Cistaro has made a
career out of playing upscale Americans and foreigners – Frenchmen,
Brits, Germans, Italians and Russians. Anthony is equally adept at
comedy and drama – and he has worked on some of the most successful and
popular shows on television.
Anthony first came to international attention on the final three
seasons of CHEERS, recurring as “Henri,” Sam and Woody’s French
nemesis. Other comedy guest appearances followed on FRIENDS,
SEINFELD, THE NANNY and others.
Both charitable and accessible in his personal life, it is ironic that
Anthony Cistaro has often played the “dangerous-yet-elegant”
villain. On ALIAS, Anthony played “Michel Guinot,” a French arms
dealer – where Anthony again put his French language skills to use.
Another example of playing the stylish antagonist is Anthony’s series
regular role on one of TNT's most successful original TV series to
date, WITCHBLADE (2000-2002), as the mysterious billionaire, “Kenneth
Irons,” a man of indeterminate age with a penchant for torture and
self-interest. MANIA TV said this about Anthony's performance: "Anthony
Cistaro still commands attention as the power hungry, stop-at-nothing
Kenneth Irons and his transformation is downright chilling."
Other roles in the sci-fi/fantasy genre include Aaron Spelling's
CHARMED (Dumain), where Anthony recurred in the last three episodes as
a demon posing as an imaginary childhood friend with more sinister
aims. On ANGEL, Anthony was so well-received that he played two
separate demons in two separate episodes.
Anthony worked and trained with Harvard University’s professional
theater program at the Tony award-winning American Repertory Theatre,
performing in over seventeen productions.
Stage accomplishments include the Julie Taymor-designed production of
THE KING STAG, which toured to London’s Barbican Theater. His most
recent stage role was in a well-received regional revival of Arthur
Miller's, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at the South Coast Repertory
Theater. VARIETY had this to say: "Without a word, Cistaro lets
us see a man of implacable resolve and towering pride, the kind of man
capable of triggering the show's tragic climax."
Other interests include competitive swimming at the Masters level in both ocean and pool events. In June of 2008, Anthony competed in the ALCATRAZ SHARKFEST SWIM swimming from the eastern tip of Alcatraz Island to the shores of Aquatic Park placing first in his age group in the non-wetsuit division.
Watch for Anthony in two upcoming films: LET OTHERS SUFFER, a comedy
made with fellow Harvard Alums, and BARE KNUCKLES, featuring a cameo by
Sir Anthony Hopkins.