Exclusive Roundtable with Working Actors Peter Onorati, Leo Rossi, James Quattrochi, Joe Sabatino

Your Host Joe Sabatino
Published: Friday, November 13th, 2009

Episode: 1.9



Working Actors Talk – Part 1
Working Actors Talk – Part 2
Working Actors Talk – Part 3
Working Actors Talk – Part 4
Working Actors Talk – Part 5
Working Actors Talk – Part 6
Working Actors Talk – Part 7


Interviews Guest Panel:
Actor Peter Onorati
Actor Leo Rossi
Director & Actor James Quattrochi


Veteran Actor Joe Sabatino joins Peter Onorati, Leo Rossi, and James Quattrochi for a casual discussion about their acting experiences.


Peter Onorati was born and raised in Boonton, New Jersey. He attended college at Lycoming College, where he received his B.A. degree in Business Administration. He was an NCAA all-conference wide receiver, and signed up to play in the World Football League, which quickly collapsed. He then enrolled in Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he received an MBA. He worked for Ford Motor Company and McCall’s magazines. He started in comedy, and left the business world for acting. He now lives in Los Angeles, appearing in both films and television shows. He is married to writer Jeanette Collins, and they have three sons. For a complete list of Peter’s Films and TV accomplishments, please visit


Personable, dynamic and versatile character actor Leo Rossi has been working profusely in both movies and TV shows alike from the mid-70s to the present day. Rossi was born in 1947 in Trenton, New Jersey and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Leo first began acting in community theater. Although often cast as mean, loutish and despicable characters (he’s portrayed more than his fair share of made Mafia guys as well as a substantial number of cops and government agents), Rossi has shown on many occasions that he can play more appealing and sympathetic roles with equal skill and conviction.  Leo was solid as crass’n’crude sexist pig “Budd” in Halloween II(1981). He has appeared in several movies for director Jonathan Kaplan: he was excellent as Bonnie Bedelia’s insecure, but basically decent husband “Jack Muldowney” in the wonderful Heart Like a Wheel (1983) and memorably chilling as the vile jerk who cheers on Jodie Foster’s barroom rape in the acclaimed The Accused(1988). Moreover, Joe has acted in three pictures for director William Lustig: very likable as antsy mob witness “Frank DeSalvo” in Hit List (1989), extremely engaging as eager beaver rookie homicide detective “Sam Dietz” inRelentless (1989) (Rossi reprised this part in three sequels and even co-produced the last two entries), and really funny as crazed serial killer “Turkell” in Maniac Cop 2 (1990). More recently, Rossi had a nice sizable supporting role as Robert De Niro’s evil cousin “Carlo” in the hit comedy Analyze This (1999). Among the TV shows Leo Rossi has done guest spots on are “ER” (1994), “Frasier” (1993), “Murder, She Wrote” (1984), “Tour of Duty”(1987), “21 Jump Street” (1987), “Cagney & Lacey” (1982), “T.J. Hooker” (1982), “Amazing Stories” (1985),”Hunter” (1984) and “Hill Street Blues” (1981). Imdb:


James Quattrochi arrived in Los Angeles in 1991 – a young actor wanting to expand his involvement in the film industry. Having acted in many interesting projects his dream was to take his talents behind the camera. In 1995 James produced and stared in, In the Kingdom of the Blind, with William Petersen, Paul Winfield and Michael Biehn. The film was an official selection of the Palm Springs Film Festival and The Santa Barbara Film Festival. “Kingdom” went on to receive worldwide distribution, allowing James to follow up this project by directing the critically acclaimed film “True Friends”. This film won the Charleston International Film Festival and James was voted “Best Up And Coming Director” by the Laifa Film Awards, with James receiving a letter of endorsement from director Martin Scorcese. The film was also honored with the Imagen Award, having been chosen over “The Mask of Zorro”.


James followed “True Friends” by directing “Jesus, Mary and Joey, starring Olympia Dukakis, Charles Durning, Stacy Keach, Jennifer Esposito, Marley Shelton, Joe Rossi, Jason Gedrick and Mellisa Joan Hart. James then took on the immense challenges of producing Choker, a film that was conceived, written, cast and shot in the span of only nine weeks.


Last year James was hired to produce “All In” A father and daughter who get caught up in the world of championship poker, the film stars Dominique Swain, Michael Madsen, Academy Award Winner Louis Gossett, Jr., and James Russo. This film now has world wide distribution through Fox.


His recent project “The Prince and The Pauper” James produced and directed this feature film starring The Sprouse Twins. Sony Pictures has signed on to distribute the film.



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