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Romano Orzari

Romano Orzari has been nominated five times with one win as a professional actor. His achievement was honored with The Yves Montand Best Actor Award, at the 1998 Kiev International Film Festival, for his searing performance in the film "Burnt Eden". His Nominations for Best Lead Actor in a film or series were highlighted at the following events: The 1999 Gemini Awards and the 2000 Gala Metro Star Awards both for the acclaimed and fan favorite TV series "Omerta, Last Man of Honor" in which he spoke four languages. Other nominations are the 2006 ACTRA Award for "Baby For Sale" and the 2007 SMMASH Film Festival for "The Overlookers".

His formative theater training began in a workshop with Joe Dowling, long standing Artistic Director of the Guthrie Theater. Upon completion he moved to New York City, collectively dedicating five years of schooling with The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, intensive workshops with Ron Stetson in the Sanford Meisner Technique and a workshop with Group Theater alumni Bobby Lewis. Though Romano's three-year tenure at the Stella Adler Theater Conservatory, his final year with the legendary teacher Stella Adler, immensely helped to solidify his studies. During his 3rd year at the Conservatory, he landed his first feature "Bix" with nationally acclaimed Italian director Pupi Avati. Portraying the unique jazz pianist and composer Hoagy Carmichael. Never having touched the piano before, he actually learned to play on camera the requested songs. It was officially selected for competition at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival where his performance received notable reviews in The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. For the director's following film and recuperating from an unfortunate car accident, he was offered a supporting role in "Brothers and Sisters" which was officially selected in competition at the 1992 Venice Film Festival.

In the "The Last Hitman" Romano captured the opportunity to star opposite Joe Mantegna. This collaboration had a lasting and profound effect on his commitment and precision as an actor. "The Punisher War Zone" followed playing Dominic West's consigliere with a twist, and "Hidden Diary" as the estranged boyfriend to actress Marina Hands, whose doting mother is played by the luminous Catherine Deneuve. He is featured as Icarus in Tarsem Singh's Immortals and was the assassin, Giovanni Auditore, in Ubisoft's hit "Assassin's Creed Lineage" directed by Emmy Award winning director Yves Simoneau. For the Borsos Award Winner and Best Picture Genie nominated "3 Seasons", Romano uses his linguistic abilities to entirely improvise the male lead role in 3 different languages. Seamlessly switching from one to another. Independent films no less are balanced by block-busters such as Roland Emmerich's star studded "White House Down" in which he gets to cause severe destruction as the ex-IRA, lead rooftop sniper Faolan Mulcahy. Amongst other TV credits, a recurring role in the critically acclaimed 2nd season of "Durham County" as the beautifully warped arch nemesis Ray Prager. And then there is 24 Hour Rental in which we see Romano once more reprise a series lead role. He is honored teaming again with George Mihalka, and thrilled to be supported by a talented and tight ensemble cast for this adventurous black comedy airing this February 18th, 2014 on the Super Channel. On February 25th, 2014 he claims the title role of Garrett for the long awaited Thief 4 video game franchise. Romano was also hand-picked by the distinctive filmmaker Guy Maddin to play four completely contrasting characters in the director's ambitious soon to be released film "Seances".