Vanessa Ferlito

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Vanessa Ferlito
Vanessa Ferlito
Born (1976-12-28) December 28, 1976 (age 38)
Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present
Children 1

Vanessa Ferlito (born December 28, 1976[disputed ]) is an Italian-American actress. Ferlito is known for roles on television shows: 24, CSI: NY, and Graceland. Subsequently, she appeared in other 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 (2014).


Ferlito is a Brooklyn, New York native who developed acting aspirations early in her life and broke into the entertainment business through a series of guest spots and recurring roles. On the small screen, Ferlito was a series regular on CBS’s enormously successful CSI: NY as a member of the forensic investigation team led by Gary Sinise. Ferlito has also appeared in other highly acclaimed series, including HBO’s The Sopranos, NBC’s Law & Order and Third Watch, and a recurring role as ‘Claudia’ in Fox TV’s smash hit series 24.

Ferlito also starred in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Nora Ephron’s Julie & Julia opposite Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci and Amy Adams; Tyler Perry’s hit film Madea Goes to Jail for Lionsgate, as well as in Alfredo De Villa’s Nothing Like the Holidays with Alfred Molina, John Leguizamo and Jay Hernandez.

Prior to that, Ferlito starred in Quentin Tarantino’s Deathproof opposite Kurt Russell. Tarantino wrote the role specifically for Vanessa; Lee Daniel’s Shadowboxer with Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding Jr., and in Stephen Herek’s Man of the House opposite Tommy Lee Jones.

Vanessa can be seen on Graceland, the hit series on the USA Network from writer Jeff Eastin which was recently renewed for a third season. She also most recently appeared in the Lionsgate feature film, Stand Up Guys, opposite Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin. In 2013, Ferlito starred as ‘Lizette Sanchez’ in John Leguizamo’s acclaimed boxing drama Undefeated, which earned her an NAACP nomination for Outstanding Actress in a TV movie.

Personal life[edit]

Ferlito was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother and stepfather own a hair salon in Brooklyn. Ferlito is a single mother who gave birth to her son Vince in September 2007.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 On_Line Jordan Nash
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"
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 Aftermath, TheThe Aftermath Franki Completed


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Tina Francesco "Another Toothpick"
2002 Third Watch Val "Blackout"
2003 Law & Order Tina Montoya "Star Crossed"
2003-2004 24 Claudia Hernandez Recurring role
2004 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Tina Francesco "Rat Pack"
2004 CSI: Miami Aiden Burn "MIA/NYC Nonstop"
2004-2006 CSI: NY Aiden Burn Main role
2006 Drift Georgia Fields TV film
2011 Cooper and Stone Angela Stone TV film
2013-2015 Graceland Catherine 'Charlie' DeMarco Main role


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