Anthony LaPaglia

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  • Birth Name: Anthony M. LaPaglia
  • Birth Place: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 01/31/1959, Aquarius
  • Profession: Actor; teacher
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While he may sound like a native New Yorker on Without a Trace, LaPaglia was actually born in Australia, but moved to the U.S. in the early '80s to pursue acting and stage work. A succession of theater and big- and small-screen parts followed, including a one-year stint on Murder One and a pair of movies opposite his future wife, Gia Carides. Although the actor continued to do theater, he found his biggest success on TV, and was nominated for Emmys playing two antithetical characters, Daphne's drunken brother on Frasier and a pensive detective on Without a Trace, reaffirming his remarkable versatility. Speaking of versatility, LaPaglia is a lifelong soccer player---with hip surgeries to show for it---who played professionally in Australia and has been a part-owner of Sydney FC since the club's inception in 2004.Anthony LaPaglia Fast Facts:
  • After moving to the U.S. in 1982, dropped his Australian accent because he thought it would increase his chances of getting acting parts.
  • Career breakthrough came in 1982 when he played eight roles in the off-Broadway comedy Bouncers.
  • Was considered for the role of Tony Soprano in The Sopranos by series creator David Chase. 
  • Received the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor for Lantana (2001).
  • A onetime soccer goalkeeper, he is part owner of Sydney FC, an Australian soccer club.
  • Anthony LaPaglia Relationships:
  • Eddie LaPaglia - Father
  • Gia Carides - Wife
  • Maria LaPaglia - Mother
  • Jonathan LaPaglia - Brother
  • Bridget LaPaglia - Daughter
  • Michael LaPaglia - Brother
  • Anthony LaPaglia Awards:
  • 2001 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Lead Actor - Winner
  • 2009 Australian Film Institute Awards: International Award for Best Actor - Nominee
  • 2002 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 2004 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 1998 Tony: Actor (Play) - Winner
  • 2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2006 Australian Film Institute Awards: International Award for Best Actor - Nominee
  • 2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2004 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2004 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Winner
  • 2000 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2009 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Lead Actor - Winner
  • 1993 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee

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