Jon Polito was an American actor,also known for playing Da Fino in the 1998 Coen brothers film The Big Lebowski. On September 1, 2016, he died from battle with cancer.

He played Earl, Jay Pritchett's biggest business rival, Earl Chambers in "Won't You Be Our Neighbor", The Closet Case" and "The Cover-Up". He is openly gay.


Polito was born on December 29, 1950 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to John and Delaida "Dee" (née Pompei) Polito. He has an older brother and sister, Rosemary Simpson and Jack Polito, an animator. After acting at high school he studied theater at Villanova University. Polito was openly gay. He married fellow actor Darryl Armbruster on October 16, 2015, sixteen years after they first met.

He died from cancer on September 1, 2016, at the City of Hope Hospital, where he was being treated for multiple myeloma. He was replaced as Earl Chambers by Robert Costanzo.


Genre Year Title Role Episodes Notes
TV miniseries 1981 Template:Sortname Thomas "Three Finger Brown" Lucchese
Film 1981 Gangster Wars Thomas "Three Finger Brown" Lucchese
Film 1982 Template:HsThe Clairvoyant[1] Detective Sporaco a.k.a. The Killing Hour
TV film 1983 Running Out Joe Poswalsky
Film 1984 C.H.U.D.[1] Newscaster
TV film 1984 Template:HsA Good Sport Man in Taxi
Film 1984 Template:HsThe Princess and the Call Girl Private Detective
Film 1985 Compromising Positions[1] Cop #1
TV film 1985 Death of a Salesman[1] Howard
Film 1985 Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins[1] Zack
Film 1986 Dream Lover[1] Doctor James
TV series 1986 Template:Sortname[1] Gianni "Unpunished Crimes"
Film 1986 Highlander[1] Detective Walter Bedsoe
TV film 1986 Template:HsA Deadly Business[1] Vitola
Film 1986 Fire with Fire[1] Boss
TV series 1986–1988 Crime Story[1] Phil Bartoli 16 episodes
Film 1987 Critical Condition[2] Kline
TV series 1987 Template:Sortname[2] Carmack "Memories of Manon: Part 1"
"Memories of Manon: Part 2"
TV series 1987 Ohara Captain Ross 11 episodes
TV film 1988 Alone in the Neon Jungle[1] Brad Stakowski
Film 1988 Homeboy[1] Moe Fingers
TV series 1988 Miami Vice[3] El Gato "Hostile Takeover"
"Redemption in Blood"
TV series 1988 Wiseguy Eddie Van Platt "Player to Be Named Now"
TV series 1989 Template:Sortname[1] David Pfieffer "Silent Fury"
TV film 1989 Livin' Large Sal
TV film 1989 Memories of Manon Carmack
TV series 1989 Trying Times Agent Caponello "Death and Taxes"
Film 1990 Template:Sortname[1] Chuck Greenwald
Film 1990 Miller's Crossing[1] Johnny Caspar
Film 1991 Barton Fink[1] Lou Breeze
TV series 1991 Empty Nest Slocum "Harry's Got a Gun"
Film 1991 Template:Sortname[1] Bigelow
TV series 1991 Tales from the Crypt[1] Nikos Stano "Deadline"
Film 1992 Flodder in Amerika! Larry Rosenbaum
TV series 1992 Hearts Are Wild[1] Leon 'Pepe' Pepperman Template:Hs3 episodes
Film 1992 Leather Jackets[2] Fat Jack
TV series 1992 Murder, She Wrote[2] Lieutenant Peter DiMartini "Template:HsThe Dead File"
Film 1993 Template:HsThe Contenders Pedro Perusia
TV series 1993 Dinosaurs Ty Warner "Swamp Music" voice actor
TV series 1993 Fallen Angels[2] Al Reseck "I'll Be Waiting"
TV series 1993 Homicide: Life on the Street[1] Detective Steve Crosetti "Gone for Goode"
"Ghost of a Chance"
"Son of a Gun"
"A Shot in the Dark"
"Three Men and Adena"
"A Dog and Pony Show"
"And the Rockets' Dead Glare"
"Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"
"The Night of the Dead Living"
13 episodes total
TV series 1993 Template:Sortname Tommy Palumbo "Railroaded"
Film 1994 Blankman[1] Michael 'The Suit' Minelli
Film 1994 Template:Sortname[1] Gideon
TV film 1994 Girls in Prison[1] Boss Johnson
TV series 1994 Homicide: Life on the Street[1] Detective Steve Crosetti "Bop Gun"
"See No Evil"
"Black and Blue"
"A Many Splendored Thing"
13 episodes total
Film 1994 Template:Sortname[1] Mr. Bumstead
TV series 1994 Murder, She Wrote Lieutenant Peter DiMartini "Template:HsA Murderous Muse"
TV film 1994 Template:Sortname[1] Detective Al
TV series 1994 Viper Councilman Strand "Pilot"
TV series 1995 Burke's Law "Who Killed Cock-a-Doodle Dooley?"
