John Robert Magaro (born February 16, 1983) is an American film, television and stage actor.[1][2] He starred alongside James Gandolfini in Not Fade Away (2012) — the feature film debut of David Chase, creator of The Sopranos.[3][4][5]

Life and career

Magaro was born in Akron, Ohio, the son of Wendy and James Magaro,[6] and grew up in its nearby suburb of Munroe Falls. His father is of Italian descent and his mother is Jewish, and he was raised in his mother's religion. His parents were teachers. While attending school within the Stow-Munroe Falls City School District, he began acting in local theater, including shows at the Cleveland Play House and the Kent State Porthouse Theatre at Blossom Music Center. As a youth, Magaro also appeared in television commercials, and had a role in a Rescue 911 episode.[1][7][8][9]

After graduating from Stow-Munroe Falls High School in 2001, he went on to study theater at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. Currently, Magaro lives in and works out of New York. Among his acting highlights: appearing in The Brave One alongside Jodie Foster and Terrence Howard; the HBO film Taking Chance starring Kevin Bacon; and a lead role in fellow Northeast Ohio native Wes Craven's latest horror film, My Soul to Take.[1][10][11] He also appeared in 3 episodes of the third season of Orange Is the New Black.

Not Fade Away

Not Fade Away (2012) took place in 1960s New Jersey and centered on Magaro's character, the lead singer of a teenage rock and roll band called the "The Twylight Zones" — a reference to Rod Serling's popular anthology series, The Twilight Zone. The film's title referred to "Not Fade Away", a Buddy Holly song later covered by The Rolling Stones. The film itself reunited Sopranos' creator David Chase with stars James Gandolfini (as Magaro's father) and Steven Van Zandt (as music supervisor).[3][4][5]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Prisoners of War Prisoner Short film
2006 Level Red Putski Short film
Bully Sheldon (Voice)
2007 Bomb Smack Short film
The Brave One Ethan
The Life Before Her Eyes Michael Patrick
2008 Assassination of a High School President Cipriato
Bully: Scholarship Edition Sheldon (Voice)
We Pedal Uphill Kyle Written and directed by Roland Tec
2009 The Box Charles
2010 My Soul to Take Alex
2011 Down the Shore Martin
2012 Not Fade Away[4][5] Douglas Starring alongside James Gandolfini and Jack Huston
Feature film debut for David Chase
Music produced and supervised by Steven Van Zandt
Liberal Arts[12] Dean
2014 Unbroken Frank A. Tinker
2015 Don't Worry Baby Robert Lang
Carol Dannie
The Big Short Charlie Geller
2016 The Finest Hours Ervin Maske
2017 War Machine Cory Burger Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Rescue 911 TV series
2006 Conviction Jiggy Episode: "Denial"
2007 Law & Order Nathan Gersh Episode: "Talking Points"
2009 Taking Chance Rich Brewer TV movie
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Andrew Hingham Episode: "Conned"
2011 Body of Proof Chuck Foster Episode: "Buried Secrets"
2012 Person of Interest Carl Elias (Age 22) Episode: "Flesh and Blood"
2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Keith Musio Episode: "Institutional Fail"
2015–2016 Orange Is The New Black Vince Muccio 5 episodes
The Good Wife Roland Lavin 3 episodes
2016 Angie Tribeca Snick Episode: "The Coast Is Fear"
Crisis in Six Scenes


  1. ^ a b c Heldenfels, Rich (October 8, 2010). "Slasher film star chases after dream: Stow grad John Magaro carves out acting career, stars in Wes Craven flick". Akron Beacon Journal. Beacon Journal Publishing Co. 
  2. ^ Gates, Anita (November 19, 2008). "Healing Hearts: One Crotchety, Two Confused". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved November 2, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Fernandez, Jay A.; Kit, Borys (October 15, 2010). " 'Sopranos' Colleagues Reunite for '60s-Set Film". ABC News Internet Ventures. Retrieved November 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c McNary, Dave (January 24, 2011). "Gandolfini, Chase reconnect at 'Twylight' ". Reed Business Information. Retrieved February 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c
  6. ^ "Home - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  7. ^ Sell, Jill (June 10, 1994). " 'Oliver' proves quick study". The Plain Dealer. The Plain Dealer Publishing Co. p. 38 - Friday. 
  8. ^ " 'Lillian Yuralia' at La MaMa Theater". All About Jewish Theatre. November 2008. Retrieved November 2, 2010. 
    • "Mazel Tov!!" (PDF). Hashomer. 66 (4). Congregation Etz Chayim. December 2008. p. 9. 
  9. ^ Musarra, Russ (January 18, 1998). "Acting is kid stuff: talented young thespians are taking center stage at area community theaters". Akron Beacon Journal. Beacon Journal Publishing Co. p. D1 - Entertainment. 
  10. ^ Stow-Munroe Falls High School 2005 Alumni Directory, Chesapeake, Virginia: B.C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc., 2005, pp. 302–360 
  11. ^ "Review: My Soul to Take (2010)". Dread Central Media, LLC. October 8, 2010. Retrieved November 2, 2010. 
  12. ^ Sneider, Jeff (May 24, 2011). "Richard Jenkins enrolls in 'Liberal Arts'". Reed Business Information. Retrieved June 12, 2011.