Leonardo Cimino Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Died in Woodstock, New York, USA  (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
Birth NameLeonardo Anthony Cimino

Mini Bio (1)

Veteran little old man Italian character actor Leonardo Anthony Cimino steadily worked in both movies and TV shows alike from the late 1950's up until 2007. Cimino was born on November 4, 1917 in New York City. He was the son of tailor Andrea Cimino and his wife Leonilda. Leonardo played violin as a child and studied at Juilliard as a teenager. Moreover, Cimino studied acting, directing, and modern dance at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater. A small, frail, and wizened fellow with a gaunt face, a slight build, and a distinguished air about him, Leonardo often portrayed shrewd Mafioso types, nice elderly gents, and various men of the cloth which include priests, cardinals, and even the Pope in "Monsignor." Cimino twice played Nazi concentration camp survivors: He was outstanding as the wise Abraham Bernstein in the excellent science fiction TV mini-series "V" and likewise marvelous as the kindly Scary German Guy in the delightful "The Monster Squad." Leonardo had a nice bit as the Baron's doctor in David Lynch's "Dune." Among the TV shows Cimino did guest spots on are "Naked City," "The Defenders," "Kojak," "Ryan's Hope," "The Equalizer," "The Hunger," and "Law and Order." Outside of movies and television, Leonardo acted on stage in such plays as "The Iceman Cometh," "They Knew What They Wanted," "A Memory of Two Mondays," "Mike Downstairs," "Night Life," "A Passage to India," "Handful of Fire," "The Liar," and "Cyrano de Bergerac." Cimino died at age 94 at his home in Woodstock, New York on March 3, 2012.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders

Spouse (1)

Sharon Powers (? - 3 March 2012) ( his death)

Trivia (9)

Rumored to be a survivor of a Nazi concentration camp because of his work in Monster Squad and in V. Mr. Cimino, a resident of New York City at the time of WWII, joined the U.S. Army in the 1940s and participated in the Normandy invasion.
He was awarded the 1970 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor in a Principal Role for his performance in "The Man in the Glass Booth" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
He was substitute teacher filling in for Sidney Lumet at the New York High School for the Performing Arts in New York City.
He served in the United States Army and landed in the second wave at Normandy, France during World War II.
Son of Andrea Cimino, a tailor, and his wife, Leonilda Cimino. He played violin as a child and studied violin at Juilliard School of Music in New York City.
He was awarded the 1958 OBIE Awrad for his performance as Smerdyakov in the play production of "The Brothers Karamazov.".
He studied acting, directing, and modern dance at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater in New York City. He also studied dance classes with Martha Graham.
He is interred at Woodstock Cemetery in Woodstock, New York.
He played a Holocaust survivor in both V (1983) and The Monster Squad (1987).

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