|Birthdate:||April 17, 1961|
Mr. Rota grew up in London, England with a brother and two sisters. Both of his parents were Italian and he grew up speaking both English and Italian. His father worked as a chef and his mother as a seamstress. Carlo has 9 nieces and nephews. He worked as a chef at Allen's in New York and when his parents moved to Toronto went there to work in the restaurant his parents had opened. While working there he acted and has been an actor ever since.
He is perhaps best known for his role as Mafia Don "Pappa Joe" Yakavetta in The Boondock Saints, in which he acted with Michael Yavnieli, and as host of The Great Canadian Food Show. He was noticed by creators Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran when he guest-starred two different times as their show La Femme Nikita and has since had recurring roles on the Canadian sitcom Queer as Folk, At the Hotel, Sanctuary and Little Mosque on the Prairie.
In 2008, Rota appeared on Saw V with Tobin Bell, Mark Rolston, and Al Sapienza. His other movie supporting roles and TV guest star credits include White Collar, Human Target, Bones, Stargate: Universe, Nikita, Breaking Bad, The Good Guys, Castle, CSI: New York and NCIS: Los Angeles. He has also appeared in The Mentalist, which has at times featured several other 24 cast members, including Gregory Itzin and Leslie Hope.