Lilo Brancato is an American actor who rose to fame after landing the role of a Calogero 'C' Anello in the hit show A Bronx Tale in 1993. A haze of drugs and unfortunate violent crime in 2005 changed his life when he was part of the shooting of police officer Daniel Enchautegui who lost his life during a messed up burglary.
Lillo Brancato's Relationship Status; Who's His Wife?
Lillo Brancato seems to be unmarried but he has been in a longtime relationship with his partner Christina Chen. There has been no confirmation if his partner has become his spouse. However, many reports claim that he has a troubled past, but his girlfriend and future wife Chen stayed committed to him even during his dark times.
During the highest peak of his career, he met his lover and soon the connection between them grew and they subsequently started their love story. The actor is not open about his idea of marrying Chen, and he has described how supportive and encouraging Chen was even after a tragic incident in 2005 that changed his life.
As of 2023, Lillo has yet to spill the beans on how long the two have been in a relationship and she is also yet to be his wife. The online reports claim that Lillo's relationship with the daughter of Steven Armento, Stefanie became somewhat public in the early 90s which also brought a crisis. Lillo's popularity is a mixture of notoriety as per PEOPLE
Are Lillo Brancato And Kristina Chen Married?
Drugs deeply impacted the actor at the time but despite his prison sentence and drug addiction. In 2005, the actor modestly altered his life forever. Lillo moved in with his former girlfriend Stefanie in Yonkers, sparking rumors that he would lure her into becoming his wife.
Similarly, his girlfriend took his side even after his long-awaited time in a prison sentence and she waited for her beau's return. It took him a significant amount of time to move on and while him being in prison, he was committed to quitting all his bad habits and amending his terrible act.
Lillo Brancato has kept all of his details to himself. He has yet to come forward about his marriage plan with Christina Chen. Lillo, who is in his late 40s is a fitness freak, actively uses social media, especially Instagram with username @lillo_brancato and he posts videos related to his fitness routine. He has a huge fan following on his social account.
In 2014, a year after he was released from prison, he spoke about his intention to marry his girlfriend Christina, and revealed that he hoped to marry in about a year.
Why Was Lillo Brancato Sentenced to Prison?
The controversy surrounded him in 2005 when a judge sentenced him. After his former girlfriend's dad, Steven Armento fired the fatal shot when gunfire was exchanged in an alleyway, it killed an off-duty NYPD police officer Daniel Enchautegui. Steven was charged with second-degree murder, and his trial started on November 17, 2008.
Furthermore, Lillo who was unarmed was shot by Echautegi during the firefight, and he subsequently lost part of his colon and his spleen. Lillo recalled his night in Rikers Island in the medical dorms, which were surrounded by plexiglass windows.
In addition, Lillo claimed they weren't looking to housebreaking rather he and his partner were in an attempt to shoplift drugs from Kenny Scovotti's house. He discussed that his friend wouldn't mind his being high on cocaine.
A month later, a jury discovered him not guilty of murder but found him guilty of first-degree attempted burglary. He was convicted of attempted burglary and served eight years in prison. Sadly for Encautegi, he heard the windows break, which was the beginning of the end. Armento fought back and ended up shooting and killing him.
Further, Brancato was eventually transferred to the Hudson Correctional Facility. The multi-talented celebrity was released before the completion of his sentence, on December 31 2013 and he didn't stop using a drug, even having a heroin overdose.
Lillo Brancato's Controversial Past
Not to miss, Lillo said that the media overstated the event and that the truth was far from behind as the media showed. As stardom had come so easy for him, he believed it would always be that way. He was making a questionable decision with his disappearing promises in the gloom of drugs. This resulted in him struggling to find work even with a high-powered agency.
Check out the video of Lillo Brancato's first appearance after getting out of jail.
What's more, Robert De-Niro's look-alike during an appearance on the Street Gospel podcast talked about his past including his moving on to cocaine and pills and later to smoking crack and snorting heroin. Lillo Brancato got an addiction to heroin and cocaine by his mid-20s.
The Yonker Police Department arrested him for using an expired registration. He was pulled over for not having proper documents for his vehicle and while searching his apartment police found four bags of heroin. Now, Lillo states to be sober and coming back to his line of work is a commitment to leaving the bad habits.
All in all, Lilo swears to transform his life, observing that the almighty has granted him another opportunity. Now, with all his past difficulties, he counsels adolescents in rehabilitation centers.
What's The Net Worth Of Lillo Brancato?
Lillo Brancato initiated his career in 1992. He started his career in acting in the showbiz industry joining the group The Sopranos. At this point, Brancato caught the attention of the talent agency that was searching for a look-alike of Robert De Niro for the character Travis Bickle in the movie "Taxi Driver."
In addition, The impressive of Robert was so impressive that he got the chance to appear in the directorial debut of De Niro in the role of Robert De Niro's son in his breakthrough film A Bronx Tale. He finally made his TV debut in 1999 on the set of "Dead Man's Gun." As his career thrived, he was cast as Larry in the movie "The Adventures of Pluto Nash."
The show aired on HBO in 2000, Lillo got to play Matthew Bevilaqua, a young mobster associated with Ton Soprano's crime syndicate for which he collected an amount of $25,000. After that, he landed a role in the 2001 show R'Xmas sharing the screen opposite Lisa Valens and Drea de Matteo.
The movie went on to win the Best Feature Film award at the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival in 2002. He wanted a comeback to the film industry and decided to continue his job as a manager. He important travel to Morroco for the shoot of the movie but he gave up due to his parole constraints.
During this, secured the character of Tony in American Sniper, which he termed as a salty seadog' with a 'cholo' flair. He landed the supporting role in Danny Devito's comedy movie Renaissance Man after De Niro According to the Celebrity Net Worth, Lillo Brancato holds a net worth of $10,000.
Nowadays Lillois busy with his upcoming projects like The Mob Priest, Who Killed Jimmy Gumdrops, and Narco Sub 2022 which is in the pre-production phase.
Early Life Of Lillo Brancato
Lillo Brancato was born Saul Rodriguez to parents he never got to see. At the age of four, he was adopted by an Italian-American family namely his mother Domenica Brancato, and his dad Lillo Brancato Se. from New York City.
As far as Lillo can remember, from his childhood in his hometown, the guy used humor to attain his craved attention. What's more, Brancato has a sibling Vincent 'Vinny' who served as a fashion model but now a lady has been working in the public sector in Yonkers.
Quick Facts: Lillo Brancato
Lillo Brancato pursued his education at Mount Saint Michael Academy.
Lillo was thrown out of Sacred Heart High School at the initial phase of 10th grade for his troublemaking antics.
He grew up in an Italian immigrant family.
Lilo received a degree through a correspondence course funded by his family.