(born August 11, 1962 in Bronx, New York
), is an American singer and actor, best known for his role in the stage version of Andrew Lloyd Webber
's The Phantom of the Opera.
He also played the adult Anthony Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part III
Affectionately known as Phantom's "The Iron Man of The Mask", Franc D'Ambrosio was awarded the distinction as the "Worlds Longest Running Phantom". This accomplishment was immortalized in a cemented hand ceremony and Franc retained this title for over a decade.
Franc D'Ambrosio grew up in the Bronx, New York, in a family of bakers. After high school he attended the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT. He then had the opportunity to study at the famed Vocal Academy of Lucca in Italy. While there, he was personally invited to study with legendary tenor Luciano Pavarotti at his home in Pesaro.
Back home, D'Ambrosio made his Broadway debut in the first revival of Sweeney Todd
. It was while he was in this production that Francis Ford Coppola discovered D'Ambrosio. Paramount Pictures had been conducting an international talent search (for well over a year) to fill the part of Anthony Corleone - the opera-singing son of Al Pacino & Diane Keaton in The Godfather III
. Their search was finally over - D'Ambrosio was cast and he had the honor of singing the Academy Award winning theme song, "Speak Softly Love" ("Brucia la... Read More