List of Italian American entertainers

List of Italian American entertainers

A List of Italian American entertainers.

Actors

:"See List of Italian American actors".

Composers and conductors

*Mark Adamo (1962 - ), composer and librettist.
*Angelo Badalamenti (1937 - ), music composer
*Marco Beltrami (1966 - ), film composer
*Chester Biscardi (1948 - ), classical composer
*Louis Calabro (1926 - 1991), classical composer
*Ronald Caltabiano (1959 - ), classical composer
*Suzanne Ciani (1946 - ), pioneer in electronic music
*Fausto Cleva (1902 - 1971), operatic conductor
*Bill Conti (1943 - ), film musical director
*Carmine Coppola(1910 - 1991), composer, editor, musical director, and songwriter.
*John Corigliano (1938 - ), classical composer
*Paul Creston (1906 - 1985), classical composer
*David Del Tredici (1937 - ), contemporary composer
*Thomas DeLio (1951 - ), composer and writer
*Norman Dello Joio (1913 - ), composer
*Vince DiCola, composer
*James Di Pasquale (1941 - ), classical composer
*JoAnn Falletta (1954-), classical musician and orchestral conductor
*John Ferritto (1937 - ), classical composer and conductor
*Michael Giacchino (1967 - ), soundtrack composer
*Vittorio Giannini (1903 - 1966), neoromantic composer of operas, songs, symphonies, and band works
*Anthony Iannaccone (1943 - ), composer and conductor.
*Henry Mancini (1924 - 1994), Academy Award winning American composer, conductor and arranger [ [http://www.niaf.org/research/contribution.asp#idc] "ITALIAN AMERICANS IN POPULAR MUSIC ...Four-time Academy Award and 20-time Grammy and Gold Record winner Henry Mancini is remembered for his classic "Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's. He also wrote the scores for 80 other movies, including the Pink Panther series, The Days of Wine and Roses and Victor-Victoria. Born in 1924 in Ohio, he was a child prodigy who mastered the piccolo, flute, and piano by the time he was 12. His break came when he scored the theme music to Peter Gunn, a popular TV series of the early1960s. Mancini died of pancreatic cancer in 1994. He was 70 years old. "]
*Chuck Mangione (1940 - ), jazz flugelhorn player and composer
*Donald Martino (1931 - 2005), Pulitzer Prize winning composer
*Salvatore Martirano (1927 - 1995), classical composer
*Peter Mennin (1923 - 1983), composer
*Gian Carlo Menotti (1911 - 2007), composer and librettist
* [http://peermusicclassical.com/composer/composerdetail.cfm?detail=musto John Musto] (1954-) Emmy and CINE-award winning and Pulitzer Prize-nominated composer/pianist [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9503E0DB1039F934A35756C0A9669C8B63&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss] and brother of "Village Voice" gossip columnist Michael Musto
*Peter Nocella (1943 - ), classical composer
*Thomas Pasatieri (1945 - ), classical composer
*Vincent Persichetti (1915 - 1987), classical composer, teacher, and pianist
*Walter Piston (1894 - 1976), classical composer
*Teddy Randazzo (1935 - 2003), composer
*Nicola Rescigno (1916-2008), opera conductor closely associated with Maria Callas who co-founded both the Chicago Lyric and Dallas Operas
*Dalmazio Santini (1923 - 2003), classical composer
*Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957), cellist and world renown conductor
*Francesca Zambello (1956 -), opera and theater director

Fashion models

*Robin Arcuri
*Brian Bianchini
*Gia Carangi (1960 - 1986) fashion model during the late 1970s and early 1980s
*Anthony Catanzaro
*Charles Dera
*Christine Dolce
*Adrianne Curry
* [http://www.clintmauro.com/index2.html Clint Mauro]
*Jonathon Prandi
*Isabella Rossellini
*Elettra Rossellini Wiedemann
*Amber Valletta (1974 - ) supermodel/actress

