Tony Schiena got his start in the film business with the role of Leonardo in William Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons. He quickly followed that with a starring role in the action thriller “Wake of Death”, theatrically released in Europe, Asia and various other territories, Tony garnered great revues for his dramatic and action skills a like.
Lead roles in John Irvin’s Dot Kill and The Number One Girl opposite Oscar nominee Pat Morita and action villain Vinnie Jones, had Tony further showcase his dramatic range. His first appearance on television was as the main “guest star” opposite Oscar nominee’s Gary Sinise in CSI NY. A quick succession of roles have seen Tony progress to leading man with incredible pace.
Tony has since taken on a diverse array of roles. Bringing humor to the role of Johnny in “The Bleeding”. Light romance as the charming treasure hunter, Max Belvedere in “The Gold & The Beautiful”, versatility as a roaming warrior lost in the desert, in “The Infidel” and shock and betrayal in the sci-fi feature “Saurian”.
His latest action roles include starring in Lionsgate’s Circle of Pain, in which Tony plays a destitute former mixed martial arts fighter, battling to get back on his feet and “Locked Down”, starring Tony as an undercover cop thats infiltrated a crime syndicate operating from within a prison.
“Shadow People” see’s Tony’s first exploration in the horror genre in the role of Robert, a stern and serious doctor witnessing the inexplicable.
Tony’s first venture behind the camera is executive producing “Wilde Salome”, directed by and starring Al Pacino and Jessica Chastain.
“The Sheriff” is a documentary television show that see’s Tony lead a team of US special forces into Sheriff departments who are losing the battle against the Mexican drug cartels. Produced by Ben Silverman, Spike TV names Tony “One of the most highly trained ex-military operatives in the world”.