Staten Island, New York, U.S.
|Known for||Jersey Shore|
Guadagnino was born (November 11th 1987) and raised in Staten Island, New York, and comes from a traditional Italian-American family. His mother was born in Sicily, Italy, and his family's farm is visited during an episode in Jersey Shore's fourth season.
Guadagnino is a graduate of Susan E. Wagner High School. He subsequently attended SUNY New Paltz and graduated from the College of Staten Island with a 3.9 GPA and was a political aide for a New York State Assemblyman.
After the success of Jersey Shore, Guadagnino has dedicated his extra time to taking acting classes and honing his craft. A self-described natural entertainer, Guadagnino’s interest in acting is focused on comedy. He recently guest-starred on MTV’s scripted comedy series The Hard Times of RJ Berger playing the role of RJ’s cousin, and was also featured in an episode of 90210 which aired November 8, 2011. Guadagnino has expressed interest in continuing to appear on 90210 in a recurring role. He appeared in another 90210 episode entitled "O Holly Night" in his recurring role. Recently he appeared on the Syfy original movie Jersey Shore Shark Attack.
MTV has made a Jersey Shore spin-off with Guadagnino's own talk show called, The Show with Vinny. The show will be about celebrities coming over to Guadagnino's personal home to talk and have dinner with the rest of his family. The show debuted in May 2013.
Guadagnino launched a line of shirts for the charity "To Fux A Vision", with proceeds donated to the prevention of bullying. In collaboration with the charity organization Do Something, the shirts carry the anti-bullying message "Fuck Bullies". He also supports the animal rescue organization Much Love, for whom he recently participated in a charity auction. Guadagnino has been a presenter at the GLAAD awards.
In December 2011, a song posted on Guadagnino's YouTube account contained lyrics that drew criticism from advocacy groups. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network publicly addressed the issue saying, "The lyrics in Vinny Guadagnino's new rap song that glorify rape are ignorant. Trivializing this violent crime sends a dangerous message to the public." Guadagnino quickly pulled the video from his YouTube account and issued the following statement, "I'd like to apologize for the rap. Was meant to be a funny take on an already 'dirty' song – funny since I'm known as the 'good boy,'" Guadagnino wrote. "I am 100 percent against violence of any kind. I work with many organizations to stop violence and bullying, and will continue to. It's something I strongly believe in. Very sorry to anyone I've offended."
- Abrahamson, Rachel Paula; Grossbart, Sarah; O'Neill, Jennifer (2011-10-24). "VINNY GUADAGNINO: 25 Things You Don't Know About Me". Us Weekly (871): 16. ISSN 1529-7497.
- Bell, Crystal (October 21, 2011). "Vinny Guadagnino Talks Leaving 'Jersey Shore,' Acting Projects And His Future Plans". Huffington Post. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
- Piazza, Jo (October 18, 2011). "'Jersey Shore' Star Vinny Guadagnino's Shakespearean Secret". Huffington Post. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
- "Guy Code " Cast " Vinny Guadagnino". Retrieved November 16, 2011.
- Vinny Guadagnino; Samantha Rose (2012). Control the Crazy: My Plan to Stop Stressing, Avoid Drama, and Maintain Inner Cool. Random House Digital, Inc. ISBN 978-0-307-98724-2.
- Lee, Stephen. "Vinny Guadagnino of 'Jersey Shore' to 'Control the Crazy' in upcoming book – EXCLUSIVE". Journalist. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
- "'Jersey Shore' Star Vinny Guadagnino Apologizes for Rape Rap". New York Post (Fox News). December 1, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2012.
- Speaking Profile Vinny Guadagnino's profile and lecture topics on the American Program Bureau website
- Vinny Guadagnino at IMDB