Massi Furlan – Actor/Comedian/Producer
Massimiliano Furlan, aka Massi, was born near Venice in Treviso, Italy. Massi is the oldest of two brothers. Massi played semi professional soccer since the age of nine. He attended Liceo Artistico art school, specializing in painting; a hobby he still enjoys. Massi voluntarily joined the Italian Army at the age of 17. He was based in Aosta, Italy where he flew helicopters for six years. He later performed as a stand up comedian for four years, impersonating famous Italian celebrities.
Massi moved to Miami Beach in May, 1998 where he worked in the restaurant business helping his brother Christian Furlan, a successful Italian chef. After a few years off, he returned to his real passion, being an Entertainer. After booking a few feature films including “Vale Tudo Project”, “Phoenix Falling” and “Secret and Death” (starring Melvin Van Peebles) he produced and starred in “Italian’s Do It Best”.
In 2007 Massi moved to Hollywood, CA where his acting chops were quickly recognized. He was immediately cast in the HBO pilot 1%, Days of Our Lives, Terminator: Sarah Connors Chronicles, and also starred in the controversial Carl’s Junior commercial, The Visit. Later in 2010 he landed a recurring role on ABC’s General Hospital. The year 2011 brought several more projects including Criminal Minds, One Tree Hill, Aim High (Jackson Rathbone) in addition to a few feature films.
The Italian actor was most recently cast in the most anticipated movie of the year- The Dark Knight Rises (expected release July 20, 2012). In a recent interview Massi (once proclaimed “The New Villain in Town”) stated that one of his goals is to work with Sir Anthony Hopkins.
2013 couldn’t start better for Massi, he was cast in Blood of Redemption alongside Dolph Lungren, Billy Zane and Vinnie Jones. Currently the Italian actor scored a Recurring Guest Star role on NCIS Los Angeles and he will end season four with the gran finale.
Celebrities Who Give is on location to talk to celebrities supporting the 9th Annual Los Angeles Italian Film, Fashion & Art Festival. The Pre-Oscar celebration showcases Italy’s most talented filmmakers, artists & philanthropists.
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Honoree Jamie Lee Curtis, Carlos Alazraqui, Jill Michelle Melean, Melak Akkad talk to host Erin Mooney at the Annual sCare Foundation benefit. The foundation is dedicated to alleviating the hardships of poverty facing today’s youth.
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