Early life, family, educational background
American actor and voice-over artist Robert Jason Costanzo was born on 20 October 1942, in Brooklyn, New York City, USA, to actors Carmine Constanzo and Lucia, nee Natali.
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Robert has been acting for over four decades, and is usually typecast as a surly New York policemen, a crook or a low-level worker in both dramas and comedies.
He also does a lot of voice acting, particularly on behalf of Danny DeVito.
Robert’s acting debut was as a cop in the 1975 film “Dog Day Afternoon”, although the role was uncredited. In 1977, he played a paint store customer in “Saturday Night Fever”, and other movie appearances include “Die Hard 2” and as Lips’ Bodyguard in “Dick Tracy”, both in 1990,” “Down and Derby in 2006,” and in “Total Recall” in 2012.
He made guest appearances in “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman” in 1993, and in “Superman: The Animated Series” in 1996.
After having worked with John Travolta in 1977’s “Saturday Night Fever,” Robert and John once again worked together in 1983’s “Two of a Kind.” In 1997, Robert appeared in “Plump Fiction” which was a spoof film of the hit 1994 Quentin Tarantino film “Pulp Fiction,” starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bruce Willis.
Robert’s also appeared in several television shows throughout his career. He played Joey Tribbiani’s father in “Joey,” appeared in “Hannah Montana” in 2007 and 2010, as a football coach in the season six episode of “The Golden Girls” entitled “Snap Out Of It,” and in “Days of Our Lives”, among several other series.
As aforementioned, Robert is a talented voice actor, and has voiced animated characters in “The Fairly OddParents,” “Disney’s House of Mouse,” “Hercules: The Animated Series” as Philoctetes (Phil), “The Zeta Project” and numerous more.
He has provided voices for all the recent “Kingdom Hearts” video games, and many other Disney video games featuring Phil, who was originally voiced by Danny DeVito, but Robert usually voices the character now.
He voiced Detective Harvey Bullock in several DC projects, including “Superman: The Animated Series,” “Batman: The Animated Series,” “Static Shock,” and “The New Batman Adventures.”
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He returned to the role of Harvey in 2013 for “Batman: Arkham Origins.” He also voiced the character in “Mask of the Phantasm,” a theatrical release, and in the videos “Mystery of the Batwoman” and “Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero.”
Robert starred as Commissioner Stenchler in “Sewer Shark,” the Sega CD game.
In 2006, he voiced Angelo in the video game “The Sopranos: Road to Respect,” and in 2010 he did voice acting for another video game, “Mafia II,” voicing Frederico “Fat Derek” Pappalardo and Joe Barbaro.
Hobbies, favorite things, and interesting facts
In the late 1970s, he played softball with actors Leo Rossi and Bruno Kirby in Los Angeles, otherwise little is known about Robert’s life away from the camera.
Robert has white hair, brown eyes, and is 5ft 8in (1.73m) tall. He is not only Danny DeVito’s voice double, but also looks very similar to him.
Net worth and salary
As of 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $2 million, accumulated from his work as an actor over a period of more than 45 years.