Steven Van Zandt

Musician, Actor, Songwriter
A key figure in two of the most acclaimed organizations in popular culture - Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007) - Steven Van Zandt was a musician, songwriter and composer who served as ... Read more »
Born: 11/22/1950 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

Bruce Springsteen's High Hopes 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

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

Actor

The 67th Annual Tony Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

VH1 Presents the '80s 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sandra Bernhard Experience 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Bruce Springsteen: Blood Brothers 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th Annual Grammy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Sun City 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th Annual Grammy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Lilyhammer (TV Show)

Actor
Music (18)

The Expendables 3 2014 (Movie)

("Come For Me") (Song Performer)

The Expendables 3 2014 (Movie)

("Come For Me") (Song)

The Expendables 3 2014 (Movie)

Music Consultant (Music)

Not Fade Away 2012 (Movie)

("Surgical Supply") (Song)

Not Fade Away 2012 (Movie)

Original Instrumental Song Performer (Song Performer)

Not Fade Away 2012 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Running Scared 2006 (Movie)

("I Don't Want to Go Home") (Song)

Christmas with the Kranks 2004 (Movie)

(Music Supervisor)

Nine Months 1995 (Movie)

("The Time of Your Life") (Song Performer)

Nine Months 1995 (Movie)

(Song)

Down the Shore 1991 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Song

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 (Movie)

song producer (Song)

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 (Movie)

("All Alone on Christmas") (Song Performer)

The Mighty Ducks 1992 (Movie)

("Shake 'Em Down") (Song)

Ballhaus Barmbek 1987 (Movie)

(Performer)

Something Wild 1986 (Movie)

("You Don't Have to Cry") (Song)

Latino 1985 (Movie)

("Voice of America") (Song)

Between the Lines 1977 (Movie)

songs("I Don't Want to Go Home" "Sweeter Than Honey") (Song)
Producer (2)

Lilyhammer 2011 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Not Fade Away 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

A key figure in two of the most acclaimed organizations in popular culture - Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007) - Steven Van Zandt was a musician, songwriter and composer who served as Springsteen's producing and performing partner for over three decades before making an auspicious debut as an actor on the Emmy-winning crime series. Though his stage presence straddled the border between comic and menacing, Van Zandt was a passionate fan of '50s and '60s-era rock and a savvy producer whose collaborations with Springsteen included some of his greatest albums, including Born to Run (1976) and Born in the U.S.A. (1984). After leaving the E Street Band in the 1980s, he recruited a host of music luminaries, including Springsteen, for "Sun City" (1985), an anti-apartheid protest song that helped bring the racial inequalities of South Africa's government into a global spotlight. He reunited with Springsteen in the late '90s for a series of celebrated records while impressing critics and audiences alike as the phlegmatic Silvio Dante on "The Sopranos." During this busy period, he also hosted his own syndicated radio show, which soon blossomed into a satellite network and record label. A bonafide renaissance man of the 21st century, Steven Van Zandt proved that a life spent in pursuit of great music could yield extraordinary results.

Relationships

Maureen Zandt

Wife
Born c. 1951 married c. 1982 played Steven's on-screen wife on season five of "The Sopranos" (HBO)

Milestones

2006

Assembled and directed an all-star band to back Hank Williams Jr. on a new version of "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" for the season premiere of "Monday Night Football"

2004

Contributed the song "Baby Please Don't Go" to Nancy Sinatra's self-titled album

2002

Hosted a weekly syndicated radio show, "Little Steven's Underground Garage"

1999

Reunited with Springsteen and the E Street Band for a world tour

1999

Acting debut as regular cast member, strip-club owner and Mafia henchman Silvio Danteon on the series, "The Sopranos" (HBO)

1995

Wrote, performed and produced the track "The Time of Your Life" for the soundtrack to John Hughes' film "Nine Months"

1995

Toured Europe with Bon Jovi

1994

Produced first album for Renegade Nation, Demolition 23

1993

Established own record label, Renegade Nation

1992

Wrote and performed (along with Darlene Love) "All Alone on Christmas"; the theme from "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York"

