Chazz wrote a play called A Bronx…more
When the success of his one-man show "A Bronx Tale", Chazz Palmentari was bombarded with offers from every major studio head and every major studio wanted to make a complete film with actors, props, music and locations. Nearly every studio offered Chazz a fortune to have somebody else write the final screenplay and have someone else act the substantial roles. He insisted on not selling the rights unless he wrote the filming draft and he personally played the role of Sonny. DeNiro felt a kinship with the material and knew Hollywood would try to get someone like him to play Sonny. DeNiro made sure "A Bronx Tale" would only get made Chazz's way.
Chazz was terribly embarrassed when he first married his wife, because she didn't know how to cook. He had invited his entire Italian family over for Thanksgiving, and his wife cooked the turkey upside-down, which didn't cook on the underside. He ended up throwing the turkey out, and having pasta.
Chazz made his television directing debut in the HBO cable series about life in prison, Oz.
Chazz has an uncredited role as Benny Zadir, in the 1998 comedy Night At The Roxbury starring Will Ferrell and Chris Kataan.
Chazz was cast as a poetic gangster named Cheech in Woody Allen's tribute to theater in Bullets Over Broadway. He earned his first Oscar nomination for this role in 1994. He also was nominated for a SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role" for the movie.
Chazz authored both A Bronx Tale and Faithful as a playwright, and adapted both stage productions into motion pictures as a screenwriter.
Chazz made his television movie debut in 1989's Peter Gunn.
Chazz underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his neck in 1997.
Chazz took small roles in big screen movies for a few years starting as a truck highjacker in 1984's Home Free All, and a street hood in 1985's The Last Dragon.
Chazz's play A Bronx Tale earned rave reviews from the critics and a long run. LimeLight nightclub owner Peter Gaiten provided the financial backing to move the production from Los Angeles to New York, where it ran for four sold-out months.
Chazz started to get discouraged by the lack of quality roles that he was being offered, and he wrote one for himself. He wrote the semi-autobiographical A Bronx Tale in 1988, a one-man showcase with 35 supporting characters. He tells the story of an Italian-American boy and the struggle between a mob boss and a father for his devotion.
Chazz left New York City for Los Angeles, California in 1986. He landed several guest appearances on television shows, including: Wiseguy, Sydney, Matlock, The Hogan Family, and Hill Street Blues.
Chazz started acting in off-Broadway productions, and continued to do so for much of the 1980s in productions like: The Flatbush Faithful, The Guys In The Truck, and Twenty-Two Years. He also starred in several student films, including Fine Line by Ang Lee in 1984.
Chazz worked nights in the chic New York City nightclub, The LimeLight as a bouncer to make ends meet while honing his acting skills.
Chazz began writing sketches for a comedy troupe in 1980.
Chazz started out his career in entertainment as a long-haired lead singer for a rock band called Razzamazhazz.
Chazz graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School, and went to study with Lee Strasberg at the Actor's Studio in 1973, to work towards his goal of becoming a star.
Chazz has signed on as Captain Joseph Dicaro for the Touchstone/ABC pilot Drift about a detective Ray Hakansovich who suffers from insomnia and hallucinations after suffering an emotional trauma. If the pilot makes it to series it will air in the 2006/2007 season.
Chazz was in the running to play Dean Martin in the 1998 movie The Rat Pack.
Chazz frequently calls into WFAN, a sports radio station in New York.