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: 07/16/1963 in Queens, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (61)

Glass Chin 2015 (Movie)

Fight Announcer 1 (Actor)

The Blacklist 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ava's Possessions 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blood Ties 2014 (Movie)

Valenti (Actor)

Blue Bloods 2011 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Actor

The Cold Lands 2014 (Movie)

Jackson (Actor)

Inside: The American Mob 2013 (Tv Show)

Narrator

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

Actor

The Iceman 2013 (Movie)

Mickey Scicoli (Actor)

Alter Egos 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Made In Jersey 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYC 22 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Person of Interest 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ponies 2012 (Movie)

Drazen (Actor)

Flypaper 2011 (Movie)

Weinstein (Actor)

Law & Order 1994 - 1995, 1998, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mercy 2010 (Tv Show)

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)

Actor

Level 9 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Six Degrees 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The War Within 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Personal Velocity 2002 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Plan B 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

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)

(Narrator)

Mickey Blue Eyes 1999 (Movie)

Johnny Graziosi (Actor)

Arresting Gena 1998 (Movie)

Joey/Cop (Actor)

C-16 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

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)

Actor

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)

Biography

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.

Milestones

2012

Cast opposite Michael Shannon in "The Iceman"

2011

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

2002

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

2000

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

1999

Appeared in the mob comedy, "Mickey Blue Eyes"

1999

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

1997

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

1995

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

1992

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

Bonus Trivia

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

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

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"As an actor, you want to constantly re-invent yourself. It's tempting to always take the same types of roles, and the business is set up in a way that encourages you to take the same types of roles. If that's not what you want to do, you have to turn things down."---Ventimiglia to The Star-Ledger, September 18, 2000.

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

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

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Counts independent film icon John Cassavetes as a major influence

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