Fast Facts

  • Mother was a big-band singer and a bookie.
  • Parents owned Cantone's Restaurant in Boston.
  • In the late-1980s, was the opening act for Rosie O'Donnell.
  • Began career as host of a New York children's show, Steampipe Alley.
  • Debuted on Broadway by replacing Nathan Lane in Love! Valor! Compassion! in 1995.
  • Joined the cast of the hit HBO series Sex and the City in 1999. 
  • In 2011, married his partner of 20 years, Jerry Dixon, in a ceremony that was officiated by pastor Jay Bakker, son of televangelists Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker Messner.
  • Is known for his celebrity impressions, including Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Rivers and Bette Davis. 
  • Was selected to be a judge in the 2014 Miss America Pageant.


  • Jerry Dixon — Husband
  • Camille Cantone — Sister
  • Elizabeth Cantone — Mother
  • Marion Cantone — Sister
  • Mario Cantone Sr. — Father


  • Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts, United States (1982)

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  • Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian

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