Friday, September 24, 2010

Actor Vincent D’Onofrio to Receive Publisher’s Columbus Award

The Italian Tribune, 9.24.10

Publisher Buddy Fortunato, this week announced that he will present the Publisher’s Award at the Italian Tribune’s 40th anniversary Christopher Columbus Gala to acclaimed movie actor and TV star Vincent D’Onofrio.

Vincent D’Onofrio is known as an “actor’s actor.” The wide variety of roles he has played and the quality of his work have earned him a reputation as a versatile talent. He studied at the Actors Studio and the American Stanislavski Theatre. His debut on stage was in 1984 in the Broadway play Open Admissions, followed by work in numerous other stage plays. As a film actor, D’Onofrio’s career break came when he played a mentally unbalanced recruit in Full Metal Jacket (1987), directed by the renowned Stanley Kubrick. For this role D’Onofrio gained nearly 70 pounds. He had a major role in Dying Young (1991), and appeared prominently in the box-office smash Men in Black (1997) as the bad guy (Edgar “The Bug”).

Other films of note in which he has appeared are Mystic Pizza (1998)*, JFK (1991), The Player (1992), Ed Wood (1994), The Cell (2000) and The Break-Up (2006). In 1996 D’Onofrio garnered critical acclaim along with co-star Renee Zellweger for The Whole Wide World (1996), which he helped produce. He also made a guest appearance in the TV Series “Homicide: Life on the Street” (1993) in a 1997 episode, where he played the accident victim who could not be rescued and was destined to die. For this performance he won an Emmy nomination. In 2000 he both produced and starred in Steal This Movie (2000), a biopic of radical leader Abbie Hoffman.

In 2001 D’Onofrio took the role which has likely given him his greatest public recognition: Det. Robert Goren, the lead character in the TV series “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2001). Most recently, D’Onofrio acted in the Academy Award winning live action short film “The New Tenants” (2010) and also directed his first ever feature, a horror musical entitled “Don’t Go in the Woods.”**

Mr. D’Onofrio currently is finishing the filming of “Crackers” with Brenda Vaccaro, Sal Richards and Dan Hedaya.

Mr. D’Onofrio will join a long list of past recipients including Frank Sinatra, Joe DiMaggio, Joe Pesci, Tony Bennett, Tom Lasorda, Connie Francis, Rosanna Scotto, Dom DeLuise, Chazz Palminteri, Vic Damone, Frankie Avalon, Dion DiMucci and more.

http://theitaliantribune.com/?p=706

Thanks Linda!

Note:
* Mystic Pizza was released in 1988.
**Vincent D'Onofrio's directorial debut was the film "Five Minutes, Mr Welles".


3 comments:

Diane said...

A worthy winner - but I'm SO tired of reading that 'Woods' is the first thing he's directed!!

val said...

Don't worry, Diane, someone corrected it on the comments.

No one corrected the decade mistake on the date of Mystic Pizza though.

Just as long as he is getting recognition at long last, I don't care if they get every detail wrong!

thereel said...

--we've amended our post with corrections.

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"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson

"TENN" [TBA]

A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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