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Also Known As: Vinny Pastore, Vinnie Pastore Died:
Born: July 14, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York, USA Profession: actor, nightclub owner, nightclub manager

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So authentic was his portrayal of Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on the groundbreaking family crime drama "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1998-2007), that it was easy to dismiss Vincent Pastore's work on the series as not so much acting, but rather as someone merely playing themselves. For someone who came to his chosen profession late in life, Pastore demonstrated a surprising range when given the chance, as well as a dedication to the craft. A former New York nightclub owner, he was urged to take up acting by famous brothers and club frequenters Matt and Kevin Dillon. Pastore landed a substantial early role in the indie film "True Love" (1989), but was able to parlay the break into little more than extra work and bit parts in films like "GoodFellas" (1990) and "Carlito's Way" (1993). He made more headway with mob roles on television projects like "Gotti" (HBO, 1996) and "Mario Puzo's 'The Last Don'" (NBC, 1997), before landing the job of a lifetime as "Big Pussy" on the "Sopranos." Although his character did not survive beyond the series' second season, Pastore had secured himself a spot in the pantheon of Hollywood tough guys, going on to appear in dozens of films and television series over the next...

So authentic was his portrayal of Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on the groundbreaking family crime drama "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1998-2007), that it was easy to dismiss Vincent Pastore's work on the series as not so much acting, but rather as someone merely playing themselves. For someone who came to his chosen profession late in life, Pastore demonstrated a surprising range when given the chance, as well as a dedication to the craft. A former New York nightclub owner, he was urged to take up acting by famous brothers and club frequenters Matt and Kevin Dillon. Pastore landed a substantial early role in the indie film "True Love" (1989), but was able to parlay the break into little more than extra work and bit parts in films like "GoodFellas" (1990) and "Carlito's Way" (1993). He made more headway with mob roles on television projects like "Gotti" (HBO, 1996) and "Mario Puzo's 'The Last Don'" (NBC, 1997), before landing the job of a lifetime as "Big Pussy" on the "Sopranos." Although his character did not survive beyond the series' second season, Pastore had secured himself a spot in the pantheon of Hollywood tough guys, going on to appear in dozens of films and television series over the next decade and remaining a constant media presence long after the Soprano family had shared their last meal.

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 Family, The (2013)
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 Street Boss (2010)
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 Strike (2009)
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 P.J. (2008)
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 Lucky Man (2008)
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 Unmade Man (2006)
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Grew up in New Rochelle, New York
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Managed and owned nightclubs in New Rochelle; became friends with clubgoers Matt and Kevin Dillon who convinced him to pursue acting
1989:
Credited as Vinny Pastore in Nancy Savoca's "True Love"
1990:
Acted in two movies starring Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese's "GoodFellas" and Penny Marshall's "Awakenings"; credited for both as Vinny Pastore
1992:
First association with director Ted Demme, "The Bet"
1992:
First of four appearances on NBC's "Law & Order", playing Dominick in "Wedded Bliss" episode
1993:
Played Tony 'Clams' Como in Demme's feature directorial debut, "Who's the Man?"
1993:
Acted in Brian De Palma's "Carlito's Way"
1994:
Appeared as a State Trooper in Demme's "The Ref"; first feature credit as Vincent Pastore
1995:
Breakthrough film, "The Jerky Boys" opposite Alan Arkin
1996:
Portrayed Angelo Ruggiero in HBO movie "Gotti"
1997:
Acted with future "Sopranos" co-stars Tony Sirico and Michael Imperioli in John Andrew Gallagher's "The Deli"
1997:
Appeared in CBS miniseries, "Mario Puzo's The Last Don"
1998:
Played Mikey DeBatt in NBC miniseries, "Witness to the Mob"
1999:
Portrayed 'Big Pussy' Bompensiero, the right-hand man and confidant of Tony Soprano in HBO's acclaimed cult mob series, "The Sopranos"; character was killed in the second season
1999:
Played a funny mobster named Al in "Mickey Blue Eyes", opposite James Caan
1999:
Acted in the TV-movie "A Slight Case of Murder" (TNT), starring William H Macy and Felicity Huffman
1999:
Appeared in Norman Jewison's "The Hurricane"
2000:
Reteamed with Gallagher for "Blue Moon"
2002:
Cast as Tony in the feature comedy "Servicing Sara"
2003:
Along with Frank Vincent, co-starred in the mafia feature "This Thing Of Ours"
2004:
Guest starred as an attorney on ABC's "The Practice"
2004:
Voiced Luca in the animated feature "Shark Tale"
2005:
Cast in "Revolver," written and directed by Guy Ritchie (released theatrically in 2007)
2006:
Appeared on the fourth season of the VH1 reality show "Celebrity Fit Club"
2007:
Signed on for the fourth season of "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC); withdrew from the competition after only one week, after finding the necessary training and preparation too physically demanding; replaced by actor John Ratzenberger
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Education

Pace University: New York , New York - 1967 - 1970

Notes

"On shooting "Witness to the Mob" and "Mickey Blue Eyes" simultaneously: "We shot 'The Sopranos' pilot and then I did [the 1998 NBC miniseries] 'Witness to the Mob'. Liz Hurley [one of the film's producer] was letting me do both movies. I was working days on 'Witness to the Mob' and nights on 'Mickey Blue Eyes'. You get in a van and you drive across town and you become another gangster. It was funny.

" . . . I worked all day on 'Witness to the Mob', where I was doing a scene where I was about to be killed by Sammy Gravano, and I got into a van and went across town and Jimmy Caan was waiting for me. He said, 'Who are you that I got to wait for you?" --Vincent Pastore to Susan King in the Los Angeles Times, August 20, 1999

"The only time I turned work down is when I can't do it because of 'The Sopranos'. I don't think I'm in a position [to turn down work]. I had a talk with my agent and he had seen 'Mickey Blue Eyes' already 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.

"You just hope the films are going to be good. A lot of times, you don't think they are going to be good and they turn out to be masterpieces." --Pastore to Los Angeles Times, August 20, 1999

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father:
John Pastore. Factory worker. Worked in a copper factory.
father:
John Pastore. Father, John Bersbach.
daughter:
Renee Jordan. Born c. 1976.
daughter:
Renee Jordan. Has three; father, John Bersbach.
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