Vinny Vella (born Vincent Franco Vellacerra on October 3, 1950 in New York City) is an actor and part time comedian.
He was made famous for the role of "Artie Piscano" in Martin Scorsese's Casino. He was the subject of a 67-minute documentary called "Hey, Vinny", completed in 2000 by director John Huba. Several of the characters he played on film were named or called "Vinny".
He is married to the former Margaret Ann Hernandez; they have one son, Vincent Franco Vellacerra, Jr.
Coffee and Cigarettes is a 2003 independent film directed by Jim Jarmusch. The film consists of eleven short stories which share coffee and cigarettes as a common thread.
The film is composed of a comic series of short vignettes shot in black and white built on one another to create a cumulative effect, as the characters discuss things as diverse as caffeine popsicles, Paris in the 1920s and the use of nicotine as an insecticide — all the while sitting around drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. As the film delves into the normal pace of our world from an extraordinary angle, it attempts to demonstrate how absorbing the obsessions, joys, and addictions of life can be, if truly observed.[original research?] There are also many common threads between vignettes like the Tesla coil, medical knowledge, the suggestion that coffee and cigarettes don't make for a healthy meal (generally lunch), cousins, and even the idea of drinking coffee before sleeping in order to have fast..., http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0379217