Joseph R. Gannascoli

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Joseph R. Gannascoli
Gannascoli filming the White Collar episode
"On the Fence" in Manhattan's West Village, June 7, 2011.
Born (1959-02-15) February 15, 1959 (age 56)
Brooklyn, New York
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Diana Gannascoli (m. 2005-present)

Joseph R. Gannascoli (born February 15, 1959) is an American actor and celebrity spokesman most notable for his portrayal of Vito Spatafore on the HBO series, The Sopranos.

Early life[edit]

Joseph R. Gannascoli was born and raised in Brooklyn.[1]

In the 1980s he attended St. John's University for two years, majoring in communications.[1]


Gannascoli's interests then turned to cooking. He learned culinary art and opened a restaurant, Soup As Art Restaurant in Brooklyn. He has worked in New Orleans, Los Angeles and New York, though he dabbled in acting.[1]

Gannascoli received his "big break" in acting from Benicio del Toro, whom he met on the set on Money for Nothing. After appearing in Ed Wood, Del Toro later cast Gannascoli in his directorial debut, Submission. He also introduced him to Sheila Jaffe and Georgianne Walken, who did casting work for the HBO TV series The Sopranos.

Gannascoli appeared in films including Mickey Blue Eyes and television shows including Law and Order before appearing on The Sopranos as a pastry shop patron named "Gino" in the season one episode "The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti". He later secured a recurring role as the nephew of Richie Aprile, Vito Spatafore, in the season two episode "The Happy Wanderer". Along with Dan Grimaldi playing identical twins Patsy and Phillip "Philly Spoons" Parisi and Saundra Santiago playing identical twins Jeannie and Joannie Cusamano, it was one of the three times that the show used a single actor for separate roles. Prior to the start of Season 6, Gannascoli was promoted to series regular. He brought the idea of making his character gay from the true story of a mafia crew in Brooklyn, in a book he was reading to the writers. It was the only suggestion David Chase ever used.[citation needed]

Gannascoli later appeared in other films including Men in Black III.

Other ventures[edit]

In January 2006 Gannascoli published a crime novel called A Meal to Die For: A Culinary Novel of Crime.[2]

Gannascoli markets a line of pasta sauces and other foods called "Sauce Boss", and a line of cigars called Cugine.[1]

Gannascoli also created Bottle Skinz . A Licensed product by the NFL,NHL,NCAA Realtree and Military branches .It fits over 5 gal water bottles and propane tanks

Ganascoli created POA's Peace over America yoga pants

Personal life[edit]

Gannascoli is married to Diana Gannascoli, with whom he has a daughter, Viviana, born in 2009.[citation needed]

Legal troubles[edit]

In the early morning hours of Friday, June 18, 2010, Gannascoli was arrested on a DUI charge by in Tampa, Florida. He registered a blood-alcohol level of .111 according The St. Petersburg Times. He posted a $500 bond and was released later that day.[3]


Years Title Role
1993 Money for Nothing Charlie DiSalvo
1999 The Sopranos Bakery Customer/"Gino"
2000-2006 The Sopranos Vito Spatafore
2011 White Collar Salvatore
2012 Men in Black 3 New York Mets Fan
2014 Rob the Mob Dom


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