Jay Giannone grew up in the Old Harbor Projects of South Boston (Southie). Jay comes from a long line of artists. His Mom (Janet) is a theatrical actress, and was the lead singer in her rock & roll band. Jay's grandmother was a song writer and his great grandmother was a painter. He is the prodigy and pride of these fine artistic women.
At age 14 Jay's career began as a break dancer and street performer. He was invited to dance with the Floor Lords, collectively known as the best crew in New England and rivaled the N.Y city breakers. At age 17 Jay was a model for Converse and portrayed the "Chuck Taylor" character in a national campaign. Jay also appeared in Gatorade National Print Campaigns with Michael Jordan. Jay is also a former J-Crew catalog model.
In 1995 Jay played a drug dealer on the Venice beach board walk in "Pacific Blue" which was his television debut. In 1996, Jay played Teddy Mac in the feature film "Southie" and was his feature film debut. Jay continued to participate in numerous commercials, television shows and feature films.
In 2006 Jay played a Detective and served as consultant/technical advisor to Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese for the Academy award winning film "TheDeparted" Jay offered his insights on South Boston's Irish mob politics. Giannone's perspective contributed significantly to DiCaprio's grasp on the role of Billy, an undercover State Police officer deep in the Southie mob.
In 2009 Jay wrote, produced, directed and played the lead in the short film, "Diamond In The Rough", which won the Boston Film Night Audience Award. That same year he wrote, produced, directed and starred in the feature film "Scalpers".
As an actor, he has appeared in several television shows including the HBO hit series "Entourage" in which is loosely based on Jay's life as an official member of Mark Wahlberg's crew and most recently "Scorpion" as a S.W.A.T Captain. Jay's noted feature film roles include box office hits "Gone Baby Gone" "The Departed" and "American Hustle". Jay wrote, produced, directed "It snows all the time" due out in 2016. Jay plays a lead in "Justice Served" also scheduled for release on 2016 and most recently Jay plays the role of Jimmy in "Patriots Day" opposite Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Monaghan scheduled to hit theaters in 2017.
Name: Jay Giannone
Known for: The Departed