'Bronx Tale' actor Lillo Brancato gets post-prison acting job

'Bronx Tale' actor Lillo Brancato gets post-prison acting job

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- Actor Lillo Brancato has booked his first acting job since being released from prison late last year, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

Lillo Brancato leaves prison after 8 years

NEW YORK, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Actor Lillo Brancato Tuesday left the New York prison where he spent the last eight years for his role in a burglary that left a police officer dead, TMZ said.
Inmate sues Lillo Brancato for assault

Inmate sues Lillo Brancato for assault

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A lawsuit has been filed in New York's Queens Supreme Court accusing jailed actor Lillo Brancato of assaulting a former fellow inmate, documents show.

Pal says Lillo Brancato sober, studying

NEW YORK, May 10 (UPI) -- Actor Lillo Brancato has kicked his drug habit and earned his high-school equivalency degree while serving time in a New York prison, a friend says.

Brancato ashamed of squandering breaks

NEW YORK, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Colombian-born actor Lillo Brancato, who is in prison for attempted burglary, says he is ashamed of himself for squandering his opportunities.

Lillo Brancato to appear on '20/20'

NEW YORK, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Colombian-born actor Lillo Brancato has given his first interview since being sentenced to 10 years in prison last month to ABC-TV's "20/20," ABC said Thursday.

Brancato sentenced to 10 years in prison

NEW YORK, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Lillo Brancato was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in an attempted burglary that led to the death of a police officer, The New York Times said.

Cop's sister outraged by Brancato verdict

BRONX , N.Y., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The sister of slain New York Police Officer Daniel Enchautegui says she is disappointed actor Lillo Brancato was acquitted of killing him.

Brancato acquitted of murder

BRONX , N.Y., Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Actor Lillo Brancato has been acquitted in the murder of a New York police officer, though he was convicted of attempted burglary, New York One said.

Brancato jury says it is deadlocked

BRONX, N.Y., Dec. 19 (UPI) -- A New York judge ordered the jury that heard actor Lillo Brancato's murder trial to continue deliberating Friday, even though it said it was deadlocked.

Brancato takes stand at his murder trial

NEW YORK, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Lillo Brancato, an actor being tried for murder, says he was trying to let himself into his drug dealer's home when his friend shot a New York police officer.

Witness ties Brancato to homicide house

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A witness in Lillo Brancato's murder trial has testified the "Sopranos" actor allegedly tried to buy drugs at a New York home where a cop was killed.

Ex-drug dealer testifies against actor

NEW YORK, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- An actor featured on "The Sopranos" was ratted out by his alleged ex-drug dealer, who testified for the prosecution at his New York trial on a murder charge.

Brancato murder trial begins in New York

NEW YORK, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Actor Lillo Brancato Jr., who is on trial for murder in New York, wasn't responsible for a police officer's death, his lawyer said during opening statements.

Brancato fans booted from jury pool

NEW YORK, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Several people who said they couldn't be impartial hearing actor Lillo Brancato's second-degree murder trial were eliminated as potential jurors in New York.
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Lillo Brancato, Jr. (born August 30, 1976) is an American actor, perhaps best known for his performance as "Calogero Anello" in Robert De Niro's 1993 directorial debut, A Bronx Tale. He also played Mathew Bevilaqua, a young mobster on The Sopranos. In December 2005, Brancato was charged with second-degree murder for his role in a burglary in the Bronx, New York. Authorities say that an off-duty police officer, Daniel Enchautegui, confronted two burglars and was killed in a shootout. Brancato was subsequently acquitted of murder, but he was convicted of first-degree attempted burglary and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Co-defendant Steven Armento was convicted of firing the fatal shot.

Brancato was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Adopted when he was four months old, he was raised by Italian-American parents, Lillo, Sr., (a builder) and Domenica (an electrolysist), in Yonkers, New York. Although he is of Colombian descent, Brancato has said "I consider myself Italian. I was raised to eat pasta". Brancato was discovered while swimming at Jones Beach by a talent scout who noticed Brancato's resemblance to Robert De Niro. Brancato was a fan of De Niro and impressed the scout with an impression of Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver. This won him the role of De Niro's son in A Bronx Tale.

Brancato appeared in several episodes in the second season of The Sopranos, as Matthew Bevilaqua, a young mobster who was eventually murdered. He played a small part in Crimson Tide (1995) with Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman. He starred alongside Gregory Hines, Danny DeVito, and Mark Wahlberg in the 1994 movie Renaissance Man. In 2001, he starred opposite fellow Sopranos cast member Drea de Matteo in Abel Ferrara's 'R Xmas.

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