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Ridgefield Playhouse Cancels Appearance By Ex-Con Actor, Yonkers Native

An appearance at the Ridgefield (Conn.) Playhouse by actor and ex-con Lillo Brancato, a Yonkers native, has been canceled.
An appearance at the Ridgefield (Conn.) Playhouse by actor and ex-con Lillo Brancato, a Yonkers native, has been canceled. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- An appearance by Yonkers native Lillo Brancato, an actor known for his work in the film "A Bronx Tale" and HBO's "The Sopranos," has been canceled because of unease about the actor's conviction in a robbery that led to the murder of a police officer, according to the Hartford Courant.

A spokesman for the Ridgefield Playhouse told the Courant that an appearance by Brancato would "damage the reputation of the playhouse." The appearance was scheduled for Saturday, March 29.

Brancato was arrested and charged with second-degree murder of an off-duty police officer during an attempted robbery in 2005. His partner in the robbery was sentenced to life in prison, while Brancato was convicted of first-degree robbery.

Brancato was released from prison on Dec. 31 and has since announced his intention to return to acting.

Click here to read the full Hartford Courant article.