Polito appeared on Broadway in American Buffalo
(1977), Curse of the Aching Heart
(1982) and the 1984 revival of Death of a Salesman
(which was broadcast on CBS in 1985) and starred in the original Hartford Stage Company production of Other People's Money
. He made his film debut in The Clairvoyant in 1982 and played Tommy Lucchese in the TV series The Gangster Chronicles
.. Polito is best known for his roles in two films by the Coen brothers: as obsequious yet vicious crime lord Johnny Caspar in Miller's Crossing (1990) and as the toadying Lou Breeze in Barton Fink (1991).
Polito's television credits include roles in Push, Nevada, Hearts Are Wild, and many others. His recent film credits include Tailor of Panama, Mimic 2, 29 Palms, The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, Stuart Little, The Rocketeer, and several more films for the Coen brothers including The Hudsucker Proxy, The Big Lebowski and The Man Who Wasn't There.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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