All About Mariska Hargitay’s Brother Tony Cimber

Seems like Tony Cimber is not that close with his star sister Mariska.

By RahulPublished on: March 11, 2024 Updated on: June 17, 2024
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You may not have heard about Tony Cimber, however, his sister, Mariska Hargitay is someone whom we all know dearly. Following her stint in the hit TV series, Law & Order: SVU, Mariska’s popularity soared to new heights.

Though Tony and Mariska both have different fathers, they share the same mom, Jayne Mansfield. Matt and Jayne married in 1965 and divorced in 1966.

His mother Jayne was a prominent Hollywood actress and sex symbol in the 1950s and 60s. She was famous for her roles in films like The Girl Can’t Help It and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? On the other hand, his dad Matt Cimber is a film producer and director.

The only child between the pair, Tony was born Antonio Raphael Ottaviano Cimber on October 18th, 1965. He spent his formative years in Los Angeles, where he studied at Westlake High School. From his dad’s side, he is an Italian.

Tony, 58, may not always stand in the spotlight like his famous sister Mariska, but his contributions to the entertainment industry as an actor and director speak volumes. He is particularly famous for his work in documentaries and series such as Jerusalem, 3000 ans d’histoire, The Original Ladies of Wrestling, and the groundbreaking GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

Beyond the glare of his professional life, Tony is a devoted family man, reportedly sharing a daughter with his wife, Heather. In this article, we’ll explore some interesting facts about Tony like what kind of relationship he shares with his siblings.

His Relationship with Mariska and His Other Siblings Seems To Be Estranged

From Jayne’s first marriage with Paul Mansfield, Tony has one half-sister, Jayne Marie Mansfield, 73. Moreover, from Jayne and Mickey Hargitay Sr.’s relationship, Tony has two half-brothers, Zoltan Hargitay, 63, Mickey Hargitay Jr., 65, and one half-sister, Mariska, 60. Additionally, he has one step-sis, Tina Hargitay from Mickey Sr,’s marriage to Mary Birge.


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His relationship with his siblings, however, seems different from the typical family bond. Mariska often shares photos with Micky Jr, Zoltan, and Jayne, but, there are no pictures of her with Tony. This is strange because siblings usually share moments, especially in today’s social media world.

At Mariska’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, an important family event, Tony was missing. This was a big moment for Mariska, and usually, family members are there to support each other during such significant times.

On the other hand, Tony, who uses Facebook, hasn’t posted any photos with Mariska either. This lack of shared photos on social media can suggest they don’t spend much time together.

Who Raised Tony After His Mom Jayne’s Death?

After her death, the three Hargitay kids were raised by their father Mickey, and their step-mom Ellen. For Tony, the situation was rather different. His parents had separated before her passing, and Tony’s custody was given to his dad Matt, while Jayne was allowed to visit on the weekend.

Matt and Jayne in a picture
Matt and Jayne were married from 1965 to 1966.

When Jayne passed away, Tony was solely raised by his father.

His Father Matt Is The Director of GLOW

Tony Cimber’s dad, Matt’s real name is Thomas Vitale Ottaviano, and he was born on January 12, 1936, in the Bronx, New York. He didn’t start as the big-shot director everyone knows him as today. In the early 60s, he began his career by directing off-Broadway plays.

But what he’s famous for is directing “GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. This wasn’t just any show; it was a big deal back in the day, all thanks to wrestling promoter David B. McLane and financial backing from Meshulam Riklis. Matt wasn’t just some random guy they picked; he had serious skills and a real Hollywood background.

Even Director Quentin Tarantino thinks Matt’s old movies are awesome. But Matt himself thinks it’s funny that out of all the things he’s done, he’ll be remembered for GLOW. He was the brain behind the show, creating unique characters for the wrestlers and running everything strictly.

Currently, Matt is happily married to his third wife Lynn Fero. After his divorce from Jayne, Matt exchanged vows with Jane Baldera, with whom he has two children, Katie and Venico Cimber.

Does Tony Have Two More Siblings from His Dad’s Side?

There’s some talk out there about Tony having two more half-siblings, a brother named Venico and a sister named Katie, from his dad Matt’s side. But, when you really dig into it, things aren’t as clear as they seem. I did some deep diving into Matt Cimber’s social media, thinking that if Tony’s got these siblings, there’d be some sign of them, right? But here’s the twist – there’s no trace of Venico or Katie at all.

It’s weird because you’d think if Tony had these siblings, their dad would post pictures of them just like he does with Tony. Matt’s Facebook has a bunch of photos of Tony, which shows he’s not shy about sharing his family life. But when it comes to these supposed other kids? Nothing. Nada.

Tony posing with his two female friends and his dad Matt
Tony (second from left) with his dad (first from right).

So, what’s the deal? It looks like the stories about Venico and Katie might just be urban legends, made-up tales that got twisted and turned as they spread. If they were real, surely there’d be a birthday post, a holiday picture, or just a casual family shot somewhere on Matt’s account, but there’s nothing.

He Is a Happily Married Guy and a Father As Well

For the past few years, he has been enjoying marital bliss with his wife, Heather Cimber, 45.

Tony wearing a white shirt and Heather wearing a black dress
Tony and his wife have been married for several years.

The duo is a proud parent of one daughter, Jianni Alexandra Cimber, 25.

He Is Currently Working as a Real Estate Agent

Tony Cimber is currently a dedicated realtor at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Nevada Properties. In this role, Tony has established himself in the real estate market of Las Vegas, Nevada, where he has been responsible for the sale of numerous properties.

His expertise and commitment to his clients have made him a respected figure in the local real estate community.

About Author: Rahul

Rahul has been diving into the world of entertainment in niches like celebrity, anime, and health articles since 2016. As a passionate writer, he combines personal experiences with thorough research to create content that's not only informative but also relatable and engaging.