Chazz Palminteri is perhaps best known as an actor, but he is also a gifted screenwriter, producer and playwright. He was born in the Belmont neighborhood in the NYC borough of the Bronx on May 15, 1952.
Belmont was once a big Italian neighborhood. Italian American rocker Dion DiMucci and Italian American actress Anne Bancroft were also from the neighborhood. Although the Italian American population is no longer dominating the area, Belmont is still considered the Little Italy of the Bronx due to all the Italian businesses along Arthur Avenue.
Palminteri's full name is Calogero Lorenzo Palminteri. His paternal grandparents were Calogero and