After high school worked as a nightclub singer
Worked in Off-Broadway productions
Worked as a doorman at the New York nightclub, The Limelight; met his future producer Peter Gatien, owner of The Limelight in the mid-1980s
TV acting debut in an episode of "Hill Street Blues"
Wrote first stage version of "A Bronx Tale"
First production of "A Bronx Tale", a one-man show that ran at the West Coast Ensemble theater; produced by Peter Gatien
Moved the show to New York, where it ran for four months at Playhouse 91
Feature acting debut, "An Even Break"
TV-movie debut, "Peter Gunn"
First film in a lead role, also screenwriting debut, "A Bronx Tale"
First romantic lead, "The Perez Family"
Underwent surgery to remove cancerous tumor from his neck
Appeared in the ensemble drama "Hurlyburly"
Supported Billy Crystal and Robert De Niro in "Analyze This"
Directed an episode of HBO's "Oz"
Starred as a zealous prosecutor in the HBO original movie "Excellent Cadavers"
Headlined the TNT original drama "Boss of Bosses", playing real-life mobster Paul Castellano
Made directorial debut with "Oooph!" (lensed 2001) for Showtime
Cast in the feature "Poolhall Junkies"
Cast opposite Ving Rhames in the USA series "Kojack" a remake of the original 70's series, which starred Telly Savalas
Played a mob boss opposite Usher in Ron Underwood's crime drama "In The Mix"
Played a detective in Wayne Kramer's "Running Scared"
Co-wrote the screenplay for "10th and Wolf," which is based on the real life events of Joseph Pistone aka Donnie Brasco