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      Brian Tarantina

      Brian Tarantina

      Highest Rated: 88% Donnie Brasco (1997)

      Lowest Rated: 15% The Jerky Boys (1995)

      Birthday: Mar 27, 1959

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      A beloved cult presence on both the stage and screen, Brian Tarantina was born in New York in 1959. Taking an interest in performing at a young age, Tarantina enrolled at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan. Intent on pursuing a career as a professional actor, he made his Broadway debut in 1983 in the original cast of "Angels Fall" at the Longacre Theatre. His screen debut came the following year with a role in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club" (1984). He returned to Broadway the next year to take on the role of Roy Selfridge in Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues," shortly before moving on to a different Broadway production, portraying Prick in "The Boys of Winter." Tarantina landed more film roles in the years to come, memorably appearing in the comedy "Uncle Buck" (1989), the psychological thriller "Jacob's Ladder" (1990), and the crime drama "Carlito's Way" (1993). He made his final Broadway appearance in 1995, co-starring in "Sacrilege." Tarantina went on to work with Spike Lee on the film "Summer of Sam" (1999) before taking on the recurring role of newsstand owner Bootsy on the series "Gilmore Girls" (WB, 2000-07). He later co-starred on the cult favorite series "The Black Donnellys" (NBC, 2007) and appeared in the big-budget action movie "Knight and Day" (2010). He reprised the role of Bootsy for the follow-up series "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" (Netflix, 2016) before working with the show's creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, once again, this time playing nightclub owner Jackie on the award-winning series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" (Amazon, 2017- ). Tarantina also re-teamed with Spike Lee when he took on a role in the director's acclaimed film "BlacKkKlansman" (2018). Tarintina's last film role was in the period crime drama "The Kitchen" (2019). He died in 2019 at the age of 60

      Highest rated movies

      Donnie Brasco
      Jacob's Ladder
      Personal Velocity: Three Portraits
      Duane Hopwood
      Ask for Jane
      Summer of Sam
      City by the Sea


      SUMMER OF SAM, left front to back: Brian Tarantina, John Leguizamo, right front to back: Michael Rispoli, Saverio Guerra, 1999, © Buena Vista SUMMER OF SAM, from left: Saverio Guerra (hat), Brian Tarantina (rear), John Leguizamo (sunglasses), Ken Garito (necklace), Michael Rispoli (right), 1999, © Buena Vista



      24% 69% The Kitchen Burns (Character) $12.2M 2019
      50% 88% Ask for Jane Angry Doctor (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zarra's Law Frankie Andreoli (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 44% A Crime Joe (Character) - 2006
      85% 86% Unconscious Morelli (Character) - 2006
      55% 59% Duane Hopwood Mr. Alonso (Character) $13.5K 2005
      69% 61% Personal Velocity: Three Portraits Pete Shunt (Character) $763.2K 2002
      48% 40% City by the Sea Snake (Character) $22.4M 2002
      50% 59% Summer of Sam Bobby Del Fiore (Character) $19.3M 1999
      88% 89% Donnie Brasco Bruno (Character) $42.0M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Firehouse Hooded Man (Character) - 1997
      19% 67% Bed of Roses Randy (Character) $19.0M 1996
      15% 49% The Jerky Boys Geno (Character) $7.6M 1995
      36% 44% Sweet Nothing Unknown (Character) $98.3K 1995
      72% 84% Jacob's Ladder Doug (Character) $24.8M 1990


      No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary Motel Manager (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 80% Blue Bloods Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      94% 93% The Night Of Bar Patron (Guest Star) 2016
      92% 78% Person of Interest Yorke (Guest Star) 2013
      91% 78% The Blacklist Edgar (Guest Star) 2013
      95% 88% Elementary Walsh (Guest Star) 2012
      93% 90% The Good Wife Frankie Peel (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 71% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Johnny Di Rogga (Guest Star) 2005 2009
      90% 79% Fringe Nice Guy (Guest Star) 2008
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Bill Jensen (Guest Star) 2008
      62% 50% New Amsterdam Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      40% 100% The Black Donnellys Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jonny Zero Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 88% Gilmore Girls Bootsy (Guest Star) 2001-2002
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1991 1994 2001
      92% 96% The Sopranos Mustang Sally (Guest Star) 2001
      100% No Score Yet Now and Again Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet 71% Third Watch Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Darin Gammel (Guest Star) 1997
      69% No Score Yet Spin City Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      71% 85% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Lenny DeWitt (Guest Star) 1986