|Birthplace||Ridgewood, Queens, New York, USA|
|Birthdate||July 17, 1963|
John Ventimiglia plays Artie Bucco throughout the series. He was originally a guest star on the series pilot. He was later promoted to the starring cast.
Ventimiglia was born in Ridgewood, Queens, New York City and grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey, graduating from Teaneck High School. where he played on the football team.
He has had parts in feature films such as Cop Land, Jesus' Son, and Mickey Blue Eyes and has appeared in numerous television shows including Law & Order and NYPD Blue. He also made a brief cameo in the made for television movie Gotti. In August, 2007, he and the David Amram quartet presented a musical and oral homage to sociologist C. Wright Mills and beat author Jack Kerouac. They continued with a Kerouac show in Denmark, Fall 2007. He also stars in the comedy Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead (2008) playing the role of Theo Horace. Also, in 2008, he played a small role as a police officer in Notorious.
He currently lives in Brooklyn with his two daughters.