Everybody Hates Chris
Italian-American actor Vincent Martella began his career as a child by performing in school plays and commercials. He started acting on television at age 10 with a guest spot on "Cracking Up" and has since added to his resume with guest/recurring roles on "Stacked" "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide."
Martella got his first big break in 2005 when he played the Teen Choice Award and Young Artist Award-nominated role of Greg Wuliger, the Italian-American best friend of Chris, on Chris Rock's Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris" (UPN/The CW; 2005-Present). Meanwhile, he also voiced Phineas on the Emmy-nominated Disney Channel animated television series "Phineas and Ferb" (2007-Present).
On the big screen, Martella could be seen in the films "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo" (2005) and "Bait Shop" (2008). He will soon appear alongside Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse in the upcoming comedy film "Role Models."
“I think they have to have a great personality and understand my situation. I'm not going to have time for a million social activities like go to the movies every Friday night. She has to be someone who is very understanding, very caring and very nice. She can't be totally mean and outrageous, I don't like that.” Vincent Martella (about what he looks for in a girl).
Childhood and Family:
“Everybody's different, and we all have to learn to accept each other just the way we are.” Vincent Martella.
An Italian-American, Vincent Michael Martella, nicknamed “Vin Man,” was born on October 15, 1992 in Rochester, New York. He currently splits his time living in Los Angeles while working and Florida with his mother, father and three siblings.
“I don't really collect anything, but one of my favorite trinkets I've gotten from all time is from my first national ad commercial with Arbor Hotdogs and I got to play ball with Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriquez and Roberto Alimar -- I got a signed ball from each of them.” Vincent Martella.
Phineas and Ferb
“I'd like to have a role that shows all different sides of me. I play piano and I sing, so I'd like to be in a movie where I can portray all those things.” Vincent Martella.
At the age of 3, Vincent Martella began dancing and delivered his first live performance in “The Nutcracker.” He began playing the piano at 5 and was soon performing in school plays and being seen in local commercial spots. He began acting and vocal training at 6 and had worked in both print and national commercials by 7.
At age 10, Martella was spotted as a guest in an episode of the short-lived Fox sitcom "Cracking Up." Two years later, he scored a recurring role, as Scoop, on Nickelodeon's live-action situation comedy "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide," where he stayed until 2006.
Meanwhile, he appeared in the pilot episode of Fox sitcom "Stacked" and made his film debut in "Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo" (2005; starring Rob Schneider and Eddie Griffin), the sequel to the 1999 film "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo."
He also began playing his most popular role to date, as Greg Wuliger, the Italian-American best friend of Chris, on Chris Rock's Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris" (UPN/The CW; 2005-Present). His performance in the show earned him a Teen Choice Award nomination in 2006 for TV - Choice Sidekick and two Young Artist Award nominations in 2006 and 2008 for Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actor.
“It's great -- you get to see a different part of him, a different side, a professional side. He's very, very professional at times and then when he gets on stage, he knows how to really turn it on. When you're around him, you can really feel the warmth in the room, he really knows how to control a whole area.” Vincent Martella (about working with Chris Rock).
During his "Everybody Hates Chris" stint, Martella provided the voice of Phineas, half of the stepbrothers (alongside Thomas Sangster's Ferb), on the Emmy-nominated Disney Channel animated television series "Phineas and Ferb" (2007-Present). He also starred co-starred with Bill Engvall and Billy Ray Cyrus in the straight-to-video released comedy "Bait Shop" (2008).
Next, Martella will support Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse in director David Wain's upcoming comedy film "Role Models," which is expected to be released November 7, 2008.
“I like The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Jackson Browne, Elton John, the Eagles -- I like a lot of different bands. They're pretty much my inspiration for music. That's the music that taught me what I know.” Vincent Martella.
Martella also tried his hand in music and has recently recorded his first album, “Time Flies By,” in which he plays the piano and sings. The album was written and co-produced by Vincent and is available on iTunes.
“You always have to have a back-up plan. If, in the event that acting doesn't work out, I could be a doctor because that's another way of helping somebody. If you have a good mind and you're willing to use that mind for good things, you should do that.” Vincent Martella.