LaPaglia, an Aussie, has tailored his accent for roles since his arrival in the States in 1982. “When I moved here, it wasn’t particularly fashionable to be an Australian actor,” says LaPaglia, 52, who won a Tony in 1998 for A View From the Bridge, an Emmy for guest-starring on Frasier and a Golden Globe for his work on Without a Trace. “I was always a great believer in ‘When in Rome . . . adapt,’ ” he says.
After LaPaglia’s seven years on CBS’ Trace, pal Stanley Tucci invited him back to Broadway in last year’s revival of Lend Me a Tenor. “It was too hard to resist,” says the star, who lives in Santa Monica, Calif., with actress wife Gia Carides and their daughter Bridget, 8. Now he’s adapting View From the Bridge into a movie. “I’ve been in love with this play since I was an acting student in my 20s,” says LaPaglia, who is producing.
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