(born 11 April 1961) is an American actor, director, real estate investor and musician. Though he has had minor roles in mainstream films such as Goodfellas
, Arizona Dream
, The Funeral
, he is most associated with independent movies, including Buffalo '66
, which he wrote, directed, scored and starred in and The Brown Bunny
, which he also wrote, directed, produced, starred in and photographed. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Gallo was a painter in the New York City art scene showing with famed art dealer Annina Nosei, performed in a rap duo and was part of the first hip-hop television broadcast Graffiti Rock
, and played in an industrial band called Bohack which released an album title It Took Several Wives
. In the early 2000s, he released several solo recordings on WARP records. Gallo is known for his outspoken views and generally sarcastic nature, once stating: "I stopped painting in 1990 at the peak of my success just to deny people my beautiful paintings; and I did it out of spite."
Gallo was awarded the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor at the 67th Venice International Film Festival for his performance as a wordless escaping Muslim prisoner in Jerzy Skolimowski's Essential Killing
. His own feature film Promises Written in Water
, which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in, also screened in Competition at the festival. In spring 2012 Gallo took part in the three-month exposition of Whitney Biennial. Vincent Gallo is set to headline the 3rd Annual San Frandelic Summer Fest in San Francisco, CA on August 3, 2013.
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