Born and raised in Queens, New York, Ray Abruzzo is an actor best known for his role as Little Carmine Lupertazzi on the hit HBO series The Sopranos. He began acting while still in high school, in fact spending his teen years appearing in plays with the Middle Village Summer Theater Workshop. He continued acting well through college, going on to become a founding member of The Bond Street Theater Coalition.
Abruzzo then moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting professionally. He had a recurring role as Tony “The Flying” Gianelli on LA Law, after which he joined the cast of Dynasty where he played the role Sgt. Zorelli, the love interest of the lead. His next project was the popular sitcom Night Court, where he played Detective Tony Guiliano, boyfriend and eventually husband of Christine, played by Markie. He has also appeared on episodes of NYPD Blue, Touched by an Angel, Toogie Howser, MD, and eventually, he bagged a regular spot on the Emmy Award-winning series The Practice for over six seasons. He played the role of yet another detective – Mike McGuire.
Abruzzo was also prolific in theater in Los Angeles. He was both an actor and director at a long-running play-reading series called The Playwright’s Kitchen Ensemble. He stepped in for Joe Pantoliano in the premiere production of Italian-American reconciliation. He then starred in a one-man show called The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron that run through Chicago and Boston. Eventually, he returned to Queens to play the role on The Sopranos.