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Vincent Gallo

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April 11, 1961 (age 63) (
Buffalo, New York

Actor, producer, composer, director, screenwriter, songwriter, singer

When, Recordings of Music for Film, Buffalo 66, The Way It Is, Dangerous World

Vincenzo Vito Gallo, Janet Gallo

Music director
Buffalo '66, The Brown Bunny, Tetro, Essential Killing, Goodfellas

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Vincent gallo

Vincent Vito Gallo Jr. (born April 11, 1961) is an American actor, director, model, musician and painter. Though he has had minor roles in mainstream films such as Arizona Dream, The Funeral and Palookaville, he is most associated with independent movies, including Buffalo '66, which he wrote, directed, scored and starred in and The Brown Bunny, which he also wrote, directed, produced, starred in and photographed. In the early 2000s, he released several solo recordings on Warp Records.


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Early life

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Vincent Gallo was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Janet, a hair-dresser, and Vincenzo Vito Gallo, also a hairdresser and professional gambler. Both of his parents emigrated from Sicily, Italy.


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During Gallo's artistic period in the 1980s, when he worked as a musician and painter in New York City, he also began experimenting with film. He made the short film "If You Feel Froggy, Jump" and appeared in the 1981 film Downtown 81 with painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. In 1984, Gallo acted in The Way It Is (1985) by Eric Mitchell, which included actors Steve Buscemi and Rockets Redglare. After starring in the obscure 1989 film Doc's Kingdom, he began acting in small parts in more well-known films such as Goodfellas, The House of the Spirits, and The Perez Family. French director Claire Denis hired Gallo to act in several films such as the "short film Keep It for Yourself, the made-for-TV U.S. Go Home, and its follow-up feature Nénette et Boni (1996)."

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In 1998, his directorial debut film Buffalo '66 was nominated for, but did not win, an award for "Best First Feature" at the Independent Spirit Awards. Gallo made this drama for $1.5 M, serving as writer, director, lead actor, and composer/performer of the soundtrack. The release of Buffalo '66 "gained him a solid fan base."

In 2003, Gallo starred in and directed the film The Brown Bunny, which chronicles a motorcycle racer's cross-country road trip, and co-starred Chloë Sevigny. The film, which contained a scene of Sevigny performing unsimulated oral sex upon Gallo, received an overwhelmingly negative critical response to its Cannes premiere and became a media scandal, in part due to Gallo's use of a still image from a sex scene on a promotional billboard. According to Andrea LeVasseur of Allmovie, The Brown Bunny "premiered to much derision at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival." Film critic Roger Ebert stated that The Brown Bunny was the worst film in the history of Cannes. Gallo retorted by calling Ebert a "fat pig with the physique of a slave trader" and put a hex on Ebert, wishing him colon cancer. Ebert then responded – paraphrasing a statement made by Winston Churchill – that, "although I am fat, one day I will be thin, but Mr. Gallo will still have been the director of The Brown Bunny." Gallo and Ebert later made up, and Ebert ended up giving a thumbs up to the finished version of The Brown Bunny.

In 2010, Gallo won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the 67th Venice International Film Festival for his role in Essential Killing, although he doesn't have a single line in the film. He did not attend the ceremony to accept his award in person, leaving the duty to the film's director Jerzy Skolimowski, who tried to get the actor to reveal himself, leading the audience in a chant of his name. Gallo was not in attendance.

Gallo stars in Davide Manuli's 2012 La leggenda di Kaspar Hauser, a modern-western interpretation of the German legend of Kaspar Hauser which premiered at the 2012 International Film Festival Rotterdam. Gallo plays the two largest roles in the film, the English-speaking Sheriff and the Italian speaking assassin.

He co-starred with Kōichi Satō and Yoo Ji-tae in Junji Sakamoto's 2013 film, Human Trust.


Gallo played electric bass and sang in the mid-1970s in several adolescent garage bands such as Blue Mood, a progressive rock cover band named Zephyr (not to be confused with the late 1960s band of the same name) which did one performance in New York State, The Good (with Bernie Kugel and Larry Galanowitz), The Detours, and the Plastics. At the age of 16, Gallo moved to New York City and was a later member of the band Gray, with visual artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Gray played at clubs such as Max's Kansas City, CBGB's, Hurrahs, and the Mudd Club. A few of Gray's recordings appear on the soundtrack for the film Downtown 81.