Theater directors

*Gerard Alessandrini
*Michael Bennett
*Lawrence Carra
*Michael Cassara
*Bart DeLorenzo
*Frank Ferrante
*Leonard Foglia
*Albert Innaurato
*Judith Malina
*Joe Mantello
*Tom Palumbo
*John Rando

Movie directors and producers

*Robin Arcuri (1989 - ) model, actress, producer
*Frank Borzage (1893 - 1962) film director and actor famed for his mystical romanticism
*Albert R. Broccoli (1909 - 1996) producer of all but one of the first 17 James Bond movies
*Barbara Broccoli (1960 - ) daughter of producer Albert R. Broccoli
*John Bruno, Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor
*Nicolas Cage (1964 - ) actor, director and producer
*Frank Capra (1897 - 1991) film director and a major creative force behind a number of highly popular films of the 1930s and 1940s
*David Chase (1945 - ) creator of "The Sopranos"
*Michael Cimino (1939 - ) film director - "The Deer Hunter"
*Francis Ford Coppola (1939 - ) five time Academy Award winning film director, producer, and screenwriter
*Roman Coppola (1965 - ) film and music video director
*Sofia Coppola (1971 - ) director, actress, producer
*Frank Coraci (1966 - ) film director
*Gerard Damiano (1928 - ) former adult film director
*Brian De Palma (1940 - ) movie director
*Tom DeSanto (1968 - ) film producer
*Danny DeVito (1944 - ) actor, director, and Oscar-nominated producer
*Denise Di Novi (1956 - ) film producer
*Abel Ferrara (1951 - ) film director
*Vincent Gallo (1962 - ) movie actor and director starring in a number of independent movies. Gallo is also a recognized painter, male fashion model, musician, motorcycle racer and breakdancer
*Gregory La Cava (1892 - 1952) film director of the 1930s
*Matthew F. Leonetti
*Michael Polcino, animation director
*Robert Pulcini, film director
*Guido Quaroni, computer modeller and computer animation maker at Pixar Animation Studios
*Frank Renzulli, actor, writer and producer
*Lou Romano, member of the Art Department in Pixar Animation Studios
*Damon Santostefano
*Martin Scorsese (1942 - ) iconic Academy Award-winning film director
*Tina Sinatra (1948 - ) movie producer and former actress
*Frank Squillace, creator of
*Quentin Tarantino (1963 - ) film director, actor, and Oscar-winning screenwriter
*Stanley Tucci (1960 - ) actor, writer, film producer and film director
*Thomas Vitale, Senior Vice President of Programming & Original Movies for the Sci Fi Channel

Television personalities

*Carmine Gotti Agnello (1986 - ) reality TV star [http://www.kidzworld.com/site/p5647.htm]
*John Gotti Agnello (1987 - ) reality TV star [http://www.kidzworld.com/site/p5647.htm]
*Frank Gotti Agnello (1990 - ) reality TV star [http://www.kidzworld.com/site/p5647.htm]
*Adam Carolla (1964 - ) comedic radio and television personality
*Neil Cavuto (1958 - ) television host and commentator hosting Your World with Neil Cavuto and Cavuto on Business on the Fox News Channel
*Stephen Colletti (1986 - ) Reality TV star
*Victoria Gotti (1962 - ) star of "Growing Up Gotti" on the A&E Network
*Tony Danza (1951 - ) actor and talk show host
*Gary Dell'Abate (1961 - ) producer of "The Howard Stern Show" and co-host of "The Wrap-Up Show"
*Giuliana DePandi (1975 - ) host of E! News
*Annette Funicello (1942 - ) singer and actress, Walt Disney's most popular Mouseketeer
*Jimmy Kimmel (1967 - ) television comedy talk-show host and producer
*Jay Leno (1950 - ) comedian, known as host of "The Tonight Show" [http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0103/03/lklw.00.html]
*Kelly Monaco (1976 - ) model, actress, and reality television contestant
*Rachael Ray (1968 - ) Emmy-winning television personality and author
*Giada De Laurentiis (1970 - ) chef, writer, TV Personality, and the current host of the Food Network programs Everyday Italian, Behind the Bash, Giada's Weekend Getaways, and Giada in Paradise.
*Kelly Ripa (1970 - ) actress and talk show host
*Maria Sansone (1981 - )Host of "the 9" on YAHOO! and special events for TV Guide Network
*Jai Rodriguez (1979 - ) actor and culture guide on "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" [http://www.playbill.com/celebritybuzz/article/87674.html]

