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Steven R. Schirripa Biography

Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • First on-screen role was as an extra in Martin Scorsese's Casino
  • Was working as the entertainment director at Las Vegas's Riviera Hotel and Casino when he was hired for The Sopranos in 2000
  • Original audition for The Sopranos was for the part of the FBI agent who worked with "Big Pussy" Bompensiero in the second season
  • He was turned down, but landed the role of Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri (for which he wore a fat suit in his first two seasons)
  • Authored several tongue-in-cheek books that celebrate Italian-American culture: A Goomba's Guide to Life and The Goomba's Book of Love, written with Charles Fleming; and The Goomba Diet: Living Large and Loving It
  • Has appeared multiple times on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno as a special correspondent
  • Is a Yankees and Knicks fan, and studies true-crime stories in his spare time

Awards

  • 2007Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated

Relationships

  • Bria Schirripa -- Daughter
  • Ciara Schirripa -- Daughter
  • Laura Schirripa -- Wife