Guadagnino in 2011
November 11, 1987
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
|Known for||Jersey Shore|
Guadagnino was born and raised in Staten Island, New York, and comes from a traditional Italian-American family. His mother was born in Sicily, Italy, and his family's farm is visited during an episode in Jersey Shore's fourth season.
Guadagnino is a graduate of Susan E. Wagner High School. He subsequently attended SUNY New Paltz and graduated from the College of Staten Island with a 3.9 GPA and was a political aide for a New York State Assemblyman.
After the success of Jersey Shore, Guadagnino has dedicated his extra time to taking acting classes. A self-described "natural entertainer", Guadagnino’s interest in acting is focused on comedy. He guest-starred on MTV’s scripted comedy series The Hard Times of RJ Berger as RJ’s cousin. On the November 8, 2011, episode of 90210, he played a small role that he reprised in another 90210 episode, "O Holly Night". Guadagnino has expressed interest in continuing to appear on 90210 in a recurring role. He also appeared in the Syfy original movie Jersey Shore Shark Attack.
MTV has also produced Guadagnino's own talk show, The Show with Vinny, which debuted in May 2013. The show features celebrities coming over to Guadagnino's home to talk and have dinner with the rest of his family. He and his mother would later star on their show Vinny & Ma Eat America on The Cooking Channel.
In 2011, Guadagnino launched a clothing brand called IHAV (for "I Have a Vision") with the message Fuck Bullies. Proceeds are donated to the charity Do Something for grants for anti-bullying projects and programs. He also supports the animal rescue organization Much Love, for whom he recently participated in a charity auction. Guadagnino is also a supporter of gay rights. He has been a presenter at the GLAAD Awards and participated in the NOH8 Campaign.
In December 2011, a song posted on Guadagnino's YouTube account contained lyrics that drew criticism from advocacy groups. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) publicly addressed the issue, saying, "The lyrics in Vinny Guadagnino's new rap song that glorify rape are ignorant. Trivializing this violent crime sends a dangerous message to the public." Guadagnino quickly pulled the video from his YouTube account and issued an apology. "I'd like to apologize for the rap. Was meant to be a funny take on an already 'dirty' song – funny since I'm known as the 'good boy,'" Guadagnino wrote. "I am 100 percent against violence of any kind. I work with many organizations to stop violence and bullying, and will continue to. It's something I strongly believe in. Very sorry to anyone I've offended."
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