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      Jon Polito

      Jon Polito

      Highest Rated: 94% The Freshman (1990)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Dec 29, 1950

      Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

      Renowned for portraying figures on both sides of the law, prolific character actor Jon Polito racked up over 220 screen credits, most notably five Coen brothers pictures and a recurring role on "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99). Born in Philadelphia, PA in 1950, Polito studied Theater at Villanova University before moving to New York to further his stage career, going on to win an OBIE Award for his off-Broadway work in 1980. Polito made his on-screen debut as real-life mafia co-founder Thomas Lucchese in miniseries "The Gangster Chronicles" (NBC, 1981), and a year later played Det. Sporaco in murder mystery "The Clairvoyant" (1982), two roles which ultimately laid the groundwork for much of his TV and film career. After portraying Willy's boss Harold in an award-winning TV movie adaptation of "Death of a Salesman" (1985) starring Dustin Hoffman, Polito played authority figures in fantasy epic "Highlander" (1986), romantic drama "Fire with Fire" (1986) and martial arts police procedural "Ohara" (ABC, 1987-88), and villains in TV movie "A Deadly Business" (1986) and the critically-acclaimed "Crime Story" (NBC, 1986-88), the latter as Chicago crime lord Phil Bartoli. After appearing alongside Marlon Brando in "The Freshman" (1990), Polito forged a fruitful working relationship with the Coen brothers when he was cast as highly-strung Prohibition era mobster Johnny Caspar in "Miller's Crossing" (1990). Polito would go on to appear in a further four Coen movies, playing Hollywood lackey Lou Breeze in "Barton Fink" (1991), eccentric businessman Mr. Bumstead in "The Hudsucker Proxy" (1994), private investigator Da Fino in "The Big Lebowski" (1998) and dry-cleaning salesman Creighton Tolliver in "The Man Who Wasn't There" (2001). During this period, Polito also enjoyed supporting roles in superhero pictures "The Rocketeer" (1991) and "Blankman" (1994), behind bars dramas "Girls in Prison" (1994) and "The Green Mile" (1999) and family movies "Fluke" (1995) and "Stuart Little" (1999). Polito also made several guest appearances on "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998), "Dream On" (HBO, 1990-96) and "Early Edition" (CBS, 1996-2000), and played veteran Det. Steve Crosetti in "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99) for two seasons before being permanently written out following a dispute with the show's producers. Polito remained just as prolific throughout the following decade, landing the recurring roles of newspaper editor Donald Stern in short-lived "The Chronicle" (Sci-Fi Channel, 2001-02) and Judge Dominick Ventimiglia in legal drama "Raising the Bar" (TNT, 2008-09), enjoying supporting parts in "The Singing Detective" (2003), "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006) and "American Gangster" (2007) and showing up in over a dozen popular series including "Gilmore Girls" (The CW, 2000-07), "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012) and "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003-2015). Polito then returned to familiar territory as Mafia member Jack Dragna in "Gangster Squad" (2013) before playing another real life figure, impresario Enrico Banducci, in "Big Eyes" (2014), guesting as Jay's rival Earl Chambers in "Modern Family" (ABC, 2009-) and making his final on-screen appearance in "Comedy Bang! Bang!" (IFC, 2012-16). In 2016 Polito died of complications from cancer in Duarte, CA aged 65.

      Highest rated movies

      The Freshman
      Miller's Crossing
      Barton Fink
      Homicide: The Movie
      The Crow The Maestro The Man Who Wasn't There
      From the Head

