Nick Vallelonga’s Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Getty Nick Vallelonga with Viggo Mortensen

Nick Vallelonga is the Golden Globe award winning writer of The Green Book, which tells the story of an unlikely friendship that forms between an African American pianist, Donald Shirley, and the Italian-American man, Tony Lip, who toured the Jim Crow-era south together. Lip served as driver and bodyguard for Shirley. The film is set in the deep South, in 1962.

The Green Book has been at the center of controversy ever since its release. The family of Donald Shirley called the film “a symphony of lies” and said they were not consulted about it. But this week, Nick Vallelonga has been making headlines for a different controversy.

The Bronx-born screenwriter got a lot of attention after an old tweet surfaced in which he said that Muslims in New Jersey were “cheering” after the World Trade Center went down on 911. Vallelong deleted his whole Twitter account after the old tweet surfaced, but he has not commented on the recent controversy.

Here’s what you need to know about Nick Vallelonga’s family:

1. The Green Book Is Based on the True Story of Vallelonga’s Father, Tony Lip

The Sam Lesante Show – Joe Franklin & Tony LipSam Lesante interviews TV and Radio personality Joe Franklin and TV & Film actor Tony Lip at the 2005 Pocono Mountain Film Festival.2012-06-25T22:22:11.000Z

Nick Vallelonga is the son of Frank Anthony Vallelonga, who is better known as Tony Lip. Tony Lip was a Bronx native who got his start working as the famed Copacabana nightclub in New York City. Lip went on to work as an actor, appearing in small roles in The Godfather and in Goodfellas. Later he appeared in the HBO hit drama The Sopranos, where he played crime boss Carmine Lupartazzi.

The Green Book, which won Nick Vallelonga a Golden Globe, is based on the true story of a tour Tony Lip once took through the deep south with the pianist Donald Shirley. Nick Vallelonga wrote the film and also appears in it playing Rudy, Tony Lip’s brother. Tony himself is played by Viggo Mortensen. Tony Lip passed away in 2013.

