Musante, Tony 1936–

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MUSANTE, Tony 1936–

(Anthony Musante)


Full name, Anthony Peter Musante, Jr.; born June 30, 1936, in Bridgeport, CT; son of Anthony Peter (an accountant) and Natalie Anne (a school teacher; maiden name, Salerno) Musante; married Jane Ashley Sparkes (a writer), June 2, 1962. Education: Attended Northwestern University, 1957; Oberlin College, B.A., psychology, 1958; trained for the stage at HB Studios with Walt Witcover and with Will Geer and Tucker Ashworth, 1961–65.

Addresses: Agent—Twentieth Century Artists, 4605 Lankershim Blvd., Suite 305, North Hollywood, CA 91602; Fifi Oscard Agency, 110 West 40th St., Suite 1601, New York, NY 10018.

Career: Actor, director, and writer. Director of community theatres in Connecticut, Ohio, and Illinois; International Film Festival, La Coruna, Spain, president of jury, 1983.

Member: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Writers Guild of America-West, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Awards, Honors: Mar del Plata International Film Festival Award, best actor, 1968, for The Incident; Golden Apple Award, Hollywood Women's Press Club, 1973, and Gold Medal, Photoplay (magazine), 1974, both for Toma; New York Drama Desk Award nomination, best actor, 1975, for P.S. Your Cat Is Dead; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding performance, 1976, for "The Quality of Mercy," Medical Story; Silver Screen Award (Italy), 1977; Rudolfo Valentino Award (Italy), 1980; Il Carro d'Oro Award (Italy), 1988.


Stage Appearances:

(As Anthony Musante) Soldier and villager, Borak, Martinique Theatre, New York City, 1960.

George, Kiss Mama, Actors Playhouse, New York City, 1964.

Marty, "Match Play," A Party for Divorce and Match-Play (double-bill), Provincetown Playhouse, New York City, 1966.

David Byron, Night of the Dunce, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1966.

L'Histoire du soldat, Lincoln Center Library Theatre, New York City, 1967.

Wallace, A Gun Play, Cherry Lane Theatre, 1971.

Stanley Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, 1972.

Vito, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY, 1974.

(Broadway debut) Vito, P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, John Golden Theatre, 1975.

Mark Sanders, Souvenir, Shubert Theatre, Century City, CA, 1975.

Silva Vicarro, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton; and Larry, A Memory of Two Mondays (double-bill), Phoenix Theatre Company, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1976.

The Archbishop's Ceiling, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1977.

Two Brothers, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1978.

Calogero Di Spelta, Grand Magic, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1979.

Sam, The Lady from Dubuque, Morosco Theatre, New York City, 1980.

Edgar Degas, Cassatt, Playhouse 46, New York City, 1980.

Falling Man, Theatre at Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 1981.

Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1982.

Charlie, The Big Knife, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Stockbridge, MA, 1983.

Coach Dean, Dancing in the End Zone, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami, FL, 1983.

Double Play, Westwood Playhouse, Los Angeles, CA, 1984.

Charlie, The Big Knife, Walnut Street Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA, 1986.

Johnny, Frankie and Johnnie in the Clair de Lune, Westside Arts Theatre, New York City, 1987–88.

Widows, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1988.

Nick, Anthony Rose, Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, PA, 1989.

Harry Roat, Jr., Wait until Dark, Birmingham Theatre, Birmingham, MI, 1990.

Mount Allegro, GeVa Theatre, Rochester, NY, 1992.

Mike, Breaking Legs, Coconut Grove Playhouse, 1993.

Joe, The Flip Side, HB Playwrights Foundation, New York City, 1994.

Love Letters, Hermosa Beach Playhouse, Hermosa Beach, CA, 1995.

Vincent, The Sisters, Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, CA, 1995.

John, Italian Funerals and Other Festive Occasions, Seven Angels Theatre, Waterbury, CT, 1996.

Also appeared in Madame Mousse, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT; The Tender Heel, Curran Theatre, San Francisco, CA; APA Shakespeare Repertory and Miss Julie, both McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ; The Glass Menagerie and Traveller without Luggage, both Branford Montowese Playhouse, CT; Death of a Salesman, Desire under the Elms, and Ring 'round the Moon, all Clinton Playhouse; Love's Labour's Lost, Theatre at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL; appeared in off-Broadway productions, including Benito Cereno, The Balcony, Half Past Wednesday, Pinter Plays, Theatre of the Absurd, and The Zoo Story; appeared in The Collection and Snow Orchid; also appeared at McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 1965–66.

Stage Work; Assistant Stage Manager:

Borak, Martinique Theatre, New York City, 1960.

Whisper into My Good Ear, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1962.

Mrs. Dally Has a Lover, Cherry Lane Theatre, 1962.

Film Appearances:

Cleve Schoenstein, Once a Thief (also known as Les tueurs de San Francisco), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1965.

Joe Ferrone, The Incident, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967.

Felix Tesla, The Detective, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968.

Paco, The Mercenary (short film; also known as Professional Gun, Il Mercenario, and Salario para matar), United Artists, 1968.

Max, The Love Circle (also known as One Night at Dinner and Metti una sera a cena), 1969.

Sam Dalmas, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (also known as Bird with the Glass Feathers, The Gallery Murders, The Phantom of Terror, Das geheimnis der schwarzen handschule, and L'ucello dalle piume di cristallo), UM, 1970.

