Vince Pellegrino (aka Dr. Vince) has been involved in the field of show business and communication since 1975, with his first professional acting role and membership in SAG. Vince has most recently starred in the BBC America documentary My Fire Island, which has aired regularly on the Bravo Network for the past eight years and is presently on DVD.
Vince’s first film role began as the Street Gang Leader in Dog Day Afternoon, starring Al Pacino and directed by Sidney Lumet. Vince’s film credits also include roles in Network, Saturday Night Fever, Analyze This, 9 & 1/2 Weeks, Moscow on the Hudson, and Ghostbusters. His television credits include a co-starring role on The Asphalt Cowboy, starring Max Baer (formerly of The Beverly Hillbillies), and recurrent roles on Kojak with Telly Savalas.
In addition to Vince’s acting work, he has earned two doctoral degrees in Educational Theatre and Drama Therapy from New York University in 1992. Following his graduation in 1992, began his tenure as an Assistant Professor at Hofstra University in New York to the present day, teaching Communication courses in the Speech Communication and Rhetorical Studies Department. Also, Vince has a thriving therapeutic practice in New York and Connecticut, where he conducts stress reduction and drama therapy workshops in addition to conducting individual, couples, and group therapy sessions.
Vince was born and raised in the small town of North Andover, Mass. and moved with his family at age 10 to Commack, Long Island (the same hometown of Rosie O’Donnell). At the age of 20, he moved to New York City to complete his Master’s Degree at New York University and has never left, with the exception of a three-year stay in Los Angeles in order to pursue a career in television and film, with some success. In Los Angles Vince was a full-time member of the Hollywood Actors Theatre off Hollywood and Vine, where he starred in three well-received plays, including Woody Allen’s plays, God and Death.
Most recently, Vince has been writing a column called “Talk It OUT” for Edge on the Net for more than a year, and hosting a radio show of the same name on WRHU 88.7 FM. Both the column and the show are focused on important stories and topics within the GLBT community and their friends.