2. Nick’s Younger Brother, Frank, Also Appears in The Green Book, Playing His Own Uncle

Green Book 2018 New Official Trailer HD#Storyline A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. #Directed by Peter Farrelly #Writing Credits Nick Vallelonga Brian Hayes Currie Peter Farrelly #Cast Linda Cardellini … Dolores Viggo Mortensen … Tony Lip Mahershala Ali … Don Shirley Don Stark … Jules Podell Sebastian Maniscalco … Johnny Venere P.J. Byrne … Record Producer Brian Stepanek … Graham Kindell Martin Bats Bradford … Bus Boy Daniel Greene … Policeman #1 Nick Vallelonga … Augie Iqbal Theba … Amit Tom Virtue … Morgan Anderson Paul Sloan … Carmine Johnny Williams … Fat Paulie Joe Cortese … Joey Loscudo Tracy Brotherton … Copacabana Socialite Jenna Laurenzo … Fran Venere Ninja N. Devoe … Orange Bird Bartender Don DiPetta … Louie Venere Anthony Mangano … Danny Jim Klock … Patrolman Stewart Suehyla El-Attar … Lynn Venere David Kallaway … Ray Montrel Miller … Birmingham Hotel Waiter Geraldine Singer … EmCee Leslie Castay … Well Dressed Woman David An … Bobby Ted Huckabee … Club Manager Harrison Stone … Redneck #3 Ricky Muse … Bar Keep Dimiter D. Marinov Dimiter D. Marinov … Oleg Brian Distance … Black Policeman Mike Hatton … George Dyer Brian Hayes Currie … Maryland State Trooper Hayes Emily LaGroue … Pittsburg Lady Mike Young … Waiter / Driver Craig DiFrancia … Dominic Jeffrey Klemmer … Store patron Cynthia LeBlanc … Multiple states Concert attendee Gralen Bryant Banks … Man #1 Quinn Duffy … Mikey Cerrone William E. Harris … Butler Jon Michael Davis … Maitre D' Von Lewis … Bobby Rydell Elton LeBlanc … Multiple states Concert attendee Sam Malone … Man #2 Rusty Bourg … YMCA Manager John Frederick … Copacabana Waiter (as John Roy Frederick Jr.) Ethan Airhart … Concert Attendee Kenneth Israel … Black Workman Frank Vallelonga … Rudy Vallelonga Dennis W. Hall … Wise Guy Mags Shane Pagano … Gangster Kermit Burns III … Plantation Waiter Lindsay Brice … Frances Selden Randal Gonzalez … Gorman Rebecca Chulew … Concert Goer / Hotel Guest / Pedestrian Maggie Nixon … Coat Check Girl Gavin Lyle Foley … Frankie Vallelonga Brett Beoubay … Mansion Guest Karen Dalferes … Concert Goer / Waitress / Hotel Guest Patrick Kearns … Dolph Billy Breed … Patrolman #2 David Simpson … Tuxedo Man John Currie … Copacabana waiter Kate Kuen … Copa Woman Shane Partlow … Tailor Lindsay Small Barrios … Copacabana Girl Phil Meyer … Copacabana Doorman Ron M Patterson … Taxi driver Tonya Maldonado … Bar patron Steve Kish … Copacabana Patron Louis Venere … Anthony Venere Michael Raymond III … Tailor Shop Businessman Douglas DeLisle … Butler Interviewee Shane Waldron … Orpheum Theater Patron Karn Kalra … Tuxedo Man #1 Andreanna L Jenson … Country Club Patron Jared Drennan … Driver Hudson Galloway … Nick Vallelonga Jeffrey Riseden … Concert Guest Jon Sortland … Band Leader / Conductor Marine Pascetta … Copacabana Patron Rudolfo Vallelonga … Nicola Vallelonga Seth Hurwitz … Lino Lexi Elizabeth Audler … Bronx Kid (uncredited) Jay Conlin … Concert Attendee / Bronx Irish Immigrant (uncredited) Lauretta Morrison … Upscale Hotel Patron (uncredited) Toney Chapman Steele … Field worker (uncredited) Shane David Waldron … Theater Patron (uncredited) #Production Companies DreamWorks (as DreamWorks Pictures) Participant Media Amblin Partners Innisfree Pictures Wessler Entertainment #Release Dates Canada 11 September 2018 (Toronto International Film Festival) Switzerland 28 September 2018 (Zurich Film Festival) USA 4 October 2018 (Mill Valley Film Festival) USA 6 October 2018 (Hamptons International Film Festival) UK 12 October 2018 (London Film Festival) USA 17 October 2018 (New Orleans Film Festival) USA 19 October 2018 (Philadelphia International Film Festival) USA 20 October 2018 (Chicago International Film Festival) USA 21 October 2018 (Middleburg Film Festival) Italy 24 October 2018 (Rome Film Festival) USA 1 November 2018 (Denver International Film Festival) USA 1 November 2018 (Virginia Film Festival) USA 2 November 2018 (St. Louis International Film Festival) USA 9 November 2018 (AFI Fest) USA 14 November 2018 (Hawaii Film Festival) USA 21 November 2018 France 26 December 2018 Australia 24 January 2019 Portugal 24 January 2019 Russia 24 January 2019 Spain 25 January 2019 Hong Kong 31 January 2019 Netherlands 31 January 2019 UK 1 February 2019 Poland 15 February 2019 For more details visit and For More upcoming movies Subscribe to my channel.Thank you.2018-10-25T01:01:41.000Z

Nick Vallelonga cast many of his own family members in The Green Book, which is based on the true story of his father, Tony Lip. In 1962, Lip toured the segregated south along with an African American pianist, Donald Shirley, and The Green Book tells the story of that trip and of the friendship that formed between Lip and Shirley.

Nick cast his younger brother, Frank, as Rudy, Tony Lip’s brother. Frank is a professional actor who has also appeared in ) the 1994 film A Brilliant Disguise the 1995 work In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man with One Eye Is King.

