Jerry Ferrara

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Jerry Ferrara
TurtleEntourage.jpg
Ferrara in Entourage
Born (1979-11-25) November 25, 1979 (age 34)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present

Jerry Ferrara (born November 25, 1979) is an American actor best known for his work as "Turtle" on the HBO comedy series Entourage.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, New York,[1] Ferrara is of Italian descent.[2]

Jerry Ferrara began studying theater in college, where he was inspired by a teacher to pursue a career in acting. An agent he met at a talent showcase encouraged him to move to Los Angeles, where he quickly landed his first role on The King Of Queens. Other television parts soon followed. Jerry was then cast in the independent feature Cross Bronx, which premiered at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.[3]

In an interview about his breakout role on the show, Ferrara revealed that when he told his friends he had landed a major part in a television pilot, they asked, "What's a pilot?"[4] Kevin Connolly has said of his Entourage co-star that "Jerry’s very domesticated. He’s probably the most different from his character. He’s like 180 degrees in the opposite direction."[5]

Ferrara once made an appearance in character as Turtle for a DirecTV commercial. His dialogue was mixed with a clip from an Entourage episode for humorous effect.

Ferrara is also co-founder of Fat Sal's deli in Westwood, Los Angeles.[6] In 2009-2010 Ferrara dropped weight with a new outlook on health and fitness. Ferrara is said to have lost weight by trading "burgers and fries for tofu, fresh organic fruit and vegetables."

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Cross Bronx Vivo
2007 Where God Left His Shoes Vinny
Brooklyn Rules Bobby Canzoneri
Gardener of Eden Greek
2008 Eagle Eye Poker Player
2011 Seven Days in Utopia Joe Buckner
2012 Think Like a Man Jeremy
Battleship Sampson JOOD Strodell
2013 Empire State Jimmy
Last Vegas Dean
2014 Lone Survivor Sgt. Hasslert
7500 Completed
Think Like a Man Too Jeremy Post-production
The Life Post-production
2015 The Entourage Movie Turtle Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 The King of Queens Joey Episode: "Strike Too"
That's Life Student #2 Episode: "The Tutor"
City Guys Delivery boy Episode: "El-Brain"
2001 Maybe it's Me Episode: "The Magic CD Episode"
2001–2002 Grounded for Life Drew 2 episodes
2002 Leap of Faith Kid Episode: "Pilot"
2004 NYPD Blue Danny Puglisi Episode: "Chatty Chatty Bang Bang"
2004–2011 Entourage Turtle Main Cast; 96 episodes
Co-wrote episodes: "Whiz Kid" and "The Big Bang"
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2009)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2008)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2007)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award Choice TV: Sidekick (2007)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award TV Choice Chemistry (shared w/ Adrien Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Dillon, and Kevin Connolly) (2006)
2011 Vietnam in HD Raymond Torres 6 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Scarface: The World Is Yours Hotel manager Voice

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