Joseph R. Gannascoli


Joseph R. Gannascoli

Sopranos Star

Gannascoli’s interests then turned to cooking. He learned culinary art and opened a restaurant, Soup As Art Restaurant in Brooklyn. He has worked in New Orleans, Los Angeles and New York, though he dabbled in acting.[1] Gannascoli received his “big break” in acting from Benicio del Toro, whom he met on the set on Money for Nothing. After appearing in Ed Wood, Del Toro later cast Gannascoli in his directorial debut, Submission. He also introduced him to Sheila Jaffe and Georgianne Walken, who did casting work for the HBO TV series The Sopranos. Gannascoli would appear in other films, such as [MIB III], Mickey Blue Eyes and Law and Order before appearing on The Sopranos as a pastry shop patron named “Gino” in the season one episode “The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti”. He is later introduced formally as the nephew of Richie Aprile, Vito Spatafore, in the season two episode “The Happy Wanderer”. Along with Dan Grimaldi playing identical twins Patsy and Phillip “Philly Spoons” Parisi and Saundra Santiago playing identical twins Jeannie and Joannie Cusamano, it was one of the three times that the show used a single actor for separate roles. Prior to the start of Season 6, Gannascoli was promoted to series regular. He brought the idea of making his character gay from true story of a mafia crew in Brooklyn from a book he was reading to the writers. It was the only suggestion David Chase ever used. In January 2006 Gannascoli published a crime novel called A Meal to Die For: A Culinary Novel of Crime.[2] Gannascoli markets a line of pasta sauces and other foods called “Sauce Boss”, and a line of cigars called Cugine.[1] He also helped provide culinary skills to many restaurants in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, roughly on 4th Avenue. He has designed a pistol ashtray for cigars that is sold thru famous smoke shop. He also invented and created a 5 gal water cooler cover that is licensed by the NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB, Disney, Marvel comics, HBO, Realtree and many others, sold Nationwide being manufactured by Fabrique innovations

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