Jerry Ferrara

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Jerry Ferrara
Born (1979-11-25) November 25, 1979 (age 42)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Years active2000–present
Breanne Racano
(m. 2017)

Jerry Charles Ferrara (born November 25, 1979) is an American actor known for his role as Turtle on the HBO comedy series Entourage, and starred on the Starz drama series Power as Joe Proctor.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Brooklyn, New York City[1] and raised in Bensonhurst,[2] Ferrara is of Italian descent.[3]

He graduated from New Utrecht High School.[2] 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.[4]

In an interview about his breakout role on Entourage, Ferrara revealed that when he told his friends he had landed a major part in a television pilot, they asked, "How about you get a dog who becomes your best friend and you name him Awnold??"[5] 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."[6]

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 West Hollywood, California.[7] In 2010, Ferrara dropped weight and lost 60 pounds with a new outlook on health and fitness.[8]

Ferrara is a diehard New York Yankees, New York Knicks, and New York Giants fan, a topic referenced in several episodes of Entourage.



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Where God Left His Shoes Vinny
2007 Brooklyn Rules Bobby Canzoneri
2007 Gardener of Eden Greek
2008 Eagle Eye Poker Player
2011 Seven Days in Utopia Joe Buckner
2012 Think Like a Man Jeremy Kern
2012 Battleship Sampson JOOD Strodell
2013 Empire State Jimmy
2013 Last Vegas Dean
2013 Lone Survivor Sergeant Hasslert
2014 Think Like a Man Too Jeremy Kern
2014 Flight 7500 Rick
2015 Club Life Johnny D
2015 Entourage Salvatore "Turtle" Assante
2016 Sully Michael Delaney
2017 Axis Himself Voice role
2021 Dating and New York Cole


Year Title Role Notes
2000 The King of Queens Joey Episode: "Strike Too"
2000 That's Life Student #2 Episode: "The Tutor"
2000 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 Fatty Puglisi Episode: "Chatty Chatty Bang Bang"
2004–2011 Entourage Salvatore "Turtle" Assante Series regular; 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/ Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Kevin Dillon, and Kevin Connolly) (2006)
2011 Vietnam in HD Raymond Torres 6 episodes
2015–2019 Power Joe Proctor Recurring (season 2)
Series regular (seasons 3–6)
2017–2018 Shooter Kirk Zehnder Recurring (seasons 2 & 3)


  1. ^ [1], Accessed September 22, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Hamill, Dennis (April 16, 2007). "Turtle's Bay". Daily News. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  3. ^ Q&A with Jerry Ferrara: Bringing Turtle Out of His 'Entourage' Shell. Accessed October 7, 2009
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Jerry Ferrara". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on November 7, 2008.
  6. ^ "E is for Entourage: Kevin Connolly speaks". CraveOnline. Archived from the original on August 13, 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  7. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on October 8, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Entourage's Jerry Ferrara Sheds His Shell". Men's Fitness.

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