Vinny Vella Movies and Career Information
Oct 03, 1950
Vinny Vella (born October 3, 1950) is an actor and part time comedian. Vella was born Vincent Franco Vellacerra in New York City. His father raced at Madison Square Garden to win enough money to buy a scale for the pushcart he sold fish from, then earning enough to open a fish store. He is probably best known for the role of "Artie Piscano" in Martin Scorsese's Casino. He was the subject of a 67-minute documentary called "Hey, Vinny", completed in 2000 by director John Huba. He also played Jimmy Petrille on the HBO show The Sopranos. In New York City, he hosts a public access tv show on MNN, the Vinny Vella show He is married to the former Margaret Ann Hernandez; they have one son, Vincent Louis Vellacerra, Jr. Vella was at one time the "Mayor of Elizabeth Street". In 2007, he opened his own pizzeria in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. In June 2008, Vella was involved in controversy around a lottery ticket according to some sources threatened to sue over it.