Lillo Brancato Jr is an actor, perhaps best known for his role in Robert De Niro’s directorial debut, “A Bronx Tale”. However, despite his success as an actor, Lillo’s drug addiction drove him to commit crimes for which he spent time in prison. In 2013, he was released on parole and returned to the silver screen. Here’s a look at the life of the actor Lillo Brancato.
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Early life and family
Lillo was born on August 30, 1976 in Bogata, Colombia.
At the age of four he was adopted by an Italian-American family from Yonkers, New York City, USA – his adoptive father is Lillo Brancato Senior and his mother is Domenica Brancato. His father worked as a construction worker and his mother was a beautician.
He has an adoptive brother Vincent, ‘Vinny’, who reportedly worked as a fashion model but has since worked as a civil servant in Yonkers. Despite being born in Colombia, Lillo has stated in an interview that he considers himself Italian because he was raised to enjoy pasta.
Lillo’s educational background is usually limited to high school admission. Lillo studied at the Mount Saint Michael Academy, but did not continue his education at a later point in his life.
Lillo started his career in show business at the age of 15 in 1992 – while Lillo was swimming with a group of friends in Jones Beach, New York when he caught the attention of the talent scout, who was looking for Robert De Niro lookalikes.
It was Lillo’s close imitation of De Niro’s character “Travis Bickle” in the movie “Taxi Driver” that landed him the role of De Niro’s son in his first movie casting “A Bronx Tale.”
After this success, Lillo went on to act and land several more roles, in 1994 as Pvt Donnie Benitez in “Renaissance Man”, and in 1995 he appeared in the movie “Crimson Tide”. In the following years, he would continue in small roles, including the more notable titles of the 1998 film “Enemy of the State.”
Lillo made his television debut on the set of “Dead Man’s Gun” in 1999, and the following year landed a recurring role on “The Sopranos” as Matthew Bevilaqua. He also starred in a few other shows, including “NYPD Blue” and the short-lived crime drama “Falcone.”
As his career progressed, Lillo got several more roles in films, such as the 2001 films “Sticks” and “In The Shadows”, and in 2002 he landed the role of Larry in the film “The Adventures of Pluto Nash”. In 2004, he was cast in “Downtown: A Street Tale”, and his last appearance before his arrest in 2005 was in the movie “Slingshot”.
Since returning to the silver screen after his release from prison, Lillo has appeared in a number of films, but has not returned to a television career so far. He starred in the 2015 short film “The Bronx Dahmer” and in the 2016 film “Back In The Day” Lillo also appeared in “Vamp Bikers Tres”, appearing in the 2017 film “Dead On Arrival” and the short film “Man of the House”.
His latest appearances include roles in the films “5th Borough” and “The Fearless Two”, both of which were released in 2020. Lillo has recently begun pursuing a career as a producerand contributed to the post-production of “The Fury” and “Zombie: The Motion Picture”.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
The little information there is about Lillo’s personal preferences is that he was a fan of Robert De Niro even before starring alongside him in his debut film. Apart from that, it is well known that Lillo had served a 10-year prison term for breaking and entering the Oneida correctional facility.
The incident that led to Lillo’s arrest took place on December 10, 2005 in New York City, where an off-duty police officer was confronted by his accomplice Steven Armento while attempting to break into a house in Arnow Place. It resulted in a firefight that cost the police officer his life and left Lillo and his accomplice injured. Steven Armento was armed and the one who opened fire on the police officer – he was charged with murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
However, this was not Lillo’s first confrontation with the police.
Earlier that same year, in June, Lillo was arrested and charged with entry possession of illegal narcotics. After being stopped by police in the Bronx, New York, initially because the car had a missing taillight, a search of the glove compartment yielded four bags of heroin.
Past proportions Lillo was involved, and who have received public attention, were with Chanel Capra in the early 1990s, then he dated Steven Armento’s daughter, Stefanie, which got him into serious trouble. It is now suggested that he is seeing Christina Chen and that they are planning a marriage.
- Date of Birth: August 30, 1976
- Hair Color: Brown
- Eye colour: Brown
- Height: 5ft 7in (1.7m)
- Weight: 169 pounds (77kg)
- Shoe size: Unknown
- Zodiac Sign: Aries
- Nationality: American/Columbian
- Ethnicity: Mestizos
Lillo’s criminal past has seriously dented his wealth, leaving his net value is estimated to be just over $1,000, as of mid-2020.