The Saint Pio Foundation Goodwill Ambassadors are outstanding celebrities at both international and national levels, who advocate and promote the vision and goals of the Saint Pio Foundation, through their name and fame. They have generously accepted to use their talent and status, together with their humanitarian persona, to help focus the United States of America’s attention on the work of The Saint Pio Foundation.
Joe Mantegna Biography
Joe was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Award for his acclaimed performance as Richard Roma in David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross. Some of Joe’s film and television highlights are; House of Games, Searching for Bobby Fisher, Godfather III, the role of Dean Martin in The Ratpack, and the voice of Fat Tony on The Simpsons. For two seasons Joe starred with Mary Steenburgen and Amber Tamblyn in the critically acclaimed CBS drama Joan of Arcadia, winner of the 2004 People Choice Award for best new drama as well as picking up three Emmy nominations. In 2008 Joe reprised his Emmy nominated role of Lou Manahan opposite Debra Messing in USA Network series The Starter Wife. Joe has several projects in the works including Disney/Pixar film, CARS2. In April of 2011 Joe received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
May of 2012 Joe was appointed the National Spokesperson for The U.S. Army Museum, to lead the fundraising campaign to build the long-planned National Museum of the United States Army.
Joe recently completed the feature films The Bronx Bull, Ten Cent Pistol and Compulsion. He also is co-producing a documentary on the late Science Fiction Icon Ray Bradbury that’s due out in 2013.
Currently Joe stars as FBI Special Agent David Rossi in season eleven of the Hit CBS Drama Criminal Minds as well as hosting and producing duties on “Gun Stories” for the Outdoor Channel.
Maestro Luciano Lamonarca met with Hollywood Actor Joe Mantegna
Maestro Luciano Lamonarca, in his capacity as CEO of Saint Pio Foundation, met with Hollywood Actor Joe Mantegna. We are extremely honored that Actor Joe Mantegna has committed to support the vision and the initiatives of the Saint Pio Foundation, becoming the Foundation’s first Goodwill Ambassador.
Note* The Acclaimed Actor Joe Mantegna is pleased to support the Saint Pio Foundation for those events realized in support of the Veterans.
Tony Lo Bianco
Tony Lo Bianco Biography
The career of actor Tony Lo Bianco is distinguished as much by its depth and variety as by the skills and gifts Mr. Lo Bianco brings to his work. He has appeared in over 100 films, television programs, and stage performances, both on-screen and off as a writer, director, and producer. Throughout his career, Mr. Lo Bianco has collaborated with many of the brightest creative minds in the performing arts, both past and present.
On stage, Off-Broadway, Mr. Lo Bianco won an Obie Award for Best Actor in Jonathan Reynold’s Yanks-3, Detroit-0, Top of the 7th. Following his memorable performance as Eddie Carbone in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge on Broadway, he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor, and won the Outer Critics Circle Award. He also received an Emmy Award for Hizzoner! The Life of Fiorello La Guardia.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, as a teenager, he was a former Golden Gloves boxer and an all-star baseball player.
His best known film performances are as Sal Boca in the 5 Academy Awards winner The French Connection, with Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider ; as Ray Fernandez in cult classic The Honeymoon Killers; as Peter in God Told Me To; Bloodbrothers with Richard Gere; City Heat with Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds; Oliver Stone’s Nixon with Anthony Hopkins; The Juror with Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore; and F.I.S.T. with Sylvester Stallone, Kill the Irishman, alongside Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer, and Christopher Walken and The Engagement Ring with Lainie Kazan and Patricia Heaton.