Film 1995 Bushwhacked[1] Agent Palmer
TV series 1995 Chicago Hope Detective Bill Ranford "Life Support"
Film 1995 Fluke[1] Boss
TV series 1995 High Society Alvin Spalding "We Ought to Be in Pictures"
Film 1995 Template:HsThe Invaders Whitley, Metro HQ uncredited
TV series 1995 Mad About You[2] Ralphy "My Boyfriend's Back!"
TV series 1995 NYPD Blue[2] Paul Biaggi "One Big Happy Family"
TV series 1995 Dream On Louie "Significant Author"
"Flight of the Pedalbee"
"Toby's Choice"
Template:Hs4 episodes total
TV series 1996 Dream On Louie "All About Louie" Template:Hs4 episodes total
Film 1996 Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco[2] Ashcan voice actor
Film 1996 Just Your Luck Nick
TV series 1996 New York Undercover John Dennis "Andre's Choice"
TV series 1996 Template:Sortname Ben Hansel "Template:HsA Virus Among Us"
TV series 1996 Roseanne Mr. Russo "Millions from Heaven"
TV series 1996 Swift Justice Tom Luddy "Supernote"
Film 1997 Template:Sortname Mr. Deacon
TV series 1997 Early Edition Louie DeFozio "Template:HsThe Cat"
TV series 1997 Fired Up Sam Harris "Domestic Bliss"
Short film 1997 Inside Out[1] Paparazzi 27 minutes; included in the compilation film Boys Life 3
TV film 1997 Invasion[1] Detective Kemper
Animated TV series 1997 Life with Louie "Louie's Harrowing Halloween" voice actor
TV series 1997 Night Man Al Capone "That Ol' Gang of Mine"
TV series 1997 Over the Top Mr. Hamstead "Template:HsThe Bee Story"
Film 1998 Template:Sortname[1] Da Fino
TV film 1998 Template:Sortname[1] D.A. Al Orsini
TV series 1998 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show Marv Fishland "Honey, She's Like a Fish Out of Water"
TV series 1998 Jenny Sid Bouchie "Template:HsA Girl's Gotta Get It"
TV series 1998 Millennium Eddie Scarpino Giannini "Omerta"
TV film 1998 Money Play$ Lou Spano
Film 1998 Music from Another Room Lorenzo Palmieri
TV series 1998 New York Undercover Rinaldi "Drop Dead Gorgeous"
TV series 1998 Players Pappas "Mint Condition"
TV series 1998 Seinfeld[2] Silvio "Template:HsThe Reverse Peephole"
Film 1998 Tale of the Mummy Parsons
TV series 1998 Veronica's Closet Mr. Lehman "Veronica's Dog Day Afternoon"
Film 1998 With Friends Like These...[2] Rudy Ptak
TV film 1999 Template:Sortname[1] Dr. Caligari
Film 1999 Angel's Dance[1] Uncle Vinnie
Film 1999 Carlo's Wake[1] Uncle Gus
TV series 1999 Good vs. Evil Howard "Sunday Night Evil"
Video game 1999 Lands of Lore III Dark Army Orc / Elliott the Guard / Viscosa voice actor
TV series 1999 Nash Bridges Roland Margolis "Truth and Consequences"
Film 1999 Road Kill[1] Jelly
Film 1999 Stuart Little[1] Detective Sherman
Film 1999 The Green Mile "D" Block Prison Guard
Short film 1999 Surgeon General's Warning Template:HsThe Other Guy Template:Hs8 minutes
Film 2000 Template:Sortname[1] Schoentell
Film 2000 After Sex Naldo
Animated TV series 2000 Batman Beyond Template:HsThe Major "Betrayal" voice actor
TV series 2000 Early Edition Cliff Mourning "Snow Angels"
Film 2000 Flies on Cupid Giorgio Gagantano
TV film 2000 Homicide: The Movie[1] Steve Crosetti
TV series 2000 Template:Sortname Eddie the Mammoth "Pilot"
Short TV film 2000 Nature Boy Mort Ruby 29 minutes; directed by Kari Skogland
Film 2000 Nowhere Land[1] Frank
TV series 2000 Popular Caesar Croutons "Hard on the Outside, Soft in the Middle"
TV series 2000 Template:Sortname Constantin Falzone "Cold Dick"
Animated film 2000 Template:Sortname Virgil voice actor
TV series 2001 Template:Sortname Rhonda Parks "Our Place"
TV series 2001 Template:Sortname Donald Stern "Pilot"
"What Gobbles Beneath"
"Here There Be Dragons"
"Baby Got Back"
"He's Dead, She's Dead"
"Bermuda Love Triangle"
"Only the Young Die Good"
"Bring Me the Head of Tucker Burns"
