Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthJanuary 31, 1959
SpouseGia Carides
MarkFrequently plays intimidating gangsters and tough guys
FactWelcomed daughter, with Gia Carides, named Bridget born January 2003.

Anthony LaPaglia was born on January 31, 1959, in Adelaide, South Australia, to Maria Johannes, a secretary, and Gedio “Eddie” LaPaglia, a car dealer and workshop proprietor. He has an older brother, Jonathan LaPaglia, and a younger sister, Natalie LaPaglia. His parents were both of Italian descent.

LaPaglia attended Rostrevor College and the University of Adelaide, where he studied economics and law. He dropped out of university after one year to pursue an acting career.

LaPaglia’s first acting role was in the Australian film “The Lighthorsemen” (1981). He then appeared in the American films “Winter People” (1989) and “Betsy’s Wedding” (1990). He gained international recognition for his role as FBI agent Jack Malone on the television series “Without a Trace” (2002-2009).

LaPaglia has also appeared in the films “Lantana” (2001), “The Last Days of Disco” (1998), “Autumn in New York” (2000), and “The Client” (1994).

LaPaglia has been married to actress Gia Carides since 1992. They have two children.

LaPaglia is 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m) tall and has brown hair and blue eyes.

General Info

Full NameAnthony LaPaglia
Date Of BirthJanuary 31, 1959
Height1.78 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Voice Actor
EducationRostrevor College


SpouseGia Carides
ChildrenBridget LaPaglia
ParentsMaria Johannes Brendel, Gedio LaPaglia
SiblingsJonathan LaPaglia, Michael LaPaglia


AwardsAACTA Award for Best Lead Actor, Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, Outer Critics Circle...
NominationsAACTA Award for Best Supporting Actor, Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Australian Film Institute International Award for Best Actor, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in ...
MoviesEmpire Records, A Month of Sundays, Lantana, So I Married an Axe Murderer, A Good Marriage, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, Holding the Man, The Client, The Salton Sea, Autumn in New York, Balibo, The Architect, 29th Street, Summer of Sam, Betsy's Wedding, Innocent Blood, One Good Cop...
TV ShowsWithout a Trace, Normal, Ohio, Murder One, Equal Justice, Father Dowling Mysteries

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#Marks / Signs
1Frequently cast as cops.
2Frequently plays intimidating gangsters and tough guys
3Gravelly authoritative voice


1And when you started looking into Roger East, it was almost like he had disappeared from history.
2I had a vocal coach. It's a sad thing, but I had to hire someone so that I could get my Australian accent back.
3I like the Baldwin boys a great deal. Alec is super-smart, super-articulate, almost too smart to be an actor.
4My accent's become a weird hybrid.
5So I built my entire career in the United States and that's why it feels like I'm an American actor.
6A lot of people think I'm that guy in 'Betsy's Wedding', but I'm not. What it is for me is that, on some level, I connect with the character emotionally.
7For the most part, the American film market has become very corporatised, even independent film to a degree, and because of the corporate management mentality, they want to take the safe way.
8I can't find my car keys in the morning. Trying to get out of my house is a nightmare. 'Where's my wallet? Where are my keys? I have to go find a missing person.'
9Steve Martin is one of the most intelligent, well-read human beings that I've ever come across. He is equally as funny off screen as he is on. But he also has a very intellectual side, and he's a really nice human being. We actually become good friends.
10The whole question of God and what God is, and whether it's a blond guy with a beard, I don't know... I don't know that. Do I believe that there's something greater at work than the sum of humanity? Yeah, I think so.


1Current partner Alexanda Henkel.
2He has his date of birth tattooed on his left forearm in Roman Numerals: I XXXI MCMLIX.
3Son of Maria LaPaglia (secretary) and Eddie LaPaglia (auto mechanic).
4Plays in goal for Hollywood United Football Team.
5Starred with Debi Mazar in So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993) as a love interest, then again in Empire Records (1995) as a love interest yet again.
6Was the original choice to play Tony Soprano in the HBO series The Sopranos (1999) but turned the role down.
7Brother-in-law of Zoe Carides, Ursula Brooks and Danielle Carides.
8He is part owner of an Australian Soccer club called Sydney FC (Football Club)
9Won Broadway's 1998 Tony Award as Best Actor (Play) for a revival of Arthur Miller's "A View from the Bridge." He starred opposite Allison Janney, who played his wife and who was also nominated for a Tony. They each also won Drama Desk awards for their performances.
10Although often cast as New York tough guys, few people know that he was actually born and raised in Australia. He has said that the only internationally successful Australian actor at the time he began acting was Mel Gibson, who had lost his Australian accent, so he did the same. Today, looking at all the hot young Australian actors who have kept their native accents but can use other dialects in their films, he says he regrets having dropped his accent.
11Filmed scenes playing as Chicago gangster Al Capone for the 2001 Tom Hanks drama Road to Perdition (2002), but all the scenes were cut out.
12Welcomed daughter, with Gia Carides, named Bridget born January 2003.
13Italian on his father's side and Dutch on his mother's side.
14Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1991" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 43.
15Older brother of actor Jonathan LaPaglia and Michael LaPaglia.
16Last name is pronounced La-Pahl-ya.




