Vinny Guadagnino was born and raised in Staten Island, New York, and comes from a traditional Italian-American family.
During the first season of “Jersey Shore,” Vinny was known as the youngest, most innocent of the group, and avoided most of the drama in the house. Vinny is now front and center and is tackling the scene on both sides of the Atlantic.
Before “Jersey Shore,” Vinny graduated from CUNY College of Staten Island and was a political aide for State Assemblyman Michael Cusick. He had planned to attend law school, but since the show took off, Vinny’s professional interests have shifted from the law to entertainment and acting. He’s decided to dedicate his extra time to taking acting classes and honing his craft. A self-described natural entertainer, Vinny’s interest in acting is focused on comedy. He recently guest-starred on MTV’s scripted comedy series “The Hard Times of RJ Berger,” playing the role of RJ’s cousin and has a recurring role in the CW series “90210”. He is also starring in the SyFy Channel’s summer 2012 film “Jersey Shore Shark Attack.”
Vinny launched a line of t-shirts for the charity “I Have A Vision,” with proceeds donated to anti-bullying. In collaboration with the charity organization, “Do Something,” the shirts read “F*** Bullies” as its anti-bullying message. He also supports the animal rescue organization Much Love, for whom he recently participated in a charity auction.
Furthermore, Vinny has been a presenter at the GLAAD awards, and is a social media juggernaut, with over 2.2 million loyal Twitter followers.