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Steve Schirripa (1958)

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Steven R. "Steve" Schirripa is an American actor, voice artist, producer, and comedian, best known for playing Bobby Baccalieri on The Sopranos.

He is currently the host of Nothing Personal, a regular cast member of ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager, and the voice of Roberto in the Open Season franchise. Schirripa has also done commercials for Lamisal and Dicks Sporting Goods.

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 early life
Schirripa was born Steven R. Schirripa in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York and educated at Brooklyn College.

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 Film and television work
While working in Las Vegas, Schirripa landed a role as an uncredited extra in the Martin Scorsese classic Casino. He played a customer at the bar in the infamous scene when Joe Pesci's character angrily stabs a man with a pen. After this, Schirripa decided that he wanted to become an actor. He had several minor roles in movies, including The Runner and Joe Dirt. His breakthrough role was in The Sopranos , playing Tony Soprano's dense but likable mobster brother-in-law Bobby Baccalieri for 6 seasons.

His many television appearances include Angel, Casino Cinema, Star Trek: Enterprise, Hollywood Squares, Joey, Law & Order, My Wife and Kids, Ed, Jeopardy!, George Lopez Show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and The King of Queens.. Schirripa recently appeared on CBS's primetime game show Million Dollar Password. Furthering his game show enthusiasm, Schirripa appeared on the game show Pyramid helping contestant Scott Zinser win $10,000. He also made an uncredited appearance, along with fellow Soprano star Vincent Pastore, on the 6th Season episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force entitled "She Creature".

Schirripa was a frequent guest on the Don Imus radio program. In February 2007, he began to make appearances for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling on Spike TV, siding with Team 3D as their cousin in their ongoing battle against The Latin American Xchange. On October 30, 2007 he appeared on The Podge and Rodge Show. He is also currently doing spots as "Steve the Judgmental Bastard" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and has recently taped several episodes of The Gong Show with Dave Attell as one of the celebrity judges.

He has had a regular role since 2008 in the ABC Family show The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Leo, the main character Ben's dad. Secret Life has being renewed for a fourth season, to start in Summer 2011.

In 2009, he made a cameo appearance alongside fellow Sopranos actor Frank Vincent in Stargate Atlantis episode "Vegas". Recently, he was in My Fake Fiance with Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence as the Monkey.

Schirripa was also the co-host on NBC's Today Show during their 4th hour with Kathie Lee Gifford as Hoda Kotb was out. This occurred the week of July 17.
has appeared on the tonight show over 40times as a guest and as a correspontant
He hosts NBC's poker game show, Face the Ace. The first episode aired on August 1, 2009.

In the Fall, 2010, Schirripa had a guest star role in the digital comedy short film Lil DPC from writer/director Michael Ratner which also features Rapper Fat Joe and Blink 182's Mark Hoppus. http://www.lildpc.com

Schirripa is the host and narrator of the television true-crime series Nothing Personal, which premiered in the U.S. on Investigation Discovery and in the UK on History. The series features true stories and reenactments of murders-for-hire. In addition to hosting the hour-long programs, Schirripa is one of the program's executive producers. The programs were filmed on location around the United States and in Ontario, Canada.

Recently, Schirripa has provided the voice for the lemon in McDonalds' McCafe Strawberry Lemonade commercials. He has also guest-starred in the American version of Top Gear.

 personal life
Schirripa now resides in New York City with his wife Laura Schirripa, and their 2 daughters Bria and Ciara.
He played basketball at Brooklyn College, where he was captain for two seasons.
Before getting into acting, he worked on the Las Vegas Strip as the Riviera entertainment director.

Schirripa has also written a series of Goomba books with Charles Fleming, such as A Goomba's Guide to Life, The Goomba's Book of Love, and The Goomba Diet.

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