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Biography #2 (for Just Shoot Me)

The diversity of roles Enrico Colantoni has played was no more apparent than these past couple of years. On JUST SHOOT ME, Di Mauro is portrayed as a womanizer with a heart of gold as well as Blush's chief photographer.

This past summer (2002) Colantoni spent in London where he starred in Neil LaBute's latest play The Distance from Here. He also starred in Steven Soderbergh's ensemble feature Full Frontal with Julia Roberts. This year he also appears in the feature films Frank McKluskey C.I. and The First 20 Million Is Always the Hardest.

Last year Colantoni won critical praise for his role as Elia Kazan in TNT's Golden-Globe winning and Emmy-nominated telefilm James Dean.

His other film credits include Galaxy Quest, A.I. Stigmata, Albino Alligator, The Wrong Guy, Money Train and the award-winning short Bigger Fish.

Colantoni was born in Toronto, the youngest of two sons of an Italian immigrant worker and his homemaker wife. After watching his older brother, now a policeman, perform in a high school production; he welcomed an opportunity to take a drama course while studying psychology and sociology at the University of Toronto.

A college drama teacher encouraged him to pursue an acting career. Thus, Colantoni left school to go to New York City, where he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for three years. While there he received the Princess Grace Scholarship and the Charles Jehlinger Award. Subsequently a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Colantoni appeared in Hamlet at Yale Repertory, and received the school's prestigious Carol Dye Award.

Among his theater credits are The Merry Wives Of Windsor at the New York Shakespeare Festival's Delacorte Theater in Central Park, Arabian Nights at the Manhattan Theater Club, The Triumph Of Love at the Guthrie Theater, Renfield in San Diego's Old Globe Theater production of Dracula and the title role in Shakespeare's Macbeth at the Matrix Theater in Los Angeles.

Colantoni starred for two seasons on the sitcom Hope & Gloria. His guest-starring credits include NYPD Blue, New York Undercover, 3rd Rock From The Sun and Law & Order. He starred in the cable television movie A Member Of The Wedding with Alfre Woodard and Anna Paquin.

In his spare time, Colantoni teaches drama to Los Angeles children at Inner City Arts. He also works with Penny Lane, a residential treatment center for at-risk youth.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "Just Shoot Me" (14-Jan-2003)


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