On television, Mr. Lo Bianco starred as the undefeated heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano in Marciano, and again in the remake, The Rocky Marciano Story with George C. Scott and Jon Favreau. He appeared in the mini-series Marco Polo; Franco Zeffirelli’s Jesus of Nazareth with Lawrence Olivier and Anthony Quinn; he co-starred in La Romana with Gina Lollobrigeda and in The Last Tenant with legendary acting teacher Lee Strasberg. Mr. Lo Bianco starred in the television series, Police Story and Palace Guard, and co-starred in the television series, Jessie, with Lindsay Wagner. He has appeared in episodes of Law & Order; Murder, She Wrote; and numerous two-hour movies of the week. As a director, Mr. Lo Bianco directed episodes of television series Police Story, Kaz and several others, and the feature film Too Scared to Scream and is now in the process of writing, and will direct in his new film based on his younger years.
Mr. Lo Bianco co-founded the Triangle Theater and served as artistic director for six years, during which time lighting designer Jules Fisher, playwright Jason Miller, and actor Roy Scheider, as well as many others, performed there. Mr. Lo Bianco himself directed eight of the productions and produced twenty-five others. He is currently touring with his one-man show, The Little Flower, the Life and Time of New York Mayor, Fiorello La Guardia, and giving his inspirational talk across the country entitled From Brooklyn to Broadway and Beyond. Mr. Lo Bianco is currently teaching acting and is a member of The Actors Studio.
Mr. Lo Bianco served as the National Spokesperson for the Order Sons of Italy. His many humanitarian efforts have earned multiple awards, including the Eleanora Duse Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts; Man of the Year for Outstanding Contributions to the Italian-American Community from the Police Society of New Jersey; a Man of the Year Award from the State of New Jersey Senate; a Lifetime Entertainment Award from the Columbus Day Parade Committee; the 1997 Golden Lion Award; and the Humanitarian Award of the Boys’ Town of Italy, and the Ellis Island Medal of honor. He is a member of the Italian American National Hall of Fame and just this year received the Louis Prima Arts and Entertainment Award.
Tony is now married to the love of his life, the beautiful and talented Alyse.
Maestro Luciano Lamonarca met the acclaimed American Actor Tony Lo Bianco
On March 23, 2016, Maestro Luciano Lamonarca met with American Actor Tony Lo Bianco, who committed to support the initiatives of the Saint Pio Foundation, and accepted to become the Foundation’s Goodwill Ambassador.
Actor Tony Lo Bianco acceptance speech as a Goodwill Ambassador
American Singer and Actor
Franc d'Ambrosio Biography
Franc D’Ambrosio is best known as the “Phantom” in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winning Musical, “The Phantom Of The Opera.” Affectionately known as “The Iron Man of The Mask”, Franc was awarded the distinction as the “World’s Longest Running Phantom”, with over 2,300 performances of the lead role, a title he held for a decade. This accomplishment was immortalized in a cemented hand ceremony.
Mr. D’Ambrosio is a welcomed and frequent guest ar tist with many major symphonies in America and Europe (Pop Series). With the success of D’Ambrosio’s national and international tours, he has joined the ranks of the famed Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman as only a handful of Phantom alumni to successfully crossover to solo careers. He celebrates 10 years of continuous touring.
D’Ambrosio’s resume also includes an Academy Award Nominated film, an Emmy Award Nominated television show, four time Tony nominated Broadway show, Two Grammy Considerations, and a National Theatre Award Nomination.
Early in D’Ambrosio’s career, Paramount Pictures talent scouts discovered him in the chorus of his first Broadway show. This ended an exhaustive two year international search and D’Ambrosio was awarded the role as the opera singing son of Al Pacino in Coppola’s seven time Academy Award nominated film “Godfather III.” Franc had the honor of singing the Academy Award winning theme song, “Speak Softly Love” (Brucia la Terra) both in the film and on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. D’Ambrosio’s performances of the theme song have garnered over one million hits on YouTube.
D’Ambrosio’s performance so impr essed the late Luciano Pavarotti that it led to an invitation – which was quickly accepted – for him to study with the legendary tenor, for the summer, at his home in Italy.
So began this varied and amazing career.
