Vincent Pastore

Actor, Nightclub owner, Nightclub manager
So authentic was his portrayal of Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on the groundbreaking family crime drama "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1998-2007), that it was easy to dismiss Vincent Pastore's work on the series as not so ... Read more »
Born: 07/14/1946 in New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (95)

Pizza with Bullets 2015 (Movie)

Don Vito Persperino (Actor)

The Jack And Triumph Show 2015 (Tv Show)

Himself

Dating Service 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dough Boys 2014 (Movie)

Mr. Conti (Actor)

Growing Down in Brooklyn 2014 (Movie)

Sal (Actor)

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

Actor

Lucky Man 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Searching for Bobby DeNiro 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Street Boss 2014 (Movie)

Frank 'The Shank' (Actor)

Strike 2014 (Movie)

Tony P (Actor)

The Briefcase 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Unmade Man 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Vengeance 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blue Bloods 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

I'm in Love With a Church Girl 2013 (Movie)

Nicholas Halston (Actor)

Once Upon A Time In Brooklyn 2013 (Movie)

Luigi Leone (Actor)

The Family 2013 (Movie)

Fat Willy (Actor)

Pair of Kings 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Cameo

Famous Food 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Return of the Kings 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Voice

Shark Tank 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oy Vey! My Son is Gay! 2010 (Movie)

Carmen Ferraro (Actor)

Celebrity Fit Club 2005 - 2006, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chopping Block 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ed 1998 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

For Your Love 1998 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1992 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Looking for Palladin 2009 (Movie)

Arnie (Actor)

Make My Day 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1992 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Son of the Beach 1998 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Test the Nation 1998 - 2000, 2003 - 2006, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Apprentice 1998 - 2000, 2003 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ocean 2009 (Movie)

Joe Castelli (Actor)

The Sopranos 1998 - 2001, 2004 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

P.J. 2008 (Movie)

Burt (Actor)

Revolver 2007 (Movie)

Zack (Actor)

The Devil's Dominoes 2006 (Movie)

Big John Calabrese (Actor)

A Tale of Two Pizzas 2005 (Movie)

Vito Rossi (Actor)

Vegas Baby 2005 (Movie)

Carmine T. Angelo (Actor)

Iron Chef America 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Remedy 2004 (Movie)

Casper Black (Actor)

Shark Tale 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Luca (Actor)

The Cookout 2004 (Movie)

Poo salesman/Marquis (Actor)

The Great American Celebrity Spelling Bee 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Practice 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Cousins 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Less Than Perfect 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mail Order Bride 2003 (Movie)

Tootie (Actor)

This Thing of Ours 2003 (Movie)

Skippy (Actor)

Deuces Wild 2002 (Movie)

Father Aldo (Actor)

Emeril 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Grounded For Life 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Serving Sara 2002 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Corky Romano 2001 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Made 2001 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Riding in Cars With Boys 2001 (Movie)

Uncle Louie (Actor)

The 2000 MTV Video Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

Under Hellgate Bridge 2001 (Movie)

Mitch (Actor)

A Slight Case of Murder 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Moon 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Two Family House 2000 (Movie)

Angelo (Actor)

Family Values: The Mob & the Movies 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mickey Blue Eyes 1999 (Movie)

Al (Actor)

The Hurricane 1999 (Movie)

Alfred Bello (Actor)

Dellaventura 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Jane Doe 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mafia! 1998 (Movie)

Gorgoni (Actor)

No Exit 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

West New York 1998 (Movie)

Carmine (Actor)

Mario Puzo's The Last Don 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Falls on Manhattan 1997 (Movie)

Cop No 3 (Actor)

The Deli 1997 (Movie)

Lou (Actor)

Gotti 1996 (Movie)

Angelo Ruggiero (Actor)

Joe's Apartment 1996 (Movie)

Apartment Broker No 2 (Actor)

Sunset Park 1996 (Movie)

Charlie The Super (Actor)

Walking & Talking 1996 (Movie)

Laura's Devil-Seeing Patient (Actor)

Money Train 1995 (Movie)

Gambler (Actor)

The Jerky Boys 1995 (Movie)

Tony Scarboni (Actor)

It Could Happen to You 1994 (Movie)

Bowling Team (Actor)

Siao Yu 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Ref 1994 (Movie)

State Trooper (Actor)

Who Do I Gotta Kill? 1994 (Movie)

Aldo 'Birdman' Badamo (Actor)

Carlito's Way 1993 (Movie)

Copa Wiseguy (Actor)

