continuing his New York stage work, Colantoni
began garnering television roles as well.
and Order (lÔ and Ôrder)
n. One of a growing number of television
programs filmed in New York so that a few
struggling stage actors can eat upon occasion,
on which Enrico Colantoni made his first
post-Yale small screen appearance. Unless
you count A Current Affair (featuring
a John Belushi dramatic re-creation, of
which I can find no definite verification.
I can only speculate that if he did it,
he didnt play Belushi.) Likewise,
a dramatic re-creation on Top Cops
or an unverified appearance on Another
World, may pre-date the February 1994
Law and Order episode.
4 Episode 69026R
CENSURE 10/9pm 2/02/94
& JURY - Detectives help thwart a blackmail
attempt and find that a respected judge
is to blame. Later in the investiagtion,
ADA Kincaid (Jill Hennessy) is accused of
trumping up charges against the judge in
retaliation for him rejecting her sexual
advances when she served as his clerk --
an accusation which results in a Censure
for Kincaid. Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm
in the Middle) and Enrico Colantoni
(Just Shoot Me) guest star.
next major television part would prove to
be a turning point in Ricos life and
auditioned for the producers of NYPD
Blue in 1994 and was impressive enough
for them to devise a character especially
for him. "I got to play Peter
Boyle's schizophrenic son. It took two episodes,
but I finally killed him," Colantoni
favorite [role] is my character from NYPD
Blue, he said in 1999. The
drama comes easier to me, because I'm already
a dark and brooding guy.
The actors with whom he worked there were
also among his favorite performers: Besides
the people on my shows, it [his favorites]
has to be Peter Boyle, Dennis Franz (from
NYPD Blue), and Jonathan Pryce [Stigmata].
1994-95 season in which Rico appeared was
the only year in which NYPD Blue
won an Emmy for Best Drama Series. They
also won the Emmy for Best Casting that
same year. The show was also nominated in
the category of Best Cinematography for
Colantonis first episode You
Bet your Life That particular episode
was also nominated for an an ACS (American
Cinematographers Society) award.
both in NY and LA, the show lured Rico to
the west coast for filming.
succinctly sums up his rise to celebrity
Well, I studied for a lot of years
and struggled for a lot of years, then I
did a show called NYPD Blue. That
brought me out to Los Angeles, and while
I was in Los Angeles I auditioned for Hope
and Gloria and they hired me."
Episode 8: "You Bet Your Life"
Simone and Sipowicz investigate
the murder of a pregnant woman whose
charred remains leave few clues
as to her identity or that of her
killer. Meanwhile, Sipowicz is deeply
concerned when his friend, Dan Breen,
is beaten up by Breen's mentally
disturbed son, Danny.
Episode 9: "Don We Now Our Gay
transsexual Candace La Rue as a material
witness, Simone and Sipowicz investigate
the murder of a gay-bar proprietor.
Also, Dan Breen visits his mentally
disturbed son Danny despite Sipowicz'
co-starred for two seasons on Hope &
Gloria (NBC, 1995-1996) as Gloria's
twice ex-husband, Louis. By some accounts,
he stole the show, even though it was a
genre with which he was relatively unfamiliar.
I like drama. I never really embraced
comedy, he admitted. I always
ran away from it. When I got Hope and
Gloria it really, really surprised me.
It's been a wonderful lesson for me because
I tend not to have a lot of fun and to take
everything seriously. So comedy is a wonderful
gift. Comedy to me makes me have to have
miss Louis, he adds. Louis was
a lot of fun. Louis is more like me than
& Gloria didnt last long enough
to gather many accolades, but the Pilot
episode was nominated for a 1995 Casting
Society of America award in the category
of Best Casting for TV. (Lets be honest:
that HAD to be for casting Rico.)
short-lived, the series did lead to a small
measure of renown, hockey, the North Carolina
Azalea Festival, and lasting friendships
for Rico. Yes, most of them. We're
still very good friends, he says of
the Hope & Gloria cast.
