Happy Birthday: Dominic Chianese

WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

Dominic Chianese.jpgDominic Chianese

Born: February 24, 1931 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

Married to: Jane Pittson (8 June 2003 – present)
Merle Molofsky (1961 – ?) (divorced) (3 children)

[on the loss of Elaine Kaufman] She was like an older sister, someone I could confide in. She would introduce me to people. She would ask if I was working and try to help.
[on his role as Corrado “Uncle Junior” Soprano] About a week after my audition, one of the executive producers came in, kept me in a room for an hour and a half with different kinds of glasses. That helped me tremendously–subconsciously at first and then consciously. After the first couple of seasons I couldn’t act without them. They were part of my makeup. Those glasses were my mask. We were doing Greek tragedy there. Behind the mask a lot of things come out that you…

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