After his impressive run as “The Phantom Of The Opera”, D’Ambrosio caught the eye of Bar r y Manilow, who per sonally selected him to create and star as the male lead, “Tony”, in the pre-Broadway tour of “Copacabana”. The show enjoyed a successful year long tour. This performance earned D’Ambrosio his National Theatre Award nomination for Best Male Performer in a Musical.
D’Ambrosio cur rently tour s extensively – throughout the United States, Europe and South America – with his critically acclaimed one man shows:
- “FRANC D’AMBROSIO’S BROADWAY – Songs of The Great White Way” (debut 2004)
- “FRANC D’AMBROSIO’S HOLLYWOOD – Songs of The Silver Screen”(debut 2007)
- “I’LL BE SEEIN’ YOUZ…A Bronx Boy’s Musical Perspective of World War II (debut 2010)
- “FRANC D’AMBROSIO’S CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK” (debut 2011)
Recognized for his vibrant voice and legato singing, D’Ambrosio was invited by Olympic Champion Brian Boitano to perform as a Special Musical Guest in the skater’s NBC special “Brian Boitano’s Skating Spectacular”. D’Ambrosio also joined Boitano in his next TV special, “The 2005 Tribute to Movies on Ice”, starring as Special Musical Guest with multi Grammy Award winning vocalist Michael Bolton. His performance of “Music of the Night” skated to by Boitano, received the evening’s only standing ovation.
In the middle of his full schedule of solo concerts, D’Ambrosio has co-starred with Dorothy Hamill in the critically acclaimed “Broadway On Ice”. D’Ambrosio also starred in the Louisiana Lyric Opera’s successful production of “Miss Saigon”. The National Italian American Foundation featured D’Ambrosio as their the special guest artist for the prestigious 2011 Spring Gala — an event co-hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinse.
In July of 2011 D’Ambrosio was pleased to accept the invitation to co-star in the production “Love Changes Everything” – a celebration of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. This production boasted an all star cast, which also featured Tony Award nominee Liz Callaway, Kevin Kern and Laurie Gayle Stephenson. They played to packed houses and received rave reviews. “Most impressive is D’Ambrosio who played the title role in The Phantom of the Opera”for six years and delivers an exquisite version of The Music of the Night.”Alice T. Carter/Pittsburgh Tribune.
In February, 2013 D’Ambrosio brought his popular BROADWAY program to the Hard Rock Live stage in Hollywood, Florida. Over 1,800 audience members gave D’Ambrosio three standing ovations.
D’Ambrosio’s show “CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK” has become a holiday standard, joyously celebrating the magic of the holiday season with favorite holiday standards from the American Songbook. The show debuted in November 2011 and played to sold out audiences at the famed Rrazz Room in San Francisco in December 2011, to critical acclaim.
Franc D’Ambrosio’s passion for teaching his craft to young artists leads to Italy each summer wher e he teaches at the Lorenzo Malfatti Accademia Vocale di Lucca. He also lectured for the University Of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory Of Music in Spoleto, Italy. He works with the Cherubini Music Conservatory in Florence, Italy and American University in Washington DC. D’Ambrosio also participates in numerous lecture series for such prestigious institutions as the New Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, the famed Julliard School NYC and the American Academy Of Dramatic Arts in New York City. While touring, D’Ambrosio makes himself available to local school outr each progr ams across the US and Europe.
He offers both lecture and master class formats.
Maestro Luciano Lamonarca met with American Actor and Singer Franc d'Ambrosio
On December 10, 2014, Maestro Luciano Lamonarca, CEO of Saint Pio Foundation, met with American Singer and Actor Franc d’Ambrosio. We are extremely honored that Franc d’Ambrosio has committed to support the vision and the initiatives of the Saint Pio Foundation, becoming the Foundation’s third Goodwill Ambassador.
