Who is Vincent Piazza? Wiki Bio
Vincent Francis Piazza was born in Queens, New York City USA, on 25 May 1976 – his zodiac sign is Gemini and he holds American nationality. He is an actor who gained recognition after he played the lead character Lucky Luciano in the crime drama history series “Boardwalk Empire” between 2010 and 2014. The series also starred Steven Buscemi, Kelly MacDonald, and Michael Shannon, and is about a politician who has connections to the mafia. The series counted five seasons and 57 episodes, and was a huge success, winning 64 awards including two Golden Globes, while it was nominated for 184 others.
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Early life and education
Vincent was raised alongside his younger brother and older sister in Queens, by their father who moved to the US from Italy in the ‘60s, and their mother who has German roots. The family travelled a lot, as Vincent’s mother had relatives all around the US, and they would often go visit them while their father worked several jobs just to support his family; this motivated Vincent to become successful, and to one day being able to help his family financially.
He attended Archbishop Molloy High School located in Queens, where he began playing soccer and hockey, excelling at both and wining several awards.
Upon matriculation in 1994, he was offered academic scholarships at several colleges, eventually choosing Villanova University where he studied sports and media management, however, after he suffered a shoulder injury and had to stop playing for the university’s hockey team, he quit college in 1995. He then focused on acting, joining the group TerraNOVA Collective, and appearing in a variety of Broadway plays ranging from “Baby Steps” to Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing”.
Roles in movies
Vincent made his debut film appearance in 2005, when he portrayed the lead character Chris Parker in the short comedy drama film “Color of a Doubt: an Urban Fable”, which also starred Robert Youngs and Jennifer Monaco, and was about people in a black and white world looking for colors.
In 2006, he played the supporting character Geoff in the drama movie “Stephanie Daley”, which starred Tilda Swinton and Amber Tamblyn in the story of a pregnant psychologist who has to find out what really happened to the 16 year-old girl who hid her pregnancy, and later killed her child. The film won five awards and was nominated for five others.
Vincent was in 2006 invited to play the main character Scott in the horror film “The Dawn”, which also starred Alessandra Ramos and Omar Jermaine, but which received poor reviews and a 2/10 rating on the movie and TV series website IMDb.
The following year saw him star alongside Reece Thompson and Anna Kendrick in the comedy drama movie “Rocket Science”, about a teenager who joins his high school’s debating team – the film won two awards and was nominated for seven others. The year 2007 also saw him portray supporting characters in the drama “Goodbye Baby”, and the award-winning Korean-American film “Tie a Yellow Ribbon”, before he was cast in 2008 to play Ricky Delacruz in the neo-noir comedy movie “Assassination of a High School President”, which starred Reece Thompson and Bruce Willis; it received mixed reviews.
Vincent starred as Barry in the drama movie “3 Nights in the Desert” in 2014, followed by his portrayal of Tommy DeVito in the musical drama movie “Jersey Boys”, which was produced and directed by Clint Eastwood.
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The film starred John Lloyd Young and Erich Bergen, and is about the lives of four boys who founded the popular band The Four Seasons in the ‘60s – it won four awards and was nominated for two others. In 2015, he starred alongside Patricia Arquette and David Zayas in the drama movie “The Wannabe”, which won five awards.
Some of his latest roles in movies have been in the comedy drama film “The Intervention”, in which he starred as Peter in 2016, the thriller movie “Never Here” portraying the supporting character Andy Williams in 2017, and the romantic drama “The Girl Who Invented Kissing”, as the main character Jimmy in the second half of 2017.
Roles in TV series
Vincent made his debut TV series appearance in 2006, as Eric Newsome in the episode “Wrongful Life” of the police procedural drama series “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, before appearing as Hernan O’Brien in three episodes of the critically acclaimed crime drama series “The Sopranos”. He guest starred in a single episode of the police procedural and legal drama series “Law & Order”, before he was invited to play the recurring character Tony in six episodes of the comedy drama series “Rescue Me”, starring Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi and Steven Pasquale, and is about a firefighter who is scared of his job as well as of seeing his ex-wife with other men.
It was a success as it won eight awards and was nominated for 26 others, including a Golden Globe.
The year 2008 saw Vincent portray the main character Bobby Moran in the crime drama series “Blue Blood”, but the pilot episode wasn’t picked up by any network. He went on to appear in the episode “The Rough Patch” of the critically acclaimed sitcom “How I Met Your Mother” in 2009, and his latest role in a TV series has been in the thriller “The Passage” in 2019, in which he portrayed Clark Richards.
Awards and accolades
In 2011 and 2012, Vincent and his colleague actors and actresses won two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama series, for their performance in “Boardwalk Empire”, and were nominated for the same award in 2013 and 2015.
Vincent won a Global Award for Best Actor at Oaxaca FilmFes, MX in 2015, and then won a Festival Award for Best Supporting Actor at Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City, for his performance in “The Girl Who Invented Kissing”.
In 2018, he won a Festival Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film at New York City International Film Festival, for “The Girl Who Invented Kissing”.
Love life and relationships
Vincent met Ashlee Simpson, an American actress, singer, and songwriter in 2011, while they were shooting for the same movie, and they dated for a year before splitting in 2012 for unknown reasons.
Ashlee is probably best known for her roles in the family drama series “7th Heaven”, and the reality TV show “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica”.
In 2015, Vincent began dating Genesis Rodriguez, a famous American actress perhaps best known for her portrayal of lead characters in the series “Prisionera”, “Dame Chocolate”, and “Dona Barbara”. On 21 May 2018, Vincent asked Genesis to marry him and a rumor has it that the two married in a private ceremony in 2019 with only several of their closest friends and family attending. They are currently living together at their home in Los Angeles, California.
Hobbies and other interests
Vincent has been interested in sports since he was a teenager, and although he can no longer play hockey professionally, he is still playing soccer and tennis for fun with his friends and colleagues.
He has been a fan of travelling since he toured with his mother around the US at an early age, and has since been on several road trips across the US, while he has also travelled around Europe on several occasions, visiting countries such as Italy and England. He is a lover of animals, and has had several pet dogs, his favorites being Siberian Huskies.
He likes to watch movies in his spare time, and some of his favorite actors and actresses are Robert De Niro, Matt Damon and Anne Hathaway, while some of his favorite movies are “Taxi Driver”, “Shutter Island”, and “Inception”. He is also keen on watching comedy series, with two of his favorites being “Friends” and “The Simpsons”.
Appearance and net worth
Vincent is 43 years old. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall, and weighs around 160lbs (72kgs). As of May 2020, his net worth is estimated at over $1 million.