Photos with John Pirruccello
John Pirruccello is the son of an Air Force pilot and his wife, now a speech pathologist. Both of his grandfathers were Air Force pilots and veterans of WW ll. He was born in San Antonio Texas. After his father, an A-1 Sandy pilot, was shot down in Laos toward the end of the Vietnam War, his mother raised him and his sister in Northern Virginia and then Vermont. He attended Junior High and High School in Bellows Falls, Vermont. Read more... having spent his sophomore year in Siena, Italy. After college he waited tables and delivered pizzas before moving to San Francisco to begin his acting career. There he worked in a coffee shop and drove a taxi cab while he learned improvisation in a weekly drop-in workshop run by Jim Cranna of the Committee. He eventually began leading his own weekly improv workshop. It was in San Francisco that John broke into voiceover, lending his voice to a great many radio commercials, video games, cartoons, and movies. He also continued with improv, sketch comedy, theater, and the occasional movie and television role. He was once dressed as a record album handing out fliers at a music convention. In 2004 John moved to Hollywood where he has kept busy working steadily in voiceover, television, film and in theater. He voiced his real son's father both on Thundercats and Two And A Half Men. He has done stand-up all around LA, including at The Improv and The Comedy Store and performed improv at ACME Comedy Theater. He has had many memorable roles on television including Gregor Hobart on The Mentalist in star Simon Baker's debut directing turn on the show in an episode written by creator Bruno Heller. On stage he played Mr. Ralph Johnston in "Harrison Texas" written by Horton Foote, staged by Second Story, and directed by Scott Paulin. The play was attended by Mr. Foote himself. It was performing this play he was discovered by Pulitzer Prize winning writer and filmmaker David Mamet who went on to cast him in several roles including PI Nick Stavros in HBO's "Phil Spector" which Mr. Mamet wrote and directed. He then headed back on stage and performed with Clara Mamet as her father in the critically acclaimed world premier of her play "Paris" directed by Paul Sand and played The Therapist in her film "Two Bit Waltz". John continues to work steadily all around the country. He has two children and lives in Santa Monica, California.