Vanessa Ferlito

Vanessa Ferlito

Born: December 28, 1980
Age: 36
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, U.S.
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Biography

Vanessa Ferlito is an American actress. She is known for roles on television shows: 24, CSI: NY, and Graceland. She has also appeared in a number of films including: Spider-Man 2 (2004), Shadowboxer (2005), Man of the House (2005), Death Proof (2007), Nothing Like the Holidays (2008), Madea Goes to Jail (2009), Julie & Julia (2009), Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010), and Stand Up Guys (2012).

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Career

Ferlito developed acting aspirations early in her life and broke into the entertainment business through a series of guest spots and recurring roles.

In 2003, Ferlito starred as Lizette Sanchez in John Leguizamo's boxing drama Undefeated, which earned her an NAACP nomination for Outstanding Actress in a TV movie. This was followed in 2004 by a role in Spider-Man 2. In 2005 Ferlito appeared in Stephen Herek's Man of the House, opposite Tommy Lee Jones, for which she received positive notice, with Variety's Joe Leydon stating that "Vanessa Ferlito is the standout, mainly because she’s the only one who gets enough to do to make a strong impression as a distinctive personality."

On the small screen, Ferlito was a series regular on the first two seasons (2004-2005) of CBS's CSI: NY, as Aiden Burn, a member of the forensic investigation team led by Gary Sinise. Ferlito has also appeared in other television series, including HBO’s The Sopranos, NBC’s Law & Order and Third Watch, and had a recurring role as Claudia in FOX's series 24.

After CSI: NY, Ferlito starred in several films, among them Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia opposite Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci and Amy Adams; Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail; and Alfredo De Villa’s Nothing Like the Holidays (originally titled Humboldt Park) with Alfred Molina, John Leguizamo and Jay Hernandez. Prior to these, Ferlito appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof opposite Kurt Russell, a role Tarantino wrote specifically for Ferlito. She also appeared Lee Daniel’s Shadowboxer with Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding Jr.

In 2012, Ferlito was cast in the feature film, Stand Up Guys, opposite Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and Alan Arkin. She also played Charlie DeMarco on USA Network's Graceland, which ran between 2013 and 2015. In 2016 Ferlito was added to the cast of NCIS: New Orleans for the show's third season, playing an FBI special agent who is sent from DC to investigate the NCIS team.

Personal life

Ferlito was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her father died of a heroin overdose when she was two years old. Her mother and stepfather own a hair salon in Brooklyn. Before becoming an actress, Ferlito was a Wilhelmina model, and a New York City "club kid". Ferlito is a single mother who gave birth to a boy in September 2007.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2002 On Line Jordan Nash
2002 25th Hour Lindsay Jamison
2004 Spider-Man 2 Louise
2004 Tollbooth, TheThe Tollbooth Gina
2005 Man of the House Heather
2005 Shadowboxer Vicki
2006 Gridiron Gang Lisa Gonzales
2007 Death Proof Arlene "Butterfly"
2007 Descent Bodega Girl
2008 Nothing like the Holidays Roxanna Rodriguez
2009 Madea Goes to Jail Donna
2009 Julie & Julia Cassie
2010 Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Audrey
2012 Stand Up Guys Sylvia
2013 Duke Cookie
2015 All Mistakes Buried Franki Originally titled The Aftermath

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2001, 2004 Sopranos, TheThe Sopranos Tina Francesco Episodes: "Another Toothpick", "Rat Pack"
2002 Third Watch Val Episode: "Blackout"
2003 Law & Order Tina Montoya Episode: "Star Crossed"
2003 Undefeated Lizette Sanchez TV movie
2003-2004 24 Claudia Hernandez Recurring role, 11 episodes
2004 CSI: Miami Aiden Burn Episode: "MIA/NYC Nonstop"
2004-2006 CSI: NY Aiden Burn Main role (seasons 1-2), 26 episodes
2006 Drift Georgia Fields Unsold TV pilot
2011 Cooper and Stone Angela Stone Unsold TV pilot
2013-2015 Graceland Catherine "Charlie" DeMarco Main role, 38 episodes
2016-present NCIS: New Orleans Tammy Gregorio Main role (season 3)

[ Source: Wikipedia ]