Vincent Spano

Vincent Spano
Born (1962-10-18) October 18, 1962
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Other names Vincent Stewart
Occupation Actor, film director, producer
Years active 1977-present
Height 6' 2" (1,88 m)

Vincent M. Spano (born October 18, 1962) is an American film, stage and television actor; he is also a film director and producer.

Early life and teen career

Spano was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian-American parents Vincent and Theresa, who are of Italian origin.

His career started when he was 14 years old in the Broadway drama, The Shadow Box.[1] He was originally credited as Vincent Stewart because his first agent felt the name Spano was "too ethnic", and he was even instructed to sign autographs using that stage name. At age 16, in respect for his Italian heritage, Spano began using his real name and has done so ever since then.[2]

His debut in The Shadow Box was in 1977, first at the Long Wharf Theatre, in New Haven, Connecticut, and later on Broadway in New York City. Spano's film debut was at the age of 15, in the mystery The Double McGuffin,[3] which he shot in the winter of 1978. Following The Double McGuffin, he shot Over the Edge in the summer of 1978.[4]

Adult career


Spano subsequently appeared in many Hollywood films, including the romantic-comedy Baby, It's You (1983),[3] the drama City of Hope (1991),[3] the drama Rumble Fish (1983),[3] the biographical survival drama Alive (1993),[3] the horror television film The Rats (2002),[3] the drama Over the Edge (1979)[3] and the comedy Creator (1985).[4]

In the adventure film The Black Stallion Returns (1983), Spano appeared as a handsome, young, Arabic rider, Raj, who returns home from university to compete in a major horse race and befriends an American boy, Alec Ramsey (Kelly Reno). He also appeared in the Italian drama film Good Morning, Babylon (1987),[3] and the crime drama film Alphabet City (1984).[3] He co-starred with Dylan and Cole Sprouse in the comedy film A Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper (2007). He appeared on ION Television opposite Lou Diamond Phillips in the Western television film Lone Rider (2008). Spano had a recurring role as FBI Agent Dean Porter on the police procedural crime drama television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since its eighth season in 2006.[4]

In the fantasy horror-thriller film, The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (2000),[3] he appeared as Zophael, a handsome angel that was after a young man named Danyeal.

Spano starred in the television drama film Landslide (also known as Buried Alive; 2005) as a fireman trapped in a collapsed building with his son.

He has also appeared in Italian projects including the drama television series L'onore e il rispetto  Parte seconda (2009) in the role of the mafia boss Rodolfo di Venanzio, and the film Caldo Criminale (2010) as Police Inspector Lai.[4]

A prolific actor, Spano has starred in numerous television series episodes, television films and theatrical films.[4]


Television Shows:

Short Films:

  • Tony & Bobby (2002)
  • High Expectations (2002)
  • Bet Runner (2003)
  • Me and My Daddy (2004)


Television work


He received a Cable Ace Award nomination in 1988 for his role as Mark Ciuni in Blood Ties (also known as Il cugino americano).[4]


Year Group Award Result Notes
1988 CableACE Awards Actor in a Movie or MiniseriesIl cugino americanoNominated

See also


  1. "'The Shadow Box', 1977 listing" InternetBroadwayDatabase, accessed November 24, 2011
  2. Thomas, Bob (November 10, 1991). "Vincent Spano Poised For Stardom". Reading Eagle. Associated Press. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "Vincent Spano Filmography". The New York Times.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Cooper, Tracie. "Vincent Spano". Rovi. The New York Times. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
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