Armand Assante

by ethnic on December 16, 2007

Birth Name: Armand Anthony Assante, Jr.

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA

Date of Birth: October 4, 1949

*50% Italian (Sicilian)
*50% Irish

Armand Assante is an American actor. He was born in New York City, to Keatherine (Healy) and Armand Assante. His father was of Italian (Sicilian) descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry.

Armand’s paternal grandparents were Aniello Assante (the son of Pasquale Assante and Anchiza Wivale) and Elizabeth Digiovanni (the daughter of Federico di Giovanni and Maria Giuseppa Marseglia). Aniello was an Italian immigrant, born in Naples, Campania, Italy. Elizabeth was born in New York, to Italian parents.

Armand’s maternal grandfather was Denis Francis Healy (the son of Daniel Healy and Bessie Topen). Denis was born in New York, to Irish parents.

Armand’s maternal grandmother was Grace Florence Hartnett (the daughter of Daniel B. Hartnett and Bridget Josephine Brennan). Grace was born in Massachusetts, to Irish parents. Daniel was the son of Dennis Hartnett and Mary Ann Mullen. Bridget was the daughter of Edward Cottle Brennan and Margaret Geraghty.

Sources: Armand’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Armand’s paternal grandparents, Aniello Assante and Elizabeth Digiovanni –

Armand’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Armand’s maternal grandmother, Grace Florence Hartnett –

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andrew September 22, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Aniello Assante was born in Naples, Campania, Italy.

Federico di Giovanni and Maria Giuseppa Marseglia were the parents of Gaetano di Giovanni (an immigrant to Brazil), not sure about Elizabeth Digiovanni.

The surname “Di Giovanni” can be Sicilian though.

Anonymous January 2, 2012 at 10:53 pm

He played a native american in “The Prophecy.” WTF?

LiL V4CH4 April 12, 2010 at 6:16 am

Yeah he was in American Gangster….

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