American singer and actor Franc d'Ambrosio acceptance speech
Composer and Music Producer
Lee Curreri Biography
“Lee Curreri is the reason I got my first keyboard.” Hans Zimmer, Academy Award winning composer.
Composer, music producer and keyboardist Lee Curreri became an international sensation as the star of the acclaimed motion picture and television series “Fame.” Playing the intense keyboard prodigy “Bruno,” a role that closely matched his own background and abilities, Lee was also involved in the music for the long running series. Born in the Bronx, NY, Lee studied his craft at the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music and Westchester Conservatory prior to being cast by director Alan Parker for Fame.
The television series brought Lee to Los Angeles where his personal take on pop, jazz and classical styles made him in demand to score music for a number of other television projects when he wasn’t on the set or recording studio. Soon after coming to the West Coast, Lee’s musical talents were discovered by Bobby Colomby, A&R for Capitol Records at the time, and the former drummer for “Blood, Sweat, and Tears.” Colomby introduced Lee to recording artist Natalie Cole, recommending he produce Natalie on her “Good To Be Back” album. The success of that project lead to Lee going on to produce a host of artists, including Nicolette Larson, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Jon Hassell, Robert Downey Jr., and Phil Perry.
While in the studio producing records, Lee continued to compose for film and television and play keyboards and synthesizers for many other artists. He formed the TV/film music production company “Xacca Sounds,” scoring MTV’s edgy “Liquid Television” series, several animated programs including “Littlest Pet Shop” and “GI Joe Extreme”, and several top flight national commercials for clients such as Nike, Taco Bell and Frutopia. “Xacca” is the Greek spelling of the town in Sicily, Sciacca, where his paternal grandfather Leonard was born. The maternal side of his family hails from Sannicandro di Bari, Italy.
Lee’s profile in the LA music scene has continued to rise. Later he scored a number of episodes of David E. Kelley’s highly rated series “Chicago Hope” and worked on Robert Altman’s acclaimed anthology series “Gun.” Through his close association with Hans Zimmer’s Media Ventures, Lee was introduced to producer Jerry Bruckheimer and became composer for the Simpson/Bruckheimer series “Dangerous Minds” and “SOF.” Lee’s reputation as a cutting edge contemporary writer brought him back into commercials and he composed spots for boutique music house Volume, including high-profile national campaigns for Microsoft Network, Turner Broadcasting and Toyota.
After years of scoring, record producing and performance work, Lee has taken time to compose and produce the first full length CD of his own original music, the transcendental, rhythmic-soul project, “Aquabox,” which has been aptly tagged “the evolution will not be televised.” Recently, he has composed music for projects such as “Winning the Peace,” a short film that won “Best Score” at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, “I Tried,” a movie starring the members of Bone Thugs’n’Harmony, “The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends,” “Meskada,” a mystery crime drama starring Nick Stahl, and TV’s “Dr. Oz.” Lee also had the pleasure of working with his childhood idle, Carole King, on “A Holiday Carole,” arranging, and playing horns and keyboards. Lately, he has been enjoying producing and playing with the Italian pop group “Mode,” a collection of talented musicians based in Southeastern Sicily.
Maestro Luciano Lamonarca met with composer, producer, musician and actor Lee Curreri
On September 12, 2014, Maestro Luciano Lamonarca, in his capacity as CEO of Saint Pio Foundation, met with the composer, producer, musician and actor Lee Curreri. We are extremely honored that Lee Curreri has committed to support the vision and the initiatives of the Saint Pio Foundation, becoming the Foundation’s Goodwill Ambassador.
Composer & Music Producer Lee Curreri acceptance speech
American Actor and Singer
Robert Davi Biography
While he is recognized as one of film’s best-known tough guys, Robert Davi has been winning the respect and admiration of fans, critics and fellow artists with his expressive singing. His Album, Davi Sings Sinatra: On The Road To Romance, produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, catapulted its way into Billboard magazine’s top ten (#6) traditional jazz chart.