Gallo played in a band called Bohack which recorded an album entitled It Took Several Wives. When Bohack disbanded, Gallo turned his attention to acting, directing, and composing in films. He wrote songs for the soundtrack of the 1998 film Buffalo 66. He played in a rock band with Lukas Haas called Bunny, and Gallo put out his own album which he wrote, performed and produced under Warp Records, titled "When."

On August 3, 2013 Vincent Gallo headlined the 3rd Annual San Frandelic Summer Fest in San Francisco.

Music videos

Gallo directed music videos for the songs "Going Inside" by John Frusciante, and "Anemone" by L'Arc-en-Ciel. He also starred in the music videos for "Bitter" by Lit, "Cosmopolitan Bloodloss" by Glassjaw, "99 Problems" by Jay-Z and "Grounded" by My Vitriol.

Gallo also appeared as a model in H&M Spring 2009 Collection alongside Eva Herzigova.

Other work and appearances

Gallo currently serves as the HOA president at his Arts District loft in Downtown Los Angeles.

He makes a fictionalized appearance in Caspar Vega's 2012 book The Eclectic Prince.

Gallo did a fashion campaign and photo shoot with G-Star RAW jeans in Fall 2011.

In 1984, Gallo (using the name "Prince Vince") appeared as a dancer on an unsold TV pilot for a hip-hop dance show called Graffiti Rock.

Personal life

Gallo is a supporter of the Republican Party, and has been seen at a New York fashion show with George W. Bush's daughters Barbara and Jenna. He has stated that his fantasy is "becoming more like the stereotype of the Republican Party." He also wishes to look "more like [American conservative journalist] George Will." In his own words, Gallo "considered himself a radical, always, but an extremely conservative radical."

Gallo is godfather to Chris Squire's son Cameron and helped Squire with his autobiography.


  • The Way It Is (1985)
  • The Gunlover (1986)
  • Doc's Kingdom (1987)
  • Goodfellas (1990)
  • A Idade Maior (1991)
  • Arizona Dream (1993)
  • The House of the Spirits (1993)
  • The Perez Family (1995)
  • Angela (1995)
  • Nénette et Boni (1996)
  • The Funeral (1996)
  • Basquiat (1996)
  • Palookaville (1996)
  • Truth or Consequences, NM (1997)
  • Buffalo 66 (1998)
  • Johnny 316 (1998)
  • L.A. Without a Map (1998)
  • Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby (1999)
  • Hide and Seek (2000)
  • Stranded: Náufragos (2001)
  • Get Well Soon (2001)
  • Trouble Every Day (2001)
  • Gli indesiderabili (2003)
  • The Brown Bunny (2003)
  • Moscow Zero (2006)
  • Dirt (2007) television
  • Oliviero Rising (2007)
  • Tetro (2009)
  • Metropia (2009)
  • Essential Killing (2010)
  • Promises Written in Water (2010)
  • 2 Days in New York (2012)
  • Loosies (2012)
  • La leggenda di Kaspar Hauser (2012)
  • Human Trust (2013)
  • Writer/director

    Feature films

  • Buffalo 66 (1998)
  • The Brown Bunny (2004)
  • Promises Written in Water (2010)
  • Short films

  • "If You Feel Froggy, Jump" (1980)
  • "Wedding" (1986)
  • "The Gun Lover" (1986)
  • "That Smell" (1988)
  • "Gallo 2000" (1989)
  • "Casting Director Billy Hopkins Leaves a Message for Vincent Gallo" (1994)
  • "Buffalo 66 Trailer" (1997)
  • "Vincent Gallo Has a Thing or Two to Say About the British" (1997)
  • "Vincent Gallo Directs" (1997)
  • "Looking for Enemies Finding Friends" (1997)
  • "Live Love Drive" (1999)
  • "Anemone" (2000)
  • "Honey Bunny" (2001)
  • "John Frusciante Plays and Sings" (2001)
  • "The Brown Bunny Trailers" (2003)
  • "The Curse of Manuel Chiche" (2003)
  • "Akiko" (2004)
  • "The Agent" (2010)
  • "Anea 17" (2010)
  • "United States Wins the World Cup" (2014)
  • Albums

  • It Took Several Wives (1982, Family Friend Records) as Bohack
  • The Way It Is Soundtrack (1984, Rojo Records)
  • Buffalo '66 Soundtrack (1998, Will Records)
  • When (2001, Warp Records)
  • Recordings of Music for Film (2002, Warp Records)
  • EPs

  • So Sad (2001, Warp Records)
  • Singles

  • Honey Bunny (2001, Warp Records)
  • References

    Vincent Gallo Wikipedia

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