Jerry Charles Ferrara (born November 25, 1979) is an American actor known for his role as Turtle on the HBO comedy series Entourage, and starred on the Starz drama series Power as Joe Proctor.
Life and career
Born in Brooklyn, New York City and raised in Bensonhurst, Ferrara is of Italian descent.
He graduated from New Utrecht High School. Ferrara began studying theater in college, where he was inspired by a teacher to pursue a career in acting. An agent he met at a talent showcase encouraging him to move to Los Angeles, where he quickly landed his first role on The King of Queens. Other television parts soon followed. Jerry was then cast in the independent feature Cross Bronx, which premiered at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.
In an interview about his breakout role on Entourage, Ferrara revealed that when he told his friends he had landed a major part in a television pilot, they asked, “How about you get a dog who becomes your best friend and you name him Awnold? ?” Kevin Connolly has said of his Entourage co-star that “Jerry’s very domesticated. He’s probably the most different from his character. He’s like 180 degrees in the opposite direction.”
Ferrara once made an appearance in character as Turtle for a DirecTV commercial. His dialogue was mixed with a clip from an Entourage episode for humorous effect.
Ferrara is also co-founder of Fat Sal’s deli in West Hollywood, California. In 2010, Ferrara dropped weight and lost 60 pounds with a new outlook on health and fitness.
Ferrara is a diehard New York Yankees, New York Knicks, and New York Giants fan, a topic referenced in several episodes of Entourage.
Jerry Ferrara Work
He is a graduate of New Utrecht High School. Ferrara started studying theater in college, where he was inspired by a teacher to pursue a career in acting. He was further encouraging by an agent he met at a talent showcase to move to Los Angeles, where he quickly landed his first role on The King of Queens. Jerry was later cast in the independent feature Cross Bronx, which premiered at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.
Jerry Ferrara Turtle | Entourage
Ferrara was featured in character as Turtle for a DirecTV commercial. His dialogue in the commercial was mixed with a clip from an Entourage episode for a humorous effect. Turtle is a childhood acquaintance of Queens-based Vincent Chase. He is the only one of the main characters not specifically associated with the acting business. Turtle is the driver of Vincent and is responsible for problems around the house. He brings to the community street smarts and an urban feel and is a regular weed user and supplier to the rest of the party. He and Drama usually stay together and do their own things while both E and Vincent do business.
Turtle always sees the positive in all bad circumstances and gives the group a relative calm. The value of Turtle is often ignored but often his experience and personal relations solve difficult problems. For instance, his acquaintance with rapper Kanye West allows the guys to fly into Kanye’s private jet at the Cannes Film Festival after their previous plane was too small to fit everyone. He was also able to secure four seats in the back of a movie theater so that the party could see Vince’s new film Aquaman by selling a copy of the movie’s video game adaption.
Jerry Ferrara Weight Loss
Ferrara dropped the weight in 2010 and lost 60 pounds with a new outlook on health and fitness. He is a great fan of New York Yankees, New York Knicks, and New York Giants fan, a topic referenced in several episodes of Entourage.
Jerry Ferrara Lone Survivor
He was cast as Sergeant Hasslert, in the film Lone Survivor a 2013 American biographical war drama film based on the eponymous 2007 non-fiction book by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson. The film set during the war in Afghanistan, it dramatizes the successes United States Navy SEALs counter-insurgent mission Operation Red Wings, during which a four-man SEAL reconnaissance and surveillance team were tasked to track down the Taliban leader Ahmad Shah.
Jerry Ferrara Power
He was cast as Joe Proctor in the film Power, an American crime drama television series created and produced by Courtney A. Kemp. The film debuted on the Starz network on June 7, 2014, and has run for five seasons. In 1984, Joe’s father died, and later his mother married a man whose last name was Proctor. Joe changed his last name to that of his stepfather after Joe’s mother remarried. Despite not being apart of his father’s organization, Joe was still on good terms with his family.
Joe’s first scene is when Julio Romano visits him pretending to be a mail delivery man, Julio intimidates him into becoming a consiglieri for James St. Patrick and Tommy Egan but Joe refuses until Ghost finds out that he has an ex-wife who is a junkie and pays for her habit of seeing his daughter in return.
When Tommy is in custody for killing Nomar Arcielo, Proctor defends him to make sure he gets out but his corrupt as Angela Valdes decides to get the daughter of Carlos Ruiz to identify the full identity of Tommy. Tommy is released from jail and Proctor tells Ghost to break ties with all the links, so Ghost takes his advice by killing Drifty and Vladimir, ordering Felipe Lobos to be killed in jail but Lobos survives and sends Carlos Ruiz away.
Jerry Ferrara King Of Queens
In 2000 he was cast as Joey in the series The King of Queens an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 21, 1998, to May 14, 2007, for a total of nine seasons and 207 episodes.