One of those friendships, with fellow cast
member and Canadian Alan Thicke, led to
a renewal of his interest in hockey. I've
played hockey since I was a kid. But I only
recently picked it up again when I met Alan
Thicke, he said in 1999.They also,
apparently, share an interest in Musical
Just Shoot Me in
the 2001-2002 Season Finale, The
Boys in the Band.
into the Thicke of it
Sitcom star and game show host joins
Tuesday, March 31, 1998
So let's talk musicals -- specifically,
why is Alan Thicke showing up on the
Princess Of Wales stage tonight as slick
lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago. I mean,
shouldn't he be off starring in a sitcom
or hosting a game show or something?
[Rest of not so interesting
I mean relevant, article deleted.]
nonchalant as he tries to sound about
it, Thicke is clearly pumped about
Chicago. His wife picked up the signals
and gave him a going-away-to-Chicago
party last week.
took me out for dinner, then she blindfolded
me and said she was taking me out
somewhere, and my mind raced with
exotic and erotic fantasy. She drove
me around in circles, it turned out
she was driving me home. I walked
through the door blindfolded, the
music from Chicago started
blaring and there were 40 people there,
all in wardrobe. There was a choreographed
number and my buddy Rico from Toronto
-- Enrico Colantoni from Hope And
Gloria, now on Just Shoot Me -- he
did a song from the show.
"It was really quite spectacular,
a nice little bon voyage."
A lot of stuff I've done has never
been seen. Enrico Colantoni
he means this kind of stuff
or the Azalea Festival.
1996 North Carolina Azalea Festival
The North Carolina Azalea Festival
is pleased to announce the 1996 celebrity
guests are actors Enrico Colantoni
and Joseph Marcell as well as Miss
North Carolina, Lisa Bamford.
Enrico Colantoni plays Louis Utz,
the endearing ex-husband of Gloria,
on NBC-TV's Hope & Gloria.
His television appearances include
a powerful episode of NYPD Blue and
guest starring roles on Law &
Order, Another World, Top Cops, and
the syndicated Friday the 13th among
Miss North Carolina Lisa Bamford,
who received a standing ovation for
her piano composition at last year's
Azalea Princess Pageant, will return
as Mistress of Ceremonies.
a pretty good bet that Rico was in North
Carolina working on his TV Movie The
Member of the Wedding. That or he
just really likes azaleas
film career, as well as television success,
officially began in 1995 with
an action flick re-teaming White Men
Cant Jumps Woody Harrelson
and Wesley Snipes and also starring a
pre-Ben JLo. It goes into the category
as far as Ricos role is concerned.
Uninteresting Fact #6
Some shots of the subway car in Money
Train are re-used in 1999s Stigmata,
a film featuring, you guessed it, Enrico
follow-up feature film, Albino Alligator
(1996), doesnt even fall into
the "blink" category. Ricos
Agent #3 character appears only in shadow
(but, lord knows, he has an unmistakable
profile.) Hes only in the first ten
minutes of the film sorry to spoil
but watch the whole thing anyway,
just for Joe Mantegnas statement
to the press and Faye Dunaways Razzie
award-winning turn as a Cajun bar maid.
Rico also starred in the 1995 short film
Fish, which made the rounds of
film festivals, but may never have been
Member of the Wedding (1997)
this period, Colantoni is more prominently
featured in two made for TV Movies: The
Member of the Wedding and Cloned,
both in 1997.
The Member of the Wedding (based
on the Carson McCullers novel),
in which he plays the father, received
some critical acclaim. Cloned did
Foley guest starred as Jay, the Blind
Guy, in the March 2002 Just Shoot Me episode
made during this pre-Just Shoot Me
era, though I hesitate to mention it, was
The Wrong Guy (1997) a Fugitive
parody, starring fellow Canadian and JSM
guest star Dave Foley. Filmed in Toronto,
it was not released until 2002 in the US,
and even then went straight to video. Reviews
were almost unanimously bad. Some Foley
fans, however , claim that its friggin
brilliant. With jokes like this (below),
well, its hard to say.
Guy (Rico): Know how many assassins it took
to kill JFK?
Hibbert (Dave Foley): One?
Creepy Guy (Rico): Nope. There were no gunmen
at all. His head just did that.
this stuff is copyright 2003-2005. Mind you, I'm
not trying to infringe on anyone else's copyrights,
like NYPD Blue or TIme Warner or any other powerful
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