Fascinated to movies and TV shows since his childhood, Jerry’s love for acting began in a unorthodox way after joining College of Staten Island. There he joined acting classes in order to get an A, after hearing that the acting classes would give an A for just attending the class. Speaking about the incident the actor said: “ I was failing and needed a passing grade to show my mother”.
Though the rumors of getting an A for attending acting classes was false, Jerry remained in the class and developed his acting skills, performing in several plays. Inspired by his teacher, Jerry was soon inclined to pursue his career in acting.
In order to pursue his dreams, Jerry made the switch from New York to Los Angeles in 1999 when he was 20 years old. “I was terrified when I left; I hadn’t been anywhere else besides Florida and Pennsylvania,” the actor said about his state of mind when he traveled to LA.
Moving to LA proved fruitful for Jerry as he landed the role of Joey in the Strike Too episode of The Kings of Queens in 2000. The same year he appeared in That’s life and City Guys. For the next three years, he appeared in a handful of TV series before finally portraying the career-defining role of Salvatore “Turtle” Assante in Entourage in 2004.
“ The first season was fun because none of us knew what lied ahead. It wasn’t until around the third season that we realised we had something that could last forever” the actor said about his show. Jerry remained with the series for 7 years and appeared in a total of 96 episodes, wracking up nominations in Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007-2009), Teen Choice Awards (2007) and Teen Choice Awards Tv Choice Chemistry ( 2006).
The HBO series provided Jerry with an immense career exposure. It not only transformed his and his families life but it also provided him with some special people, including would-be wife Breanne Racano. “ I learned my craft, about my business, about myself, and most importantly I made lifelong friends who will always have a place in my heart,” the actor said about the things he has gained from his career.
The actor’s success in TV series has not only bagged him fame, but it also earned him his debut on the silver screen. He began his movie career in 2007 by playing the role of Vinny in Where God Left His Shoes. Since beginning his career the actor has appeared in numerous films including Think Like A Man (2012), Empire State (2013), Lone Survivor (2013) ,Think Like A Man Too (2014), and Entourage (2015).Recently the actor was seen as Michael Delaney in Sully.
In his career spanning nearly 17 years, the actor has gathered a large group of fan base, which has resulted in 270K Twitter followers and 460K Instagram followers. Besides fans base, he has also acquired an estimated net worth of around 10 million dollars from his career.
Currently, the actor is portraying the role of Joe Proctor in Power, following his 6 episodes stint with Vietnam in HD.