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An Interview with Jeff Marchetti

September 2004

Jeff Marchetti was cast in Season 4, as Petey.   His Sopranos acting debut, was when he destroyed Johnny Sack and Carmine Lupertazzi's attempt at having a restaurant in New Jersey.   In the final episode of Season 4, Petey, at Christopher's request, killed Stanely and Credenza, on the banks of the Hackensack river.    Jeff Marchetti, for several seasons has also been the "set dresser" on The Sopranos, so he has had a really interesting career behind the scenes of the show.    Recently, he co produced the movie "Court Jester", which was filmed on location in Long Island and in several locations in New Jersey.

When is your birthday?

End of July, that makes me a Leo

Tell us a little about where you grew up and your background.

I grew up in West New York, living with my mother, an art teacher, my brother Vinnie, who owns Cherokee Equipment Corp., and my Grandmother, whom I lost about 3 years ago. She was a wonderful Italian Designer.

Tell us a little about your educational background.

I attended "Our Lady of Libera Grammer School", located in West New York, New Jersey, and Memorial High School, also located in West New York.    After finishing high school, I attended Bergen Community College, focusing my studies on Criminal Justice.    Later on, I attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts, when I decided to pursue a career in film and television acting.

Are you of Italian decent?

Yes, I am an Italian American

How did you originally get involved in the movie production industry?

Professionally, I started at WNET, Channel 13, located here in New York City.   I was in school and working a "survival" job, wondering how to get into the television industry.    I had made a cold call to WNET, and asked for the person in charge.    I was connected to someone from upper management,   and I told him my story, unbelievably, he invited me in for an interview and the rest is history.

 

When did you make the transition from "set dresser" to actor?

 On the contrary, I was and always will be an actor first (who also does stunt work) As a stuntman, during the first season of The Sopranos, I was offered the position of a "Set Dresser", which I originally refused, and had never done before.     To make a long story short, I accepted the job for 2 weeks and then 2 weeks turned into four weeks, turned into almost 6 years.    Starting as a Stuntman, then a set dresser, then the "On Set Dresser" (the only actually on set), always auditioning, I landed the part of the character Petey.   Now I am blessed, enough to wear all three hats.    I had no idea, how big this show was going to be.   On this show, the set dresser, is an intense job, one totally needs to needs to be focused, the entire shoot day.

Did you always inspire to be an actor?

Yes, I can always remember, wanting to become an actor, although when times were rough, I considered for a while, becoming an attorney (ahhhh, basically the same thing).

What other positions, have you held in the film (TV/Radio) production industry?

Production Assistant, Grip, Tape Room Operator, Studio Engineer, Master Control Technical Director, Extra, Property Master, Associate Producer, Producer, Voice Over, and probably a few more that I missed.

What other unusual jobs, have you held in the past?

Whatever it took to afford my pursuit of acting and entertainment. At one time I bartended for Peter Max's Art Studio and was a front door bouncer at a night club, located in New Jersey.   I also was the voice over guy for "The New York Minute" which airs on WKTU and Z-100 radio, here in the New York City area.

What inspired you to be an actor?

It felt like the natural thing to do, it was like, just the road to take. 

What was your first acting job and how did it come about?

Well, one of my first professional principal acting jobs (with lines and credits) was on the first  season of NBC's, "Homicide - Life on the Street" .    A big thanks to IATSE's Mike Proscia and Producer Jim Finnerty.

How has being the character of Petey, changed your life?
Not only, playing Petey, but simply being affiliated with The Sopranos.     This show has 
blessed me with many friends, who I truly respect on a personal level.   Professionally, 
a production never again will see, such talented cast and crew, all under one roof, working 
so well together. 
On another note, it seems like, anytime someone finds out what I do the entire conversation 
is geared  towards the show.    Sometimes, it's nice to see the excitement in people, on the 
other hand, it's a big pain in the a**! 

Do you watch  lot of television? If so, what is your favorite show?

I watch very little television, but I really do enjoy watching the final product of The Sopranos.

Name some of your favorite foods?

I like almost every kind of food, I really should weigh at least 200 pounds heavier.    I love food. I love going out to dinner.    Love to cook. Love to eat just as much. 

What hobbies do you pursue in your free time?

I enjoy being part of a charity organization that makes a difference in people's lives

Do you or would you do any independent films?
Have and always will! 

What is the most important thing, you want to be remembered by?

Ha, Ha, Ha!

If you were deserted on a desert island, and could only take on book with you and one music compact disk, what would your choices be?

Book: "How to get off a deserted island", why would I bring a CD with no player? Oh, Well!    I could use it to reflect the sun to the airplane passing over!    

What your "dream" car/vehicle be?

I am a total car nut, way too many to list.

What Charities are you involved with?

ALS, Heartshare, Coolys Anemia, Make A Wish, March of Dimes, Table to Table, You name it (and if I have time) I will be involved!

Whom do you credit with helping your career?

Michael W. Proscia, General Secretary, IATSE

Jim Finnerty, Producer.

David Chase, Creator the Sopranos

Terence Winter Writer/Producer the Sopranos (big time)

James Gandolfini, Tim VanPatten, Micheal Imperioli, Vince Curatola

Not necessarily in that order

What is in your future, besides winning the lottery?

I could tell you my past, but my future???    A $100 to whomever could tell me my future!

 

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Jeff Marchetti (on right) with Max Casella (Benny Fazio)

 

 

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Jeff Marchetti and the mascot from the Blue Claws

 

 

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Jeff Marchetti and Michael Imperioli (Christopher Moltisanti)

 

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Jeff on the set of the movie "Court Jester"