Bruno Amato Biography

Bruno Amato is an American film and television actor. Check out this biography to know about his birthday, childhood, family life, achievements, and fun facts about him.

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Birthday: November 16, 1961

Nationality: American

Famous: Actors American Men

Age: 58 Years, 58 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Scorpio

Born in: Orange, New Jersey

Famous as: Actor

Height: 6'1" (185 cm), 6'1" Males

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U.S. State: New Jersey

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Bruno Amato is an American film and television actor. Starting his acting career at the age of 38, Amato has emerged as one of most prominent character actors in the industry today. He is the son of Italian immigrants and like his father, he served in the US military. After completing his service, Amato worked as an ironworker in his hometown New Jersey for several years. He began pursuing acting as a career after reading Les Brown’s ‘Live Your Dreams’. He subsequently went to New York and enrolled in an acting class. Amato made his debut in the 2000 film ‘Entourage’. He has since built up his career as an actor who appears in small but significant roles. Some of his memorable performances are as Hank in ‘Sons of Anarchy’, Sal in ‘The Internship’ and Coach Simmons in ‘Austin & Ally’. Amato cites screen legend Robert De Niro as his inspiration and wants to work with fellow New Jersey native Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep in future projects.

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  • In 1999, when Amato was in his late 30s, he read ‘Live Your Dreams’, a self-help book by Les Brown. He had always harboured the dream of becoming an actor. After reading the book, he finally decided to pursue it as a career.
  • He began attending acting classes at night in New York after he was done with his day job as an ironworker in New Jersey. In 2000, he made his acting debut in the film ‘Entourage’, portraying a club doorman. His next role was in ABC’s soap opera ‘All My Children’. Cast as a bouncer named Carl, he appeared in two episodes.
  • His muscular physique and rugged appearance have led to supporting roles that require strong and physically fit men. In 2004, he was cast as Archie in two episodes of Fox’s teen drama ‘The O.C.’ In the following years, he played small roles in numerous TV shows, including a guard in ABC’s comedy drama ‘Desperate Housewives’ (2005), a police officer in Fox’s sitcom ‘Malcolm in the Middle’ (2005), a sheriff in NBC’s medical drama ‘ER’ (2006), a former convict in UPN’s mystery drama ‘Veronica Mars’(2006), and a garbage man in NBC’s drama ‘Las Vegas’ (2006). He has also appeared in ‘Philly’ (2002), ‘Monk’ (2006), ‘House’ (2006), ‘Chuck’ (2007), and ‘Castle’ (2010).
  • Amato is equally active on the big screen. After ‘Entourage’, he was cast in ‘Just a Kiss’ (2002), ‘Evan Almighty’ (2007), ‘Pizza with Bullets’ (2010), and ‘Murder on the 13th Floor’ (2012). In ‘The Internship’, the 2013 comedy film starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, Amato portrayed Sal, a pizza shop owner afraid of change. This was one of the most substantial roles in his career. His character was quintessential to the progression of the main plot.
  • He played the recurring character of Coach Simmons in Disney Channel’s ‘Austin & Ally’, appearing in two episodes of season three (2014). He also appeared in ‘Glee Clubs & Glory,’ ‘Beauties & Bullies’, and ‘Seniors and Señors’ (2015).
  • In TV Land’s sitcom ‘The Soul Man’, the spin-off of ‘Hot in Cleveland’, Amato was cast as a character named Sully and appeared in three episodes of season five (2016). He played Butch Robinson in Starz’s short-lived series ‘Blunt Talk’ (2016). The show also starred Patrick Stewart, Jacki Weaver, and Adrian Scarborough. Amato is now set to appear in the upcoming film ‘The Dancing Bull’ and the TV series ‘Fallen Cards’.
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Personal Life
  • Bruno Amato was born on November 16, 1961, in Orange, New Jersey to Italian-immigrant parents. His father joined the US military and was awarded the Purple Heart for his service. Amato has fond memories of his childhood days in New Jersey. While he admits that it was definitely not California, where he presently lives, he says that he had a lovely childhood there, surrounded by family and friends, with whom he still keeps in touch.
  • Inspired by his father, Amato too enlisted in the military. He served in the navy and was stationed on two submarine tenders, which are basically supply ships. Amato and other members of his team loaded torpedoes into the submarines.
  • After returning to the civilian life he started working as an ironworker and was part of the union in New Jersey. He got married, settled down, and built a life for himself. It was years before the acting bug bit him.
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  • Amato is an animal lover and supports animal rights and welfare. He has stated that he has donated more money to animal charities than to human ones. He particularly loves big cats.

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