Annabelle 22017post-productionSamuel Mullins
The Toy Gun2016post-productionGaetano Lolli
Swedish Dicks2016TV SeriesJack
The Code2016TV SeriesJan Roth
(Re) Assignment2016Honest John Hartunian
A Month of Sundays2015Frank Mollard
Holding the Man2015Bob Caleo
This Isn't Funny2015Mike
The Eichmann Show2015TV MovieLeo Hurwitz
Big Stone Gap2014Spec Broadwater
A Good Marriage2014Bob Anderson
Red Zone2014TV Movie
Crazy Kind of Love2013Gordie Iris
Boomerang2013TV MovieBill Hamilton
Underground: The Julian Assange Story2012Detective Ken Roberts
Americana2012TV MovieRobert Soulter
In Loco Parentis2011ShortDad
Happy Feet Two2011The Alpha Skua (voice)
The Ride2011/IShortDriver
All-Star Superman2011VideoLex Luthor (voice)
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole2010Twilight (voice)
Balibo2009Roger East
Without a Trace2002-2009TV SeriesJack Malone
Tellement vrai2008TV Series
$9.992008Jim Peck (voice)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2007TV SeriesJack Malone
Happy Feet2006Boss Skua (voice)
Played2006Detective Drummond
The Architect2006Leo Waters
Frasier2000-2004TV SeriesSimon Moon
Winter Solstice2004/IJim Winters
Spinning Boris2003Dick Dresner
Happy Hour2003Tulley
Manhood2003Jack's Attorney
Analyze That2002Anthony Bella / Nicky Caesar (uncredited)
The Guys2002Nick
I'm with Lucy2002Bobby Staley
Dead Heat2002Ray (as Anthony Lapaglia)
Road to Perdition2002Al Capone (scenes deleted)
The Salton Sea2002Al Garcetti
The Bank2001Simon
On the Edge2001TV MovieDr. Maas (segment "The Other Side")
Lantana2001Detective Leon Zat
Jack the Dog2001Jack's Attorney
Normal, Ohio2000TV SeriesDavid Le Tour (original pilot)
Autumn in New York2000John
The House of Mirth2000Sim Rosedale (as Anthony Lapaglia)
Looking for Alibrandi2000Michael Andretti
Company Man2000Fidel Castro
Black and Blue1999TV MovieBobby Benedetto
Sweet and Lowdown1999Al Torrio
Summer of Sam1999Detective Lou Petrocelli
Lansky1999TV MovieCharlie 'Lucky' Luciano
Mob Law: A Film Portrait of Oscar Goodman1998Narrator (voice)
The Repair Shop1998
Phoenix1998Mike Henshaw
Murder One1996-1997TV SeriesJimmy Wyler
The Garden of Redemption1997TV MovieDon Paolo Montale
Commandments1997Harry Luce
Murder One: Diary of a Serial Killer1997TV Mini-SeriesJimmy Wyler
Brilliant Lies1996Gary Fitzgerald
Trees Lounge1996Rob (as Anthony Lapaglia)
Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story1996TV MovieJim 'Jimmy V' Valvano
Empire Records1995Joe Reaves
Chameleon1995Willie Serling
Mixed Nuts1994Felix
Paperback Romance1994Edward 'Eddie' Mercer
The Client1994Barry Muldano
Past Tense1994TV MovieLarry Talbert
The Custodian1993Det. Sgt. James Quinlan
So I Married an Axe Murderer1993Tony Giardino
Innocent Blood1992Joe Gennaro
Whispers in the Dark1992Larry Morgenstern
Black Magic1992TV MovieRoss Gage
Keeper of the City1991TV MovieVince Benedetto
29th Street1991Frank Pesce, Jr.
Tales from the Crypt1991TV SeriesAbel, the Cable Guy
One Good Cop1991Stevie Diroma
He Said, She Said1991Mark
The Brotherhood1991TV MovieSalvatore's brother
Criminal Justice1990TV MovieDavid Ringel
Betsy's Wedding1990Stevie Dee
Equal Justice1990TV SeriesGeorge Griffin
Father Dowling Mysteries1990TV SeriesPaul Damon
Mortal Sins1989Vito
Hardball1989TV SeriesRandy Stoltz
Slaves of New York1989Henry (as Anthony La Paglia)
Gideon Oliver1989TV SeriesRaskin
A Man Called Hawk1989TV SeriesJesse
Police Story: Gladiator School1988TV MovieSgt. Petrelli
Frank Nitti: The Enforcer1988TV MovieFrank Nitti
The Equalizer1988TV SeriesAgent #1
Cold Steel1987Spooky
Hunter1987TV SeriesDet. Russell Woodward
Trapper John, M.D.1986TV SeriesGrahame
The Twilight Zone1986TV SeriesPunk #1 (segment "The Last Defender of Camelot")
Magnum, P.I.1986TV SeriesAlbert Stanley Higgins
Amazing Stories1985TV SeriesMechanic #2


