Vincent Pastore

Vincent Pastore

Active - 1989 - 2023  |   Born - Jul 14, 1946 in Bronx, New York, United States  |   Genres - Crime, Drama, Comedy

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Well-known for his pivotal role in the popular HBO series The Sopranos, it will probably come as no surprise to many that some of Pastore's earliest roles were in such films as the Italian wedding comedy True Love (1989) and Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas.

Born in 1946, Pastore was a well-known nightclub manager in New York for 20 years before friends Kevin and Matt Dillon convinced him to consider a career in acting. Soon taking acting lessons and turning up in community theater productions, Pastore made his feature debut in the heavy metal horror fiasco Black Roses before gaining ground on the familiar roles that would follow him through to his breakthrough success on The Sopranos. Along the way to that success, Pastore would turn up in numerous popular films including Awakenings (1990), Carlito's Way (1993), and the 1997 television miniseries The Last Don.

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  • Managed a nightclub called Crazy Horse in New Rochelle, NY, where he met Matt and Kevin Dillon, who encouraged him to try acting.
  • Drove a limo for many years to make ends meet.
  • Hosted The Wiseguy Show on Sirius Satellite radio.
  • Had a yearlong acting gig on the ABC soap One Life to Live, playing Arthur "Rack 'Em Up" Ross.
  • Dropped out of the fourth season of Dancing With the Stars in 2007 after one week of training due to the physical demands required.