Who's the Man? 1993 (Movie)

Tony 'Clams' Como (Actor)

The Bet 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Awakenings 1990 (Movie)

6th Patient--5th Ward (Actor)

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

Man With Coatrack (Actor)

True Love 1989 (Movie)

Angelo (Actor)

Bull (TV Show)

Actor

Spy (TV Show)

Actor

The Making of the Mob: Chicago (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Witness to the Mob (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

So authentic was his portrayal of Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on the groundbreaking family crime drama "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1998-2007), that it was easy to dismiss Vincent Pastore's work on the series as not so much acting, but rather as someone merely playing themselves. For someone who came to his chosen profession late in life, Pastore demonstrated a surprising range when given the chance, as well as a dedication to the craft. A former New York nightclub owner, he was urged to take up acting by famous brothers and club frequenters Matt and Kevin Dillon. Pastore landed a substantial early role in the indie film "True Love" (1989), but was able to parlay the break into little more than extra work and bit parts in films like "GoodFellas" (1990) and "Carlito's Way" (1993). He made more headway with mob roles on television projects like "Gotti" (HBO, 1996) and "Mario Puzo's 'The Last Don'" (NBC, 1997), before landing the job of a lifetime as "Big Pussy" on the "Sopranos." Although his character did not survive beyond the series' second season, Pastore had secured himself a spot in the pantheon of Hollywood tough guys, going on to appear in dozens of films and television series over the next decade and remaining a constant media presence long after the Soprano family had shared their last meal.

Relationships

Renee Jordan

Daughter
Born c. 1976

John Pastore

Father
Worked in a copper factory

Lisa Regina Actor

Companion
Previously engaged Pastore was arrested in April 2005, for assaulting Regina in New York Regina sued Pastore in Supreme Court in New York County in a civil suit for the assault and the emotional distress it left her with

EDUCATION

Pace University

New York , New York 1967 - 1970
Dropped out after three years

Milestones

2007

Signed on for the fourth season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC); withdrew from the competition after only one week, after finding the necessary training and preparation too physically demanding; replaced by actor John Ratzenberger

2006

Appeared on the fourth season of the VH1 reality show "Celebrity Fit Club"

2005

Cast in "Revolver," written and directed by Guy Ritchie (released theatrically in 2007)

2004

Voiced Luca in the animated feature "Shark Tale"

2004

Guest starred as an attorney on ABC's "The Practice"

2003

Along with Frank Vincent, co-starred in the mafia feature "This Thing Of Ours"

2002

Cast as Tony in the feature comedy "Servicing Sara"

2000

Reteamed with Gallagher for "Blue Moon"

1999

Appeared in Norman Jewison's "The Hurricane"

1999

Acted in the TV-movie "A Slight Case of Murder" (TNT), starring William H Macy and Felicity Huffman

1999

Portrayed 'Big Pussy' Bompensiero, the right-hand man and confidant of Tony Soprano in HBO's acclaimed cult mob series, "The Sopranos"; character was killed in the second season

1999

Played a funny mobster named Al in "Mickey Blue Eyes", opposite James Caan

1998

Played Mikey DeBatt in NBC miniseries, "Witness to the Mob"

1997

Acted with future "Sopranos" co-stars Tony Sirico and Michael Imperioli in John Andrew Gallagher's "The Deli"

1997

Appeared in CBS miniseries, "Mario Puzo's The Last Don"

1996

Portrayed Angelo Ruggiero in HBO movie "Gotti"

1995

Breakthrough film, "The Jerky Boys" opposite Alan Arkin

1994

Appeared as a State Trooper in Demme's "The Ref"; first feature credit as Vincent Pastore

1993

Acted in Brian De Palma's "Carlito's Way"

1993

Played Tony 'Clams' Como in Demme's feature directorial debut, "Who's the Man?"

1992

First association with director Ted Demme, "The Bet"

1992

First of four appearances on NBC's "Law & Order", playing Dominick in "Wedded Bliss" episode

1990

Acted in two movies starring Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas" and Penny Marshall's "Awakenings"; credited for both as Vinny Pastore

1989

Credited as Vinny Pastore in Nancy Savoca's "True Love"

Managed and owned nightclubs in New Rochelle; became friends with clubgoers Matt and Kevin Dillon who convinced him to pursue acting

Grew up in New Rochelle, New York

Bonus Trivia

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On April 2, 2005, Pastore was arrested for assaulting his fiancée actress/director Lisa Regina in Little Italy, Manhattan; Pastore plead guilty in September and agreed to perform community service.

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