Who is Tom Vitale?

Thomas P. ‘Tom’ Vitale was born in California, USA, on 15 August 1963 – his zodiac sign is Leo and he holds American nationality. He’s a businessman but who’s probably known best for being the husband of Valerie Bertinelli, a famous American actress and a TV personality.

Early life and education

Tom was raised in California, but being as private as he is, he hasn’t shared any details concerning his parents with the public, nor spoken of having any siblings either, and is thus believed to be an only child.

He grew up looking up to his father who earned money to put food on the table and pay the bills, while his mother was a housewife.

Tom attended a local high school at which he was amongst the best students, and was urged by his professors to focus on obtaining a college degree. Upon matriculating in 1981, Tom enrolled at Williams College from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1985.

Career as a businessman

Tom has been active in the TV industry since 1987, when he spent some time working at the now-defunct multi-national mass media conglomerate Viacom, as well as at the TV network NBC. In 1993, he joined the American basic cable channel Syfy, and eventually became their executive vice president of programming and original movies.

In 1999, Tom co-produced the off-Broadway play “Dyslexic Heart”.

He spent around a decade on the board of the Williams Club, and was once President of Fieri Manhattan and Vice President of Fieri National.

Love life and marriage with Valerie Bertinelli

Tom and Valerie Bertinelli prefer to keep the details of their love life to themselves, but some things are still known.

They began dating in 2004 after having been introduced by a mutual friend, but not until May 2010, did Valerie announce their engagement – the two exchanged vows in front of their closest friends and family members on 1 January 2011 in Malibu, California, and Tom and Valerie have apparently been leading a happy life together ever since.

They were both married once before meeting each other – Tom was married to Sharon who gave birth to their four children, but they divorced after over five years of marriage for unknown reasons.

Tom Vitale and Valerie Bertinelli

Valerie was married to the American musician and songwriter Edward Lodewijk ‘Eddie’ Van Halen from 11 April 1981 to 20 December 2007, and they have a son together named Wolfgang, born on 16 March 1991. Both Valerie’s son and former husband attended her wedding with Tom.

Hobbies and other interests

Tom’s not a fan of social media networks, believing that these have disconnected people instead of connecting them, and he thus doesn’t have any social media accounts.

He’s keen on travelling, and has been all around the world for both work and pleasure, while his dream travel destination is Venice in Italy.

Tom’s a philanthropist who has worked with various charitable and cultural organizations, mostly with those that aim to help underprivileged children and endangered animals.

He likes to watch the National Football League (NFL) in his spare time, while he’s also a fan of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Late at night, Tom’s keen on watching movies with his wife – his favorite actors and actresses are Robert Downey Jr., Leonardo DiCaprio and Helena Bonham Carter, and some of his favorite films include “Avengers: Endgame”, “Inception” and “Fight Club”.

Age, height and net worth

Tom’s age is 57. He’s bald and has brown eyes, his height is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) and he weighs around 150lbs (68kgs). As of April 2021, his net worth has been estimated at over $5 million, while Valerie’s net worth has been estimated at over $20 million.

Who is Valerie Bertinelli?

Valerie Ann Bertinelli was born in Wilmington, Delaware USA, on 23 April 1960 – her zodiac sign is Taurus and she holds American nationality.

She’s probably still known best for her portrayal of one of the lead characters, Barbara Cooper Royer in the comedy series “One Day at a Time”, created by Allan Manings, Norman Lear and Whitney Blake, and which aired from 1975 to 1984. It also starred Bonnie Franklin and Pat Harrington Jr., and followed the lives of a divorced mother and her family. The series won five awards including three Golden Globes, while it was nominated for 18 other awards.

Valerie was raised in Wilmington alongside her brothers David, Patrick and Drew by their father Andrew Bertinelli, who was a General Motors executive, and their mother Nancy Bertinelli (nee Carvin) who was a housewife.

Before she was born, Valerie had a brother named Mark who died aged a year and a half after accidentally poisoning himself. The family travelled a lot because of Valerie’s father’s job, and she got to live in Michigan, Louisiana and California amongst other states. Two of the school’s Valerie attended  were Granada Hills High School and Tami Lynn School of Artists.

Her role in “One Day at a Time” was also her first notable performance, while she was only 15 years old when she started shooting for it. The ‘90s saw her star in the sitcom “Sydney” and the comedy series “Café Americain”, neither of which managed to attract a lot of attention. In 2001, she was cast to star in the final two seasons of the fantasy drama series “Touched by an Angel”.

Between 2010 and 2015, Valerie played one of the lead characters in the critically acclaimed comedy series “Hot in Cleveland”. In 2015, she started hosting the reality shows “Kids Baking Championship” and “Valerie’s Home Cooking”, and in 2019 she hosted two other shows – “Family Restaurant Rivals” and “Family Food Showdown”.

To this day, Valerie has appeared in around 40 movies and TV series, and has won six awards, including two Golden Globes in 1981 and 1982 for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for her performance in the series “One Day at a Time”.

She’s also a writer who in 2008 published her autobiography “Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time”, while her second book “Finding It: And Satisfying My Hunger for Life Without Opening the Fridge” was released in 2009. Valerie was once overweight, but managed to lose 40lbs (18kgs) with the help of Jenny Craig program, which is what inspired her to write her books.

She’s a philanthropist, and in April 2010 she ran the Boston Marathon organized to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. It took Valerie five hours, 14 minutes and 37 seconds to complete the course.

Author

Robbie is currently a reporter for TheBiography based in Santa Monica, CA. Prior to joining TheBiography in December 2020, he was an entertainment reporter in People.

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