Mario Cantone

Mario Cantone

Extraordinary comedian
Date of Birth: 09.12.1959
Country: USA

Biography of Mario Cantone

Mario Cantone, an extraordinary comedian, earned loud applause from the audience after founding his own show "An Evening with Mario Cantone" in 2002. However, most viewers remember Cantone for his role as Anthony Marentino, the organizer of lavish events in the hit comedy "Sex and the City" (1998-2004).

Mario Cantone

Cantone was born on December 9, 1959, in Boston, Massachusetts. After graduating from Stoneham High School, where he discovered the theater scene, Cantone enrolled in Emerson College in 1978. There, Cantone continued to study stage work and increasingly thought about becoming a comedian. Finally, becoming a professional actor in 1983, Cantone pursued his dream and began performing comedic sketches on the stages of New York.

Mario Cantone

Success came to Mario after his participation in the show "Stand-Up Spotlight" (1988-1991), hosted by Rosie O'Donnell. Known for his edgy jokes and jabs at celebrities, Cantone paradoxically found a place on television. He hosted the show "Steampipe Alley," a children's version of "Saturday Night Live." Although Cantone had to leave the show soon after, he still found ways to stay in the spotlight. His sharp jokes made Cantone a favorite with adult audiences.

Cantone's career in film and television progressed slowly - he had to establish himself on the New York theater scene and in the comedy world. His first small roles came in the mid to late 1990s, in films such as "Quiz Show" (1994) and "Mousehunt" (1997), followed by his role as an event organizer in the television series "Sex and the City" in 2001. Initially, the role was supposed to be a one-time appearance, but after filming the episode, it was decided that his incomparable character, Anthony, would remain until the end of the series.

To maintain his growing popularity, Cantone often appeared on talk shows like "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" and participated in game shows like "Pyramid" (2002-2004) and "Hollywood Squares" (1998-2004). In 2003, Cantone performed a memorable sketch titled "Ask a Gay Dude" on his friend Dave Chappelle's "Comedy Central variety show." In 2005, Cantone returned to the Broadway stage with the show "Laugh Whore." This project, which depicted Cantone's tumultuous Italian-American childhood, included excellent parodies of Jim Morrison, Liza Minnelli, and other artists. Cantone also showcased his own musical compositions recorded in the same year.

In 2007, Cantone lent his voice to one of the characters in the animated film "Surf's Up" about surfing champion penguins. In 2008, Cantone reprised his role as Anthony in the feature film continuation of the "Sex and the City" series.

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