Michael Cristofer

  • Birth Name: Michael Procaccino
  • Birth Place: Trenton, New Jersey, United States
  • Profession: Playwright, Actor, Director
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  • Left school early to tour Europe with an acting troupe sponsored by the State Department.
  • Worked as an English teacher in Beirut and translated pornography in Mexico.
  • Won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play The Shadow Box in 1977.
  • Played Claudius in the 1992 Broadway revival of Hamlet, opposite James Cromwell as Polonius and Elizabeth McGovern as Ophelia.
  • Appeared in the 2010 Broadway revival of A View From the Bridge, which was Scarlett Johansson's Broadway debut.


  • 1981, Emmy — Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special: Nominee
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1977, Tony — Play: Winner


  • Joyce — Sister
  • Kate — Sister
  • Mary Procaccino — Mother
  • Joseph Procaccino — Father


  • Attended Catholic University of America, Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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