Fast Facts

  • Won a fifth-grade talent show by lip-synching to Bon Jovi.
  • Debuted on Broadway at age 24 (in 1999) when he played Tony Manero in the Saturday Night Fever musical.
  • Was originally slated to star in the Broadway version of Hairspray, but the run conflicted with filming a movie. He bowed out, making way for understudy Matthew Morrison (Glee) to take over the role. 
  • Proposed to wife Amy Acker when she visited him in Australia, where he was filming a movie. The engagement ring, which was made by a friend's father, was held up in customs; he didn't receive it until the night prior to the proposal.
  • Almost made magic in the Broadway musical version of Xanadu, but a freak roller-skating mishap during rehearsal left him with a broken leg. Cheyenne Jackson took over the role.


  • Jackson James Carpinello — Son
  • Ava Grace Carpinello — Daughter
  • Amy — Sister
  • Anthony Carpinello — Father
  • Sharon Carpinello — Mother
  • Amy Acker — Wife


  • Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA (BFA in Acting, 1997)

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  • Birth Name: James Anthony Carpinello
  • Birth Place: Albany, NY
  • Profession: Actor

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