Joseph R. Gannascoli

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Joseph R. Gannascoli (born February 15, 1959) is an American actor, most notable for his portrayal of Vito Spatafore on the HBO series The Sopranos.wikipedia
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Vito Spatafore

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Joseph R. Gannascoli (born February 15, 1959) is an American actor, most notable for his portrayal of Vito Spatafore on the HBO series The Sopranos. He later secured a recurring role as the nephew of Richie Aprile, Vito Spatafore, in the season two episode "The Happy Wanderer".
Vito Spatafore Sr., played by Joseph R. Gannascoli, is a fictional character on the HBO TV series The Sopranos.

The Sopranos

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Joseph R. Gannascoli (born February 15, 1959) is an American actor, most notable for his portrayal of Vito Spatafore on the HBO series The Sopranos. He also introduced him to Sheila Jaffe and Georgianne Walken, who did casting work for the HBO TV series The Sopranos.
Other significant characters in the DiMeo family include: Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri (Steven R. Schirripa); Richie Aprile (David Proval); Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano); Eugene Pontecorvo (Robert Funaro); and Vito Spatafore (Joseph R. Gannascoli).

List of The Sopranos characters

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Along with Dan Grimaldi playing identical twins Patsy and Phillip "Philly Spoons" Parisi and Saundra Santiago playing identical twins Jeannie and Joannie Cusamano, it was one of the three times that the show used a single actor for separate roles.
Vito Spatafore Sr., played by Joseph R. Gannascoli, was a member of the DiMeo Crime Family and a subordinate of Tony Soprano.

The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti

Gannascoli appeared in films including Mickey Blue Eyes and television shows including Law and Order before appearing on The Sopranos as a pastry shop patron named "Gino" in the season one episode "The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti".

An Act of War

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He stars in the 2015 movie An Act of War.
The film stars Russ Russo, Natasha Alam, Doug E. Doug, Joseph R. Gannascoli, Robert Miano and Kiowa Gordon.

Mickey Blue Eyes

Gannascoli appeared in films including Mickey Blue Eyes and television shows including Law and Order before appearing on The Sopranos as a pastry shop patron named "Gino" in the season one episode "The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti".

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Joseph R. Gannascoli (born February 15, 1959) is an American actor, most notable for his portrayal of Vito Spatafore on the HBO series The Sopranos.

Brooklyn

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Gannascoli was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.

St. John's University (New York City)

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In the 1980s, he attended St. John's University for two years, majoring in communications.

New Orleans

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He began his cooking career at Manhattan Market in 1981, before leaving to work at Commander's Palace in New Orleans, and then at various restaurants around the country.

Culinary arts

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Gannascoli learned culinary art and opened a restaurant, Soup As Art Restaurant in Brooklyn.

Benicio del Toro

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Gannascoli received his "big break" in acting from Benicio del Toro, whom he met on the set on Money for Nothing.

Money for Nothing (1993 film)

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Gannascoli received his "big break" in acting from Benicio del Toro, whom he met on the set on Money for Nothing.

Ed Wood (film)

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After appearing in Ed Wood, Del Toro later cast Gannascoli in his directorial debut, Submission.

Georgianne Walken

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He also introduced him to Sheila Jaffe and Georgianne Walken, who did casting work for the HBO TV series The Sopranos.

Richie Aprile

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He later secured a recurring role as the nephew of Richie Aprile, Vito Spatafore, in the season two episode "The Happy Wanderer".

The Happy Wanderer

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He later secured a recurring role as the nephew of Richie Aprile, Vito Spatafore, in the season two episode "The Happy Wanderer".

Dan Grimaldi

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Along with Dan Grimaldi playing identical twins Patsy and Phillip "Philly Spoons" Parisi and Saundra Santiago playing identical twins Jeannie and Joannie Cusamano, it was one of the three times that the show used a single actor for separate roles.

List of The Sopranos characters in the Soprano crime family

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Along with Dan Grimaldi playing identical twins Patsy and Phillip "Philly Spoons" Parisi and Saundra Santiago playing identical twins Jeannie and Joannie Cusamano, it was one of the three times that the show used a single actor for separate roles.

Saundra Santiago

Along with Dan Grimaldi playing identical twins Patsy and Phillip "Philly Spoons" Parisi and Saundra Santiago playing identical twins Jeannie and Joannie Cusamano, it was one of the three times that the show used a single actor for separate roles.

List of The Sopranos characters – Friends and family

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Along with Dan Grimaldi playing identical twins Patsy and Phillip "Philly Spoons" Parisi and Saundra Santiago playing identical twins Jeannie and Joannie Cusamano, it was one of the three times that the show used a single actor for separate roles.

Gambino crime family

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The writers brought the idea of making his character gay from a true story of the Gambino crime family, in a book called Murder Machine.

Men in Black 3

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Gannascoli later appeared in other films including Men in Black III.

Crime fiction

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In January 2006, Gannascoli published a crime novel called A Meal to Die For: A Culinary Novel of Crime.