While, Davi Sings Sinatra: On the Road to Romance and his dynamic live performances may have surprised some of his fans, Davi’s love of music and entertaining began at an early age. At 15, he won First Place in the prestigious New York State School Music Association Solo Competition. As a young adult, he studied under several top vocal teachers including the legendary Tito Gobbi, Dan Ferro of Juilliard, Samuel Margolis (who taught Robert Merrill) and most recently, renowned vocal coach Gary Catona.
In his latest film role, Davi adds to his movie legacy. He joins the most recent installment of the popular franchise “The Expendables 3,” (to be released later this year). From the memorable villain, Colombian drug lord Frank Sanchez, in the Bond film “License to Kill” (voted one of the top Bond villains of all time) to his stand-out performances in “The Goonies,” “Die Hard,” ”Kill the Irishman,” “The Iceman” and many other films to the respected series “Profiler” and ”Stargate: Atlantis,” Davi has appeared in over 100 movies and many television programs. He has garnered praise from critics, directors and co-stars, including Steven Spielberg, Richard Donner, Blake Edwards, John McTiernan, and Paul Verhoeven. He has acted opposite Marlon Brando, Roberto Benigni, Bruce Willis, Clint Eastwood, Benicio Del Toro, Danny Glover, Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, James Franco, and Val Kilmer, among others. GQ Magazine has compared him to silver screen classics Robert Mitchum and Lee Marvin. His tough exterior masks an inner sensitivity, which he has brought to his roles as a Palestinian terrorist in the award-winning TV movie, “Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami,” and in memorable appearances in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” ”Without a Trace,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Criminal Minds” and many more.
In 2007, Davi produced, directed co-wrote and starred in “The Dukes,” the story of a successful Doo Wop group who falls on hard times. At the Monte Carlo Festival of Comedy, Davi was awarded Best First-Time Director and Best Screenplay for the film and he was the only first-time director in the Premiere Section of the International Rome Film Festival, with films by Sean Penn, Robert Redford, Sidney Lumet and Julie Taymor.
Hailing from Astoria, Queens, NY, Davi attended Hofstra University on a drama scholarship. He moved to Manhattan to study with legendary acting coach Stella Adler, who became his mentor. He subsequently became a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, studying with acting teacher Lee Strasberg and also studied under Sandra Seacat, Larry Moss, Milton Katselas, Martin Landau, Mala Powers, and George Shdanoff, the creative partner and collaborator with the influential Michael Chekhov. His first screen appearance was opposite Frank Sinatra in the telefilm, “Contract on Cherry Street.”
Besides working in music, film and television, and raising his five children, four dogs, and two cats, Davi is an active supporter of The Dream Foundation, Exceptional Children’s Foundation, Heart of a Child Foundation, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Youth Foundation, The Humane Society of the United States, Heart of a Horse, NIAF, The Order ’Sons of Italy’ in America (OSIA), and UNICO National. Since its inception in 1998, Davi has been the National Spokesperson for i-Safe America, which is regarded by many internet experts as the most complete internet safety program in the country and is available in grades K- 12 in all 50 U.S. states.
Davi has received numerous awards for career achievement and community involvement, including the George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award from the Hofstra University Alumni Association (past recipients include Francis Ford Coppola and William Safire). He has received the FBI’s Man of the Year Award in Los Angeles and was also named KNX radio’s “Citizen of the Week” for saving a young girl from a fire in her home. Other public service awards include the Sons of Italy’s Royal Court of the Golden Lion Award and the 2004 STEP Award (Science, Technology and Education Partnership), whose past recipients include Arnold Schwarzenegger. In 2007, Davi received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Italian Board of Governors in New York, and in 2008, he received the Italo-Americano Award from the Capri-Hollywood Festival. In 2011, Davi was awarded the ”Military Order of the Purple Heart” (MOPH) Special Recognition Award for dedication and service honoring America’s service members and veterans.