Known as the unofficial "Mayor of Little Italy” in New York City's Little Italy, actor Vinny Vella is well known among gangster movie fans. Born in New York City, he has acted in over 40 films usually portraying gangster characters and street toughs and is best known for his role as Artie Piscano in the hit film Casino, directed by Martin Scorsese. He has appeared in over 35 commercials from Sprint to ESPN. A documentary directed by John Huba called , "Hey Vinny" featured an interesting look at the life of Vinny Vella. Vinny played the character Jimmy Petrile in the HBO hit show "The Sopranos". He also produces his own public access show called, "The Vinny Vella Show“ and continues to appear in movies and shows. Some of his credits include: Casino, Ghost Dog, Wannabes, Kissing Jessica Stein, Analyze That, Coffee and Cigarettes, This Thing of Ours, The Kings of Brooklyn, Law and Order, The Sopranos, Find Me Guilty, Blood Money, New York Blood, Sicilian Tale, Holla at Me and Kill The Irishman.