Viewers are introduced to Tony Amendola’s Vincent Gigante character in Episode 3 of “Black Bird.” Gigante is pointed out to Jimmy as an inmate he may want to get in good with. The Genovese crime family boss has about as many liberties as one can have in a maximum security prison, and he takes an interest in Jimmy and eventually invites him into his inner circle.
The Connecticut-born actor’s career started with guest spots on some legendary TV shows like “L.A. Law” and “Columbo.” In 1997, he got called to space to play Master Bra’tac in the sci-fi series “Stargate SG-1,” staying for the full run of the show. Some years later, Amendola made a home in another sci-fi drama, “Continuum,” playing Edouard Kagame for several seasons.
The veteran actor plays a priest who fights to rid a doll of its possessed spirit in “Annabelle” and embodies the villainous drug dealer Santos Jimenez in Showtime’s “Dexter.” He even took on the role of Geppetto, the kindly father figure to Pinocchio, in the fantasy drama TV series “Once Upon a Time.” In addition to those larger roles, Amendola has appeared in numerous other series and films. His resume is long and diverse, and there’s no telling where he might show up next.