Enrico, The Anonymous Venetian (also known as Anonimo Veneziano), Allied Artists, 1971.

Eddie Hagan, The Grissom Gang, Cinerama, 1971.

Paul Richard, The Last Run, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1971.

Francesco, The Pisciotta Case, Columbia, 1972.

John Dannahay, Goodbye and Amen (also known as Goodbye e Amen), Rizzoli Films, 1977.

Paolo, Break Up (also known as Eutanasia di un amore), Rizzoli Films, 1978.

Nocturne (also known as Notturno), RTA/RAI, 1981.

Michael, The Trap (also known as The Cage, Collector's Item, La gabbia, and La jaula), 1984.

Pete Grillo, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984.

Vanni Ragusa, The Repenter (also known as Il pentito), Columbia, 1985.

Dario Argento's World of Horror (also known as Il mondo dell'orrore di Dario Argento), 1985.

Daniele, La collina del diavolo, 1988.

Angelo Cappadora, The Deep End of the Ocean, Columbia, 1998.

Seymour Korman, The Yards, Miramax, 2000.

Karl, La vita come viene, Medusa, 2003.

Amilcare, Promessa d'amore, Leading Entertainment, 2004.

Television Appearances; Series:

Detective David Toma, Toma, ABC, 1973–74.

Robert "Mac" McKenzie Huston, Loving, ABC, 1983.

MacGruder and Loud, ABC, 1985.

Nino Schibetta, Oz, HBO, 1997.

Joe D'Angelo, As the World Turns, CBS, 2000–2003.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Michele Borello, Alle origini della Mafia (also known as Roots of the Mafia), 1976.

The Legend of the Black Hand, ABC, 1978.

Sal Falcone, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, ABC, 1979.

Vittorio Gentile, Nutcracker: Money, Madness, and Murder, NBC, 1987.

Devil's Hill, RAI-TV (Italy), 1987.

Appointment in Trieste (also known as Appuntamento a Trieste), RAI-TV, 1987.

Baron Sajeva, the title role, The Baron (also known as Le Baron), RAI-TV, 1992.

The Seventh Scroll (also known as Il settimo papiro), 1999.

Alex Edmonds, Traffic (also known as Traffic: The Miniseries), USA Network, 2004.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Joe Ferrone, "Ride with Terror," DuPont Show of the Month, NBC, 1963.

"A Wind of Hurricane Force," Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater, NBC, 1964.

Candle, "Memo from Purgatory," Alfred Hitchcock Hour, NBC, 1964.

Coley Thomas, "Bargain Day on the Street of Regret," Trials of O'Brien, CBS, 1965.

"The Blue Steel Suite," Trials of O'Brien, CBS, 1966.

Billy, "The Blessings of Liberty," The Fugitive, ABC, 1966.

N.Y.P.D., ABC, 1967.

"The Tall Tree," Marcus Welby, M.D., ABC, 1973.

Joe Basic, "Fathers and Sons," Police Story, NBC, 1974.

Vince Della Maggiore, "Breaking Point," Police Story, NBC, 1975.

Charlie Harris, "Charlie Harris at Large," The Rockford Files, NBC, 1975.

Dr. Paul Brandon, "The God Syndrome," Medical Story, NBC, 1975.

"The Quality of Mercy," Medical Story, NBC, 1975.

Jack Mitchell, "The Other Side of the Badge," Police Story, NBC, 1976.

George, "Weekend," American Playhouse, PBS, 1982.

John Parker, "Pretenders," The Equalizer, CBS, 1986.

Roy, "Grace," Night Heat, CBS, 1987.

Gary the cook, "Song of Songs," Nothing Sacred, ABC, 1997.

Rocco, Acapulco H.E.A.T., syndicated, 1998.

Frank Esposito, "Bobby & Cynthia," 100 Centre Street, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Albert Esposito, "A Shot in the Dark," 100 Centre Street, Arts and Entertainment, 2001.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Joe Ferrone, Ride with Terror, 1963.

Joe Larkin, The Desperate Miles, ABC, 1975.

Lieutenant William Calley, Judgment: The Court-Martial of Lieutenant William Calley, ABC, 1975.

Derek MacKenzie (some sources cite the role Claude Boisson), My Husband Is Missing, NBC, 1978.

Lieutenant Colonel Harris Thatcher, High Ice, NBC, 1980.

Vince Martino, Rearview Mirror, NBC, 1984.

Brad Baxter, Last Waltz on a Tightrope, PBS, 1986.

Lennox, Deep Family Secrets (also known as Dark Family Secrets: The Dawna Kay Wells Story), CBS, 1997.

Don Giancarlo Uzielli, Exiled (also known as Exiled: A Law and Order Movie), NBC, 1998.

Un Bacio nel buio, 1999.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Intimate Portrait: Bonnie Franklin (documentary), Lifetime, 2003.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

David Toma, Toma, ABC, 1973.

Joey Faber, Nowhere to Hide (also known as Fatal Chase), NBC, 1977.

King Ahasuerus, The 13th Day: The Story of Esther, ABC, 1979.

MacGruder and Loud, ABC, 1985.


Television Episodes:

(With wife, Jane Sparkes) Toma, ABC, 1973–74.