee cast LaPaglia as a New York police detective in Summer of Sam (1999). During 2000–04, LaPaglia appeared in eight episodes of the sitcom Frasier, including the finale, playing Daphne Moon's brother Simon.[2] The role won him an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series".

LaPaglia made his debut in an Australian production opposite Hugo Weaving in The Custodian (1993). The following year he appeared in the romantic comedy Paperback Romance (1994) with Gia Carides, whom he later married. He continued to live mainly in Los Angeles, returning occasionally—especially from about 2000—for roles in major Australian films such as Looking for Alibrandi (2000), Lantana (2001), The Bank (2001), Happy Feet (2006), $9.99 (2008), Balibo (2009), and Happy Feet Two (2011).

In 2002, LaPaglia co-starred as a fire captain opposite Sigourney Weaver in The Guys, a film about New York firemen who died in the World Trade Center. He also played the role onstage, rotating with Bill Murray and others. "We did it as a tribute to the men," said LaPaglia. "I've been so lucky to do it, to be part of this experience. But I can't go back to that morning or watch the video. It's too painful."[5] He also played fictional Australian actor Anthony Bella (who played Nicky Caesar in the fictitious series Little Caesar) in the comedy movie Analyze That, but was uncredited in his role.[6]

In addition to playing the central character in Without a Trace during 2002–09, LaPaglia co-wrote an episode entitled "Deep Water".[7]

In 2009, LaPaglia played the part of Roger East, a real-life Australian journalist, in the political thriller Balibo, about the killing in 1975 of five Australian journalists by the Indonesian Army in the town of Balibo, East Timor. The opening scene depicts East's own summary execution, during the Indonesian invasion.[2][8]

In October 2011 it was announced that LaPaglia would join the cast of Quentin Tarantino's new film Django Unchained, in which he would portray an Australian character once again.[9] However, he eventually left the project, calling the production "out of control."[10]

On 18 February 2012, it was announced that LaPaglia would star in the ABC drama pilot Americana.[11] The show was not picked up.[12]

It was announced in May 2013 that LaPaglia signed on in the feature adaptation of Stephen King's A Good Marriage with Joan Allen.[13]

In March 2014, LaPaglia joined a new CBS terrorism drama pilot titled Red Zone starring as a retired CIA operative and current high school football coach who returns to active duty after a terrorist attack in Washington, D.C.[14] It was renamed Field of Play and not picked up for the 2014 season.[15][16][17]

From about 2012, LaPaglia began accepting work in Australia more frequently. Following major roles in Underground (2012) (a biopic about Julian Assange) and the comedy Mental (2012), LaPaglia had a supporting role in the Neil Armfield's Australian romantic-drama film Holding the Man, as Bob Caleo. The 2015 film stars Ryan Corr and Craig Stott, with supporting performances from LaPaglia, Guy Pearce and Geoffrey Rush. Holding the Man was adapted from Timothy Conigrave's 1995 memoir of the same name. For his role within the film, LaPaglia was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the 5th AACTA Awards in 2015. In that year LaPaglia returned to his home city, Adelaide, to star in A Month of Sundays as Frank, a miserable real estate agent who finds solace and redemption in a chance friendship with an elderly woman (played by Julia Blake) who reminds him of his mother. In 2016 he appeared in his first Australian TV series: The Code, a political thriller set against rising geopolitical tensions between the US and China. The following year he starred in the four-part miniseries Sunshine, an Australian crime drama series screened on SBS from Wednesday 18 October 2017,[18] set in the western Melbourne suburb of the same name, playing the role of mentor to a promising young Sudanese-Australian soccer player. The four-part miniseries is an Essential Media production, directed by Daina Reid and written by Matt Cameron and Elise McCredie.[19] In 2018, LaPaglia appeared in the fifth season of the comedy Rake, based loosely on the life and misadventures of Charles Waterstreet.

In 2017, LaPaglia played Vito Rizzuto in the Simon Barry Canadian TV series Bad Blood, which aired on Citytv, in French on ICI Radio-Canada.[20]

From 2017, he stars in veteran filmmaker Neil Jordan's sumptuous series Riviera. Set in the French Riviera, the series follows Georgina Clios, a midwestern art curator whose life is turned upside down after the death of her billionaire husband Constantine Clios (LaPaglia) in a yacht accident. Georgina becomes immersed in a world of lies, double-dealing and crime, as she seeks to uncover the truth about her husband's death.[21]

In 2023 LaPaglia appeared in the ABC TV series The Black Hand, which explores the activities of the Italian mafia in the cane fields of Queensland, Australia, in the 1920s and 1930s.

