|Born||July 14, 1946|
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Nancy Berke (divorced)|
Vincent Pastore (//; born July 14, 1946) is an American actor. Often cast as a mafioso, he is known for his portrayal of Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on the HBO series The Sopranos.
Pastore was born to an Italian-American family in the Bronx, New York City, 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, during an appearance on Good Day New York, 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 gangsters 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.
Pastore's other 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.
In 2014, he appeared in the Broadway musical Bullets Over Broadway as Nick Valenti.
Pastore lost 29 lbs on the fourth season of the VH1 reality show Celebrity Fit Club which ran from August 6 to October 1, 2006.
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 The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Research. 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, 2008, 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 for an investment in "Broccoli Wad", a product 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.
As of July 10, 2011 he appeared on the VH1 Marc Cronin-produced reality show Famous Food. In the show, contestants are assigned the task of opening a restaurant on the Sunset Strip.
He appeared with Joseph R. Gannascoli on Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back on January 21, 2020.
Pastore previously hosted The Wiseguy Show on Sirius Satellite Radio on the now defunct 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.
In September 2020, Pastore started a podcast with Goumba Johnny called Fuhgeddaboudit with Vinny Pastore.
In 2019, Pastore launched a tomato sauce business under the name of Vincent Pastore's Italian Sauce. The sauce is made with San Marzano tomatoes, is non-GMO and has no added sugar.
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. He currently lives on City Island. In 2014, Pastore was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
|1988||Black Roses||Tony's Dad|
|1990||Q & A||Man Sitting at Bar|
|Tales from the Darkside: The Movie||Man in Art Gallery|
|Backstreet Dreams||Fat Tony|
|State of Grace||Borelli's Man|
|Goodfellas||Man with Coatrack|
|Men of Respect||Sammy|
|Street Hunter||Romano Guard Outside Coffin Factory|
|Awakenings||Ward #5 Patient #6|
|Flodders in America||Man without petrol|
|1993||Who's the Man?||Tony 'Clams' Como|
|Manhattan Murder Mystery||Man in Restaurant|
|The Dutch Master||Teresa's Father||Short|
|Carlito's Way||Copa Wiseguy|
|The Ref||State Trooper|
|Soup & the Dead||Father||Short|
|Hand Gun||Earls Man Harry|
|It Could Happen to You||Bowling Team Member #1|
|Who Do I Gotta Kill?||Aldo "Birdman" Badamo|
|1995||The Basketball Diaries||Construction Worker|
|The Jerky Boys: The Movie||Tony Scarboni|
|Mott Street||Mott Street Boss||Short|
|Pictures of Baby Jane Doe||Dan|
|1996||Walking and Talking||Laura's Devil-Seeing Patient|
|Sunset Park||Charlie the Super|
|Joe's Apartment||Apartment Broker #2|
|Night Falls on Manhattan||Cop #3|
|No Exit||Tony Landano|
|West New York||Carmine Ferraro|
|1997||All Over Me||Don|
|Six Ways to Sunday||Uncle Max|
|1998||A Brooklyn State of Mind||Vinnie "D"|
|1999||Mickey Blue Eyes||Al|
|The Hurricane||Alfred Bello|
|18 Shades of Dust||Matty 'The Horse' Brancato|
|Two Family House||Angelo|
|The Rochester Method||Vinnie||Short|
|Under Hellgate Bridge||Mitch|
|Growing Down in Brooklyn||Sal|
|2001||The Rules (For Men)|
|Riding in Cars with Boys||Uncle Lou|
|2002||Deuces Wild||Father Aldo|
|A Tale of Two Pizzas||Vito Rossi|
|Mail Order Bride||Tootie|
|This Thing of Ours||Skippy|
|2004||The Cookout||Poo Salesman|
|Shark Tale||Luca (voice)|
|Johnny Slade's Greatest Hits||Vic|
|2006||Bachelor Party Vegas||Carmine/Mr. Kidd||Video|
