John Lizzi is an American freelance actor in film, television and stage, a member of Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).
Born in Syracuse, New York, Lizzi graduated from West Genesee High School and received his Associates Degree in Drama from Onondaga Community College. He knocked around New York acting in small theatres and working temporary jobs until he was drafted into the military. Lizzi served in the United States Army's 4th Infantry Division and received an honorable discharge as a Vietnam Era veteran.
After completing his military service, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Lizzi also went back to school and earned his Bachelor's degree in Theatre from California State University at Northridge. To sustain himself while establishing an acting career, Lizzi worked as a community college counseling aide, a Los Angeles elections deputy and a manufacturer’s sales representative.
In the film "Trevor", directed by Peggy Rajski, Lizzi co-starred as Trevor’s Dad. This was the first film to address the issues and concerns of LGBTQ youth. It won an Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short film in 1995.
On "Seinfeld" (NBC) Lizzi guest starred as the Other Guy in the episode “The Doll”. He was the famous third tenor whose name Jerry and Elaine could never remember, yet Elaine wanted an autograph poster from him for her boyfriend, the “Maestro”.
On "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (NBC) he was the Robert Shapiro character in all the O.J. Simpson trial comedy skits.
Lizzi appeared in the films "The November Men" as an undercover CIA agent and "Mirage" as the skeptical business investor both directed by Paul Williams and written by James Andronica and as the armored car driver in "Too Fast, Too Young" directed by Tim Everitt. He also worked with avant-garde underground film maker and author Barry Swink, co-starring in three of his films, “He Digs Da Nang”, "A Savior on Sidney Street” and “Stuck Up”.
Lizzi also appeared in various TV series including "FBI: The Untold Stories" (ABC) as mob boss Thomas Petrizzo, the French soap opera "Le destin du docteur Calvet" as mob boss Michael Lomardi, "Middle Ages" (CBS) as the heart attack man, "A Current Affair" (FOX) as Attorney Robert Shapiro, "Babylon 5" (WB) as the TechnoMage, "Days of Our Lives" (NBC) as the cook, "Pickett Fences" (CBS) as the jury gospel singer and "Coach" (ABC) as the waiter. He also co-starred in the Kidsongs (WB) PBS series and music videos as the Italian chef in "Funiculi, Funicula" and the mailman in "Mail Myself to You".
Early in his career, Lizzi worked as a double for Robert Blake in the NBC TV series "Joe Dancer" and for Charles Bronson in "Death Wish II".
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The Actor's Road to Hollywood
by John Lizzi
Approx. 26,260 words.
Published on June 14, 2013.
A guidebook for actors who are considering a professional career in film and television. Included are some of the author's personal experiences and anecdotes of working in Hollywood.
Reel Quick Movie Reviews
by John Lizzi
Approx. 10,320 words.
Published on December 30, 2012.
So if you like to sit home and watch movies in your PJ’s with a reasonably priced giant bag of popcorn and your favorite beverage, and dislike long reviews that analyze the entire plot when all you wanted to know was whether the movie was good or not, then here are my “reel” quick movie reviews, so hang on to your popcorn because here we go! (Updated 11/12/2013)
Life Is Very Eclectic
by John Lizzi
Approx. 3,230 words.
Published on December 19, 2012.
A poetic journey from searching to enlightenment.
The issues of each generation may be different but the passions for justice are shared. Know this, you will come out of it for the better, so hang on, enjoy the ride and stand for something lest you fall for anything.
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