Leo Rossi Biography

Birthday: 2012-07-17
Place of Birth: Trenton, New Jersey
Height: 6' 1½" (1.87 m)
Wiki Biography: Personable, dynamic and versatile character actor Leo Rossi has been working profusely in both movies and TV shows alike from the mid-70s to the present day. Rossi was born in 1947 in Trenton, New Jersey and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Leo first began acting in community theater. Although often cast as mean, loutish and despicable characters (he's portrayed more than his fair share of made Mafia guys as well as a substantial number of cops and government agents), Rossi has shown on many occasions that he can play more appealing and sympathetic roles with equal skill and conviction. Leo was solid as crass'n'crude sexist pig "Budd" in Halloween II (1981). He has appeared in several movies for director Jonathan Kaplan: he was excellent as Bonnie Bedelia's insecure, but basically decent husband "Jack Muldowney" in the wonderful Heart Like a Wheel (1983) and memorably chilling as the vile jerk who cheers on Jodie Foster's barroom rape in the acclaimed The Accused (1988). Moreover, Leo has acted in three pictures for director William Lustig: very likable as antsy mob witness "Frank DeSalvo" in Hit List (1989), extremely engaging as eager beaver rookie homicide detective "Sam Dietz" in Relentless (1989) (Rossi reprised this part in three sequels and even co-produced the last two entries), and really funny as crazed serial killer "Turkell" in Maniac Cop 2 (1990). More recently, Rossi had a nice sizable supporting role as Robert De Niro's evil cousin "Carlo" in the hit comedy Analyze This (1999). Among the TV shows Leo Rossi has done guest spots on are "ER" (1994), "Frasier" (1993), "Murder, She Wrote" (1984), "Tour of Duty" (1987), "21 Jump Street" (1987), "Cagney & Lacey" (1981), "T.J. Hooker" (1982), "Amazing Stories" (1985), "Hunter" (1984) and "Hill Street Blues" (1981).

Leo RossiPhotos & Pictures

Leo Rossi Leo Rossi


TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Accused Cliff 'Scorpion' Albrect 1988 Crime
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Halloween II Budd 1981 Horror, Thriller
Heart Like a Wheel 1983 Drama, Sport
Black Widow 1987
The Accused Cliff 'Scorpion' Albrect 1988 0
Hit List Frank DeSalvo 1989 Thriller, Action
Relentless Sam Dietz 1989 Crime, Thriller
Maniac Cop 2 1990 Game Show, 0
Too Much Sun George 1990
Fast Getaway Sam 1991
We're Talkin' Serious Money Charlie 1992 Comedy
Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story 1993 Crime, Drama, Romance
Raw Justice 1994
Fast Getaway II Sam Potter 1994
Mutant Species Hollinger 1995 Reality Tv
In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man with One Eye Is King Moran 1995 Crime, Drama
Felony Detective Kincade 1996 Action, Drama, Thriller
Beyond Desire Frank Zulla 1996 Action, Thriller
Wedding Bell Blues 1997 Comedy
True Friends Carmine 1998 Drama
Unconditional Love Martin Ward 1999 Action
The Mating Habits of the Earthbound Human 1999 Comedy, Sci Fi
Mafioso: The Father, the Son Vito Lupo 2000 Crime, Drama
Fatal Conflict Conrad Nash 2000 Action, Drama
Road to Redemption Sully Santoro 2001 Action, Comedy, Drama
Sticks Domino 2001
The Business of Fancydancing 2002
The Rose Technique Artie 2002 Crime
Crackerjack 3 Ricky Santeria-Ramos 2003 Action, Adventure
Back by Midnight 2005
Diamond Zero Augustine Garza 2005 Action, Comedy
All In Dr. Hamilton 2006 Comedy, Drama
A Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper 2007 Action, Family
The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone Petey 2009 Drama
PrimeMates Ray 2010 Comedy, Drama
Sinatra Club Castellano 2010 Action, Biography, Crime
The Nightmare Isn't Over: The Making of Halloween II Himself 2012 Horror
On Painted Wings The Boss 2014 Drama
Fragments from Olympus: The Vision of Nikola Tesla Henry 2014 Biography
The Unlikely's Gerald Maxwell 2015 Comedy