Armand Assante

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Birth Name: Armand Anthony Assante, Jr.

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 4, 1949

*50% Italian
*50% Irish

Armand Assante is an American actor. His roles include the films Private Benjamin, I, the Jury, and When Nietzsche Wept, and television’s Gotti (1996) and Homer’s The Odyssey.

He was born in New York City, to Katherine/Katharine (Healy) and Armand Assante. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish ancestry. He has two children with his former wife Karen McArn.

Armand’s paternal grandfather was Aniello Armand Assante (the son of Pasquale Assante and Anchiza Wivale). Aniello was an Italian emigrant, born in Naples, Campania, Italy.

Armand’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Digiovanni/di Giovanni (the daughter of Federico di Giovanni and Maria Giuseppa Marseglia). 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 –

Obituary of Armand’s father –

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

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


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4 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    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.

  2. Anonymous says:

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

  3. LiL V4CH4 says:

    Yeah he was in American Gangster….

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