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      Modern Family, Jon Polito, 'The Closet Case', Season 7, Ep. #3, 10/07/2015, ©ABC Modern Family, Jon Polito, 'The Closet Case', Season 7, Ep. #3, 10/07/2015, ©ABC MILLER'S CROSSING, Gabriel Byrne, Jon Polito, 1990. TM and Copyright ©20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE, (aka THE BARBER), Jon Polito (front), Billy Bob Thornton, 2001, © USA Films MAN WHO WASN'T THERE, Jon Polito, 2001 THE HONEYMOONERS, Cedric the Entertainer, John Leguizamo, Mike Epps, Jon Polito, 2005, (c) Paramount SINGING DETECTIVE, Adrien Brody, Jon Polito, 2003, (c) Paramount SINGING DETECTIVE, Jon Polito, Robert Downey Jr., Adrien Brody, 2003, (c) Paramount BUSHWHACKED, Jon Polito, Brad Sullivan, 1995, TM and Copyright (c)20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. THE CROW, Tony Todd, Jon Polito, Bai Ling, 1994. ©Miramax THE TAILOR OF PANAMA, from left: Geoffrey Rush, Jon Polito, 2001, © Columbia Castle, Jon Polito, 'That 70s Show', Season 6, Ep. #20, 04/21/2014, ©ABC Mike and Molly, Swoosie Kurtz (L), Jon Polito (R), 09/20/2010, ©CBS Castle, from left: Stana Katic, Jon Polito, Nathan Fillion, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, 'That 70s Show', Season 6, Ep. #20, 04/21/2014, ©ABC GANGSTER SQUAD, foreground from left: Sean Penn, Jon Polito, 2013. ph: Wilson Webb/©Warner Bros. GANGSTER SQUAD, from left: Sean Penn, Holt McCallany, Emma Stone, Jon Polito, 2013. ph: Wilson Webb/©Warner Bros. BIG NOTHING, Jon Polito, 2006. ©Pathe Films BIG NOTHING, Jon Polito (right), 2006. ©Pathe Films AMERICAN GANGSTER, Jon Polito, 2007, © Universal THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE, Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Polito, 2001. © USA Films

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      83% 91% The Maestro Herbert Englehart (Character) - 2018
      72% 68% Big Eyes Enrico Banducci (Character) $14.5M 2014
      13% 52% Locker 13 Don Dillon (Character) - 2014
      31% 57% Gangster Squad Dragna (Character) $46.0M 2013
      80% 83% From the Head Vinnie (Character) - 2012
      89% 79% Batman Year One Commissioner Loeb (Voice) - 2011
      12% 69% Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 Orren Boyle (Character) $4.6M 2011
      No Score Yet 29% The Last Godfather Don Bonfante (Character) $163.6K 2010
      No Score Yet 7% Venus and Vegas Frank (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 67% DC Showcase: The Spectre Police Captain (Voice) - 2010
      No Score Yet 41% Citizen Jane Detective Romer (Character) - 2009
      6% 14% Super Capers Captain Sludge (Character) $31.0K 2009
      No Score Yet 24% Rock Monster The Colonel (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 6% The Marconi Bros. Lou Burns (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Animated American Max Rabbit (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 17% Cougar Club Mr. Archibald (Character) - 2007
      6% 34% Happily N'Ever After Wolf No. 1 (Voice) - 2007
      No Score Yet 12% Cutting Room Sandy (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 20% Stiffs John "The Prince" Monaco (Character) - 2006
      43% 61% Big Nothing Agent Hymes (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 55% Family Plan Gold (Character) - 2005
      13% 30% The Honeymooners Kirby (Character) $12.8M 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Charlie the Ox Unknown (Character) - 2004
      39% 40% The Singing Detective Second Hood (Character) $336.5K 2003
      No Score Yet 33% The Box Michael Dickerson (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 65% Women vs. Men Desk Sgt. (Character) - 2002
      0% 36% 29 Palms The Security Guard (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 17% Black Mask 2: City of Masks King (Character) - 2002
      81% 85% The Man Who Wasn't There Creighton Tolliver (Character) $7.5M 2001
      8% 13% Mimic 2 Morrie Deaver (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 46% The Shrink Is In Judge Bob (Character) - 2000
      43% 21% The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle Schoentell (Character) $26.0M 2000
      86% 74% Homicide: The Movie Steve Crosetti (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nature Boy Unknown (Character) - 2000
      57% 62% Boys Life 3 Paparazzi (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 0% The Apartment Complex Dr. Caligari (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 68% Road Kill Jelly (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Money Plays Lou Spano (Character) - 1998
      50% 42% With Friends Like These... Rudy Ptak (Character) - 1998
      17% 17% Tale of the Mummy Parsons (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 52% Angel's Dance Uncle Vinnie (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nowhere Land Frank (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Defenders: Choice of Evils D.A. Al Orsini (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Corporate Ladder Mr. Deacon (Character) - 1997
      56% 44% Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco Ashcan (Voice) $32.8M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Just Your Luck Nick (Character) - 1996
      31% 68% Fluke Boss (Character) $3.3M 1995
      10% 38% Bushwhacked Agent Palmer (Character) $6.9M 1995
      No Score Yet 12% Girls in Prison Boss Johnson (Character) - 1994
      12% 41% Blankman Michael "The Suit" Minelli (Character) $7.4M 1994
      84% 90% The Crow Gideon, Pawn Shop Owner (Character) $47.3M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Shaggy Dog Detective Al (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Contenders Pedro Perusia (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Flodder 2 Larry Rosenbaum (Character) - 1992
      89% 89% Barton Fink Lou Breeze (Character) $5.7M 1991
      93% 90% Miller's Crossing Johnny Caspar (Character) $4.7M 1990
      94% 61% The Freshman Agent Chuck Greenwald, Dept. of Justice Fish & Game Division (Character) $20.7M 1990
      No Score Yet 49% Homeboy Moe Fingers (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 40% Alone in the Neon Jungle Brad Stakowski (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 83% Fire With Fire Boss (Character) $3.3M 1986
      No Score Yet 15% Dream Lover Doctor James (Character) $210.7K 1986
      71% 79% Highlander Det. Walter Bedsoe (Character) $5.7M 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Deadly Business Vitola (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Good Sport Man in Taxi (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 23% The Clairvoyant Detective Sporaco (Character) - 1982

