Vanessa Ferlito

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Vanessa Ferlito
Vanessa Ferlito
Born Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Children 1

Vanessa Ferlito is an Italian-American actress. Ferlito is known for roles on television shows: 24, CSI: NY, and Graceland. She has also appeared in a number of films including: Spider-Man 2 (2004), Shadowboxer (2005), Man of the House (2005), Grindhouse (2007), Death Proof (2007), Nothing Like the Holidays (2008), Madea Goes to Jail (2009), Julie & Julia (2009), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), and Stand Up Guys (2012).


Ferlito developed acting aspirations early in her life and broke into the entertainment business through a series of guest spots and recurring roles.

In 2003, Ferlito starred as Lizette Sanchez in John Leguizamo’s acclaimed boxing drama Undefeated,[1] which earned her an NAACP nomination for Outstanding Actress in a TV movie. This was followed in 2004 by a role in Spider-Man 2.[2] In 2005 Ferlito appeared in Stephen Herek's Man of the House, opposite Tommy Lee Jones, for which she received positive notice, with Variety's Joe Leydon stating that "Vanessa Ferlito is the standout, mainly because she’s the only one who gets enough to do to make a strong impression as a distinctive personality."[3]

On the small screen, Ferlito was a series regular on the first two seasons (2004–05) of CBS's CSI: NY, as Aiden Burn a member of the forensic investigation team led by Gary Sinise.[4][5][6] Ferlito has also appeared in other highly acclaimed series, including HBO’s The Sopranos, NBC’s Law & Order and Third Watch, and had a recurring role as Claudia in FOX's series 24.[7]

After CSI: NY, Ferlito starred in several films, among them Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps;[8] Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia opposite Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci and Amy Adams; Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail;[9] and Alfredo De Villa’s Nothing Like the Holidays (originally titled Humboldt Park) with Alfred Molina, John Leguizamo and Jay Hernandez.[10][11] Prior to these, Ferlito appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof opposite Kurt Russell,[12][13] a role Tarantino wrote specifically for Ferlito.[citation needed] She also appeared Lee Daniel’s Shadowboxer with Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding Jr.[14]

In 2012, Ferlito was cast in the feature film, Stand Up Guys, opposite Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin.[15] She also played on Charlie DeMarco on USA Network's Graceland, which ran between 2013–15.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Ferlito was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her father died of a heroin overdose when she was two years old.[17] Her mother and stepfather own a hair salon in Brooklyn. Before becoming an actress, Ferlito was a Wilhelmina model, and a New York City "club kid".[18] Ferlito is a single mother who gave birth to her son Vince in September 2007.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 On_Line Jordan Nash [19]
2002 25th Hour Lindsay Jamison
2004 Spider-Man 2 Louise
2004 Tollbooth, TheThe Tollbooth Gina
2005 Man of the House Heather
2005 Shadowboxer Vicki
2006 Gridiron Gang Lisa Gonzales
2007 Death Proof Arlene "Butterfly"
2007 Descent Bodega Girl [20]
2008 Nothing like the Holidays Roxanna Rodriguez
2009 Madea Goes to Jail Donna
2009 Julie & Julia Cassie
2010 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Audrey
2012 Stand Up Guys Sylvia
2013 Duke Cookie
2015 All Mistakes Buried Franki Completed; originally titled The Aftermath


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Tina Francesco Episode: "Another Toothpick"
2002 Third Watch Val Episode: "Blackout"
2003 Law & Order Tina Montoya Episode: "Star Crossed"
2003 Undefeated Lizette Sanchez TV movie
2003–04 24 Claudia Hernandez Recurring role, 11 episodes
2004 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Tina Francesco Episode: "Rat Pack"
2004 CSI: Miami Aiden Burn Episode: "MIA/NYC Nonstop"
2004–06 CSI: NY Aiden Burn Main role (seasons 1–2), 26 episodes
2006 Drift Georgia Fields Unsold TV pilot
2011 Cooper and Stone Angela Stone Unsold TV pilot[21][22]
2013–15 Graceland Catherine 'Charlie' DeMarco Main role, 38 episodes


  1. ^ Phil Gallo (July 27, 2003). "Review: ‘Undefeated’". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  2. ^ A. O. Scott (June 29, 2004). "Spider Man 2 (2004) FILM REVIEW; Putting Action After Feelings Of a Superhero". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  3. ^ Joe Leydon (February 25, 2005). "Review: ‘Man of the House’". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  4. ^ Gary Susman (March 18, 2004). "Gary Sinise leads confirmed CSI: New York cast". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  5. ^ Michael Speier (September 21, 2004). "Review: ‘CSI: NY’". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  6. ^ Chris Koseluk (November 18, 2008). "Case files: A look at 'CSI: NY' milestones". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  7. ^ Jill Feiwell; David Bloom (July 29, 2003). "Vanessa Ferlito". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  8. ^ Justin Kroll (September 2, 2009). "Vanessa Ferlito". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  9. ^ Byron Perry (July 13, 2008). "Vanessa Ferlito". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  10. ^ Borys Kit; Gregg Goldstein (February 1, 2008). "Family get-together at the 'Park'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  11. ^ Lisa Schwarzbaum (December 10, 2008). "Nothing Like the Holidays". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  12. ^ Kirk Honeycutt (April 1, 2007). "Grindhouse". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  13. ^ Kirk Honeycutt (May 23, 2007). "Critic's Notebook: 'Death' reincarnated". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  14. ^ Variety Staff (June 6, 2006). "Teton bows with ‘Boxer". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  15. ^ Justin Kroll (April 10, 2012). "2 thesps step into ‘Stand Up Guys’". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  16. ^ Ariana Bacle (October 1, 2015). "Graceland canceled after three seasons". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  17. ^ Kate Stanhope (July 17, 2013). "Graceland's Vanessa Ferlito on Her "Intense" Episode, How Daniel Sunjata Ruined Her Life". TV Guide. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  18. ^ Nancy Jo Sales (August 24, 1998). "Caution: These Kids Are About to Blow Up". New York magazine. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  19. ^ Robert Koehler (January 15, 2002). "Review: ‘On_Line’". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  20. ^ Stacy Dodd (December 11, 2005). "Rachael Leigh Cook, Vanessa Ferlito". Variety. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  21. ^ Nellie Andreeva (March 14, 2011). "CW's 'Cooper & Stone' Casts Stone". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  22. ^ Lacey Rose; Lesley Goldberg (May 17, 2011). "What's On and Off the CW Schedule". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 

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