Vanaria is a true "Bronx Tale"...born in the Bronx, New York, Louis has always
aspired to be a singer/song writer. After hearing about an "open call" audition
for the upcoming Robert DeNiro directorial debut film entitled "A Bronx Tale",
Louis worked his way in to try to land a singing role, practically on a lark,
completely nonchalant. He never anticipated the outcome, and instead he was
chosen for the part of "Crazy Mario", a featured role. Soon after that, Louis
was cast in the CBS movie of the week "Young at Heart", starring Olympia
Dukakis and his boyhood idol, Frank Sinatra.
With his singing career put
on hold, Louis relocated to Los Angeles after landing a weekly series sitcom on
the WB Network in the show entitled "Kirk", starring Kirk Cameron. Louis played
the weekly "regular", Eddie Balducci, Kirk's best friend. Forty-three shows
later, Louis returned to his first love, singing, and continued to sing in many
upscale restaurants such as "Nino's" and "Jilly's" in NYC as well as appearing
in Foxwood with Jay Leno and Connie Francis.
Louis continued to book
guest spots on such prime time shows as "NYPD Blue", "Law & Order" and
"Third Watch," to name a few. He also found time to appear in independent
films, landing leading roles in "Searching for Bobby DeNiro", and "West of
Brooklyn" starring Joe Montagna. Louis was also in 3 episodes of "Boardwalk Empire." He also shot a pilot with Jim Caviezel called "Persons of Interest," and starred with Danny Aiello in a movie called "Stiffs" available on Amazon.com.
Louis is currently signed to a label called "Tangerine" and will be recording his first album later this year and will be appearing in New York City. Just as the late Frank Sinatra called Tony Bennett the greatest singer of all time, Bennet, on "Regis" referenced Louis as "Dynamite."
Louis currently lives bi-coastally, but
his primary residence is New York.