Pastore at the 2013 Wizard World New York Experience
|Born||July 14, 1946|
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Residence||City Island, New York, U.S.|
Pastore, an Italian American, was born in The Bronx, New York and grew up in New Rochelle, New York. Following his graduation from high school, he enlisted as a sailor in the United States Navy and then attended Pace University for three years, before eventually going into the acting industry after befriending Matt Dillon and Kevin Dillon. On June 3, 2015 on Good Day New York morning TV show, Pastore said he was in the Club Business for close to 30 years, and got into acting in his forties.
Pastore has made a career of portraying Italian American mafiosi in film and television. He began with small parts in the 1990s, in films such as Goodfellas and Carlito's Way. In Goodfellas, he is briefly seen rolling a coat rack through the kitchen of The Bamboo Lounge and is credited as "Vinny Pastore" playing "Man with Coat Rack". In Carlito's Way, he portrays one of the friends of the Italian man that dances with Gail, whom Kleinfeld insults. He is listed in the credits as "Vinny Pastore" playing "Copa Wiseguy."
Pastore got a bigger role in the comedy/crime film The Jerky Boys: The Movie (1995) as Tony Scarboni, one of the three gangsters and Lazarro's (played by Alan Arkin) clients. In the 1996 HBO television movie Gotti, Pastore played the character of Angelo Ruggiero, alongside future Sopranos cast members Tony Sirico, Frank Vincent and Dominic Chianese.
In 1999, Pastore got his biggest role to date in The Sopranos, where he played the character Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero.
In addition to The Sopranos, he has appeared in Mickey Blue Eyes, Flodders in America", "Two Family House (with The Sopranos cast mates Michael Rispoli, Kathrine Narducci, Matt Servitto, Michele Santopietro, and Sharon Angela), Under Hellgate Bridge, Riding in Cars with Boys, Witness to the Mob, Deuces Wild, Made, Mafia!, The Hurricane, Serving Sara, American Cousins, A Tale of Two Pizzas, This Thing of Ours, Remedy, Shark Tale, Bachelor Party Vegas, The Family, Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn, Money Train, A Brooklyn State of Mind, The Deli, The Last Don II, Johnny Slade’s Greatest Hits, and Guy Ritchie’s Revolver. He served as associate producer of the film Doughboys. He also appeared in a Cyberchase for Real segment as the owner of a comedy and magic club.
Television credits include Grounded for Life, character Vinnie Fellachio in Son of the Beach, Law & Order (various roles from 1992 to 1996), the soap opera One Life to Live, host of Repo-Men/Stealing for a Living, Ed, Queens Supreme, Vegas, Everybody Hates Chris, The Making of the Mob: New York, Blue Bloods, The Making of the Mob: Chicago, and an uncredited voice role in the television program Aqua Teen Hunger Force as Terry.
In 2007, Pastore starred in the independent feature film P.J.: A Journey of the Heart. In 2008, he joined the cast of General Hospital as Maximus Giambetti, father of two characters on the show. He once again plays a mobster. He had roles in 2008's College Road Trip and Our Last Days As Children. He also starred in the 2008 film Dough Boys.
In 2009, Pastore starred in Pavaline Studio's debut short film, Alienated. In 2010, he starred in the award-winning indie mob-comedy Pizza With Bullets. Pastore played Mayor Avenoso in the 2012 indie feature Surviving Family. He appears in the 2013 film I'm in Love with a Church Girl and will appear in Penguins of Madagascar as Pinky the Brown Bear.
On February 20, 2007, ABC announced that Pastore would participate in the fourth season of the American version of the competitive dance series Dancing with the Stars. He withdrew from the competition after only one week. Pastore said that he found the necessary training and preparation too physically demanding. John Ratzenberger took his place in the competition.
Pastore was featured as a contestant on the January 2008 edition of Celebrity Apprentice. In the second week, he participated in raising $52,286 by selling hot dogs on a Manhattan street for that week's charity. In a task of selling Broadway show tickets, with Pastore as project manager, he led his team to raise $33,300 for charity. In the fifth week, he got into a faked, blow-out conflict with the project manager of the task, Piers Morgan, in order to see if he could get the women to let him on their team to spy on them. The episode had played out like an episode of The Sopranos with Pastore switching allegiances multiple times.
