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Queens man makes his way onto the big screen and on stage


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Photos courtesy of Pete Gaudio

In the past 25 years, Pete Gaudio has muscled his way into Hollywood.

Before making his way onto the big screen and on stage, Gaudio grew up in Corona and later moved to Bayside. During this time, he decided to use what he saw in his surroundings, later giving life to many of his characters.

Gaudio became part of Donald Trump’s security team for seven years protecting Trump and his family. During this time he met well-known acting coach Alice Spivak and began his acting career while working as security.

One of Gaudio’s big roles came when he played one of the neighborhood guys in the opening scene of 1993’s “A Bronx Tale” with Robert De Niro.

“I always had a passion for [acting] and I was always around the wise guys,” said Gaudio. “You could wind up in prison or in the cemetery, so I took what I learned from the streets and decided to put it on the big screen.”

For the past three years, Gaudio has been regularly performing in the play “Murder by the Mob” on 38th Avenue and Broadway in Manhattan.

He has also taken part in a web series called “You Got Whacked,” was recently cast in a future television series called “Straight Talk, A Mob Story” and shot a parody of “The Godfather.”

“It’s a dream come true. Always shoot for the stars, if you wind up somewhere in the middle you still did good,” said Gaudio. “You still achieved your goals.”

When he isn’t acting, Gaudio takes great importance in staying fit. In 2002, he was a New York City bodybuilding champion and has owned and operated his own personal fitness training company for the past 17 years. He can also be found almost every day at Powerhouse Gym in Bayside where owners Tommy DeCanio and James Rappaport treat him like family.
Gaudio now lives in Douglaston and is a proud father of nine-year-old Patrina.

“My favorite role of all time is being a father to her,” he said.

 

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