Vincent Guastaferro is a well known established character actor who’s body of work spans 35 years. His range of credits include studio features to low budge indie films, series regulars to web series, and Broadway to Waiver Theater. Vinny believes it is an honor and privilege to meet other actors with varied levels of experience and/or fame, even celebrity.
Among the Directors he’s worked for are Woody Allen, Barry Levinson, Michael Mann, David Mamet, Ivan Reitman, and Garry Marshall. He has worked with stars from all generations including our most revered heroes like Jackie Gleason, Don Ameche, Vera Miles, James Earl Jones and Peter Boyle to contemporary stars like W.H. Macy, Clark Gregg, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Julia Styles, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Freddie Rodriguez. His experiences have been further enhanced by being given the opportunity to work with world class cinematographers such as Roger Deakins, Juan Ruiz Anchia, John Alonzo, Robert Elswit, and Janusz Kaminski.
Originally from Jersey City Vinny attended the University of Toledo in Ohio where he earned a BA in Theater. After that he moved to Chicago to attend graduate school at the Goodman School of Drama; then a conservatory under the aegis of the Art Institute of Chicago, now called The Theater School at DePaul University. He earned his BFA and MFA concurrently while there and started working in Equity Theater within a month after graduation. He stayed in Chicago during the burgeoning 1970’s and moved to L.A. in January of 1980. Upon arrival in L.A. he starred in a stage play called Bleacher Bums with his friends Joe Mantegna, Dennis Franz, and other members of Chicago’s Organic Theater who all migrated to L.A. at the same time. He signed immediately with iconic agents Phil Arcara, Richard Bauman, and Wally Hiller. Within months after his arrival Vincent became a working actor. His TV credits show how prolific he was and how versatile his work was establishing him as a desirable cast member. Vincent continued to work on TV Movies and MOW’s until he landed the role of Desk Sgt. Agostini for the first four seasons of NYPD Blue; he won a SAG award as part of that cast for Best Ensemble.
Vincent’s work in the theater took him back to Chicago, to Center Stage in Baltimore, and to the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge where he work shopped a new Mamet play that eventually brought him to Broadway where he co-starred in an eight month run with Patti Lupone in David Mamet’s autobiographical drama The Old Neighborhood. On Broadway Vinny’s work was noticed by Barry Levinson and Woody Allen, both of whom he did movies for. Italian director Ciro Moriello took him to Italy for seven weeks to play the role of Genaro the Chef on a fact based drama called The Sons of Italy.
He resides in Sherman Oaks California for over 30 years and is married to actress Cynthia Kania for just as long. They have two sons, Luca and Roman.
Vincent also runs a successful acting studio for classes and private coaching called The Sport of Acting.