Early life and education
He was born in Motherwell, Scotland to his Italian parents, Tony and
Maria. Capaldi grew up in the town of Hamilton and went to Hamilton
College before continuing his education at Caledonian Uni in Glasgow.
Before he got into acting he played youth football with Motherwell FC. He is related to Scottish entertainers Jimmy Logan and Peter Capaldi.
Gianni Capaldi (born August 15, 1975) is a Scottish actor and film producer. Capaldi made his first appearance as the role of Sebastian in the poker mockumentary All In (2005). Next Capaldi portrayed an English gangster in the Sony action fantasy Cross (2011) which starred Brian Austin Green, Vinnie Jones, Danny Trejo, Tom Sizemore and the late Michael Clarke Duncan. Soon following, Capaldi worked alongside Academy Award Winning actor Morgan Freeman in Wish Wizard (2011), a short film made in collaboration with the Make a Wish Foundation. Capaldi briefly expanded into television with appearances as himself in the HDnet reality television series Hollywood Royale (2010).
His first leading roles came with the Voltage Pictures action crime drama Ambushed (2013) where Capaldi portrays Eddie, a ruthless international drug dealer alongside Dolph Lundgren, Vinnie Jones and Randy Couture. In Blood of Redemption (2013), Capaldi steps into a ‘good guy’ role as FBI agent Kurt out to redeem the murder of his father, alongside Dolph Lundgren, Billy Zane and Robert Davi. The Wicked Within (2013) a gothic thriller highlights Capaldi’s soft side as husband to a possessed Sienna Guillory and also stars Enzo Cilenti and Eric Roberts. A Certain Justice (2014), Capaldi steps into the role of Vin, a thug with a conscious, starring alongside Cung Le, Dolph Lundgren, Vinnie Jones and Briana Evigan.
Capaldi has acting credits in: action drama Crossroads (2013); romantic drama Don’t Pass Me By (2013); Jeremy London’s directorial debut, supernatural thriller Devils Dozen (2013), where Capaldi stars alongside C Thomas Howell, Jake Bussey and Eric Roberts; Jason Mewes superhero action comedy Vigilante Diaries (2013); moralistic and paranormal drama The Between (2013) with child actors Joel Courtney and Isabelle Furhman.
In addition, Capaldi owns a production company, High Five Films, whose productions include The Wicked Within (2013), Ambushed (2013), Blood of Redemption (2013) and A Certain Justice (2014).
Upcoming, Capaldi is set to film Kevin Schulman’s thriller Sara’s Cell (2014) alongside Ron Perlman, Oded Fehr, Jeremy Sisto, Arnold Vosloo and Chris Noth; and Blowback (2014) a high action revenge film by Italian director Giorgio Serafini.
Business minded Capaldi began his career at a young age in the service industry. Managing family owned hotels, restaurants and bars throughout Scotland. He soon found himself as a Los Angeles business owner, operating some of Hollywood’s hottest nightclubs full of celebrities, musicians and professional athletes. It was in that environment that Capaldi began to pursue his passion for acting. Since 2005 Capaldi has appeared in over fifteen films and two television productions. In March 2012 Capaldi founded High Five Films production company. In its short inception, High Five Films has produced four motion pictures and is currently in development for several upcoming titles.
(courtesy of Gianni's Wikipedia page)