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crime Story Phil Bartoli (Character) 1986-1988 2019 2023
      No Score Yet 92% Comedy Bang! Bang! Guest 2016
      85% 90% Modern Family Earl Chambers (Guest Star) 2014-2016
      No Score Yet 91% American Dad! Freddy (Guest Voice) 2016
      82% 87% Castle Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      100% 93% Bunheads Sal Russano (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2012-2013
      No Score Yet 63% Mike & Molly Frankie (Guest Star) 2012
      61% 84% Franklin & Bash "Lucky" Louie Gianelli (Guest Star) 2012
      94% 92% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Gino (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 90% The Mentalist Bertram Duesterberg (Guest Star) 2010
      22% No Score Yet Raising the Bar Unknown (Guest Star) 2008-2009
      91% 89% Monk George Gionopolis (Guest Star) 2009
      65% 65% Two and a Half Men Mr. Sharipa (Guest Star) 2008
      9% No Score Yet Do Not Disturb Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 87% Ghost Whisperer Unknown (Guest Star) 2005 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Handy Manny Joe Bolotero (Guest Voice) 2006
      63% 85% Masters of Horror Montesquino (Character) 2006
      44% No Score Yet Threshold Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      72% 88% Desperate Housewives Charles Skouras (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 73% My Wife and Kids Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      83% 86% Scrubs Mr. Summers (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      14% No Score Yet It's All Relative Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 88% Gilmore Girls Pete (Guest Star) 2002-2003
      18% No Score Yet Oliver Beene Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dragnet Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      50% No Score Yet Push, Nevada Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet 96% Becker Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chronicle Unknown (Character) 2001-2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      50% No Score Yet Gideon's Crossing Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Early Edition Unknown (Guest Star) 1997 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      89% 92% Seinfeld Silvio (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Players Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet NightMan Al Capone (Guest Star) 1997
      76% 76% Roseanne Mr. Russo (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Swift Justice Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet High Incident Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      40% No Score Yet High Society Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Paul Biaggi (Guest Star) 1995
      43% No Score Yet Burke's Law Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mad About You Ralphy (Guest Star) 1995
      91% 90% Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown (Character) 1993-1994
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Lieutenant Peter DiMartini (Guest Star) 1992 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fallen Angels Al Reseck (Character) 1993
      91% 79% Dinosaurs Ty Warner (Guest Voice) 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hearts Are Wild Leon "Pepe" Pepperman (Character) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Gene Carmack (Guest Star) 1986-1987 1989
      71% 85% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wiseguy Eddie Van Platt (Guest Star) 1988