Best known as Salvatore 'Big Pussy' Bonpensiero on The Sopranos (Tony's friend and fellow mobster, who turned rat and was summarily executed), Pastore was "discovered" by brothers Kevin and Matt Dillon. The pair, who frequented Pastore's club in his hometown of New Rochelle, New York, convinced him to try his hand at acting. Since then, Pastore has appeared in a slew of major films, including Goodfellas (1990), Carlito's Way (1993), The Ref (1994), Money Train (1995), The Hurricane (1999) and Made (2001). In addition to The Sopranos, Pastore has graced the small screen in several other series, including Law & Order, Ed, Queens Supreme and The Practice.
Born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Stone learned
music the old-fashioned way, singing in her church choir and attending the concerts of such gospel groups as the Singing Angels and the Gospel Keynotes. After high school she helped create the rap trio Sequence, but it was her next project - Vertical Hold, formed with rapper Mantronix and rocker Lenny Kravitz - that propelled her to stardom. Their urban dance track "Seems You're Much Too Busy," on which Stone handled the lead vocals, hit the R&B Top 40 during the summer of 1993. They would crack the charts with two other singles, and in 2001, Stone performed the feat on her own, with the single "Brotha" off her solo album Mahogany Soul. In 2004 Stone delivered her biggest album yet, Stone Love, and the following year, she released a compilation of her greatest hits.
For better or for worse the Turturro clan seems afflicted by the showbiz bug. Nick's older brothers, Ralph and John, are a musician and an actor, respectively, and in fact it was the latter that introduced Nick to Spike Lee. At the time Nick was working as a bellhop, but soon, with a stint as an extra and voice-over artist on Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989), Nick joined his brother John in the acting business. He secured roles in Lee's next three films - Mo' Better Blues (1990), Jungle Fever (1991) and Malcolm X (1992)--as well as making appearances in a multitude of other films and television series that included Federal Hill (1994), Excess Baggage (1997), L.A. Law, Third Watch and The Drew Carey Show. However, it was Nick's portrayal of rookie detective James Martinez for seven seasons on NYPD Blue that left an indelible mark on audiences nationwide.
Daughter of pop icon Brian Wilson, Carnie rocketed to success with her sister Wendy and childhood friend Chynna Phillips when their pop trio Wilson Phillips, debuted with a self-titled album that eventually sold more than four million copies, while earning the trio three Grammy nominations, two American Music Award nominations and a Billboard Music Award. An astounding three singles ("Hold On," "Release Me" and "Impulsive") hit number one in the charts. Though it sold a million copies, their 1992 follow-up, Shadows and Light, didn't perform as well, and the group soon called it quits. Carnie and Wendy produced several more albums together in the 90s, but none of their projects came close to matching the success of Wilson Phillips. Carnie also briefly hosted her own television talk show. In 2000 Carnie married musician Rob Bonfiglio, and this past year they had a daughter, Lola Sophia. In 2004 Wilson Phillips briefly reunited for an album of cover songs, entitled California.
The daughter of a television/film producer, Yothers began her acting career at the tender age of three, appearing in commercials for the corporate likes of McDonald's, Bell Telephone and Doritos. At the age of nine, she landed a role in the film Shoot the Moon (1982), which boasted an impressive cast that included Albert Finney and Diane Keaton, and then Yothers won the part that would define her young life - as Jennifer Keaton, the youngest daughter on the classic television series Family Ties. In addition to performing a variety of film and television roles following the 1989 conclusion of Family Ties, Yothers also penned a book, Being Your Best: Tina Yothers's Guide for Girls. Following a nine year hiatus, Yothers returned to acting in 2004, playing porn star Linda Lovelace in the stage show Lovelace: The Musical.
Glendale-bred Eleniak began her career as a child, first modeling clothing in commercials and then appearing (uncredited) in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. After overcoming a high-school bout with drugs and alcohol, Eleniak reemerged as Scott Baio's on-screen (as well as off-screen) girlfriend in Charles in Charge. In July 1989 she graced the cover of Playboy as its Playmate of the Month, a magazine appearance that quickly landed her a recurring role on Baywatch. Perhaps most memorably, she co-starred with Steven Seagal in the action hit Under Siege (1992), which went on to gross more than $150 million worldwide. Since then, Eleniak has appeared in a number of films, including The Pandora Project (1998) with former Fit Clubber Daniel Baldwin.
Born Wayne Hardnett, this Atlanta native suffered through years of bouncing around the music community from one label to another as a member of the Lyrical Giants. Finally the trio (comprised of him, Baby B and Bizarre) found a home at Jermaine Dupri's label, So So Def. In 2003 Hardnett scored his debut solo album, AttenCHUN!. Its hit single, the street anthem "Never Scared," put all of this MC's talents on display, a clever pop sensibility combined with a charisma equal to his generously proportioned frame.
Theodore William Lange (born January 5, 1948 in Oakland, California, USA ) is an actor best known for his role as the bartender Isaac Washington in the TV series The Love Boat.
Currently he appears in Bud Light commercials where at the end of the ad he appears and says "This calls for a Bud Light!" as well as writing a love advice column with Jenna Jameson for FHM. He has also guest starred in TV shows such as Scrubs. Ted has received the Renaissance Man Theatre Award from the NAACP in Los Angeles and the Heroes and Legends HAL Lifetime Achievement Award.