RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- An appearance at the Ridgefield Playhouse by actor Lillo Brancato, known for his work in the film "A Bronx Tale" and HBO's "The Sopranos," has been canceled because of unease about the actor's conviction in a robbery that led to the murder of a police officer, according to the Hartford Courant.
A spokesman for the playhouse told the Courant that an appearance by Brancato would "damage the reputation of the playhouse."
Brancato, a Yonkers, N.Y., native was arrested and charged with second-degree murder of an off-duty police officer during an attempted robbery in 2005. His partner in the robbery was sentenced to life in prison, while Brancato was convicted of first-degree robbery.
Brancato was released from prison on Dec. 31 and has since announced his intention to return to acting.