Lillo Brancato, Jr., former "Sopranos" actor, and breakthrough artist in Robert Deniro’s 1993, “A Bronx Tale,” was released from prison in New York back in December of 2013 is speaking out, and seeking forgiveness from A Bronx Tale co-star, Chazz Palminteri.
Both actors Robert DeNiro and Chazz Palminteri came to the agreement to cast then unknown, Brancato to a role most kids would kill for. Brancato played the main character, "Calogero “C” Anello" in A Bronx Tale, opposite A-list actors in his first movie role at the age of 17.
After A Bronx Tale, Brancato landed other prominent roles in his career working alongside other A-list actors like, Gregory Hines and Danny DeVito in “Renaissance Man” in 1994, as well as working with Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman in 1995 for “Crimson Tide.”
Brancato had a flourishing movie career that Hollywood quickly jumped to say he could play leading roles until his real life copied most of the crime-related roles the young star portrayed on TV and film.
In June 2005 Brancato was arrested by the Yonkers police for illegal drug possession. Brancato was caught with four bags of heroin.
Later that year in December, Brancato was arrested again, this time by the New York City Police Department for a far more serious crime; a crime that most people can relate to by watching police dramas on TV.
Brancato was arrested in The Bronx on suspicion of murdering an off-duty police officer. Brancato admittedly said he was in search for drugs, when he and his accomplice, 48-year-old Steven Armento, the father of Brancato’s girlfriend at the time, broke into a home and was later confronted by police officer Daniel Enchautegui.
Unfortunately a gunfight ensued, resulting in Brancato and Armento getting shot, but sadly taking the life of police officer Enchautegui.
Because of this crime, naturally Hollywood including actor Chazz Palminteri lost all respect for Brancato. Palminteri gave the Daily News an interview that literally spelled out Palminteri does not want to know about Brancato, and that the Bronx Tale actor was literally dead to Palminteri.
Palminteri known by his colleagues and friends as a hand-working “Old School” Italian and devoted Catholic, that does not stand for the drugs and crime Brancato was involved with.
“I understand his anger and his disappointment,” Brancato told “Entertainment Tonight’s” Rob Marciano in an exclusive interview about Palminteri's feelings.
According to Brancato, he wants to reach out to both DeNiro and Palminteri to seek forgiveness and show he is truly sorry, is a changed man, and dutifully done his time, and not necessarily looking to jump-start his acting career.
Sadly for Brancato, Palminteri reached out to “Confidenti@l,” a section of the Daily News where Brancato gave an exclusive post-prison interview and Palminteri said for Brancato to “save his quarters.” So looks like Palminteri is not looking to invite his former co-star for tea anytime soon.