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July 17, 1963 |
Ridgewood, Queens, U.S.
John Ventimiglia (born July 17, 1963) is an American actor best known for his role as Artie Bucco in the HBO television series, The Sopranos. Ventimiglia had a recurring role as Dino Arbogast, an Organized Crime Control Bureau Chief for the NYPD, on the American police procedural/drama series Blue Bloods on CBS.
Ventimiglia has had parts in feature films such as Cop Land, Jesus' Son, The Iceman and Mickey Blue Eyes and has appeared in numerous television shows including Law & Order and NYPD Blue. He also made a brief cameo in the made for television movie Gotti.
In August, 2007, Ventimiglia and the David Amram quartet presented a musical and oral homage to sociologist C. Wright Mills and beat author Jack Kerouac. They continued with a Kerouac show in Denmark in autumn of 2007. Ventimiglia starred in the comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead (2008), playing the role of Theo Horace. In 2008, he played a small role as a police officer in Notorious. In 2011 he appeared as "Weinstein" in the film Flypaper.
In 2011, he starred in a small indie film, PONIES. In 2012 he guest starred in the CBS short lived series Made in Jersey. In 2012 he starred, as Humberto Delgado, the Portuguese film Operation Autumn, a film about General Humberto Delgado's brutal assassination in Spain by the Portuguese fascists.
Ventimiglia was born in Ridgewood, Queens, and grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, graduating from Teaneck High School in 1981, where he played on the football team. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his two daughters. He is not related to the actor Milo Ventimiglia, who appeared on the TV series Heroes and Gilmore Girls. In 2016, he played Harry Magarac (magarac=donkey in Serbian language) on the episode of Elementary TV series, entitled Murder Ex Machina, first aired on January 21, 2016.
- Christopher Rosen (July 12, 2012). "John Ventimiglia, 'Ponies' & 'Sopranos' Star, On Leaving Artie Bucco Behind". Huffington Post. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
- Ordoña, Michael. "The performance: John Ventimiglia; 'The Sopranos' Artie Bucco sheds the Mafia-type roles for that of a vampire in 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead.'", Los Angeles Times, July 15, 2010. Accessed August 18, 2015. "When asked where he's from, Ventimiglia recalls his youthful days in Teaneck, N.J., first and foremost with street games of 'kickball, baseball, stickball, touch football … If a car comes, you just say, 'Car, car, C-A-R, stick your head in a jelly jar,' get to the side of the road and let the car go past and you resume your game.'"
- Hi-Way 1981 Yearbook, p. 69.
- Actor behind Artie Bucco shows another side, The Star-Ledger, September 18, 2000. Accessed May 12, 2008.
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