Born in 1968 in New York City, American actor Louis Lombardi trained at the Actors Commercial Workshop and the New York University. He began his professional acting career in 1993, when he starred in the direct-to-video film High Kicks. He then starred in the independent crime drama Amongst Friends. Lombardi became a staple of many crime films, including Beverly Hills Cop III, The Usual Suspects, Suicide Kings and The Crew. He also demonstrated his versatility by appearing in other films, such as Ed Wood, Natural Born Killers, Father’s Day, The Animal, Hitters and Confidence.
Lombardi also has a notable television career. The programs he has starred in include Hardball, EZ Streets, Falcone, Yes, Dear and Philly. His first regular television role came in 1998, when he starred in the remake of the fantasy series Fantasy Island. He also had a recurring role in the acclaimed mob drama The Sopranos, where he played FBI agent Skip Lipari, who at one point almost became close to Bonpensiero (Vincent Pastore).
He then took on a role in the action series 24. He played the character Edgar Stiles, an intelligence analyst at CTU who claims to have a photographic memory. His character, introduced in the show’s fourth season, was responsible for preventing a meltdown of many nuclear plants across the country, but was killed off in the fifth season, after failing to get to a safe place during the nerve gas attack on CTU. After his run on 24, he appeared on shows such as Las Vegas, In Case of Emergency, Entourage and Ugly Betty, and starred in films such as Reflections and Spider-Man 2.
Lombardi has also dabbled in screenwriting and directing, having completed his first film, The Boss, in 1999. This was followed by another independent film, Dough Boys, which was released in 2007.
[On his character's demise] "They said, 'Hey, can we talk to you a minute?' and I knew right then and there by the tone of their voices. When I heard, it was pretty shocking to me. They said, 'The good news is you`re one of the most-loved characters on the show. The bad news is we have to shock the audience.'"