BiographyQueens, New York, USA
Tony Tarantino was born in Queens, New York, July 4th, 1940 to Dominic and Elizabeth Tarantino and was raised in Brooklyn. In 1952, the family, which included sister Diane, moved to Los Angeles, California. Tony graduated from L.A.'s Washington High School in 1958. Two years later he auditioned for and was accepted to the Pasadena Playhouse, graduating in 1962. He caught the "acting bug" from his father, who in the early thirties appeared in several westerns with stars such as Buck Jones, Tim McCoy, Tom Mix, Hoot Gibson and Fred Thompson. During the 60s and 70s Tony acquired many skills. Read more... his general aviation pilot license for single and multi-engine rating; became proficient in Western quick draw and won awards for excellent marksmanship with handguns and rifles; his Martial Arts training earned him a black belt in Karate and Kung-Fu; and as a member of Malibu Roving Archers he became skilled with a bow and arrow. While a student at the Pasadena Playhouse, where he learned modern dance and fencing, he worked for tips playing guitar and singing folk songs in local coffeehouses. His love for music led him to form several bands, playing lead, rhythm and bass guitar and singing in supper clubs and night-clubs in Los Angeles and the South Bay area. Tony also enjoyed raising and training roping and cutting horses on his ranch in Southern California. He has recently produced a television interview show, co-hosted a radio talk show and in 1998 worked on four films, starring in one. He's a member of "Silver Foxes", the brainchild of producer David Krieff. The "Silver Foxes" is a group of celebrity parents that include: Sal Pacino, father of Al; Patsy Swayze, mother of Patrick; and Jenny Crawford, Cindy's mom; Christine Johnson, Magic's mom; Nikki Robbins, Tony Robbins mom. This exciting team of Silver Foxes led by Stephanie Powers has just completed an exercise video. Tony has completed the writing of his original screenplay titled "New Horizons". From its inception, Tony wrote the lead character for Tom Cruise. To keep in shape he has a personal trainer, PJ Bowen, and a boxing trainer, Hervi Estrada. An involved member of SAG, he joined BookPALS, volunteering three hours a week reading to K-3 classes. Tony makes his home in the beautiful hills of Southern California.