Actor. Often cast as mobsters or in police detective roles. Born into an Italian-American family, he was raised in Southwest, Philadelphia and received a scholarship to attend Villanova University, where he studied Drama. He launched his career on stage with the off-Broadway production "Gemini" (1976) and had his breakthrough role on TV as 'Thomas "Three Fingers Brown" Lucchese' in the mini-series "The Gangster Chronicles" (1981). In 1982, he made his Broadway debut with "The Curse of the Aching Heart". Polito may perhaps be remembered for his association with the Coen Brothers' films including "Miller's Crossing" (1990), "Barton Fink" (1991) and "The Big Lebowski" (1998). To television audiences, he will perhaps be remembered for playing 'Steve Crosetti' in "Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993 to 1994). During the course of his career, he compiled roughly 100 TV and film credits. At the time of his death, he was undergoing treatment for Multiple Myeloma.
Bio by: C.S.
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