He gained fame for playing mob characters in critically acclaimed movies such as A Bronx Tale and The Usual Suspects. His performance in Bullets Over Broadway earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
While struggling as a new actor, he made his money working as a bouncer with Dolph Lundgren.
He continued his mob boss roles in many advertisements for Vanilla Coke.
He married Gianna Ranaudo in 1992 and the couple raised their two children in the Roman Catholic faith.
He appeared in the SNL comedy film, A Night at the Roxbury, which starred Will Ferrell.