What Is Lillo Brancato's Net Worth? Exploring A Bronx Tale Star's Wealth And Fortune

Taking a look at Lillo Brancato's net worth, wealth, and fortune, who starred in A Bronx Tale in 1993. Read on to know the details.

Updated on Jul 09, 2024  |  06:13 PM IST |  41.7K
Robert De Niro, Lillo Brancato, and Chazz Palminteri in A Bronx Tale (1993) via IMDB
Robert De Niro, Lillo Brancato, and Chazz Palminteri in A Bronx Tale (1993) via IMDB

Trigger Warning: This article contains references to drugs, murder, and burglary.

Lillo Brancato is a 48-year-old American actor of Colombian descent who starred in A Bronx Tale. Brancato's net worth could be estimated to be modest, around a few thousand dollars, according to various sources in 2021. He rose to stardom with his breakout role in Robert De Niro's directorial debut movie in 1993. The intense drama film was made available in two languages: English and Portuguese.

What is Lillo Brancato's net worth and fortune?

Lillo Brancato's net worth is estimated to be around $10,000, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The actor was born on August 30, 1976, in Bogotá, Colombia, and was adopted by Italian-American parents who raised him in Yonkers, New York.

Brancato gained widespread fame after starring in movies like A Bronx Tale, Crimson Tide, Renaissance Man, Mambo Café, Sticks, and In the Shadows, as well as appearing as Matthew Bevilaqua throughout Season Two of HBO’s crime-drama series The Sopranos.

The star found his way into showbiz when he was discovered by a talent scout while at Jones Beach in Long Island during the summer of 1992. He then landed a major role in Robert De Niro’s directorial debut film titled A Bronx Tale (1993).

A Bronx Tale is an American coming-of-age crime drama film directed by Robert De Niro in his directorial debut, released on September 14, 1993. It was produced by Jane Rosenthal, and the movie adaptation was based on Chazz Palminteri’s 1989 play, with Palminteri starring alongside De Niro in the lead roles.

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It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 14, 1993, and hit US theaters on September 29th that year. It earned over 17 million USD domestically but was even more beloved by critics. The film’s leads were widely praised for their performances which propelled Brancato and Palminteri into stardom as actors and established Robert De Niro as one of Hollywood’s most talented stars.

Despite the fame, his net worth remained a modest figure mainly due to several legal issues.

Lillo Brancato’s early life and film career

Lillo Brancato acted alongside Penny Marshall in her movie Renaissance Man (1994). He also starred opposite Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman as one of the submarine crewmen in Tony Scott's Crimson Tide (1995). In addition to these credits, he appeared in films such as The Florentine (1999) and Blue Moon (2000).

He continued his success with films such as Mambo Café, Table One, Sticks, ‘R Xmas', and In the Shadows, all released within one year. Later that same year, he portrayed a mobster character alongside Eddie Murphy, who took on the lead role in Pluto Nash, a science fiction comedy directed by Ron Underwood.

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However, due to legal issues, Brancato faced significant troubles in the mid-2000s, which had a negative impact on his acting career. In late 2005, he was charged with the murder of an off-duty police officer during a botched burglary attempt, but he was later found innocent of this particular crime.

Brancato’s narrative is one marked by both triumph and tragedy. While it is known that he has been involved romantically over time, there are few details available about these relationships either through public records or media coverage. Since regaining freedom, however, Lillo Brancato after his release from prison, has adopted more modest lifestyle choices as he seeks forgiveness and shares his story, hoping others might find something useful for their own lives.

Despite his initial success, Lillo has experienced significant financial difficulties mainly due to his legal troubles and subsequent imprisonment.


Lillo Brancato’s legal troubles

Lillo Brancato quickly fell off the radar following his early success in the 1990s due to a drug addiction that consumed his life. By his mid-20s, he was addicted to both cocaine and heroin. In June 2005, Yonkers police arrested him after they pulled him over for a rear brake light violation and subsequently found four bags of heroin in his car. This charge led to a Class A misdemeanor for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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But this was just the beginning: six months later, on December 10, Brancato found himself in jail again—this time for murder when he got caught up robbing homes with an accomplice. They shot NYPD Officer Daniel Enchautegui dead during their botched break-in attempt next door to where Enchautegui lived in the Bronx; he had confronted them before backup arrived.

However, it was determined that Steven Armento fired the bullet that killed Enchautegui, so Armento received first-degree murder charges with no chance of parole, while Brancato was charged with second-degree murder since he didn’t actually kill anyone.

Lillo Brancato was acquitted of those charges but then convicted of first-degree attempted burglary and sentenced to ten years behind bars in December 2008. While serving time, Brancato continued using drugs and even had a heroin overdose while incarcerated.

After being jailed for almost five years, he was granted parole on December 31, 2013. The main reason behind the modest Lillo Brancato net worth is his prolonged legal troubles, despite achieving success in the early stages of his career.

Disclaimer: All amounts mentioned in the article are sourced from public platforms. In some cases, celebrities or their teams give their inputs too, which we incorporate if provided by them. We take all efforts to share possible accurate numbers, however unless otherwise mentioned they are all approximates. We are open to feedback and suggestions on editorial@pinkvilla.com.

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FAQ

How much did Lillo Brancato make for A Bronx Tale?
Lillo Brancato earned 25,000 USD back in 1993 for A Bronx Tale which is valued to be 52,700 USD today.

Is Lillo Brancato Robert de Niro's son?
Lillo Brancato was cast to play Robert De Niro's son in A Bronx Tale (1993) after he was spotted by casting agents at the Jones Beach in New York.

Is Lillo Brancato Italian?
Lillo Brancato was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1976. He was adopted by an Italian-American couple when he was four months old.

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