"Let Sleeping Dogs Fry"
"Take Me Back"
22 episodes total
TV series 2001 Template:Sortname[2] Template:HsThe Baby "Drew and the Baby" Template:Hs3 episodes total; voice actor
Short film 2001 Frank's Last Dance Frank 18 minutes
TV series 2001 Gideon's Crossing Lou Peda "Template:HsThe Race"
Film 2001 Template:Sortname[1] Creighton Tolliver
Film 2001 Mimic 2[1] Morrie Deaver
Film 2001 Template:Sortname[1] Judge Bob
Film 2001 Template:Sortname[1] Ramón Rudd, the Banker
TV series 2002 Becker Leonard Nagle "Piece Talks"
Film 2002 Black Mask 2: City of Masks King
TV series 2002 Template:Sortname Donald Stern "Touched by an Alien"
"Pig Boy's Big Adventure"
"The Cursed Sombrero"
"Tears of a Clone"
"I See Dead Fat People"
"Man and Superman"
"Hot from the Oven"
"The Stepford Cheerleaders"
"The Mists of Avalon Parkway"
"The King Is Undead"
"Hell Mall"
"A Snitch in Time"
22 episodes total
TV series 2002 Template:Sortname Stansfield "Template:HsThe Curse of the Mummy"
"The Enabler"
Template:Hs3 episodes total
TV series 2002 Gilmore Girls Father in Kirk's Film "Teach Me Tonight" Template:Hs2 episodes total
Film 2002 29 Palms[2] Template:HsThe Security Guard
TV series 2002 Push, Nevada[1] Silas Bodnick "Template:HsThe Amount"
TV series 2002 She Spies Edward Malloy "Ice Man"
TV film 2002 Women vs. Men Desk Sergeant
Film 2003 Template:Sortname Michael Dickerson
TV series 2003 Crossing Jordan Dick "Wild Card"
TV series 2003 Dragnet[1] Richard Maughm "Template:HsThe Silver Slayer"
TV series 2003 Gilmore Girls[2] Pete "Happy Birthday, Baby" Template:Hs2 episodes total
TV film 2003 Life on Parole Ernie
TV series 2003 Template:Sortname Mr. Carpeggi "Trick or Treat"
Short film 2003 No Credits, No Peace Template:HsThe Network Executive Template:Hs6 minutes
TV series 2003 Oliver Beene Mr. Rayfield "Dancing Beene" Template:Hs2 episodes total
Film 2003 Template:Sortname[1] Second Hood
Film 2003 View from the Top Roy Roby
TV series 2004 10-8: Officers on Duty Enzo Fontana "Wild and the Innocent"
Film 2004 Charlie the Ox Freddy Boon
TV film 2004 Gone, But Not Forgotten Sam Oberhurst based on the novel by Phillip Margolin
TV series 2004 It's All Relative Leonard "Template:HsA Long Day's Journey Into Leonard's"
TV series 2004 Judging Amy D.A. Gerald Abner "Disposable"
"The Quick and the Dead"
TV series 2004 Template:Sortname Johnny Pappas "Template:HsThe Boxer"
Film 2004 Template:Sortname[1] Wally Kamin
TV series 2004 My Wife and Kids Minister "Template:HsThe Wedding"
TV series 2004 Oliver Beene Mr. Rayfield "Oliver & the Otters" Template:Hs2 episodes total
TV series 2004 Scrubs Mr. Summers "My Female Trouble"
Animated TV series 2005 Avatar: The Last Airbender Chief Arnook
Additional Voices
"Template:HsThe Waterbending Master"
"The Siege of the North: Part 1"
"The Siege of the North: Part 2"
voice actor
Animated TV series 2005 Template:Sortname New Aldrin / New Pupert "Those Pesky Roaches" voice actor
TV series 2005 Desperate Housewives[1] Charles Skouras "Love Is in the Air"
TV film 2005 Family Plan[1] Gold
TV series 2005 Ghost Whisperer Joe Grimaldi "Pilot" Template:Hs2 episodes total
Film 2005 Template:Sortname[1] Kirby
Film 2005 Short Order[1]
TV series 2005 Threshold Nicky Frost "Template:HsThe Order"
TV series 2005 Without a Trace Jimmy 'The Tooth' Fusco "Lone Star"
Film 2006 Big Nothing[1] Agent Hymes
Short film 2006 Cleaners 10 minutes
Film 2006 Cutting Room[2] Sandy
Film 2006 Flags of Our Fathers[1] Borough President
Film 2006 Grilled[1] Leon Waterman
Animated TV series 2006 Handy Manny Joe Bolotero "Supremoguy/Tool Talk" voice actor
Animated film 2006 Happily N'Ever After[1] Wolf 1 voice actor
Film 2006 Template:Sortname Jimmy the Photographer a.k.a. Lies & Alibis
