John Ventimiglia

Actor, Singer, Songwriter
John Ventimiglia would be the first person to tell you he's nothing like the Italian tough guys he's played in everything from "Law Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) to "Mickey Blue Eyes" (1999). The Queens-born, New ... Read more »
Born: 07/17/1963 in Queens, New York, USA


Actor (54)

Glass Chin 2015 (Movie)

Fight Announcer 1 (Actor)

The Blacklist 2015 (Tv Show)


Ava's Possessions 2014 (Movie)


Blood Ties 2014 (Movie)

Valenti (Actor)

James Gandolfini: Tribute To A Friend 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)


The Cold Lands 2014 (Movie)

Jackson (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2013 (Tv Show)


The Iceman 2013 (Movie)

Mickey Scicoli (Actor)

Alter Egos 2012 (Movie)


Blue Bloods 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)


Ponies 2012 (Movie)

Drazen (Actor)

Flypaper 2011 (Movie)

Weinstein (Actor)

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Undead 2010 (Movie)

Theo Horace / Horatio (Actor)

The Hungry Ghosts 2010 (Movie)

James (Actor)

Notorious 2009 (Movie)

Detective Farelli (Actor)

The Missing Person 2009 (Movie)

Hero (Actor)

White Collar 2009 (Tv Show)


Level 9 2000 - 2008 (TV Show)


Homicide: Life on the Street 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)


New York Undercover 1997 - 1998, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)


Six Degrees 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)


The Sopranos 1999 - 2004, 2007 (Tv Show)


The War Within 2005 (Movie)


Personal Velocity 2002 (Movie)


Plan B 2002 (Movie)


Series 7 2001 (Movie)

Dispatch Operator (Actor)

Claire Dolan 2000 (Movie)

Newark Cab Driver (Actor)

Jesus' Son 2000 (Movie)

McInnes (Actor)

On the Run 2000 (Movie)

Louie Salazar (Actor)

The Art of Amalia 2000 (Movie)


Mickey Blue Eyes 1999 (Movie)

Johnny Graziosi (Actor)

Arresting Gena 1998 (Movie)

Joey/Cop (Actor)

C-16 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Law & Order 1994, 1998 (Tv Show)


Louis and Frank 1998 (Movie)

Alvin (Actor)

No Looking Back 1998 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Row Your Boat 1998 (Movie)

Georgie (Actor)

Sue 1998 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Cop Land 1997 (Movie)

Officer V (Actor)

Feds 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Kicked in the Head 1997 (Movie)

Man at Party (Actor)

Angela 1996 (Movie)

Andrew (Actor)

Extreme Measures 1996 (Movie)

Detective Manning (Actor)

Girls Town 1996 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

Low 1996 (Movie)

Terry "Lullaby" Fairlane (Actor)

The Funeral 1996 (Movie)

Sali (Actor)

Trees Lounge 1996 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

Postcards from America 1995 (Movie)

Driver (Actor)

Young Teamsters 1995 (Movie)

Theo (Actor)

Bullets Over Broadway 1994 (Movie)

Watrerfront Hood (Actor)

The Cowboy Way 1994 (Movie)

Uniformed Cop (Actor)

Swoon 1992 (Movie)

Prison Guard (Actor)

Things We Said Today 1992 (Movie)

Alfonso (Actor)


John Ventimiglia would be the first person to tell you he's nothing like the Italian tough guys he's played in everything from "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) to "Mickey Blue Eyes" (1999). The Queens-born, New Jersey-bred actor studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City and honed his acting chops on the stage before turning to film and TV in the 1990s. A student of classic '70s films and indie icon John Cassavetes, Ventimiglia parlayed his wiseguy looks into early roles as a dock-dwelling hoodlum in Woody Allen's "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994) and a criminal lowlife on "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99). But it was his portrayal of a sadsack mechanic in "Trees Lounge" (1996), Steve Buscemi's directorial debut, that eventually led to Ventimiglia's best-known role; restaurateur Artie Bucco on the critically-acclaimed "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007). His self-pitying but good-natured entrepreneur quickly became a fan favorite, giving the show several memorable moments. After the award-winning show went off the air, Ventimiglia, who once played in an '80s metal band called Zuzu's Petals, played against type with roles as a centuries-old vampire in the horror-comedy "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead" (2009); and as a beleaguered superhero in the small-scale "Alter Egos" (2012). A recurring performer on the primetime procedural "Blue Bloods" (CBS, 2010- ) since 2011, Ventimiglia later appeared opposite Michael Shannon in the real-life Mafia hitman film "The Iceman." As intentional as he is thoughtful, John Ventimiglia is much more than meets the eye.



Cast opposite Michael Shannon in "The Iceman"


Featured in a recurring role on CBS' "Blue Bloods"


Joined several other New York actors and writers for "DV Workshop," a feature film collection of 24 short films for the Internet


Co-starred in the crime comedy "On the Run," opposite fellow Sopranos cast member Michael Imperioli


Appeared in the mob comedy, "Mickey Blue Eyes"


Cast as Artie Bucco, the proprietor of the Nuovo Vesuvio restaurant and close personal friend of Tony Soprano on the HBO series "The Sopranos"


Cast in "Cop Land" a crime thriller starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro


Played the stable father Andrew in Rebecca Miller's directorial debut, "Angela"


Made feature film debut in "Swoon" as a Prison Guard

Bonus Trivia


Arrested May 1, 2006 on drunken driving and cocaine possession charges near his Brooklyn home.


Formerly with the defunct '80s guitar rock band Zuzu's Petals.


In 2004, he collaborated with American composer David Amram on a concert performance dedicated to author Jack Kerouac and sociologist C. Wright Mills.


Met "Sopranos" co-star Michael Imperioli as a student at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City; they later shared an apartment together.


Counts independent film icon John Cassavetes as a major influence