Al Sapienza seems to be everywhere. On primetime TV he’s been on Law and Order, Suits, Shades of Blue, Person of Interest, House of Cards, Brotherhood and Gotham. On the SYFY channel check out his role in Ascension.
Sapienza will be this year’s Lifesaver Award winner at the 10th anniversary of the Atlantic City Cinefest. He will receive his honor at the awards ceremony Sunday at 7:30 in Dante Hall Theater.
On HBO’s The Sopranos, Sapienza played Mikey Palmice where he had the distinction of being the first Main character to be whacked in the first season finale. On film, the New York native has been in the upcoming Shock and Awe, directed by Rob Reinet, the Academy-award nominated The Big Short, soon-to-be-released Black Water, xXx Return Of Xander Cage, Taken 3, Million Dollar Arm, Margin Call and Pretty Woman.
And what may sound as unexpected, Sapienza played Ringo Starr in the original Broadway production of Beatlemania, a role he landed five months after graduating NYU. He stayed in that show for five years and headed out to Los Angeles. He studied with Milton Katselas until 1998 when he got the Mikey Palmice part.