Musicians

:"See also List of Sicilian-American jazz musicians"

*Sal Abruscato, American hard rock/heavy metal drummer, known for his work with early Type O Negative and Life of Agony.
*Roberto Alagna, A superb and dynamic operatic tenor.
*Steve Albini (b. 1962), indie rock musician, producer.
*Louie Bellson, big band drummer, born Luigi Ballassoni.
*Tony Bennett, born Anthony Benedetto
*Corbin Bleu, singer and actor in High School Musical, has an Italian mother
*Bizzy Bone, born Bryon McCane, rapper from the group Bone Thugs N Harmony
*Patrick Bonfrisco, drummer, Enewetak.
*Jon Bon Jovi (b. 1962), born John Francis Bongiovi, rock star, actor
*Chris Botti, jazz trumpeter
*Terry Bozzio, (b. 1950) drummer best known for his stint with Frank Zappa, as well as his music for solo drum kit.
*Freddy Cannon, (b. 1940), born Frederick Anthony Picariello, was an American rock and roll singer. He had three top ten hits.
*Chris Carrabba, Lead singer of Dashboard Confessional and former lead singer of Further Seems Forever
*Suzette Charles, singer, entertainer, former Miss America [ [http://www.niaf.org/research/contribution.asp#idc] "Suzette Charles, born Suzette De Gaetano, was the first Italian American to win the Miss America title as the second runner up and replaced Vanessa Williams in the 1984 contest."]
*Gary Cherone, former lead singer of Extreme and Van Halen.
*John Cocuzzi, jazz musician
*Vinnie Colaiuta, drummer famous both in jazz circles for his virtuosity and his stint with Frank Zappa.
*Chick Corea, jazz pianist virtuoso - played with Miles Davis.
*Don Costa, pop music arranger
*Dan Costello, guitarist, played with The DeFranco Family
*Elvis Costello, guitarist, singer songwriter
*Tom Costello, drummer, played with The DeFranco Family and Elton John Band.
*Warren Cuccurullo, guitarist for Frank Zappa, Missing Persons and Duran Duran
*Rivers Cuomo, (Weezer), born June 13, 1970.
*Larry Cutrone (1948 - ), musician, comedian, writer, Inducted into AM Radio History Museum, star/writer of "Manhattan Alive" TV series, screenplay writer - The Pat Galo Story
*Alan Dale, born Aldo Sigismondi,(July 9, 1926-April 20, 2002) was a singer of traditional popular and rock'n'roll music.
*Bobby Darin (1936 - 1973), born Walden Robert Cassotto, was one of the most popular rock and roll teen idols of the late 1950s.
*Buddy DeFranco, jazz musician
*Benny DeFranco, singer and guitarist of The DeFranco Family.
*Merlina DeFranco, singer and drummer of The DeFranco Family.
*Marisa DeFranco, singer and keyboardist of The DeFranco Family.
*Nino DeFranco, singer and guitarist of The DeFranco Family.
*Tony DeFranco, lead singer and guitarist of The DeFranco Family.
*Chris DeGarmo, ex-guitarist of 80s rock band Queensrÿche.
*Joey DeMaio, bassist, main songwriter and one of the founding members of the heavy metal band Manowar.
*Liberty DeVitto, rock drummer for Billy Joel
*Al Di Meola, jazz fusion guitarist
*Ronnie James Dio (b. 1942), heavy metal singer
*Mike DiSalvo, American ex-singer of French-Canadian death metal outfit, Cryptopsy.
*Joe Dolce
*Micky Dolenz, (Singer/Drummer "The Monkees")
*Charlie Dominici, ex-Dream Theater vocalist, founding member of Dominici
*Faith Evans, singer
*Nick Falcon, psychobilly guitarist, founding member of The Young Werewolves
*Joe Farrell, jazz saxophonist, born Joseph Firrantello
*Josh Farro, lead guitarist for Paramore
*Zac Farro, drummer for Paramore
*Johnny Frigo, jazz violinist and bassist
*John Frusciante, guitarist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers
*Davey Havok, (November 20, 1975- ) born David Paden Passaro, later changed to David Paden Marchand, vocalist for AFI
*Frank Iero, rhythm guitarist for the band My Chemical Romance.
*Chris Impellitteri, guitarist
*Joe Jonas, member of the band Jonas Brothers
*Kevin Jonas, member of the band Jonas Brothers
*Nick Jonas, member of the band Jonas Brothers
*Alicia Keys, A well-known pianist,and a philanthropist she is also Irish and Jamacian.
*Scott LaFaro, jazz musician
*Nick LaRocca, jazz musician
*Mario Lanza [ [http://www.niaf.org/research/contribution.asp#idc] "ITALIAN AMERICANS IN POPULAR MUSIC...Born Alfred Cucozza in Philadelphia in 1921, Mario Lanza, took his mother's name as his stage name and became the first vocalist to sell 2.5 million albums and the first singer to receive a gold disc for his recording of "Be My Love.""]
