Born and raised in a working class Italian family, Romano, was the only member of his lineage to attend university first for engineering and then the arts. Though it was cut short by a mutual exodus... Grateful for this, he was later honored with The Yves Montand Best Actor Award, at the 1998 Kiev International Film Festival for his searing performance in the truly indie film "Burnt Eden". Subsequently he was nominated for Best Lead Actor in a Dramatic Role at the following events: The 1999 Gemini Awards and the 2000 Gala Metro Star Awards, both for the critically and highly acclaimed TV Series "Omerta". In which he also performed speaking in four different languages. Further nominations included the 2006 ACTRA Award in a supporting role for "Baby For Sale" and the 2007 Minesota SMMASH Film Festival's Best Male Actor category for "The Overlookers".
Romano's theatre training began in Montreal at a workshop with Joe Dowling, long standing Artistic Director of the Guthrie and formerly of the Abbey Theatre. Upon completion he moved to New York City to further his studies. In the process he became a bike messenger, construction worker and a bartender. Thankfully for the rest of us, not all at the same time! He collectively dedicated five years of theatre training at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, intensive workshops with Ron Stetson in the Sanford Meisner Technique and a workshop with Group Theatre alumni Bobby Lewis. Including a three-year tenure at the Stella Adler Theatre Conservatory. His graduating year being under the guidance of the legendary teacher Stella Adler, and luminary teachers Alice Winston, Jimmy Tripp and Casey Keziah whom instilled the art of Shakespeare. This period immensely helped to fortify his blue collar approach and faith in acting. Apart from his work, he is also very passionate for cycling, Kyudo archery, his friends and family. Including his dogs.
Name: Romano Orzari
Known for: White House Down
BirthDay: 12, Dec ,1964