Pastore was deliberately "ratted out" to the women by Morgan in the end, to make Pastore look bad to the women. While Pastore and the men then lost their task, before Trump even lifted a finger to fire anyone that week, Pastore resigned from the show and Trump eventually accepted Pastore's resignation after trying to convince him to stay. The show ended with a sequence based on the series finale of The Sopranos, ending abruptly before Pastore could give the customary end-of-show interview in the cab. Week 6 episode begins with Pastore meeting his ex-wife Nancy in a restaurant and presenting her the check he received for being project manager for $50,000, in memory of her husband, Mitchell Burke's memorial fund with the Lustgarden Foundation.
On July 1, Pastore appeared on NBC's new show, Celebrity Family Feud, as part of a family team trying to win $50,000 for their favorite charity. He first competed, with his friends and family, against the cast of The Girls Next Door. Then Pastore's team made it to the finals against Kathie Lee Gifford's family, but did not win. However, Pastore and his team picked up a $10,000 consolation prize for their charity, which is researching a cure for pancreatic cancer.
On April 8, 2011, Pastore and a business partner appeared on Shark Tank to make a deal for an item called a "Broccoli Wad" that holds money. All the "Sharks" wanted out, and Barbara Corcoran said that "this is one of the dumbest things I've ever seen on this show". She later had the idea of putting Pastore's face and name on the box, and labeling it "Vinnie's Wad". She offered $50,000 for a 40% stake in the company, and would give half of her ownership to Pastore in exchange for his name and face on the packaging. Pastore and his partner agreed. A year later, Pastore made an appearance on an episode of truTV's World's Smartest Inventions after his commercial for "The Broccoli Wad" aired on the show.
Pastore hosts The Wiseguy Show on Sirius Satellite Radio (Raw Dog, channel 104), described as a "weekly three-hour celebration of Italian-American culture." Produced by Sopranos co-star Steven Van Zandt, it currently airs on Wednesdays from 6pm-9pm ET. He has also had stints as a radio host on the New Rochelle, New York station WVOX in 2004 and 2012, with guest appearances in-between.
Pastore is divorced, having previously been married to Nancy Berke with whom he has a daughter Renee. He befriended Berke's subsequent husband and donated the winnings from his stint on The Apprentice to a charity in his name. Pastore is a New York Yankees fan and has been a Yankees season ticket holder since the late 1980s. He currently lives on City Island.
- 1988: Black Roses as Tony's Dad
- 1989: True Love as Angelo
- 1990: Q & A as Man Sitting at Bar (uncredited)
- 1990: Backstreet Dreams as Fat Tony
- 1990: Goodfellas as Man with Coatrack
- 1990: State of Grace as Borelli's Man (uncredited)
- 1990: Men of Respect as Sammy
- 1990: Street Hunter as Romano Guard Outside Coffin Factory
- 1990: Awakenings as Ward #5 Patient #6
- 1992: Flodder in Amerika as Man zonder benzine
- 1992: Who's the Man? as Tony 'Clams' Como
- 1993: Carlito's Way as Copa Wiseguy
- 1993: Italian Movie as Vinny
- 1994: Minges Alley as Bodyguard
- 1994: The Ref as State Trooper
- 1994: It Could Happen to You as Bowling Team Member #1
- 1994: Who Do I Gotta Kill? as Aldo "Birdman" Badamo
- 1994: Hand Gun as Earls Man Harry
- 1995: The Basketball Diaries as Construction Worker
- 1995: The Jerky Boys: The Movie as Tony Scarboni
- 1955: Blue Funk as John
- 1995: Money Train as Gambler
