Vanessa Ferlito is an American actress known for playing FBI Agent Charlie DeMarco in the USA Network’s ‘Graceland’, Claudia Hernandez in ’24,’ and Detective Aiden Burn in CBS’ police procedural series ‘CSI: NY’. She is also known for her appearances in the movies ‘Shadowboxer’, ‘Julie & Julia’, ‘Man of the House’, ‘Nothing like the Holidays’ and ‘Death Proof’. Born to an Italian-American family, Ferlito was raised by her mother and stepfather after her biological father died of a drug overdose when she was just two years old. She developed acting aspirations early in her life and entered the entertainment business in the 1990s. Before becoming an actress, she worked a model. An extremely talented personality, Ferlito received an Image Award nomination for her performance in the 2003 TV film ‘Undefeated’. On a personal note, she is a single mother of a son.
Vanessa Ferlito started her acting career in 2001, with a role in the crime drama ‘The Sopranos’. A year later, she appeared in the drama film ‘On Line’. In 2003, she earned an Image Award nomination for her role in the made-for-television movie ‘Undefeated’. That year, she also joined the cast of the series ‘24’ as Claudia Hernandez, a recurring character. This was followed by her appearance in the police drama ‘CSI: NY’ as Aiden Burn, a role she played from 2004 to 2006. During this time, the actress also featured in the films ‘Spider-Man 2’, ‘Man of the House’ and ‘Shadowboxer’.
In 2007, Ferlito starred in the exploitation horror flick ‘Death Proof’, about a stuntman who kills young girls via his "death-proof" stunt car. A year later, she played the role of Roxanna Rodriguez in the film ‘Nothing like the Holidays’ which also featured Luis Guzmán, Debra Messing, John Leguizamo, Freddy Rodriguez and Alfred Molina.
In 2009, the actress had a role in the comedy-drama flick ‘Madea Goes to Jail’. The film is about Terry Perry's character Madea who goes to jail for her anger management problems. That year, Ferlito also played Cassie in the drama movie ‘Julie & Julia’. This was followed by her roles in ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ and ‘Stand Up Guys’.
From 2013 to 2015, Ferlito portrayed the character of Catherine DeMarco in USA Network’s sitcom ‘Graceland’. Since 2016, she has been playing the role of Tammy Gregorio in CBS’ drama ‘NCIS: New Orleans’.
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Family & Personal Life
Vanessa Ferlito was born on December 28, 1977, in Brooklyn, New York. Following her father’s death from heroin overdose, she was raised by her mother and stepfather who own a hair salon.
She is a single mother whose son Vince was born in 2007. In 2014, the actress was rumored to be in a relationship with actor Quentin Tarantino after they were spotted outside a restaurant in Manhattan, sharing intimate hugs before driving off.