John Vitali was born in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. (just outside the Philadelphia border) to John J. & Lucy Vitali. Raised in a strict household, as well as attending Catholic schools, John found himself always labeled a troublemaker, due to his constant efforts to entertain others. After high school, knowing that he wanted an entertainment career, he worked a regular job while acquiring acting jobs in any local films and TV spots available (his television debut being a criminal on America's Most Wanted), as well as performing stand up comedy. After years of frustration due to the lack of film and TV production in Philadelphia, he began to write a screenplay based on his own experiences with a deck hockey (street hockey played in sneakers) team that he had established in order to keep his childhood pals together in their latter years. Eventually, having no filmmaking experience, nor any funding whatsoever, John accumulated 21 credit cards, put together his own production company, hired actors & crew, and began filming, directing and starring in his first leading role as Anthony in _Demo Crew, The (2001). This led to other roles in independent films like Pure (2001), Better Days (2001) (V), & Joyful Joyful (2002). Registering with S.A.G. as John E. Vitali ("John Vitali" was taken by another member), John is now a professional actor/director/writer, working coast to coast. He is in the process of writing his most recent screenplay, The Outside Lane, intended to go into preproduction in 2003. Catch John as "Father Mark" in Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding now playing in Philadelphia.