Personal life

LaPaglia currently lives in Santa Monica, California. He has said that he adopted an American accent to help him get acting work after moving to the US. His current accent is neither distinctly American nor is it Australian, but, rather, a combination of both.[22] According to an offhand remark by LaPaglia, he has employed an American accent since 1982.[23] LaPaglia is the godfather of Poppy Montgomery and Adam Kaufman's son, Jackson. LaPaglia's first marriage was to actress Cherie Michan. His second marriage was to actress Gia Carides, whom he met at a party;[2] the two starred in the 1994 Australian movie Paperback Romance (a.k.a. Lucky Break) and married in 1998.[citation needed] Their daughter Bridget was born in January 2003. In April 2015, newspapers reported that LaPaglia and Carides had split after 17 years.[24] He married Alexandra Henkel (his third marriage), who is 18 years younger, on 28 April 2018.[25]

Life in soccer

In the 1980s, LaPaglia was a goalkeeper in the National Soccer League, playing for Adelaide City and West Adelaide.[2] LaPaglia was part owner of A-League club Sydney FC until 2008; flying from California to Sydney to attend their matches since their inception in 2005. He was the narrator and executive producer of The Away Game, a critically acclaimed television documentary exploring the experiences of Australian men's soccer players in Europe.

He plays occasionally with Hollywood United, an amateur organisation of which he is club president, with others in the entertainment industry including Frank Leboeuf, Vinnie Jones, Steve Jones (of the Sex Pistols) and others.

LaPaglia has a minority shareholding in the International Goalkeepers Academy. The Academy was founded and is operated by James Fraser, who represented the Australian national team leading up to the 1974 FIFA World Cup.

LaPaglia has volunteered as an actor with the Young Storytellers Program. He played in a charity soccer match in 2007 to raise funds for Southern California wildfire relief.[26]


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Cold Steel 'Spooky' film debut
1989 Slaves of New York Henry
Mortal Sins Vito
1990 Betsy's Wedding Stevie Dee
1991 He Said, She Said Mark
One Good Cop Detective Stevie Diroma
29th Street Frank Pesce Jr.
1992 Whispers in the Dark Larry Morgenstern
Innocent Blood Joe Gennaro
1993 So I Married an Axe Murderer Tony Giardino
The Custodian Sergeant James Quinlan
1994 The Client Barry 'The Blade' Muldano
Lucky Break Eddie Mercer
Bulletproof Heart Mick
Mixed Nuts Felix
1995 Empire Records Joe Reaves
1996 Chameleon Willie Serling
Trees Lounge Rob
Brilliant Lies Gary Fitzgerald
1997 Commandments Harry Luce
1998 Phoenix Detective Mike Henshaw
1999 Summer of Sam Detective Lou Petrocelli
Sweet and Lowdown Al Torrio
2000 Company Man Fidel Castro
Looking for Alibrandi Michael Andretti
The House of Mirth Sim Rosedale
Autumn in New York John
2001 Jack the Dog Jack's Attorney
Lantana Detective Leon Zat
The Bank Simon O'Reily
2002 The Salton Sea Al Garcetti
Dead Heat Ray LaMarr
Road to Perdition Al Capone Deleted scene
I'm with Lucy Bobby Staley
The Guys Nick
Analyze That Anthony Bella / Nicky Caesar Uncredited cameo
2003 Manhood Jack's Attorney
Happy Hour Tulley
Spinning Boris Dick Dresner
2004 Winter Solstice Jim Winters Also executive producer
2006 The Architect Leo Waters
Played Detective Drummond
Happy Feet Boss Skua Voice
2008 $9.99 Jim Peck Voice
2009 Balibo Roger East Also producer
2010 Overnight Captain Brody
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Twilight Voice
2011 All-Star Superman Lex Luthor Voice
Happy Feet Two Alpha Skua Voice
2012 Long Time Gone Gordie
Mental Barry Moochmore
Underground: The Julian Assange Story Detective Ken Roberts
2014 A Good Marriage Bob
Big Stone Gap Spec Broadwater
Newcomer Daniel
2015 A Month of Sundays Frank Mollard Also executive producer
This Isn't Funny Mike
Holding the Man Bob Caleo
2016 The Assignment John 'Honest John' Hartunian
Toy Gun Gaetano Lolli
2017 Annabelle: Creation Samuel Mullins
2020 Pearl Jack Wolf
2021 Nitram Nitram's father
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Amazing Stories Mechanic Episode: "The Mission"
1986 Magnum, P.I. Albert Stanley Higgins Episode: "Who Is Don Luis Higgins... and Why Is He Doing These Terrible Things to Me?"
The Twilight Zone Punk Episode: "A Day in Beaumont/The Last Defender of Camelot"
1988 Nitti: The Enforcer Frank Nitti Television film
Police Story: Gladiator School Sergeant Petrelli Television film
The Equalizer Agent #1 Episode: "The Child Broker"
1989 A Man Called Hawk Jesse Episode: "A Time and A Place"
Gideon Oliver Raskin Episode: "Sleep Well, Professor Oliver"
Hardball Randy Stoltz Episode: "The Silver Scream"
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Paul Damon Episode: "The Visiting Priest Mystery"
Equal Justice George Griffin Episode: "The Price of Justice"
Criminal Justice David Ringel Television film
1991 The Brotherhood Salvatore's Brother Television film
Keeper of the City Vince Benedetto Television film
Tales from the Crypt Abel, The Cable Guy Episode: "Spoiled"
1992 Black Magic Ross Gage Television film
1994 Past Tense Larry Talbert Television film
1996 Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story Jimmy 'Jimmy V' Valvano Television film
1996–1997 Murder One Jimmy Wyler 18 episodes
1997 Murder One: Diary of a Serial Killer Jimmy Wyler Television miniseries
6 episodes
1997 The Garden of Redemption Don Paolo Montale Television film
1999 Lansky Charles "Lucky" Luciano Television film
Black and Blue Bobby Benedetto Television film
2000 Normal, Ohio David Unaired pilot
2001 On the Edge Dr. Maas Television film
2000–2004 Frasier Simon Moon 8 episodes
2002 Nature Narrator Episode: "Big Red Roos"
2002–2009 Without a Trace Jack Malone 160 episodes
Also writer (3 episodes)
2006 The Away Game Narrator Television documentary
Also executive producer
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jack Malone Episode: "Who and What"
2008 Tellement vrai Unknown
2012 Americana Robert Soulter Television film
2013 Boomerang Bill Hamilton Television film
2014 Red Zone Unknown Television film
2015 The Eichmann Show Leo Hurwitz Television film
2016 The Code Jan Roth 6 episodes
Swedish Dicks Jack Episode: "#1.9"
2017 Bad Blood Vito Rizzuto 6 episodes
Sunshine Eddie Television miniseries
4 episodes
2017–2019 Riviera Constantine Clios 16 episodes
2018 Rake Linus 2 episodes
2020 Halifax: Retribution Tom Saracen 7 episodes
2023 Florida Man Sonny Valentine 7 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Bouncers Les Minetta Lane Theatre
1993 On the Open Road Angel Joseph Papp Public Theater/Martinson Hall
1995 The Rose Tattoo Alvaro Mangiacavallo Circle in the Square Theatre
Theatre World Award
Nominated - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
1995–1996 Northeast Local Mickey Lincoln Center Theater
1997–1998 A View From the Bridge Eddie Criterion Center Stage Right
Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
2002 The Guys Unknown Flea Theater
2010 Lend Me a Tenor Tito Merelli Music Box Theatre

