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Joseph R. Gannascoli



Devoted pay-cable viewers will most commonly associate the beefy Italian-American character actor Joseph R. Gannascoli with his portrayal of Vito Spatafore, the closet-homosexual mobster and member of the DiMeo crime syndicate (who meets a grim fate after a night in a leather bar) on the long-running HBO crime drama The Sopranos. In truth, the actor originally portrayed another character -- a pastry chef -- in a single episode of season one, and returned as Vito in later seasons, gradually ascending to the level of a regular. Gannascoli's interest in the subject of La Cosa Nostra extends beyond the confines of the series: he authored the darkly comic Mafia-themed (and culinary-tinged) book A Meal to Die For: A Culinary Novel of Crime, which received a rave review from Publishers' Weekly when it emerged in late 2005. Though Gannascoli is best known for his evocation of Vito, his resumé also includes bit parts in such movies as Blowfish (1998), On the Run (1999), and Artie Lange's Beer League -- with the actor often cast as an Italian heavy.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet An Act of War
  • Frank
2014
No Score Yet Leaving Circadia
  • Nat
2014
68% Men in Black III
  • New York Mets Fan #2
2012
No Score Yet Delsin
  • Actor
2012
13% College Road Trip
  • Mr. Arcana
2008
27% Beer League
  • Giuseppe Primavera
2006
No Score Yet Meet the Mobsters
  • Critic
2005
No Score Yet Dog's Life
  • Actor
2001
88% Two Family House
  • Counter Guy
2000
No Score Yet On the Run
  • Burly Guy
1999
45% Mickey Blue Eyes
  • Gina's Doorman
1999
70% Basquiat
  • Guard At Hospital
1996
15% Never Talk to Strangers
  • Carnival Attendant
1995
92% Ed Wood
  • Security Guard
1994

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
97% The Sopranos
1999-2007
  • Bakery Customer Vito Spatafore
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Arthur Baldo

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