*DJ Green Lantern (born James D'Agostini), Hip-Hop DJ, His father is Puerto Rican but his mother is Italian.
*Adam Lazzara, lead singer of Taking Back Sunday
*Joe Long, born Joseph LaBracio, bass guitarist and vocal arranger for The Four Seasons.
*Dean Martin (1917 - 1995), singer and film actor, known as one of the most famous music artists from the 1950s period [http://www.italiansrus.com/articles/subs/crooners.htm]
*Fred Mascherino, guitarist & backing vocals of Taking Back Sunday
*Anna Moffo (1932 - 2006), lyric-coloratura soprano
*Joe Morello, drummer for Dave Brubeck Quartet
*Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine
*Sal Mosca, jazz pianist
*Tony Mottola, guitarist
*Chieli Minucci, smooth jazz guitarist
*Felix Pappalardi, rock and roll bassist and producer
*John Patitucci, electric and acoustic bass virtuoso - played with Chick Corea and Wayne Shorter among others.
*Thomas Pasatieri, composer and pianist
*Art Pepper, jazz musician
*Joe Perry (1950 - ), lead guitarist and contributing songwriter for the rock band Aerosmith [Perry - [http://www.hotsauceblog.com/hotsaucearchives/aerosmiths-joe-perry-plans-to-follow-up-on-the-success-of-his-boneyard-brew/] "The 54-year-old rock guitarist grew up in Hopedale in an Italian-Portuguese family and said a passion for food is “in my blood.'’"]
*John Petrucci, metal guitarist, founding member of Dream Theater
*Bucky Pizzarelli, classical jazz guitarist
*John Pizzarelli, jazz guitarist
*Martin Pizzarelli, jazz double-bassist
*Louis Prima (1910-1978),a Italian-American jazz musician, singer, and actor *Ruggiero Ricci (b. 1918), violin virtuoso
*Johnny Rivers, born John Ramistella, early Rock'N Roll singer of many hit records.
*Rocca (Italian-American rapper)
*Matt Rubano, bassist of Taking Back Sunday
*William Russo, jazz musician
*Bobby Rydell, born Robert Louis Ridarelli in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (April 26, 1942) was a "teen idol" in the early days of Rock and Roll.
*Richie Sambora, (born Richard Stephen Sambora on July 11, 1959 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey), (nickname:The King of Swing), is an American rock guitarist, singer and song writer who is the lead guitarist for rock band Bon Jovi.
*Ralph Santolla - Metal guitarist (has a custom Jackson guitar with the Italian flag painted on it
*Joe Satriani, guitar virtuoso
*Haley Scarnato, American Idol (season 6) contestant
*John Serry, Sr. (1915 - 2003), born Giovanni Serrapica, concert accordionist, composer, arranger, educator & father of John Serry
*Frank Sinatra
*Nancy Sinatra
*Nikki Sixx, born Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, rock star (Mötley Crüe)
*Jamie Spaniolo, rapper
*Bruce Springsteen, rock star, songwriter (Italian on his mother's side)
*Gwen Stefani
*Decoy, (Italian American Rapper) born Nicholas Eduard Galluzzo to Italian-French mother and Italian father
*Joseph Tarsia
*Johnny Thunders, born John A. Genzale, rock musician.
*Mark Tremonti, guitarist
*Lennie Tristano, jazz pianist and composer
*Steven Tyler (b. 1951), born Steven Tallarico, rock star, songwriter (Italian on his father's side)
*Steve Vai, guitar virtuoso
*Steven Van Zandt (1950 - ), musician, songwriter, arranger, record producer, actor, and radio disc jockey ("The Sopranos") [Van Zandt - [http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/5939195/the_garage_crusade] "I am Italian. Springsteen's mostly Italian, too. We're both Italians with Dutch names, one of the many things we have in common. My mother remarried when I was young, and my stepfather adopted me."]
*Zacky Vengeance, guitarist for the band, Avenged Sevenfold
*Tony Visconti, rock music producer (based in Britain)
*Chris Vrenna (b. 1967), producer and drummer
*Gerard Way; lead singer for the band My Chemical Romance.
*Mikey Way; bass guitarist for the band My Chemical Romance.
*Dean Ween, born Michael Melchiondo, Ween guitarist
*"Weird Al" Yankovic (1959 - ), Parodist and Comedy Musician. (Mother's side is Italian.)
*Timi Yuro, soul and R&B singer
*Frank Zappa, His father, a Native Italian was of Greek and Lebanese origin. His mother Rose Marie Colimore was of half Italian, 1/4 Sicilian and 1/4 French descent.

