RESUME 

 Rico Simonini

Height: 6"2  |   Eye Color: Green   |   Hair Color: Brown

Rico Simonini is an Italian-American actor and cardiologist. After recovering from a prep school Jesuit education, Rico Simonini graduated New York University with a bachelor's degree and the John Parkes History Award. As an actor he has enjoyed the opportunity to play leading roles in dozens of plays on stages in New York, Los Angeles and a few places in between. However, Rico's journey in the dramatic arts has shadowed his primary vocational pursuit which propelled him from tree-lined Brooklyn roots, to New York's Bellevue Hospital, then to San Francisco, Boston, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Chicago and eventually Los Angeles; cardiovascular medicine. Like Anton Chekhov, Somerset Maugham, and Arthur Conan Doyle before him, Rico remained married to medicine while pursuing his paramour, the theatre, wherever his career would take him.

 

Eventually after being recruited by one of Los Angeles' most prestigious medical centers, it was an inevitability that his artistic pursuits would blossom as often times his clients would recruit him and indulge his fancy for film and theater. This would lead him to study the "craft" with various mentors including the Baron-Brown Meisner Studios as well as the Actors Studio, where many playwrights invited him to workshop and perform their scripts. Rico enjoyed working "on the boards" in leading roles in well known plays such as Ricky Roma (Glengarry Glenn Ross), RP McMurphy (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), Daniel Kaffee (A Few Good Men), and Joe Pendleton (Heaven Can Wait) in addition to originating over a dozen roles in dramas by local playwrights-all while maintaining a cardiology practice that can be described as star studded as some of the productions he has been fortunate to work on.

 

In 2014, playwright Willard Manus chose Rico to originate the role of Frank Sinatra in "Frank and Ava" a two-hander developed at the Actors' Studio, that portrayed the iconic romance between "extraordinary individuals" facing obstacles relatable to all: impossible love and lofty dreams, the yearnings for which push us to the brink. This story, based on true events, of Sinatra's redemption and resurrection despite improbable odds in an unfriendly world (the scrutiny of the 1950's) inspired Rico to undertake a screenplay adaptation and his first feature film production premiere in 2018, with global release in early 2019. The film, "Frank and Ava" is now available on major streaming platforms and can be seen below:

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 EXPERIENCE 

Film

Dear Eleanor            

Die Hard 5            

LA Superheroes      
Mirror Image             
Ganzfield Experiment    
Toys In The Attic     
Hellbenders                  
Silver Case                
When in Rome          
Yellow                         
My Sister's Keeper    
Max Payne                
Boston Girls             
Citizen Jane            
WWJD                    
Boiler Maker            
Firedog              
Dead Man's Hand     
Bruce Almighty       
Nietzsche                   
18 Fingers of Death 
Big Bag of $              
Last Days of Limbo  

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Kevin Connolly (Dir.)
20th Century Fox
Lionsgate
Three Kings Ent.
Michael Oblovitz (Dir.)
Hannover House Prod.
Lionsgate
Christian Filippella (Dir.)
WTouchstone Pictures
Nick Cassavetes (Dir.)
Nick Cassavetes (Dir.)
20th Century Fox
Gabriel Bologna (Dir.)
Armand Mastroianni (Dir.)
Nasser Entertainment
BPaul T. Murray (Dir.)
Scott Duhie (Dir.)
Charles Band (Dir.)
Tom Shadyac (Dir.)
Ricardo Bofill (Dir.)
James Lew (Dir.)
Librium Pictures
Dave Garrett Prod.

Television

Days of Our Lives

Judging Amy 

Pandemic (mini-series)  

The District

CBS Evening News   

Recurring

Co-Star   

Recurring

Co-Star   

as Dr. Simonini   

6 Episodes (NBC)
M. Mitchell (Dir.) (CBS)
Armand Mastroianni (Dir.)
Oz Scott (Dir.) (CBS)
KCBS TV

Theater

(Partial)

Frank and Ava            
Berlin Cowboys            
Brooklyn USA            
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest    
Anna In The Tropics        
A Few Good Men            
Hamlet                
A Thousand Clowns        
Reservoir Dogs            
The Sting            
Savage In Limbo            
The Petrified Forest        
GlenGarry Glen Ross        
Summer Brave            
A Soldier Play            
The Boys Next Door        
Heaven Can Wait            
Last Night At Ballyhoo        
A Night and Her Stars   

Frank

Costas

Smiley Manone

R.P. McMurphy

Juan Julian

Kaffee

Claudius

Murray Burns

Mr. White

Henry Gondorf

Tony Aronica

Alan Squire

Richard Roma

Hal

Cpt. Taylor

Jack

Joe Pendleton

Joe Farkas

Supporting

Hollywood Fringe
Write Act Rep
Write Act Rep
Theatre Palisades
Dow Arena
Theatre Palisades
Charlens Co
Pilot Light
Pilot Light
Pilot Light
Pilot Light
Pilot Light
Working Stage
Working Stage
The Complex
The Complex
Pilot Light
Morgan Wixsom
Alliance Rept'ry

 Training

Joanne Barone - DW Brown Acting Studio

Joanna Sanchez (Meisner)

Margie Haber

Bobby Chance

Uta. Hagen

Improvalympics - Del Close (the "Harold)

Keith Johnstone (Theatre Sports)

Groundlings! 2001 LA Ovation Award.

 Special Skills 

Languages: English (fluent), Italian (fluent), Spanish
Accents: UK, FR, GER, RUS, Regn'l US, Voiceover & Cartoons
Athletic: Baseball, Football, Bicycling, Boxing, Running (NYC Marathon)
Skills: Motorcycle, Chef, Pool, Casino gambling
Education: New York University: History/Science
Physician: Cardiology, MENSA (IQ Society)
Commercials: National and International (Valid U.S. Passport)

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