Joseph R Gannascoli

Actor, Chef
Prior to his stint as a homosexual mobster - or "gayfella" - on HBO's series, "The Sopranos" (1999- ), actor Joseph Gannascoli was doing bit parts - doorman here, security guard there - while keeping a steady job as a ... Read more »
Born: 02/15/1959 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (17)

An Act of War 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Other Plans 2014 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

Men in Black 3 2012 (Movie)

New York Mets Fan #2 (Actor)

College Road Trip 2008 (Movie)

Mr. Arcara (Actor)

Best Year Ever 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Fit Club 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Road Trip: New York 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Run 2000 (Movie)

Burly Guy (Actor)

Two Family House 2000 (Movie)

Counter Guy (Actor)

Mickey Blue Eyes 1999 (Movie)

Gino's Doorman (Actor)

Basquiat 1996 (Movie)

Guard at Hospital (Actor)

Blowfish 1996 (Movie)

Gino Calabrese (Actor)

Never Talk to Strangers 1995 (Movie)

Carnival Attendant (Actor)

Ed Wood 1994 (Movie)

Security Guard (Actor)

Money for Nothing 1993 (Movie)

Charlie DiSalvo (Actor)

A Dog's Life (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Prior to his stint as a homosexual mobster - or "gayfella" - on HBO's series, "The Sopranos" (1999- ), actor Joseph Gannascoli was doing bit parts - doorman here, security guard there - while keeping a steady job as a chef and restaurateur. His life's ambition was never to be a celebrity. Instead, he stumbled into acting as a fun thing to do on the side while making foie gras for a living. But much like his mob alter ego, Gannascoli was mixed up in more nefarious affairs - gambling and fencing stolen goods chief among them - which became sources of inspiration not only for his "Sopranos" character, but also for his first novel, A Meal to Die For. As Gannascoli started to straighten up and fly right, he steered away from the restaurant business to act full time. Once the sixth season of "The Sopranos" finally rolled around in early 2006 after an almost two year hiatus, Gannascoli had gone from delivering a line or two an episode to becoming one of the most talked about characters on the show.

Relationships

Diana Gannascoli

Wife

EDUCATION

hired private acting instructor Bob Patterson

St. Johns University

attended for two years

Milestones

2000

Reemerged as Vito Spatafore, the nephew of the character Richie Aprile, in the second season of "The Sopranos" (HBO); revealed himself to be a closeted gay mobster in the fourth season and was outed in the fifth season

1999

Appeared in the crime comedy "On the Run" which starred Michael Imperioli

1999

Appeared in the first season of "The Sopranos," (HBO) playing a character named Gino

1996

Played a hospital guard in "Basquiat"

1995

Benecio Del Toro, whom he met on the set "Money for Nothing" cast him as the lead in the short "Submission" his directorial debut

1993

Landed first movie role in "Money for Nothing," which starred James Gandolfini

Benecio Del Toro introduced him to Sheila Jaffe and Georgianne Walken, both who cast for "The Sopranos"

Theatre debut in the play, "The Juicemen"

Opened up Soup As Art restaurant in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Became a self-taught chef and worked in Manhattan, Boston, Los Angeles and New Orleans

Bonus Trivia

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"I saw him as, like, a cross between Mike Tyson and Liberace," Gannascoli told The Associated Press in an interview at his home. "I wanted to make him sort of in self-denial, self-loathing, a real gay hater."---Gannascoli on his character Vito, from the AP, April 2006.

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On June 18, 2010, Gannascoli was arrested and charged with DUI. Tampa, FL police officers claimed the actor submitted to a field sobriety test and blew a .111. Gannascoli posted a $500 bond and was released.

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