Louis Vanaria

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Louis Vanaria is an Italian-American actor.

Born in the Bronx, New York, he is of Sicilian descent.[citation needed] Vanaria has always aspired to be a singer/songwriter. After hearing about an open casting call for the upcoming Robert De Niro film, A Bronx Tale, Vanaria worked his way in and attempted to land a singing role, only to land the role of "Crazy Mario." Vanaria was soon cast in the CBS movie of the week, Young at Heart, starring Olympia Dukakis and featuring Frank Sinatra.

With his singing career put on hold, he relocated to Los Angeles after landing a series regular role in a WB show, Kirk, in 1995. In 1997, he returned to New York City and took gigs singing in New York City nightclubs, while auditioning and booking guest spots on hit shows like NYPD Blue, Law & Order and Third Watch. He also landed lead roles in the independent films West of Brooklyn starring Joe Mantegna, and Searching for Bobby D. He now resides in Larchmont, New York

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