Brooklyn, NY, native Vanessa Ferlito developed acting aspirations early in life and broke into the entertainment business via television, with guest spots and recurring roles on crime-themed series programs including “CSI: New York” and “The Sopranos”.
Currently, Vanessa can be seen on “Graceland”, the hit series on the USA network from writer Jeff Eastin, which was recently renewed for a third season. She also appeared in the Lionsgate feature film, Stand Up Guys, opposite Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, and Alan Arkin.
Ferlito was also seen starring in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Nora Ephron’s Julie and Julia opposite Meryl Streep, Stanley Tucci, and Amy Adams, Tyler Perry’s hit film Madea Goes to Jail for Lionsgate, as well as in Alfredo de Villa’s Nothing Like the Holidays with Alfred Molina, John Leguizamo and Jay Hernandez.
Prior to that, Ferlito starred in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof opposite Kurt Russell. Tarantino wrote the role specifically for Vanessa, whose name means “Butterfly,” identical to the character in the film.
On the small screen, Ferlito was a series regular on CBS’s enormously successful “CSI: NY” as a member of the forensic investigation team led by Gary Sinise. Ferlito has also appeared in other highly acclaimed series, including HBO’s “The Sopranos”, NBC’s “Law & Order” and “Third Watch”, and a recurring role as ‘Claudia’ in FOX’s smash hit series “24”.
In 2003, Ferlito starred as ‘Lizette Sanchez’ in John Leguizamo’s acclaimed boxing drama “Undefeated”, which earned her an NAACP nomination for Outstanding Actress in a TV Movie. In 2002, Ferlito appeared in Spike Lee’s “The 25th Hour” with Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Barry Pepper.