Updated news on the Gambino, Genovese, Bonanno, Lucchese and Colombo Organized Crime Families of New York City.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

After prison release Lillo Brancato set to return to the big screen


Lillo Brancato should be thankful some people give second chances.

Brancato, 38, perhaps best known for his role as Calogero Anello opposite Robert DeNiro in Chazz Palminteri's "A Bronx Tale," owes his second "big break" to producer William DeMeo, who hired him in his first acting role since being released from prison in 2013.

"Back in the Day" will have scenes filmed on Staten Island, it was reported today.

The indie film, also starring Alec Baldwin, Danny Glover and Mike Tyson, tells the story of a troubled kid from Bensonhurst who gets mentored by a local mobster while training to be a prize fighter.

Brancato -- who also starred in the 2000 season of HBO's "The Sopranos" -- will play the role of Nikcy Germano, the cousin of a boxer, who fights the main character for the title.

Brancato spent eight years behind bars before being released in 2013 for being an accomplice in a botched armed robbery in 2005 where his accomplice Steven Armento, a low-level Genovese crime family associate, shot and killed off-duty police officer Daniel Enchautegui.

He was acquitted of a second-degree murder count and sentenced to 10 years for burglary, but was released early due to time served while waiting for trial and good behavior -- he is on parole until 2018.



Post a Comment