The Away Game2006TV Movie documentary executive producer
Winter Solstice2004/Iexecutive producer


Without a TraceTV Series story by - 1 episode, 2009 story - 1 episode, 2007


The Guys2002special thanks
Road to Perdition2002thanks


The Needs of Kim StanleyDocumentary post-productionHimself
Vanishing Animals2016/IDocumentary shortHimself (voice)
A Director Prepares: Bobby Roth's Masterclass2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show2014DocumentaryHimself
Southern California Steel Head: On the Brink2014Documentary shortHimself (voice)
The Cast of Frasier: Where Are They Now?2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
2011 Samsung AACTA Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Wendy Williams Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Working in the Theatre2010TV Series documentaryHimself
The 64th Annual Tony Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Lend Me a Tenor
Today2010TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2006-2010TV SeriesHimself
2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Vivement dimanche prochain2009TV SeriesHimself (Interview)
Q&A2009TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
On the Bench!2009TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Lives2009TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004-2009TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Australia Unites: The Victorian Bushfire Appeal2009TV MovieHimself
TV Land Moguls2009TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2005-2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Inside the Actors Studio2009TV SeriesHimself
The 2007 Australian Film Institute Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
CBS Cares2002-2007TV SeriesHimself
Square Off2006TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005-2006TV SeriesHimself
The Away Game2006TV Movie documentaryNarration
The Footy Show2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
Johnny Warren's Football Mission2006TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton2005-2006TV SeriesHimself
Nature2002-2006TV Series documentaryNarrator
Late Show with David Letterman1994-2005TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2005TV SeriesHimself
The View2005TV SeriesHimself
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards2005TV Special documentaryHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Television Seriers [Drama]
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2004TV SeriesHimself
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Television Series Drama
The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
The 29th Annual People's Choice Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
CBS at 752003TV Special documentaryHimself
The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
Micallef Tonight2003TV SeriesHimself
9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
Australian Story2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest Presenter
The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
La semaine du cinéma2002TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2002TV SeriesHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997-2002TV SeriesHimself
Rove Live2001TV SeriesHimself
Inside Film Awards1999TV SeriesHimself
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Leading Actor in a Play
Charlie Rose1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Howard Stern1997TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993TV SeriesHimself
The 13th Annual CableACE Awards1992TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1991TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember1984TV Movie documentaryBritish Flyer


Won Awards

2012BTVA Special/DVD Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title or Theatrical ShortAll-Star Superman (2011)
2010FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Actor - MaleBalibo (2009)
2009AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Lead ActorBalibo (2009)
2004Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DramaWithout a Trace (2002)
2004Golden Starfish Award for Career AchievementHamptons International Film FestivalFor his acting career.
2004Achievement AwardNewport Beach Film FestivalOutstanding Achievement in ActingHappy Hour (2003)
2004Prism AwardPrism AwardsPerformance in a Film Festival AwardHappy Hour (2003)
2004Best ActorVerona Love Screens Film FestivalHappy Hour (2003)
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesFrasier (1993)
2002Best ActorDurban International Film FestivalLantana (2001)
2002FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Actor - MaleLantana (2001)
2001AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Actor in a Leading RoleLantana (2001)
2001IF AwardIF AwardsBest ActorLantana (2001)

Nominated Awards

2016AFCA AwardAustralian Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleHolding the Man (2015)
2016AACTA AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Supporting ActorHolding the Man (2015)
2016FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Actor - Supporting RoleHolding the Man (2015)
2009AFI International AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest ActorWithout a Trace (2002)
2009IF AwardIF AwardsBest Feature FilmBalibo (2009)
2009IF AwardIF AwardsBest ActorBalibo (2009)
2006AFI International AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest ActorWinter Solstice (2004)
2005Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Series, DramaWithout a Trace (2002)
2005ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesWithout a Trace (2002)
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesWithout a Trace (2002)
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesFrasier (1993)
2004Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Lead ActorWithout a Trace (2002)
2004OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Drama SeriesWithout a Trace (2002)
2004Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Series, DramaWithout a Trace (2002)
2004ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama SeriesWithout a Trace (2002)
2004ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWithout a Trace (2002)
2003Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActorLantana (2001)
2001FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Supporting Actor - MaleLooking for Alibrandi (2000)
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesFrasier (1993)
1993AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Actor in a Lead RoleThe Custodian (1993)
1991CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising ActorBetsy's Wedding (1990)

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