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BWW TV Exclusive: Backstage with Richard Ridge - SAG Foundation Conversations Series with Vincent D'Onofrio!

Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for an inaugural filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. The most recent event was a two hour career conversation with Vincent D'Onofrio moderated by Broadway World's own Richard Ridge, and you can check out highlights from the discussion below!

Vincent D'Onofrio was born in Brooklyn, New York, D'Onofrio grew up in Hawaii, Colorado and Florida. He eventually returned to New York to study acting at the American Stanislavsky Theatre with Sharon Chatten of The Actors Studio. While honing his craft, he appeared in several films at New York University and worked as a bouncer at dance clubs in the city.

In 1984, he became a full-fledged member of the American Stanislavsky Theatre, appearing in "The Petrified Forest," "Of Mice and Men," "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" and "The Indian Wants the Bronx." That same year he made his Broadway debut in "Open Admissions." He recently starred off-Broadway in Sam Shepard's "Tooth of Crime (Second Dance)."

D'Onofrio gained attention for his intense and compelling talent on the screen in 1987 with a haunting portrayal of an unstable Vietnam War recruit in Stanley Kubrick's gritty "Full Metal Jacket." His other early film appearances include "Mystic Pizza" and "Adventures in Babysitting." He also executive-produced and portrayed 1960s counterculture icon Abbie Hoffman in the film "Steal This Movie" opposite Janeane Garofalo and starred opposite Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn in the science-fiction noir film "The Cell." Other film credits include "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" opposite Jodie Foster; "The Salton Sea" opposite Val Kilmer; "Impostor" with Gary Sinise; "Chelsea Walls" directed by Ethan Hawke; "Happy Accidents" co-starring Marisa Tomei; Robert Altman's "The Player," Joel Schumacher's "Dying Young;" Tim Burton's "Ed Wood;" Kathryn Bigalow's "Strange Days" opposite Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett; Harold Ramis' "Stuart Saves His Family," Barry Sonnenfeld's "Men in Black" opposite Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones; "The Thirteenth Floor" opposite Craig Bierko; "The Whole Wide World," which he produced and starred in, opposite Renee Zellweger; and Oliver Stone's "JFK." D'Onofrio directed, produced and starred in a short film, "Five Minutes, Mr. Welles." He also acted in "Brooklyn's Finest," starring opposite Richard Gere and Don Cheadle and "Staten Island" opposite Ethan Hawke.

Vincent worked on the Academy Award winning short film The New Tenants and the feature filmThe Irishman. Most recently, he worked on The Tomb, Ass Backwards, Supreme Ruler, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman and Fire with Fire.

D'Onofrio received an Emmy Award nomination in 1998 for his riveting guest appearance in the "Homicide: Life on the Street" episode, "The Subway."

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