- 1995: Pictures of Baby Jane Doe as Dan
- 1996: Walking and Talking as Laura's Devil-Seeing Patient
- 1996: Sunset Park as Charlie the Super
- 1996: Joe's Apartment as Apartment Broker #2
- 1996: Gotti (TV Movie) as Angelo Ruggiero
- 1996: Night Falls on Manhattan as Cop #3
- 1996: No Exit as Tony Landano
- 1996: West New York as Carmine Ferraro
- 1997: All Over Me as Don
- 1997: The Deli, as Lou
- 1997: Six Ways to Sunday as Uncle Max
- 1998: The Last Don II (TV Mini-Series) - Danny Fuberta
- 1998: A Brooklyn State of Mind as Vinnie "D"
- 1998: Witness to the Mob (TV Movie) as Mikey De Batt
- 1998: Mafia! as Gorgoni
- 1999: Mickey Blue Eyes as Al
- 1999: The Hurricane as Alfred Bello
- 1999: 18 Shades of Dust as Matty 'The Horse' Brancato
- 2000: Blue Moon as Joey
- 2000: Two Family House as Angelo
- 2000: Under Hellgate Bridge as Mitch
- 2000: Growing Down in Brooklyn as Sal
- 2001: Made as Jimmy
- 2001: Corky Romano as Tony
- 2001: Riding in Cars with Boys as Uncle Lou
- 2001: Dating Service
- 2001: Black Scorpion (TV Series) as Enforcer (uncredited)
- 2002: Deuces Wild as Father Aldo
- 2002: Serving Sara as Tony
- 2003: American Cousins as Tony (uncredited)
- 2003: A Tale of Two Pizzas as Vito Rossi
- 2003: Mail Order Bride as Tootie
- 2003: This Thing of Ours as Skippy
- 2004: The Cookout as Poo Salesman
- 2004: Shark Tale as Luca, the octopus (voice)
- 2004: Remedy as Casper Black
- 2005: Johnny Slade’s Greatest Hits as Vic
- 2005: Revolver as Zach
- 2006: Bachelor Party Vegas as Carmine / Mr. Kidd
- 2006: Last Request as Father Patton
- 2007: 7-10 Split as Tony P.
- 2008: P.J. as Burt
- 2008: College Road Trip as Freddy (uncredited)
- 2008: Looking for Palladin as Arnie
- 2008: Dough Boys
- 2008: The Devil's Dominoes as Big John Calabrese
- 2008: Tricks of Love as Harry
- 2008: Return to Sleepaway Camp as Frank
- 2009: Split Ends as Tiny Provenzano
- 2009: Street Boss as Frank 'The Shank'
- 2010: Pizza with Bullets as Don Vito Perspirino
- 2010: Code Blue as Coach / Sergeant
- 2011: Joshua Tree as Sal
- 2011: The Briefcase
- 2011: Spy as Dante LeClair
- 2012: Surviving Family as Mayor Avenoso
- 2012: The Woods as Lieutenant Madden
- 2013: Day of Redemption as Sal
- 2013: Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn as Luigi Leone
- 2013: The Family as Fat Willy
- 2013: Torture Chamber as Dr. Fiore
- 2013: I'm in Love with a Church Girl as Nick Halston
- 2014: Tumbleweed: A True Story as Erik Rydell
- 2015: Thinking with Richard as Balls
- 2015: Staten Island Summer as Leo Manicucci
- 2015: Red Herring as Saffiote
- 2016: Calico Skies as Vincenzo
- 2017: The Eyes as Harry
- 2017: Pitching Tents as Tony
- 2017: Blood Circus as Rocco
- 2018: Who's Jenna...? as Thomas Roma
- 2018: Papa as Frankie Vincent
- 2018: Bully as Frankie
- 2018: Honor Amongst Men as FBI Agent surveillance
- 2018: Black Wake as Dr. Jones
- 2018: Sarah Q as Mr. Tommy
- 2018: Sodfather Spagatoni as Godfather Spagatoni
- 2018: Against All Odds
- 2019: Bottom of the 9th as Cosmo
- The Deli on IMDb
- "Independent feature film 'P.J.'". Pjthemovie.com. Missing or empty
- "Meet the New Cast of 'Dancing With the Stars". ABC.com Dancing with the Stars. February 20, 2007.
- "John Ratzenberger Joins Cast of 'Dancing with the Stars'". ABC News. March 2, 2006.
- "SIRIUS Satellite Radio". Investor.sirius.com. Missing or empty
- Kappstatter, Bob. "Bronx spotlight on Vincent Pastore", Daily News, New York. January 22, 2008. Accessed October 15, 2009. "Vincent Pastore does not sleep with the fishes. He does, however, live close to them, on City Island."
- The Deli on IMDb