Vincent Pastore's breakout role in the HBO award winning series “The Sopranos” lead him from his early days of performing in Community Theater, running discos and owning rock and roll bars in New Rochelle NY to becoming the household name of "Big Pussy". He was encouraged to pursue film acting by Kevin and Matt Dillon who frequented his bars in the 80's,
Vincent landed his first major film with Nancy Savoca's award winning film "True Love" and then he was on his way. Working on “Americans Most Wanted”, “Law and Order”, “One Life to Live”, “Good Fellas”, “Awakenings” and “Regarding Henry”, plus many other projects on the small stage in New York City, until he landed his first major role as Tony Scarboni opposite Alan Arkin in “The Jerky Boys”. After that “Gotti”, “Witness to the Mob” then “The Sopranos”, followed. He went on to do the films “Made”, “Serving Sara”, “The Hurricane” and “Two Family House” to name just a few.
Recently Vincent has appeared "CHICAGO" and in the Woody Allen play "Bullets over Broadway", he is now part of the Broadway community. Other theater credits include "Queen for a Day" with David Provale..
He is the author of of two plays "Wild Children/ Crazy Horse" a play about his life experiences in the bar business and "Mama's Chair".
He is currently teaching acting workshops at HB Studios New York H.B. Studios in New York City. Directed by Maureen Van Zandt.
Vincent dedicates his work to the late James Gandolfini.
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