ongwriters

*Rivers Cuomo, (Weezer), born June 13, 1970.
*James V. Monaco early American songwriter "You Made Me Love You".
*Laura Nyro songwriter (Italian father)
*Harry Warren (1893-1981), born Salvatore Guaragna, wrote more hit songs than anyone in early 20th century America
*Frank Zappa, born Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was a composer, guitarist, singer and satirist. In his 33-year musical career, Zappa proved to be one of the most prolific musicians ever, releasing over 60 albums during his life. His father, Francis Zappa was born in Partinico, Sicily.

ingers

*Phil Anselmo, a heavy metal vocalist best known as the vocalist and lyricist of Pantera
*Tony Bennett, born Anthony Dominick Benedetto, singer.
*Sonny Bono (1935-1998), born Salvatore Phillip Bono, singer, actor, and politician
*Gioia Bruno, born Carmen Gioia Bruno, singer.
*Keith Caputo, Vocalist for Life of Agony, as well as a solo artist.
*Lou Christie, born Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco on February 19, 1943 in Glenwillard, Pennsylvania). Already, Christie was frequently, if unfairly, written off by critics as an imitator of Frankie Valli as both men possessed similar falsetto vocals, and the ability to change almost effortlessly between it and their normal registers.
*Russ Columbo (1908 - 1934) singer, violinist and actor, perhaps most famous for his signature tune, "You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love", and the legend surrounding his early death [Noted as one of several Italian Americans at [http://www.niaf.org/milestones/year_1932.asp] ; [http://www.classicimages.com/1999/april99/columbo.html] "Russ Columbo was born January 14, 1908, in Camden, New Jersey, the twelfth child of Italian immigrants Nicola and Giulia"]
*Perry Como (1912-2001), born Pierino Ronald Como
* [http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=23607572 Mikie Da Poet from chicago, this Savoia put italian american hip hop on the map with this live Fox News National performance, a real pioneer.]
*Don Cornell (1919-2004), born Luigi Francisco Varlaro, a popular singer of the 1940s and 1950s.
*Jim Croce (1943-1973), born James Joseph Croce.
*Rivers Cuomo, (Weezer), born June 13, 1970.
*Victor Damiani
*Diana DeGarmo (1987 - ) runner-up on "American Idol" (Season 3) [ (half Italian) [http://www.angelfire.com/planet/americanidol/diana/index0.html] "Nationality: Mexican/Italian"]
*Johnny Desmond, born Giovanni Alfredo De Simone,(Detroit, Michigan, November 14, 1920-September 6, 1985) was a popular singer.
*Tommy DeVito, (born June 19, 1936) is a musician and singer, most well-known as a member and the lead guitarist of the pop group The Four Seasons. He was born in Belleville, New Jersey.
*Dia DiCristino
*Ani DiFranco(1970-), Grammy Award-winning singer, guitarist, songwriter (Italian American on her father's side)
*Dion DiMucci (b. 1939), better known as Dion.
*Jimmy Durante (1893-1980), born James Francis Durante.
*Jessicka (born Jessica Fodera in Brooklyn)
*Connie Francis (b. 1936), born Concetta Rosemarie Franconero, singer.
*Bob Gaudio, (born November 17, 1942) is a singer, songwriter, and record producer from the Bronx, New York. He shot to musical fame at the age of 15 as a member of the Royal Teens when he co-wrote the hit "Short Shorts". For years afterward he seemed destined to be a one-hit wonder until he met Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi, all from Newark, New Jersey, forming the group that became the Four Seasons.
