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Joseph R Gannascoli

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Other names  Joe Gannascoli
Role  Actor
Occupation  Actor
Spouse  Diana Benincasa (m. 2005)

Years active  1991–present
Education  St. John's University
Name  Joseph Gannascoli
Children  Viviana Gannascoli
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Born  February 15, 1959 (age 56) (1959-02-15) Brooklyn, New York
Books  A Meal to Die For: A Culinary Novel of Crime, Dinner with the FoodFellas
Movies and TV shows  The Sopranos, An Act of War, Men in Black 3, Rob the Mob, Celebrity Fit Club
Similar People  Dan Grimaldi, James Gandolfini, Dominic Chianese, Steve Schirripa, Aida Turturro

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Joseph R. Gannascoli (born February 15, 1959) is an American actor and celebrity spokesman most notable for his portrayal of Vito Spatafore on the HBO series The Sopranos.


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Early life

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Gannascoli was born and raised in Brooklyn. In the 1980s he attended St. John's University for two years, majoring in communications.

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He began his cooking career at Manhattan Market in 1981 in New York City before leaving to work at Commander's Palace in New Orleans, and then at various restaurants around the country.


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Gannascoli's interests then turned to cooking. He learned culinary art and opened a restaurant, Soup As Art Restaurant in Brooklyn. He has worked in New Orleans, Los Angeles and New York, though he dabbled in acting.

Gannascoli received his "big break" in acting from Benicio del Toro, whom he met on the set on Money for Nothing. After appearing in Ed Wood, Del Toro later cast Gannascoli in his directorial debut, Submission. He also introduced him to Sheila Jaffe and Georgianne Walken, who did casting work for the HBO TV series The Sopranos.

Gannascoli appeared in films including Mickey Blue Eyes and television shows including Law and Order before appearing on The Sopranos as a pastry shop patron named "Gino" in the season one episode "The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti". He later secured a recurring role as the nephew of Richie Aprile, Vito Spatafore, in the season two episode "The Happy Wanderer". Along with Dan Grimaldi playing identical twins Patsy and Phillip "Philly Spoons" Parisi and Saundra Santiago playing identical twins Jeannie and Joannie Cusamano, it was one of the three times that the show used a single actor for separate roles. Prior to the start of Season 6, Gannascoli was promoted to series regular. He brought the idea of making his character gay from a true story of the Gambino crime family, in a book called Murder Machine. It was the only suggestion David Chase ever used.

Gannascoli later appeared in other films including Men in Black III. He stars in the 2015 movie An Act of War.

Other ventures

In January 2006 Gannascoli published a crime novel called A Meal to Die For: A Culinary Novel of Crime.


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