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Vincent Pastore & Tony Ray Rossi

 

I recently interviewed Tony Ray Rossi, who played the character of Fabian "Febby" Petrulio    aka Fred Peters.
Tony Ray Rossi's role was instrumental in changing the way that viewers, looked at Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini).  
Up until now, Tony Soprano, was a soft hearted mafia character who deleted the dirty work of killing to his subordinates. 
  Iin the episode "College" in season one,  Tony started to show the true colors of what really goes on in a crime family.    
Fred Peters had entered the Federal Witness Protection Program and while Tony Soprano was doing the fatherly thing
of visiting potential colleges with his daughter Meadow Soprano spotted his old colleague Fabian Febby Petrulio, in
his new life, a travel agent.

An interview with Tony Ray Rossi on October 19, 2003

Tony Ray Rossi

What day is your Birthday? 

May 27

You have not always been an actor, acting for you is something that come to you in life.  
What other unusual jobs have you held in the past?

When I was 14 years old I was a Photo technician.  I worked on the subways putting the chemicals in the photo
machines that you put a quarter in, and in return you would get 4 pictures. I fixed all those machines and was
the kid collecting money.     I was also a grocery delivery boy.   I became a hair dresser when I was about 16.
     So, I’ve been doing that ever since     I got into acting about 1989.    

In your acting career, what roles do you find most challenging?

Roles that are out of character.    I get these tough guy roles and a lot of Italian roles. I like playing different characters.    
We’re getting ready to do a play “Marlon Brando sat right here” hopefully that will open in the spring   My characters
name is Sidney and he happens to be a gay hairdresser. So I find that interesting and I enjoy doing different things
like that.  Not what people expect me to do. 

What hobbies do you pursue in your free time? (Which I can see isn’t much)

I ride my 2001 Harley Road King.  I traded my 1991 Turret soft tale, which I had for 10 years and now I have the new
Road King.   I enjoy riding very much

If you were stranded on a desert island, and could only bring 2 music CD’s, what musical albums
would they be?

There are so many different types of music I love. Probably a really good Roy Orbison, His Greatest Hits  and
I really enjoy Aerosmith’s music    There is so many groups I

like, The Doors, I go way back      

Tell us about some of the movies you have done in the past year.

I’m in a movie coming out called “Red Square”, my character is a bar fly. I’m in a really good movie called 
“This thing of ours”, where I play Anthony Russo,

an investment banker.   Vincent Pastore and Frank Vincent are also in it.    I enjoyed that and I had a nice
part in that . I just did “Sex in the City”.    I did the first episode of

that.    I had a scene with Sarah Jessica Parker    

Roles that are out of character.    I get these tough guy roles and a lot of Italian roles. I like playing
different characters.    We’re getting ready to do a play “Marlon Brando sat right here” hopefully
that will open in the spring   My characters name is Sidney and he happens to be a gay hairdresser.
So I find that interesting and I enjoy doing different things like that.  Not what people expect me to do. 

What hobbies do you pursue in your free time? (Which I can see isn’t much)

I ride my 2001 Harley Road King.  I traded my 1991 Turret soft tale, which I had for 10 years and
now I have the new Road King.   I enjoy riding very much

If you were stranded on a desert island, and could only bring 2 music CD’s, what

musical albums would they be?

 

There are so many different types of music I love. Probably a really good Roy Orbison, His Greatest
Hits  and I really enjoy Aerosmith’s music    There is so many groups I

like, The Doors, I go way back      

 

Tell us about some of the movies you have done in the past year.

 

I’m in a movie coming out called “Red Square”, my character is a bar fly. I’m in a really good movie
called  “This thing of ours”, where I play Anthony Russo,

an investment banker.   Vincent Pastore and Frank Vincent are also in it.    I enjoyed that and
I had a nice part in that . I just did “Sex in the City”.    I did the first episode of

that.    I had a scene with Sarah Jessica Parker    

Tony Ray Rossi in Northeastern Pennsylvania
 
You are presently working on “Return to Sleepaway Camp, kids can be so mean
and being filmed in Pennsylvania, what do you think of it up here
 in Pennsylvania
 
It’s cold man, but it’s really refreshing, I love it.    It brings back a lot of memories when I 
used to go to camp     Coming up here is a refreshing
change.    The food is kosher
and I grabbed a rib and it was beef, It wasn’t pork.
I am pork guy, the other white meat    
 
Do you film in the state of New Jersey a lot ?
 
I have 
 
What do you enjoy about filming in the State of New Jersey?
 
Its great Jersey is a nice state, its clean.   Its hard to drive in Jersey.
 
 
New York City’s better? (Yeah right)
 
New York is square.  It’s like uptown and down town.    Jersey you have to make a left 
you have to make a right, figure that one out
 
They are proposing a huge motion picture production complex in Secaucus, 
New Jersey, do you feel this is a good idea, considering
the vast numbers of available talent, that reside in the metropolitan area?
 
I think it would be a really good thing for everyone if we had more local studios. 
I’m really in favor of the Stapleton Studios in Staten Island.   It  would really be 
a good shot in the arm for New York.   I’d like to see Jersey get one also.    My
cousin Danny Aiello that’s his project right now, the Stapleton Studios.    It was 
a go for a while and now there some loopholes, but they are going to get it going. 
 
Do you have any pets?
 
I had a pet; I’ve had a couple of pets.    I had a golden retriever.   I won’t 
get another dog, he died and that kind of broke my heart 
 
What is in your future, besides winning the lottery?
 
Hopefully, good health.   The play, I’m up for a part in a film called “Firefighter”, 
it may be a documentary.   It takes place 9 or 10 days after September 11.  It gives 
you an idea what the firefighters were going through at that time.  It’s pretty serious stuff. 
 
What charities are you involved in?
 
Heartshare 
Feed the children with my wife 
St Jude
 
 
How did you acting career get started?
 
A friend of mine, who is a still photographer named Brian Hamel.    He worked 
for Woody Allen.    My cousin Danny Aiello and he worked together.     He was 
hired by a Italian food chain corporation and shoot this commercial here on 57 St.
at Blackwell’s penthouse.   They were looking for Italians and Brian told me it would 
be a good idea for me to go up and see casting and see if they needed anybody.   
Next thing I know they hired me.    I made 50 bucks and had a great time. 
From the still photos they took, went back to casting.   From those pictures, they 
started calling me for other movies.    I got a small part in Woody Allen’s movie
“Husbands and Wives”.     I played one of the parents of the kids at a party.   
That enabled me to get into the union, and the rest is history.
 
What do you like most about acting?
 
The freedom, creativity, spontaneity and just hanging around talented people. 
It lets your inner ambitions out you become somebody else; and maybe it isn’t 
even somebody else, maybe its you and your letting yourself out. 
 
Where did you grow up as a child?
 
Manhattan
 
What do you think about your fans?
 
They’re crazy.   The fans are my family. 
 
How you had any crazed fans hug you and kiss you 
(I know you’ve been waiting for that)?
 
Believe it or not, I have clients that come in and they know everything I’ve been in.
When they come in they want to hug me and kiss me.  They want an autographed 
photo. So, I’m pretty popular within my own circle of people. They are really good cheerleaders. 
 
Who would you like to work with in the future?
 
Everyone.    To pick one in particular, I would like to do a really nice movie with 
my cousin, Danny, playing his brother or something like that. 

Movies Tony Ray Rossi has appeared in

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