*Frank Gari (1942- ) late fifties singer, and founder of Gari Communications, a news music company that created The CBS Enforcer Collection and the Eyewitness News Theme for ABC O&O and affiliated local newscasts.
*Mikalah Gordon (1988 - ) singer and eleventh-place finalist on the fourth season of "American Idol" [ [http://www.kidzworld.com/features/americanidol4/chat_mikalah_02.htm] "I would love to go to Italy, cuz I'm Italian." [http://www.tvguide.com/News/Insider/default.htm?rmDate=03302005] "TVG: So you're ready to become a Mafia princess? Mikalah: I am. I'm a good Italian girl!"]
*Francesca Gregorini, (born Countess Francesca McKnight Donatella Romana Gregorini di Savingnano di Romagna in 1968) is a singer and songwriter. She is the daughter of Jewish/Irish American model Barbara Bach and Italian businessman Augusto Gregorini, and stepdaughter of Ringo Starr. Until 2004, she was engaged to actress Portia de Rossi.
*Phyllis Hyman (b. 1949 d. 1995), jazz and R&B singer; her father is Cuban/Italian and her mother was African American.
*Alicia Keys
*Frankie Laine (b. 1913), born Frank Paul LoVecchio, one of the most successful singers in history.
*Mario Lanza, (1921-1959), operatic tenor and Hollywood movie star.
*Cyndi Lauper (part Italian) [http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1285/is_8_31/ai_77336634] "LR: How can you be Italian with a name like Lauper? CL: Lauper's my father's name. He's German and Swiss and my mom's Italian. So I'm German, Swiss and Sicilian. Kinda like cold cuts. [laughs] The German and the Italian in me are always fighting and the Swiss guy in the middle is goin', 'OK, let's talk here. Everybody calm down.' [both laugh] "
*Madonna, Italian American born. Her father owns a winery in Michigan.
*Sanjaya Malakar, American Idol season six finalist (half-Italian through his mother)
*Dean Martin (1917 - 1995) singer and film actor, known as one of the most famous music artists from the 1950s period [http://www.italiansrus.com/articles/subs/crooners.htm]
*Al Martino, born October 7, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as Alfred Cini.
*Nick Massi, (born Nicholas Macioci, September 19, 1935 - December 24, 2000) was the bass singer for the Four Seasons, born in Newark, New Jersey.
*Tim McGraw (b. 1967), country music singer and actor, mother is of Italian descent.
*Lou Monte, (1917-1989)
*Mya
*Stacie Orrico (1986 - ) contemporary Christian music/pop singer [Orrico - [http://www.voice-online.co.uk/content.php?show=9934] "The Italian-American songstress..."]
*Haley Scarnato [http://idolforums.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=485606&view=findpost&p=11694436]
*Frank Sinatra (1915-1998), Born in Hoboken, became one of the most popular singers in the twentieth century
*Frank Sinatra, Jr.
*Nancy Sinatra
*Gwen Stefani, singer/musician, best known as lead singer of pop/ska band No Doubt (Italian father)
*John Tartaglia (1978-) singer, actor, dancer and puppeteer who began performing part-time with " Sesame Street's" puppetry team at age 16
*Marc Terenzi (b. 1978), pop star, songwriter
*Frankie Valli, (born May 3, 1937 in the Italian First Ward of Newark, New Jersey as Francis Stephen Castelluccio) is best known as lead singer of The Four Seasons, one of the biggest music acts of the 1960s, which continued from then to the 1970s disco scene to the present day.
*Timi Yuro, born Rosemarie Timotea Aurro (1940-2004)

