Salerno Before and After

Often Guiding Light would try out an actor in a small part and then bringing him or her back in a larger part some time later. I’m going to start a few posts showing clips of these actors before and after.

My second entry is the man who played mob boss Vinnie Salerno. Salerno was played by John Fiore, best known today for a supporting role in Meet the Parents.  Back in 1997, Fiore played the prison guard who tried to coerce Abby Blume Bauer (then wrongly imprisoned for the murder of Roy Meecham) into sleeping with him and generally was abusive and corrupt.  Abby and Salena Davis organized the women inmates to make a stand against him which lead to his exposure. Fiore returned to Guiding Light in 2003 as Vinnie Salerno. (See the character description below.)

Find out about Fiore‘s other roles here:

The prison guard threatens Abby and Selena.

Salerno pays Michelle and Danny a visit while he is being forced to pretend to work for Salerno as part of Jeffery O’Neill’s plan.

Salerno Character Description:

According to Soap Central:

Mafia don Vinnie Salerno made his presence known in 2003, after fellow mobster Danny Santos had finally accomplished his task of leaving the “family business.” With the powerful Santos family out of business, Springfield was now ripe territory and Salerno made his presence known. To convey a message to Danny that he was back, Vinnie sent thugs to go after the people he cared about, namely Danny’s cousin, Tony Santos, and their business partner, Cassie. Finally having had enough, Danny met with Vinnie in New York and made him a deal–he’d give him the Santos’s illegal operations in exchange for Salerno staying out of Springfield.

Last Updated January 30, 2016: I fixed one of the video links that had gone bad, embedded that link, and added my current signature block.

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One Response to “Salerno Before and After”

  1. glmanny Says:

    Reblogged this on Glmanny's Blog and commented:

    Revisiting a classic post from my series of Before and After where an actor was on the show in a bit part and returned in a larger one.

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