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Vincent Pastore

Vincent Pastore, June 2006
Born July 14, 1946 (1946-07-14) (age 63)
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1988–present
Official website

Vincent Pastore (born July 14, 1946) is an American actor, often cast as a mobster and best known for the role of Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on The Sopranos.


Early life

Pastore was born in The Bronx, New York, of Italian American descent. Following his graduation from high school, he enlisted in the US Navy. He then attended Pace University for 3 years before eventually going into the acting industry after befriending Matt and Kevin Dillon; he was previously a club-owner in New Rochelle, New York.



Pastore has made a career of playing the parts of Italian-American mobsters. He began with small parts in 1990's GoodFellas and 1993's Carlito's Way. In GoodFellas, he is briefly seen rolling a coat rack through the kitchen of The Bamboo Lounge and is credited as "Vincent Pastore" playing "Man with Coat Rack". In Carlito's Way, he is one of the friends of the Italian man that dances with Gail, whom Kleinfeld insults. He is listed in the credits as "Vinny Pastore" playing "Copa Wiseguy."

Pastore got a bigger role in the comedy/crime film The Jerky Boys (1995) as Tony Scarboni, one of the three gangsters and Lazarro (Alan Arkin)'s clients. In the 1996 HBO television movie Gotti, Pastore played the character of Angelo Ruggiero, alongside fellow Sopranos cast members Tony Sirico and Dominic Chianese.

In 1999, Pastore got his biggest role to date in The Sopranos, where he played the character Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero. His character was murdered in the finale of season 2, but Pastore would make a few more appearances over the next few years in dream and flashback sequences.

In addition to The Sopranos, he has appeared in Mickey Blue Eyes, Two Family House (with Sopranos cast mates Michael Rispoli, Kathrine Narducci, Matt Servitto, Michele Santopietro, Louis Guss, Rosemary De Angelis, and Sharon Angela), Under Hellgate Bridge, Riding in Cars with Boys. Deuces Wild, Made, Mafia!, The Hurricane, Serving Sara, Carlito's Way with Sean Penn, American Cousins, A Tale of Two Pizzas, This Thing of Ours, Shark Tale , Johnny Slade’s Greatest Hits, and Guy Ritchie’s Revolver. He served as Associate Producer of the film, Doughboys. Television credits include Grounded for Life (2002), character Vinnie Fellachio in Son of a Beach (2002), Law & Order (various roles from 1992–1996), soap opera, One Life to Live, hosted Repo-Men/Stealing for a Living, Ed, Queens Supreme, Vegas, and Everybody Hates Chris.

In 2007, he starred in the independent feature film P.J.,[1] co-starring with Sopranos co-star John Heard and Robert Picardo.

In 2008, Pastore entered Daytime, joining the cast of General Hospital as Maximus Giambetti, father of two characters on the show. He once again plays a mobster. He had a role in 2008's College Road Trip, with Martin Lawrence and Raven-Symoné, as well as in Our Last Days As Children. Pastore also starred in the film Dough Boys, released in 2008

In 2009, Pastore will star in Pavaline Studio's debut film short Alienated.

Reality shows

Pastore lost 29 lbs on the fourth season of the VH1 reality show Celebrity Fit Club which ran from August 6 to October 1, 2006.

On February 20, 2007, the ABC television network announced that Pastore would participate in the fourth season of the American version of the competitive dance series Dancing with the Stars.[2] Pastore withdrew from the competition after only one week, however, after finding the necessary training and preparation too physically demanding. John Ratzenberger took his place in the competition.[3]

Pastore was featured as a contestant on the January 2008 edition of Celebrity Apprentice. In the second week, Vincent participated in raising $52,286.00 by selling hot dogs on a Manhattan Street, for that week’s charity. And in a task of selling Broadway show tickets, Pastore as Project Manager lead his team to raise $33,300 for charity. In week 5, Pastore originally got into a faked, blow-out conflict with the project manager of the task, Piers Morgan in order to see if Pastore could get the women to let him on their team to spy on them. The episode had played out like an episode of The Sopranos with Pastore switching allegiances multiple times. But, then, Pastore was deliberately "ratted out" to the women by Morgan in the end, to make Pastore look bad to the women. While Pastore and the men then lost their task, besides, before Trump even lifted a finger to fire anyone that week, Pastore resigned from the show and Trump eventually accepted Pastore's resignation after trying to convince him to stay. The show ended with a sequence based on the series finale of The Sopranos, ending abruptly before Pastore could give the customary end-of-show interview in the cab. Week 6 episode begins with Pastore meeting his ex wife Nancy in a restaurant and presenting her the check he received for being Project Manager for $50,000, in memory of her husband, Mitchell Burke’s Memorial fund with the Lustgarden Foundation.

On July 1, Pastore appeared on NBC’s new show, Celebrity Family Feud, as part of a family team trying to win $50,000 for their favorite charity. He first competed, with his friends and family, against the cast of The Girls Next Door. Then, Pastore's team made it to the finals against Kathy Lee Gifford's family, but did not win. However, Pastore and his team picked up a $10,000 consolation prize for their charity, which is researching a cure for pancreatic cancer.


Pastore hosts The Wiseguy Show on Sirius Satellite Radio (Raw Dog, channel 104), described as a "weekly three-hour celebration of Italian-American culture." Executive Produced by Sopranos co-star Steven Van Zandt, it currently airs on Wednesdays from 6pm-9pm ET.[4]

Stand Up Comedy

Pastore is currently (12/10/09, Memphis TN) on tour with Joe Rogan as Joe's opening act. His comedy act centers around sexual exploits and marijuana use.

Personal life

Pastore is divorced, having previously been married to Nancy Berke. He became friends with Berke's subsequent husband, Mitchell, and donated the winnings from his stint on the Apprentice to a charity in his name.

He pleaded guilty to assaulting his former fiancee Lisa Regina in 2005; he was sentenced to 70 hours of community service.[5] Regina filed a civil suit against him for $5.5 million dollars; the case went to trial but an undisclosed settlement was reached before the jury had the chance to deliberate.[6]

He still lives on City Island in the Bronx.[7] Pastore is a devout fan of the ABC soap opera General Hospital. Pastore is also close friends with Boston mogul "Famous" Nick Varano, often frequenting his North End establishment "Strega".


  1. ^ Independent feature film "P.J.
  2. ^ "Meet the New Cast of 'Dancing With the Stars". Dancing with the Stars. February 20, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-21.  
  3. ^ "John Ratzenberger Joins Cast of 'Dancing with the Stars'". ABC News. March 2, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-14.  
  4. ^ SIRIUS Satellite Radio
  5. ^ NYC Civil Assault Trial Opens for Pastore Yahoo news, February 7, 2009
  6. ^ Ex-Sopranos Actor Pastore Settles Lawsuit, February 10, 2009
  7. ^ Kappstatter, Bob. "Bronx spotlight on Vincent Pastore", Daily News (New York), January 22, 2008. Accessed October 15, 2009. "Vincent Pastore does not sleep with the fishes. He does, however, live close to them, on City Island."

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