Who is Steve Schirripa?
Steven Ralph Schirripa was born on 3 September 1957, in New York City, USA, and is an actor, probably best known for his work in the television series “The Sopranos” in which he played the character, Bobby Baccalieri. He also worked on the show “Blue Bloods”, and has hosted a couple of series on Investigation Discovery.
The Net Worth of Steve Schirripa
As of mid-2020, Steve Schirripa’s net worth is estimated to be over $6 million, earned through a successful career in the acting profession, appearing in various projects since 1995. He’s also done production work, voice acting, and commercials, which have all contributed to his wealth.
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Early Life, Education, and Career Beginnings
Steve was raised in the southwest part of New York City in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, a residential neighborhood. He is of part-Italian descent, with his grandparents moving to the US from Riace, Italy, and also of Jewish descent from his mother’s side. He lived a modest life and his household was only considered low-income. Despite that, he was still able to continue with his education, and after matriculating from high school, he enrolled at Brooklyn College, known for being the first public college in the area, and the first co-educational liberal arts college in the entire city.
He didn’t initially intend to pursue a career in entertainment, but grew interested in it when he moved to Las Vegas to work as an entertainment director for the Riviera Hotel and Casino, located in what is now the Las Vegas Global Business District. During his time there, he befriended several comedians such as Kevin Pollak and Drew Carry, leading him to make a few small appearances in comedy specials.
Schirripa made his professional acting debut in 1995 as an extra in the film “Casino” by Martin Scorsese; he is shown in a bar scene where he portrayed a customer, and after that he decided that he wanted to pursue acting as a career.
In the early 1990s, he began taking minor roles as seen in “Joe Dirt” and “The Runner”. In 2000, he was cast in one of his most notable roles in “The Sopranos”, in which he portrayed the brother-in-law of Tony Soprano. He was able to get the part due to being in New York for a friend’s wedding at the time the auditions were occurring. He stayed with the show for five seasons, through 2007.
Since then, more opportunities have been offered to him, and he’s made guest appearances in “Law & Order”, “Star Trek: Enterprise”, “Angel”, “My Wife and Kids”, and “The King of Queens”. He was also frequently heard as a guest in the Don Imus radio program. He also made guest appearances in “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Gong Show with Dave Attell”.
At around this time, he pursued an interest in professional wrestling, appearing as a character for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).
Continued Acting Work
After making an appearance in an episode of “Million Dollar Password”, Steve became a recurring character in the show “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, playing the character, Leo Boykewich who is the father of the main character, Ben. While the show had mixed reviews from critics, it was generally well-received by viewers, and subsequently ran from 2008 to 2013. While working on that show, he continued making guest appearances in other programs, such as “Stargate Atlantis” and “Face the Ace”.
Sometime in 2011, he began venturing into hosting, with his increased interest in reality shows. He was hired by Investigation Discovery to become the host of “Nothing Personal”, for which he was also credited as an executive producer. The show featured insights into murders-for-hire, retelling them from real accounts and stories, which often show that these actions had a bit of a humorous side to them. After the end of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager’, he was then cast in the show “Black Box”, which ran for a season before it was canceled.
Recent Projects and Other Endeavors
Steve then portrayed the character Vito, in the Clint Eastwood film “Jersey Boys”; the film is based on the Tony Award-winning musical of the same name, telling the story of the group, The Four Seasons. Other projects he worked on in the next few years included “Chasing Yesterday” and “Houses”. In 2015, he was cast in his next regular role in “Blue Bloods”, playing Detective Anthony Abetemarco who works closely with the assistant district attorney.
Aside from acting, Steve also started a podcast in 2020 called “Talking Sopranos”, in which he and Michael Imperioli re-watch “The Sopranos” and provide commentary.
— Steven Schirripa (@StevenSchirripa) June 20, 2020
Schirripa has also released a series of books, including “A Goomba’s Guide to Life”, “The Goomba Diet: Large and Loving It”, “Big Daddy’s Rules: Raising Daughters Is Tougher Than I Look” and “The Gombaa’s Book of Love”. While many still associate his personality with that of his character from “The Sopranos”, he carried on a similar persona in real-life that had more of a comedic side to it. He’s also been involved in business endeavors, and in 2014 started Uncle Steve’s Italian Specialties Group, releasing a line of vegan and organic pasta sauces, which he’s promoted on several talk show programs.
Steve married Laura Lemos in 1989 and they have two children together. He isn’t one to talk about his family a lot, and his wife stays away from the media. Despite being of part-Jewish heritage, he was raised a Catholic due to his family’s Italian background, but still identifies as Jewish. He has never gone through traditional Jewish celebrations, such as a bar mitzvah, a coming of age ritual typically done by Jewish boys.