Vinny Vella stars in "Kill the Irishman," alongside Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer and Vincent D'Onofrio, as Tony Salerno.

Vinny Vella was born and raised in Little Italy in New York. In his adult life, he founded Star Truckers, a company providing transportation to stars, namely Madonna, Mariah Carey as well as top fashion models such as Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. Star Truckers has since contracted with NBC, ABC, HBO and MTV providing vehicles for makeup, print work, feature films and TV shows.

Vella learned the ins and outs of the movie business by watching behind the cameras. While working on the set, Vella was invited to play as an extra. While observing directors on set, he realized that one day he wanted to be in front of the camera as a principal.

Vella soon began pursuing print work and captured the attention of casting agencies who submitted him as a candidate for print work with magazines such as Esquire, German Cosmopolitan, Italian Myster and British GQ modeling sportswear for Robert Stock, Bill Blass tuxedos and suits for Giorgio Armani. Casted as a police officer for a Dockers Levi's TV commercial, he found himself growing in popularity and doors began to open.

Shortly after, he was pursued by MTV for two appearances on "House of Style," featured with top models. Moving into film, he was then casted in "Girl 6," a Spike Lee production as a Driver and in "Godfather III" as a Pastry Vendor. Soon after, a casting call came to his attention regarding a film called "Casino." Not knowing much about it, he pursued casting directors trying to get in for an audition. He was unsuccessful until he approached Martin Scorsese's office directly. Not only was he given an interview, but landed a principal role as Artie Piscano. An opportunity presented itself with ESPN which led to 35 lead spots in a television commercial for Monday night baseball produced by Radical Media. A call from Scorsese's office resulted in the best print job Vella could ever ask for with George magazine owned by John F. Kennedy, Jr., giving him an opportunity to share a spread with Robert De Niro promoting "Casino." The phone rang again and Vella found himself on "New York Undercover," produced by Wolf Films, in a principal role as Ray Savato. Following "Casino," Vella also starred in "Donnie Brasco" alongside Al Pacino for Undercover Pictures.

Vella's additional film credits include "Find Me Guilty," "Coffee & Cigarettes," "Analyze That," "In The Cut," "Hey Vinny"—a documentary, "Ghost Dog," "Kissing Jessica Stein," "This Thing of Ours," "The Kings of Brooklyn," "NY Turnpike" and "New Rose Hotel." Additionally, Vella's television credits include HBO's "The Sopranos" in which he played the recurring role of Jimmy Petrille during the 5th Season, "Small Vices," NBC's "Law & Order," "Subway Stories" and the host of NY Central Metro Television Show.


Birthplace: New York, NY
Wife: Margaret Ann Hernandez

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