Guest speaker Tony Lo Bianco at the New York Film Academy. He Talked about his 61 years in the business. Tony has appeared in over 100 films, tv shows stage perfromances as both actor and writer. Tony is best known for his part as Sal Boca in the 5 academy award winner movie 'The French Connection' staring along side Gene Hackman and Roy Schieder. As Ray Fernandez in the cult classic 'The Honeymoon Killers'. 'The Juror' with Demi Moore and Alec Baldwin, Blood Brothers with Richard Gere, City Heat with Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds, Oliver Stones 'Nixon' with Anthony Hopkins, F.I.S.T with Sylvester Stolone, Kill The Irishman with Val Kilmore, Vincent D'Onofrio, and Christopher Walken, and 'The Engagement Ring' with Lainie Kazan and Patricia Heaton.
Tony's Television performances included 'Marciano' where Mr. Lo Bianco starred as the undefeated heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano, and again in the remake, 'The Rocky Marciano Story' with George C. Scott and Jon Favreau. He appeared in the mini-series Marco Polo Franco; with Lawrence Olivier and Anthony Quinn in Zeffirelli's Jesus of Nazareth; he co-starred in La Romana with Gina Lollobrigeda and in The Last Tenant with legendary acting teacher Lee Strasberg. Mr. Lo Bianco starred in the television series, Police Story and Palace Guard, and co-starred in the television series, Jessie, with Lindsay Wagner. He has appeared in episodes of Law & Order; Murder She Wrote; and numerous two-hour movies of the week. As a director, Mr. Lo Bianco directed episodes of television series Police Story, Kaz and several others, and the feature film Too Scared to Scream and is now in the process of writing, and will direct in his new film based on his younger years.
Mr. Lo Bianco co-founded the Triangle Theater and served as artistic director for six years, during which time lighting designer Jules Fisher, playwright Jason Miller, and actor Roy Scheider, as well as many others, performed there. Mr. Lo Bianco himself directed eight of the productions and produced twenty-five others. He is currently touring with his one-man show, The Little Flower, The Life and Time of New York Mayor, Fiorello La Guardia, and giving his inspirational talk across the country entitled From Brooklyn to Broadway and Beyond. Mr. Lo Bianco is currently teaching acting and is a member of The Actors Studio.
Tony spoke about how this is “the most difficult business to get into,” LoBianco says, “actors must be strong enough to understand rejection. Making mistakes is just part of the education.” He insists that actors need to "find out who you are". When you do, you will exude confidence and others will respond in a positive way. “Always dare yourself to be wrong.” Above it all, the humbling LoBianco understands and preaches that we’re all human beings and should treat each other with respect. "It is a privilege to be an actor and, in no way, does it give the right to be rude or conceited. Always be chivalrous toward those around, and never take your gift for granted".
It was truly an honor to meet Mr. LoBianco and listen to him speak with such passion. His wisdom and insight made for a truly remarkable and memorable experience for me.