tand-up comedians

*Mario Cantone (1959-) comedian, writer, actor
*Janeane Garofalo
*Jay Leno (1950 - ) comedian, half Italian, host of "The Tonight Show"
*Nick DiPaolo
*Artie Lange

Adult movie stars

*Lisa Ann, of Sicilian descent.
*Jewel De Nyle, half Italian, part English and Spanish
*Jenna Jameson, half Italian (father), born Jennifer Massoli.
*Gina La Marca, Penthouse Pet of the Year 1995.
*Gina Lynn, half Italian, half Puerto Rican
*Olivia O'Lovely
*Raven Riley
*Jasmin St. Claire, of Sicilian descent.
*Joey Stefano (1968-1994)
*Lily Thai, part Italian
*Flower Tucci, part Italian

Adult models

*Jesse Capelli - adult model with "Penthouse" and "Club" magazines.
*Aria Giovanni - adult model with "Penthouse", "Hustler", and "Club" magazines.
*Sandee Westgate - half Italian, adult model with [http://www.fleshlightgirls.com/sandee-westgate-fleshlight?link=1200 Fleshlight Girl] , "Playboy", "Hustler", and "Club" magazines, Internet entrepreneur.

Entertainers who can't be categorized

*Toni Basil (b.1943), born Antonia Christina Basilotta, dancer, actress, singer
*James Berardinelli, film critic
*Judy Canova, born Juliette Canova, (November 20, 1913 - died August 5, 1983) was a comedienne, actress, singer, and radio personality.
*Joe Dallesandro (1948-), Underground film star and model made famous by Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey
*Fabian (entertainer), (born February 6, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a teen idol of the late 1950s and early 1960s. He rose to national prominence after performing several times on "American Bandstand". Born Fabiano Anthony Bonaparte, he adopted the stage name Fabian Forte but has always been known by his first name only.
*Frank Lentini, born Francesco A. Lentini (1889 - 1966) was born in Siracusa, Sicily into a large family. He was born with three longer legs, two sets of genitals and one rudimentary foot on his third leg. His primary legs also grew into different lengths. At the age of nine, Lentini moved to the United States and entered the sideshow business.
*Rosina Ferrara (1861-1934) Model to 19th-century American and British painters, muse of American expatriate artist John Singer Sargent.
*James Francis Durante (1893-1980) Singer, Pianist, Comedian, Actor
*Anthony Scillia aka "Tony Mangia" (born July 10, 1982) Radio and Television Personality

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