Character: Gianni Versace
Most beloved on the big screen as “Mathesar” in the sci-fi hit “Galaxy Quest,” Enrico Colantoni is currently recurring on the hit CBS series “Person Of Interest” as the villainous “Elias” and has guest-starred on the Syfy series “Warehouse 13” and TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.” He was also seen in the acclaimed mini-series “The Kennedys” as J. Edgar Hoover with Gregg Kinnear and Tom Wilkinson and Steven Soderbergh’s thriller “Contagion.” This marked Colantoni’s second time working with Soderbergh, having last appeared in his film “Full Frontal,” opposite David Duchovny and Julia Roberts. Other recent appearances include the comedy “Servitude” with Dave Foley and the WWE comedy “The Chaperone,” starring Triple H, opposite Annabeth Gish.
Colantoni has achieved enormous success on television and recently wrapped the acclaimed CBS/ION primetime drama “Flashpoint” as “Sgt. Gregory Parker,” which he was nominated several times for Gemini Awards as Best Actor in a Continuing Leading role having won once and winning the inaugural Canadian Screen Award in the same category in 2013. One of the most versatile actors today, Colantoni starred as the womanizing fashion photographer “Elliott DiMauro” on NBC’s long-running hit, “Just Shoot Me” and “Keith Mars” on the CW’s cult classic, “Veronica Mars” opposite Kristen Bell, which earned him a 2006 Teen Choice Awards nomination for “Choice Parental Unit.”
In addition, Colantoni starred as Celine Dion’s husband and manager, Rene Angelil on the Canadian TV movie “Celine,” a biopic based on the famed singer’s life and the Canadian mini-series “ZOS: Zone of Separation.” His television credits also include a co-starring role for two seasons on “Hope & Gloria” and guest-starring roles on “NYPD Blue”, “New York Undercover” and “Law & Order.” Other roles include “Frank Mckluskey”, “CI”, “The First $20 Million Is Always The Hardest” and “My Mom’s New Boyfriend.” Colantoni received critical praise for his role as Elia Kazan in the Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated cable television movie “James Dean.” Other film credits include Steven Spielberg’s “A.I., Stigmata”, “Albino Alligator”, “Money Train” and “The Wrong Guy.”
As a Writer and Director, Colantoni made two short films, “The Bike and Issues,” with the latter premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011.
Colantoni’s love for the theater began with a drama class he took while studying psychology and sociology at the University of Toronto. After his drama teacher encouraged him to pursue an acting career, he left school for New York, where he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for three years. While there Colantoni received the Princess Grace Scholarship and the Charles Jehlinger Award. From there he went on to graduate from the Yale School of Drama where he appeared in “Hamlet” at the Yale Repertory Theater. Colantoni also received the school’s prestigious Carol Dye Award. His theatre credits include Neil LaBute’s “The Distance From Here in London”, “The Merry Wives of Windsor” at the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Delacorte Theater in Central Park, “Arabian Nights” at the Manhattan Theatre Club, “The Triumph of Love” at the Guthrie Theatre and “Dracula” at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre. Colantoni played the title role in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” at the Matrix Theater and “Uncle Vanya” at the Lillian Theatre in Los Angeles.
Born in Toronto as the younger of two sons to Italian immigrant workers, Colantoni remains loyal to his roots: an avid fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Italian foods! He is the National Spokesperson for Heroes Are Human, a charity that is committed to helping and educating first responders deal with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Born December 2, 1946, in Reggio di Calabria, Italy, Gianni Versace became one of the tops fashion designers of the 1980s and '90s. He launched his first clothing line in Milan, Italy, in 1978. In 1989, Versace debuted his first couture collection. He continued to add his fashion empire, expanding into home furnishings and perfurmes. Throughout his career, Versace designed for such figures as Madonna, Prices Diana, Elton John and Tina Turner. He died on July 15, 1997. At the time of his death, Versace's company was worth more than $800 million... Read more about Gianni Versace on Biography.com.