Lillo Brancato Biography
|Date of Birth:||1976 , August-30|
|Age:||44 years old|
|Height:||5 feet 5 inch|
|Name||Lillo Brancato Jr.|
|Birth Name||Lillo Brancato Jr.|
|Nick Name||Lillo Brancato Jr.|
|Birth Place/City||Bogotá, Colombia|
Lillo Brancato Jr. is a Colombian born American actor who has appeared in several notable films and TV series such as A Bronx Tale (1993), Renaissance Man (1994), and Crimson Tide (1995). Besides, Brancato made headlines after he was involved in a burglary and a murder an off-duty policeman in 2005.
Early Life And Education of Lillo Brancato Jr.
Lillo Brancato Jr. was born on 30th August 1976 in Bogotá, Colombia, under the birth sign Virgo. He was adopted as a child by the Italian-American parents, Lillo Sr., a builder, and Domenica, electrolysis in Yonkers, New York.
Brancato has a brother, Vinny, who worked as a fashion model and currently works as a Yonkers civil servant. He hasn’t revealed much regarding his education. Lillo Brancato Jr. is an American as per his nationality.
Lillo Brancato Jr.’s Career
Lillo Brancato Jr. made his acting debut in the 1993 American crime drama film, A Bronx Tale, which was the directorial debut of actor Robert De Niro. The following year, he was selected for the role Pvt. Donnie Benitez in the comedy film, Renaissance Man, starring Mark Wahlberg, Stacey Dash, Khalil Kain, and others.
In 1999, Brancato Jr. appeared in an episode of western anthology series, Dead Man's Gun. Then, he portrayed Matthew Bevilaqua in crime drama television series, The Sopranos where he worked alongside Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and others.
Further, he also made his notable appearances in other TV series like Dead Man's Gun, Falcone, and NYPD Blue whereas his movie credits include Crimson Tide, The Florentine, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, Saturday Morning, and more.
Lillo Brancato Jr.’s Net Worth
Lillo Brancato Jr. has worked in numerous TV series, films, as well as shows throughout his career. He has earned a huge amount of money as an Actor. Although Brancato Jr.'s exact salary and net worth are still under the radar, sources estimate his net worth to be in $millions.
Lillo Brancato Jr.’s Personal Life
Lillo Brancato Jr. is unmarried as of now. He is speculated to be in a relationship with Kristina Chen, however, the actor hasn't opened up about his relationship with Chen. There isn't much information regarding Brancato's relationship status and past affairs.
Brancato is 42 years old as of 2019. He rarely makes his appearance in the media, however, he was greatly covered by media when he was involved in a notorious burglary and murder of an off-duty police officer in 2005.
Lillo Brancato Jr. Arrests, Conviction, and Incarceration
Lillo Brancato started taking drugs and alcohol when he was just 16 and soon became cocaine and heroin, addict. In June 2005, he was arrested for having a rear brake light out and expired license. Moreover, police also found four bags of heroin in his cigarette box for which he was charged with a seventh-degree Class A misdemeanor.
Six months later, he was again arrested by the New York City Police for his involvement in burglary and murder of a 28 years old police officer, Daniel Enchautegui. As per sources, Enchautegui confronted Brancato and his accomplice Steven Armento outside an empty house near to his house after he heard glass break. While he was trying to back up, he was shot by the men. He was then taken to Jacobi Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after.
Later, police arrested Brancato and Armento both with several gunshot wounds. Armento was identified as the father of his then-girlfriend Stefanie. Armento was convicted of first-degree murder in October 2008 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Meanwhile, Brancato was charged with second-degree murder and his trial started in November 2008.
After a few trials, the jury found him not guilty on the murder, however, found him guilty of first-degree attempted burglary and sentenced to 10 years in prison in January 2009.
Brancato continued taking drugs in prison as well which led him to suffer a heroin overdose for at least one occasion. On December 31, 2013, he was released from prison on parole.
The video shown below features an interview of actor Lillo Brancato after his release from the jail.