Nick Vallelonga has a diverse portfolio as an actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He opened his account in the entertainment industry in 1972 when he was just 12 years old. It was during this time that he rekindled his love of acting when he appeared as one of the children in the wedding scenes of this year’s hit movie. The Godfather. He is best known for his work on the 2018 comedy-drama Green Book, where he fulfilled the role of co-writer and producer. Nick also received two Oscar nominations for his troubles.
Nick Vallelonga’s Bio
Vallelonga’s life story begins in The Bronx, New York City, where he was born on September 13, 1959. As a child, Nick always dreamed of a life in the film industry. He also trained with respected drama teachers such as Tom Brennan, Julie Bovasso and William Hickey.
On his rise to fame, Vallelonga appeared in small off-Broadway productions and also had minor roles in television movies and films. He also worked as a screenwriter and teleprompter for many of CBS News’ flagship news programs.
After an uncredited appearance in The Godfather (1972), he slowly took on more uncredited roles such as 1983’s Easy Money, The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), Prizzi’s Honor (1985) and Goodfellas (1990 ) among other things.
Nick Vallelonga played the character Patsy Deadfall in 1993, which was also his first film as a screenwriter. The film had heavyweights like Nicolas Cage and Charlie Sheen. The remainder of the 1990s saw him in other films such as A Brilliant Disguise (1994), The Climber (1997) and Ryan Caulfield: The First Year (1999).
He appeared in a variety of films and television productions throughout the 2000s and 2010s. Some of them include ER (2003), Choker (2005), FDR: American Badass! (2012), Diaries of the Vigilantes (2016), Jaded (2017) and The Poison Rose (2019).
Meanwhile, Nick continued to expand his acting career alongside his career as a screenwriter, director and producer. Some of his related work includes A Brilliant Disguise, The Corporate Ladder Collar , Unorganized Crime, and the critically acclaimed Green Book.
About Green Book
The Green Book was a great success; with its modest budget of $23.5 million, $127.1 million at the box office. It was also named one of the top 10 films of 2018 by the American Film Institute and won the National Board of Review’s title of Best Film of 2018. It was basically a retelling of the story of Nick Vallelonga’s father, played by Viggo Mortensen and famed pianist Don Shirley, portrayed by Mahershala Ali.
At the film premiere at Toronto Film, September 11, 2018, the film won the People’s Choice Award. It was released in cinemas a month later under the auspices of Universal Pictures. It has received five nominations at the 91st Academy Awards. These included Best Actor (Viggo), Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala) and Best Picture. The film also received a Golden Globe Award for Best Feature Film – Musical or Comedy and a Producers Guild of America Award for Best Motion Picture.
His family: parents, siblings, wife and children
Nick Vallelonga was born to Frank Anthony Vallelonga Sr. (Tony Lip) and his mother Dolores Venere. Nick’s early acting debut was credited to his father’s acting career. He accompanied his father to his sets as a child. It was how he got many of his uncredited roles, including The Godfather, Prizzi’s Honor, and Goodfellas.
Nick’s father served in the US Army for three years in the early 1950s and began his acting career on the set of The Godfather, same as Nick. Nick also has a brother, Frank Vallelonga Jr., who is also an actor. Frank appeared on the set of A Brilliant Disguise, The Sopranos (with his father) and Green Book along with Nick
Nick’s mother died in 1999 and his father died in 2013 at the age of 82.
Nick Vallelonga has been in the spotlight for a long time, however, there is no information online that indicates his status as a husband or father. This aspect of his life has remained a mystery to many.