1992

Penned the Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes' hit "I Don't Want To Go Home"; served as theme song for the Jersey shore-set Fox sitcom "Down the Shore"

1991

Reunited with Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes as producer of their album Better Days

1989

Fourth solo recording, Revolution

1987

Performed as opening act for U2 on The Joshua Tree concert tour

1987

Third solo album, Freedom-No Compromise

1986

Spoke out against apartheid at the United Nations and before the US Senate

1985

Created Sun City, an anti-apartheid album featuring rock and rap acts including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Run-DMC and Kurtis Blow; also produced documentary feature of same name

1985

Co-wrote song "You Don't Have to Cry" for the soundtrack of Jonathan Demme's Something Wild

1984

Second solo album Voice of America

1984

Left the E Street Band officially

1982

Second collaboration with Bonds as producer On the Line

1982

Released his debut solo album Men Without Women

1981

Produced the album Dedication; Springsteen had encouraged the project and contributed songs

1980

Appeared with E Street Band members in the concert documentary "No Nukes"

1978

Made guest appearance on Hearts of Stone the third album by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes; also wrote songs

1977

Contributed songs to the second album by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, This Time It's for Real

1975

Joined Springsteen's E Street Band as a guitar player and backup singer

1974

Was briefly a member of the rock/R&B band Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

1966

Met Bruce Springsteen at age 16

1957

Moved to New Jersey with family at age seven

Managed and produced Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes; assisted in landing band a recording contract; produced the group's first album I Don't Want to Go Home (1976)

With Lyon formed duo Southside Johnny and the Kid; name changed to Bank Street Blues Band when keyboardist Kevin Kavanaugh joined

With Johnny Lyon, played in bands like Sundance Blues Band and Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom, the latter formed by Springsteen

Bonus Trivia

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Van Zandt on resuming his music career after a ten year break between solo albums: "It wasn't so much a decision as a revelation that I missed rock music, which has probably never been less fashionable than it is now. I missed making rock music, but I struggled with the question of how do you make rock music that is not redundant, that has not been done before. Then I realized that rock 'n' roll in redundant by definition. And that's OK, as long as you bring it somewhere that works for you." - quoted in the Boston Herald, Nov. 5, 1999

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"I'm not kidding when I say the hair is doing the acting. The look is very important to me. When I look in the mirror I've got to see Silvio." - the usually bandana-clad Steven Van Zandt on the black bouffant wig he dons to play Mafia henchman Silvio Dante on "The Sopranos" (HBO), quoted in People magazine, Sep. 13, 1999

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Steven Van Zandt on his successful audition for "The Sopranos" (HBO): "I sat down with David [creator of "The Sopranos"] and told him I was a little awkward about taking the part. I didn't feel comfortable taking an actor's job. You always read about how actors are out of work and how they work their whole life taking these classes and here I am, a guitar player, stepping in and maybe taking someone's job. David said 'OK, I'll tell you what, I'll create a new character for you so you won't be taking anybody's job.' And I was OK with that." - quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Dec. 19, 1999

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Van Zandt on the popularity of "The Sopranos" (HBO): "What I think makes the show connect with so many people is that the problems they have, generally speaking, are the problems that everybody has. Everybody has two families. Everybody has their family at home and their family at work. Everybody has those kind of complicated human relations. That's what a lot of the show is about. It's not just about gangster stuff. Take Silvio [Van Zandt's character] for instance. There are some funny quirks in his character. When it comes to life-threatening situations, he's a very, very cool professional. But he'll completely lose his temper at his daughter's soccer game." - quoted in The Los Angeles Times, Dec. 19, 1999

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Steven Van Zandt on balancing concurrent work on "The Sopranos" (HBO) with the E Street Band reunion tour: "It's gotten a little tricky juggling the two things. Thank God, HBO and the 'Sopranos' people went out of their way to schedule my scenes on days off, which was really, really nice of them. They've bent over backward. And Springsteen's people did what they could to make it all work out." - quoted in Chicago Sun-Times, Jan. 17, 2000

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