Early Life and Entry into Acting
Vincent Pastore, born on July 14, 1946, in the Bronx, New York, began his career in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War before transitioning to Pace University and eventually venturing into the club business. His foray into acting came in his forties through connections with actors like Matt Dillon and Kevin Dillon.
Notable Career in Film and Television
Pastore established himself as a prominent figure in Hollywood, often typecast as Italian-American gangsters. He appeared in iconic films like Goodfellas, Carlito's Way, Mickey Blue Eyes, and The Hurricane. However, his breakthrough role came in the hit series The Sopranos, where he portrayed Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero.
Reality Show Stints and Competition
Apart from his acting career, Pastore delved into reality shows, showcasing different facets of his personality. From losing weight on Celebrity Fit Club to a brief stint on Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Apprentice, he displayed his adaptability to various challenges and competitions.
Ventures in Business and Podcasting
Pastore diversified his interests by launching Vincent Pastore's Italian Sauce, a tomato sauce business, offering a taste of his Italian heritage. His podcast, "Fuhgeddaboudit with Vinny Pastore," co-hosted with Goumba Johnny, provides a platform for engaging discussions and entertainment.
Personal Life and Health Struggles
Despite his professional success, Pastore faced personal challenges, dealing with a divorce and a battle with prostate cancer in 2014. Through it all, he remains resilient and actively engaged in his passion for acting and entrepreneurship.