Leo Rossi has appeared in 96 feature films to date. In the hit ANALYZE THIS which stars Billy Crystal and Robert DeNiro, Leo plays a lead role as DeNiro’s evil cousin “Carlo”. His first starring role was opposite Bonnie Bedelia and Beau Bridges in the Jonathan Kaplan directed film HEART LIKE A WHEEL. Leo’s performance drew critical acclaim from critics around the country. Twentieth Century Fox mounted a campaign of full page ads in the trade publications pushing Leo Rossi for Best Supporting Actor that year.
After supporting roles in BLACK WIDOW, also for Twentieth Century Fox, and RIVER’S EDGE (Keanu Reeves’ first film), Leo played one of his most memorable film roles as the key antagonist in THE ACCUSED, starring opposite Jodie Foster for which she won the Oscar. Leo Rossi’s gritty performance in that film was praised by Foster in her acceptance speech.
Exposure in THE ACCUSED led to Leo’s first starring lead role in the film RELENTLESS, which co-starred Judd Nelson and Robert Loggia. This film became one of the industry’s success stories in the spawning of three additional sequels. Rossi starred in all four films and produced the last two. With the success of the RELENTLESS franchise, Columbia Tri-Star embraced Leo Rossi leading to his starring in four more films for the distributor.
WE’RE TALKING SERIOUS MONEY, starring Dennis Farina, Fran Dresher, and Leo Rossi was a labor of love, since Leo also wrote and produced the film. In FAST GETAWAY, Leo’s father-son relationship with actor Corey Haim continues to make that film one of the most watched films of all time on cable television. Columbia Tri-Star’s TOO MUCH SUN was an ensemble film with Robert Downey Jr. BEYOND DESIRE, in which Leo starred opposite William Forsythe, became the #1 film of all the rented films on video that year. ONE EYED KING, a story of family betrayal, starred Leo and a couple of his old pals, Chazz Palminteri and Armand Assante.
Once again paired with director Jonathan Kaplan, Leo co-starred in the critical acclaimed CBS mini-series IN COLD BLOOD, based on the Truman Capote novel of the same name. The film stars Anthony Edwards, Eric Roberts, and Sam Neill and was considered one of the season’s television “events”. Other T.V. roles include attorney Noah Detrich in the mini-series FALCONE. And a two-part ER playing a “tough as nails” detective. There are numerous other guest starring roles which demonstrate Leo’s incredible versatility as an actor.
Leo starred in two films: PRIME MATES for highly respected Spanish director Rudy Luna and ALL IN, a gambling saga, with Michael Madsen, Lou Gossett, and Dominique Swain.
Leo starred in 10th & WOLF and in THE NAIL - THE STORY OF JOEY NARDONE both of which he produced through Eastman-Rossi Productions.
Leo wrote the screenplay "GOTTI: THREE GENERATIONS" for Fiore Films. It stars John Travolta, Al Pacino with Barry Levinson Directing.