- Birth name:
- Vincent M. Spano
- Date of Birth:
- 18 October 1962 Brooklyn, New York, USA
- 6' 2" (1.88 m)
Since his first big film break opposite Rosanna Arquette in the Italian-Catholic-boy-meets-Jewish-girl romance Baby It's You (1983), Vincent Spano has equipped himself with a sharp intensity that has carried him far. His dark good looks haven't hurt, either. Born in Brooklyn in 1962, he developed an interest in acting at a young age and was pursuing it professionally by age 14. A year later he earned a co-starring role in the play "The Shadow Box" and a minor role in the movie The Double McGuffin (1979) came two years after that.Promptly put into a number of teen roles on film and TV, he showed great promise in Francis Ford Coppola's Rumble Fish (1983), which became a springboard for a number of other young up-and-comers including Mickey Rourke, Matt Dillon , Diane Lane and Nicolas Cage. Spano didn't break through as expected, however, opting for a smaller path of low-budget art-house and foreign films instead. While his talent was definitely on display, the quality of his pictures weren't always up to par. In Creator (1985) he played an impressionable student to Peter O'Toole's quirky college scientist who tries to revive his long-deceased wife. He also co-starred in the lackluster remake of Roger Vadim's And God Created Woman (1988), with Rebecca De Mornay in the role that made 'Brigitte Bardot' a star. He appeared in the highly disturbing film Alive (1993) that people preferred to avoid. Based on the true story, it tells of a rugby team resorting to cannibalism after a plane crash in the Andes Mountains.Over seas Spano made a number of films but they received little exposure, including the highly regarded Good Morning, Babylon (1987), a story of two Italian artisans, brothers who came to America in 1915 to work on D.W. Griffith's epic masterpiece "Intolerance." Some of the actor's virtuoso turns have happened on the smaller screen as well, including the made-for-TV movies Afterburn (1992) (TV) and Medusa's Child (1997) (TV). Other notable film contributions include City of Hope (1991), Indian Summer (1993), the mob movie A Brooklyn State of Mind (1997), the poignant AIDS film The Unknown Cyclist (1998) and the crime drama Silence (2003/I). His attempt at TV series work led to the short-lived "Prince Street" (1997). Into the millennium, the man with the Al Pacino/Andy Garcia styled charisma and charm continues to impress.