|Last Request||Father Patton|
|7-10 Split||Tony P.|
|Lucky Man||Video short|
|College Road Trip||Freddy|
|Looking for Palladin||Arnie|
|Dough Boys||Mr. Conti|
|The Devil's Dominoes||Big John Calabrese|
|Return to Sleepaway Camp||Frank||Video|
|Tricks of Love||Harry|
|2009||Split Ends||Tiny Provenzano|
|Street Boss||Frank 'The Shank'|
|Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!!||Carmine Ferraro|
|2010||Pizza with Bullets||Don Vito Perspirino|
|The Word Is Love||Carmine Ferraro||Video short|
|Run Your Mouth||Boss||Short|
|Surviving Family||Mayor Avenoso|
|The Woods||Lieutenant Madden|
|Saved by the Pole||Crime Boss Louie||Short|
|2013||Day of Redemption||Sal|
|Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn||Luigi Leone|
|The Family||Fat Willy|
|Torture Chamber||Dr. Fiore|
|I'm in Love with a Church Girl||Nick Halston|
|2014||Tumbleweed: A True Story||Erik Rydell|
|2015||Thinking with Richard||Balls|
|Staten Island Summer||Leo Manicucci|
|2016||Oiled Up||Detective James||Short|
|Pasquale's Magic Veal||Chef Pasquale||Short|
|Good n Screwed||Marco Monte|
|The Kids Menu||Pete||Short|
|The Fifth Borough||Angelo Battaglia||Short|
|2018||Who's Jenna...?||Thomas Roma|
|Honor Amongst Men||FBI Agent Surveillance|
|St. Joseph||Vincent Pastore||Short|
|Black Wake||Dr. Jones|
|Sarah Q||Mr. Tommy|
|Sodfather Spagatoni||Godfather Spagatoni|
|Against All Odds|
|2019||Clinton Road||Club Owner|
|Bottom of the 9th||Cosmo|
|Booze, Broads and Blackjack||Vinny Bombayo|
|2021||Made in Chinatown||Amadore Condimento|
|The Birthday Cake||Vito|
|1990||H.E.L.P.||Fireman||Episode: "Fire Down Below"|
|1992–96||Law & Order||Various||4 episodes|
|1993||Taking the Heat||Tommy's Man on Courthouse Steps||TV movie|
|1994||New York Undercover||Goon #1||Episode: "Garbage"|
|1996||Gotti||Angelo Ruggiero||TV movie|
|1997||The Last Don||Danny Fuberta||Episode: "Part II"|
|Dellaventura||Mickey Ezra||Episode: "With a Vengence"|
|1998||Witness to the Mob||Mikey De Batt||TV movie|
|1999||A Slight Case of Murder||Cabby||TV movie|
|1999–2007||The Sopranos||Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero||25 episodes|
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2000)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2001)
|2000||Bull||Len Rutigliano||2 episodes|
|2000–02||Son of the Beach||Vinnie Fellachio||Recurring cast|
|2001||For Your Love||Norm||Episode: "The Not-So-Hostile Takeover"|
|Emeril||Vincent Pastore||Episode: "The Sopranos Come to Dinner"|
|2002||Ed||Ralph Pazzuti III||Episode: "Two Days of Freedom"|
|Grounded for Life||Uncle Sal||Episode: "We Are Family"|
|2003||Queens Supreme||Norm Delgado||Recurring cast|
|Last Laugh||Harry Murphy||TV movie|
|Less Than Perfect||Bookie||Episode: "Save the Squirrel, But Bet the Over/Under"|
|2004||Fillmore!||Mr. Casteneda (voice)||Episode: "Code Name: Electric Haircut"|
|The Practice||Lenny Pescatore||3 episodes|
|2005||The Adventures of Pete & Pete||Vincent Park - Bowling Agent||Episode: "New Year's Pete"|
|2006||Las Vegas||Jimmy 'The Chin' Aversano||Episode: "Meatball Montecito"|
|2007||Everybody Hates Chris||Paulie||Episode: "Everybody Hates Gambling"|
|2008||General Hospital||Maximus Giambetti||Recurring cast|
|2008–12||Aqua Teen Hunger Force||Terry||3 episodes|
|2010–12||Pair of Kings||Yamakoshi||Recurring cast|
|2012||Nick the Doorman||Armando||TV movie|
|Sherman's in Sanity||2 episodes|
|2013||Blue Bloods||Richie Tomlin||Episode: "Inside Jobs"|
|2017||The Uncle Gerry Show||Donnie Zizzo||TV movie|
|Animals||Big Pussy (voice)||Episode: "Cats Part I & II"|
|2018||Hawaii Five-0||Uncle Vito||2 episodes|
|The Neighborhood||Rinaldo||Episode: "The Mezuzah"|
|2019||Wu-Tang: An American Saga||Fat Larry||Recurring cast|
|2020||Chase Street||Sal Rindini||Main cast|
|2006||The Sopranos: Road to Respect||Sal 'Big Pussy' Bonpensiero (voice)|