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Michael Cristofer Biography

Birth Name:
Michael Procaccino
Birth Place:
Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Playwright, actor, director

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 1998Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 1981Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special: nominated


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