TV series 2006 Masters of Horror Montesquino "Haeckel's Tale"
Film 2007 American Gangster[1] Rossi
Film 2007 Cougar Club[2] Mr. Archibald
Video game 2007 Dead Head Fred Ulysses S. Pitt voice actor
TV series 2007 Medium Vincent Discala "Better Off Dead"
Short film 2008 Animated American[2] Max Rabbit 15 minutes
Film 2008 Bart Got a Room[2] Bob
TV series 2008 Chocolate News Harvey Silverstein "Episode #1.7"
Animated TV series 2008 Chowder Funjl / Guy "Template:HsThe Moldy Touch/The Heavy Sleeper" voice actor
TV series 2008 Do Not Disturb R.J. "Dosing"
TV series 2008 Ghost Whisperer Joe Grimaldi "First Do No Harm" Template:Hs2 episodes total
TV series 2008 Las Vegas Template:HsThe Cleaner "Guess Who's Coming to Breakfast"
Film 2008 Template:Sortname Lou Burns
TV film 2008 Rock Monster Template:HsThe Colonel
TV series 2008 Two and a Half Men Mr. Sharipa "He Smelled the Ham, He Got Excited"
TV series 2008 Raising the Bar Judge Dominick Ventimiglia "Hang Time"
"Out on the Roof"
"Roman Holiday"
"Shop Till You Drop"
10 episodes total
TV film 2009 Citizen Jane Detective Romer
Short film 2009 Locker 13[2] Don Dillon 15 minutes
TV series 2009 Monk George Gionopolis "Mr. Monk Fights City Hall"
TV series 2009 Raising the Bar Judge Dominick Ventimiglia "Hair Apparent"
"I'll Be Down to Get You in a Taxi, Honey"
"Fine and Dandy"
"Trust Me"
"Trout Fishing"
"Bobbi Ba-Bing"
10 episodes total
Film 2009 Super Capers: The Origins of Ed and the Missing Bullion[1] Captain Sludge
Film 2010 Burning Palms Ned
Animated short film 2010 DC Showcase: The Spectre Police Captain voice actor; 12 minutes
Animated TV series 2009 Glenn Martin, DDS "We've Created a Mobster" voice actor; Template:Hs2 episodes total
Animated TV series 2010 Glenn Martin, DDS Vito Renzuli "Life Swap" voice actor; Template:Hs2 episodes total
Film 2010 Template:Sortname HIM
Film 2010 Template:Sortname[2] Don Bonfante
TV series 2010 Template:Sortname Duesterberg "Red Herring"
Film 2010 Stiffs[2] John "The Prince" Monaco
Short film 2010 Template:HsThe Talking Head Mr. Opportunity 19 minutes
Film 2010 Venus & Vegas[2] Frank
Film 2011 Atlas Shrugged: Part I[2] Orren Boyle
Animated film 2011 Batman: Year One[2] Commissioner Loeb voice actor
Animated TV series 2011 Ben 10: Ultimate Alien DN Alien Mizaru / Mizaru "Simian Says" voice actor
TV series 2011 Funny or Die Presents Eddy "Episode #2.1" segment United States Police Department
TV series 2011 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Gino "Frank's Brother"
Short film 2011 Jonny Boy Jonny Boy Template:Hs7 minutes
Film 2011 Son of Morning Mr. Bordasche
Animated TV series 2011 ThunderCats Conquedor "Berbils" voice actor
Short film 2012 Anti-Muse Anti-Muse Directed by John M Goodner
TV series 2012 Bunheads Sal Russano "Money for Nothing"
"No One Takes Khaleesi's Dragons"
TV series 2012 Franklin & Bash Lucky Louie "Jango and Rossi"
TV series 2012 Mike & Molly Frankie Moranto "Thanksgiving Is Canceled"
Film 2012 From the Head[2] Vinnie
Film 2013 Gangster Squad[2] Jack Dragna
Video game2013 Batman: Arkham Origins G.C.P.D. Commissioner Gillian B. Loeb voice actor
TV series 2014 Castle Harold Metzger "That '70s Show"
Film 2014 Big Eyes[1] Enrico Banducci
TV series 2014–2016 Modern Family Earl Chambers "Won't You Be Our Neighbor"
"The Closet Case"
"The Cover-Up"
"Halloween 4: The Revenge of Rod Skyhook"
Video game2016 Batman: Arkham Underworld Carmine Falcone voice actor
TV series 2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Frank O'Brien "Tony Hale Wears a Blue Flannel Shirt and Fuchsia Sneakers"
TV series 2016 Ultimate Spider-Man Hammerhead Return to the Spider-Verse" (Part 3) voice actor; posthumous

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