3. Frank Owns a New Jersey Pizza Place Named After His Father

At Tony Lip’s Italian Restaurant in Franklin LakesFrank Vallelonga opened Tony Lip’s Italian Restaurant in tribute to his father, a “Sopranos” actor who is depicted in the movie “Green Book,” starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Before becoming an actor, Lip, aka Tony Vallelonga, worked as a bouncer at the Copacabana in New York in the 1960s, where he rubbed elbows with many celebrities. Photos from his days at the club and his acting career line the walls of the restaurant.2018-11-10T18:47:35.000Z

Tony Lip was famous for his acting — but he was also famous for his love of food. He wrote a cookbook called “Shut Up and Eat” filled with Italian American recipes and stories about great meals from his childhood. That’s the legacy which Frank Vallelonga says he was drawing on when he opened his pizza restaurant and named it after his father. The restaurant, Tony Lip’s Italian Restaurant & Pizza, is located in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey and promises to deliver the taste of old-fashioned Italian American cooking.

The restaurant draws on nostalgia, with its website urging customers to “experience A Taste Of Arthur Avenue And Mulberry Street Italian Cuisine In Franklin Lakes New Jersey! the best italian FARE on this side of Manhattan.”

4. Dolores Vallelonga, Nick’s Mother, Passed Away in 1999

Nick Vallelonga has spoken with great love about his mother, Dolores. He said that one of the most emotional aspects of making “The Green Book” was watching Linda Cardellini, the actress who portrayed Dolores. He said, “I still cry when I see her. It was so emotional. I tell her, “Get away from me. I can’t even look at you.” Looks like my mother, young. Sounds just like my mother.” Dolores passed away in 1999.

5. Nick’s Uncle Rudy Also Appears in The Green Book

Green Book NY Premiere Cast & Crew Soundbites || #SocialNews.XYZWatch Green Book NY Premiere Cast & Crew Soundbites Brian Currie – Producer / Writer Charles B. Wessler – Producer Dimiter D. Marinov – "Oleg" Frank Vallelonga – "Rudy" Kris Bowers – Composer Kwame L. Parker – Executive Producer Mahershala Ali – "Dr. Donald Shirley" Nick Vallelonga – Producer / Writer / "Augie" Peter Farrelly – Director / Writer / Producer Viggo Mortensen – "Tony Lip" Academy Award® nominee Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, The Lord of the Rings trilogy) and Academy Award® winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Hidden Figures) star in Participant Media and DreamWorks Pictures’ Green Book. In his foray into powerfully dramatic work as a feature director, Peter Farrelly helms the film inspired by a true friendship that transcended race, class and the 1962 Mason-Dixon line. When Tony Lip (Mortensen), a bouncer from an Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx, is hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class Black pianist, on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South, they must rely on “The Green Book” to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. Confronted with racism, danger—as well as unexpected humanity and humor—they are forced to set aside differences to survive and thrive on the journey of a lifetime. Jim Burke (The Descendants), Charles B. Wessler (The Heartbreak Kid) produce alongside Farrelly’s fellow writers, Brian Currie and Nick Vallelonga, and Farrelly. The drama is executive produced by Participant’s Jeff Skoll (The Help) and Jonathan King (Lincoln), along with Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) and Kwame L. Parker (Kill Bill series), as well as Cinetic Media’s John Sloss (Boyhood) and Steven Farneth. Linda Cardellini (Brokeback Mountain, The Founder) co-stars. Genres: Drama Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco, Dimiter D. Marinov, P.J. Byrne Directed By: Peter Farrelly Produced By: Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga Executive Produced By: Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Octavia Spencer, Kwame L. Parker, John Sloss, Steven Farneth, ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Subscribe to Movie clips, trailers & interviews Here ► Subscribe to Photo slideshows Here ► Subscribe to News Here ► Vist our Site ► Like us on Facebook ► Follow Us on Twitter ► Subscribe us on Apple News ► _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________2018-11-14T05:17:41.000Z

Nick Vallelonga’s uncle Rodolpho — better known as Rudy — also appeared in The Green Book, playing Grandpa Nicola Vallelonga. Nick gave a number of interviews in which he stressed the importance of his family in making The Green Book. He said that not only did many of his family members appear in the movie, but that they helped get the actor Viggo Mortensen ready to portray Tony Lip. Nick told Screen Rant that a lot of the preparations revolved around food:

“He [Viggo Mortensen] was eating, and my brother has a Tony Lips, restaurant in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. We ate there. We ate at my brother’s house. We ate at my uncle’s house. His transformation, unbelievable. But he had the audio tapes of my father, video of my father, my father was an actor later in life, so he had all that. So, his transformation is just complete and that is my father. She’s my mother.”