Tony Fitzpatrick (born 1958) is an American artist and actor born and based in Chicago. He graduated from Montini Catholic High School in Lombard, Illinois in 1977. In the early 1980s, Fitzpatrick began seriously drawing with colored pencils on slate boards in a store front gallery in the town of Villa Park, Illinois. The gallery was called The Edge. He worked by day and bartended at the bar across the street at night. During that time, he developed separate friendships with Chicago radio personality and bluesman Buzz Kilman and film director Jonathan Demme. Demme and Kilman are longtime friends, and the three became close. As a result, Tony has appeared in a few of Demme's films and other films as well. During the late 1980s, he begin getting gallery shows in Chicago and New York City, establishing connections that would lead him to be a successful working artist who has sold paintings to several film directors, among others. Tony is also an accomplished poet and has published several books of his art and poetry, including The Hard Angels and The Neighborhood. Sports often figures into his art and poetry; especially his favorite baseball team, the Chicago White Sox, but he also gains inspiration from the city of Chicago, and the underbelly of society. Tony in his past has been a boxer, bouncer, and bartender; along with several jobs as a waiter. Fitzpatrick opened his Chicago printmaking studio, Big Cat Press, in 1992 with help from his friends and local artists Steven Campbell of Landfall Press and Theresa James. In November 2009, Newcity named Tony Fitzpatrick the "Best iconic Chicago personality now that Studs (Terkel) is gone."
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Tony Fitzpatrick
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