2023 ‘’The Black Hand’’ Presenter ABC TV

Awards and nominations

Year Accolade Title Results
1991 Chicago Film Critics Association Award, Most Promising Actor Betsy's Wedding Nominated
1993 Australian Film Institute Award, Best Lead Actor The Custodian Nominated
2000 Primetime Emmy Award, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Frasier Nominated
2001 Australian Film Institute Award, Best Lead Actor Lantana Won
2001 Film Critics Circle of Australia Award, Best Supporting Actor - Male Looking for Alibrandi Nominated
2001 IF Award, Best Actor Lantana Won
2002 Durban International Film Festival Award, Best Actor Lantana Won
2002 Film Critics Circle of Australia Award, Best Actor - Male Lantana Won
2002 Primetime Emmy Award, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Frasier Won
2003 Chlotrudis Award, Best Lead Actor Lantana Nominated
2004 Gold Derby Award, Best Drama Lead Actor Without a Trace Nominated
2004 Golden Globe Award, Best Lead Actor in a Television Series - Drama Without a Trace Won
2004 Hamptons International Film Festival Award, Golden Starfish Award for Career Achievement Won
2004 Newport Beach Film Festival Award, Outstanding Achievement in Acting Happy Hour Won
2004 Online Film & Television Association Award, Best Actor in a Drama Series Without a Trace Nominated
2004 Primetime Emmy Award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Without a Trace Nominated
2004 Primetime Emmy Award, Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Frasier Nominated
2004 Prism Award, Performance in a Film Festival Award Happy Hour Won
2004 Satellite Award, Best Lead Actor in a Series - Drama Without a Trace Nominated
2004 Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Without a Trace Nominated
2004 Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Without a Trace Nominated
2004 Verona Love Screens Film Festival Award, Best Actor Happy Hour Won
2005 Satellite Award, Best Lead Actor in a Series - Drama Without a Trace Nominated
2005 Screen Actors Guild Award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Without a Trace Nominated
2006 Australian Film Institute Award, Best Lead Actor Winter Solstice Nominated
2009 Australian Film Institute Award, Best Lead Actor Balibo Won
2009 Australian Film Institute Award, Best Actor Without a Trace Nominated
2009 IF Award, Best Actor Balibo Nominated
2009 IF Award, Best Feature Film Balibo Nominated
2010 Film Critics Circle of Australia Award, Best Actor - Male Balibo Won
2012 Behind the Voice Actors Award, Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical Short All-Star Superman Won
2015 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award, Best Supporting Actor Holding the Man Nominated
2016 Australian Film Critics Association Award, Best Supporting Actor Holding the Man Nominated
2016 Film Critics Circle of Australia Award, Best Actor - Supporting Role Holding the Man Nominated
2017 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award, Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama Sunshine Nominated
2017 Australian Film Critics Association Award, Best Supporting Actor A Month of Sundays Nominated
2021 AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nitram Won


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