Mr. Vella was born Vincet, in New York City. His father worked until he had enough money to buy a scale for the pushcart he sold fish from, eventually 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". 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, Mr. Vella was involved in controversy around a lottery ticket according to some sources threatened to sue over it. In New York City, he hosts a public-access television cable TV show on MNN (Wednesday evening on channel 57 - on Time Warner Cable) The Vinny Vella Show.
Cole "miles" Blackwell
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