John Magaro is an American Film, television and stage actor. He starred alongside James Gandolfini in Not Fade Away in 2012.
John Magaro was born on February 16, 1983 in Akron, Ohio. He was the son of Wendy and James Magaro, 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. Magaro’s 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, John Magaro also appeared in television commercials, and had a role in a Rescue 911 episode.
After graduating from Stow-Munroe Falls High School in 2001, John Magaro 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. He also appeared in 3 episodes of the third season of Orange Is the New Black.
Not Fade Away (2012) took place in 1960s New Jersey and centered on John 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).
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