Biography

With his dark hair and thick-set features that inevitably suggested an urban background, character actor John Costelloe came to specialize almost exclusively in portrayals of ethnic, inner-city types in big screen features and on television -- a trend that lent him particularly strongly to the crime and action genres, and the urban drama subgenre. Features in which Costelloe costarred over the years included the Ridley Scott-directed crime saga Black Rain (1989), the gritty Dutch Schultz biopic Billy Bathgate (1991), and Barbet Schroeder's noir remake Kiss of Death (1995). In 2008, Costelloe landed a small role opposite Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman in director John Patrick Shanley's sexual abuse drama Doubt. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi