Vincent Pastore

Vincent Pastore


7/14/1946, The Bronx, New York, USA

Birth Name

Vincent Pastore



Also Known As

Vinny Pastore, Vinnie Pastore
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Pastore was born in The Bronx, New York, of Italian-American descent. A former club-owner in New Rochelle, New York, he turned to acting at the suggestion of his friends Matt and Kevin Dillon. He has made appearances in films ranging from Goodfellas to Shark Tale, but he is…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Vincent has been nominated for two SAG Awards. In 2000 and 2001 he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for The Sopranos. He won in 2000.

    • Vincent made his Broadway debut as Amos Hart in Chicago in the winter of 2008.

    • Vincent appeared on the celebrity edition of The Apprentice and is playing for The Lustgarten Foundation charity because he lost his friend, Mitchell Berke, to pancreatic cancer in 2007.

    • Vincent hosts The Wiseguy Show on Sirius Satellite Radio.

    • Vincent served in the Navy in Washington from 1964-1967.

    • Vincent appeared in the fourth season of VH1's reality show Celebrity Fit Club and lost 29 pounds.

    • One of his first acting roles was playing a criminal on America's Most Wanted. He even got confused for a criminal because he played one on that show.

    • Vincent usually just goes by the name Vinny.

    • Vincent has one daughter, Renee.

    • Vincent is 5'10".

    • On February 28, 2007, Vincent announced that after only a week, he is dropping out of Dancing With The Stars because he felt that the training and preparation for the show was too physically demanding. John Ratzenberger took his place in the competition.

    • On April 2, 2005, Pastore was arrested for assaulting his fiancée in Little Italy, Manhattan. He refused plea deals for community service on May 6 and June 30, but reportedly agreed to plead guilty on September 26.

  • Quotes

    • Vincent Pastore: When I initially committed to joining Dancing with the Stars, I didn't realize just how physically demanding it would be for me. Unable to put forth my best effort, I felt it appropriate to step aside and give someone else the opportunity.

    • Vincent Pastore: I'm a people person. I can go up to somebody and ask to get a favor done. People come through for me because they know I won't abuse the favor and it will be a good experience. I was brought up that way by my father: always return a favor and follow through.

    • Vincent Pastore: (About Celebrity Apprentice): this is different from other Apprentices since our objective is to raise money for our charities. And when you become the Celebrity Apprentice you receive $250,000 for your charity, and along the way as you get the position of being the project manager, if your team wins, you win money for your charity - so that's the objective. Not so much as being the Apprentice, but what you can win for your charity to help others.

    • Vincent Pastore: (About Donald Trump): We are two different guys, but I admire the fact that he's very successful - a self-made guy. He's has a great personality, and is a fellow Friar. I really like the guy. He's a New Yorker, a regular guy.

    • Vincent Pastore: (About working with Matthew Perry) I love working with Matthew. I knew Courtney [Cox] through [her husband] David [Arquette]. I met Jennifer [Aniston] and then I met Matthew. I think he's got a great career in front of him. What he is on television is what he is in the movies and in real life. I think a lot about acting as your personality.

    • Vincent Pastore: (About working with Cedric the Entertainer) Cedric is great. You don't know where he's going. He just makes it up. He is a genius. When I see Cedric doing these things, I just wonder how he does it.

    • Vincent Pastore: The only time I turned work down is when I can't do it because of The Sopranos. I had a talk with my agent and he said, 'Vinnie, I think you are in a position now you got to start turning some stuff away.' But when you got a daughter in grad school and you are paying her expenses, it's pretty hard to turn a job down.

    • Vincent Pastore: The roles I find challenging are those that allow me to stretch. I also enjoy playing characters that I normally would be cast in.

    • Vincent Pastore: My favorite Soprano memory was when I was shooting the episode where I die. Everyone, especially James Gandolfini, Tony Sirico, and Steve Van Zandt, were so bummed out. They didn't want me to leave the show.