Bio: Actor Lou Martini, Jr.

Born in New York City to a “show biz family”- Dad Luigi Martini was a well respected character actor and singer until his death in 1971 -- Lou Jr. was seen early on in the classic “The Godfather.” Lou’s other childhood roles included the Mary Tyler Moore film “What’s So Bad About Feeling Good?” After Luigi’s death, Lou’s mother decided to pull him out of the business. However, Lou always had the bug and decided after graduating from the University of Houston to go back home to NYC and pick up where he left off.

While working on his craft, and his connections, it was landing a leading role in the off-Broadway smash “Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding” that was his first break. He performed in the hit show for three years. At the same time he was trying his hand at stand-up comedy. He performed as a lounge-type character by the name of “Vic Green,” while at other times he performed as himself, lamenting about the perils of living at home with his one-in-a-million Mom, Nikki (the inspiration for “My Louie,” a work in progress sitcom being looked at by several networks.) Lou has also starred off- Broadway in such shows as “Pleasant Avenue” by Edwin Torres, “Gangster Apparel” by Richard Vetere, the world premiere of “On the Waterfront” by Budd Schulberg and the current off-Broadway hit “Murdered by the Mob.” He just recently was the lead in the Penguin Repertory Company’s world premiere of “Centennial Casting,” where of his performance, one critic wrote, “Martini is sweet and shy, with a husky, higher-pitched voice that reminds one of Bruno Kirby of "When Harry Met Sally Lou’s television credits include numerous appearances on NBC’s “Law & Order,” and her sister shows (Criminal Intent and Special Victims Unit). Lou was also seen as the ill-fated series regular “Bobby By-Pass” on CBS’s “Falcone.” Lou has also been seen in Sydney Lumet’s critically acclaimed “100 Centre Street,” NBC’s “As the World Turns” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”. Lou became America’s favorite doorman on the “E” Television network’s smash hit “Gastineau Girls.” With write-ups in such magazines as “New York,” Lou garnered much publicity and fanfare, along with an offer for his own NBC sitcom to be helmed by the legendary James Burrows.Unfortunately the show was eventually scrapped . Lou's latest guest turns include FX'S “Rescue Me,and “Damages”, “White Collar” on the USA Network, NBC's “Black Donnelly's” and “Conviction”,and a hilarious stint as the goofy drug king pin on this years “Guys Choice Awards” on Spike TV. Also of note is the international sensation Bavarian Beer TV spot Lou has just completed, opposite the Academy Award winning Mickey Rourke!

Nicknamed by some of his colleagues as “the hardest working actor in New York”, Lou was just recently seen in the most critically acclaimed series in television history, HBO’s “The Sopranos”. Lou played “Anthony Infante”, brother-in-law to New York mob boss Johnny Sacramoni, and everybody's favorite Optometrist! Lou was a SAG Award nominee as part of the “best ensemble,drama”,category!Some of Lou’s latest film work includes the critically acclaimed independent feature film "Lbs." which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The indy darling is a fresh and entertaining account of one man's battle to defeat his addiction to overeating.After a successful theatrical run this year,the much anticipated DVD release will happen right around the upcoming holidays. Other recent film credits include starring opposite James MaCaffery in “To Redemption”, opposite Debbie Rochon in the soon to be released “Billy's Cult”, “West End” opposite Eric Roberts“,”Suicide Notes”,opposite country western superstar Sammy Kershaw,and as ELVIS in the soon to be seen “Won Ton Baby”, also opposite Gunnar Hansen of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” fame.

TRIVIA: Only actor to appear in both “THE GODFATHER” and “THE SOPRANOS.”

HONORS: Awarded “KEY TO THE CITY” for Steubenville, Ohio • Rang the opening buzzer at the NASDAQ

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