I was born in Coney Island Hospital and later dropped off at a Dyker Heights orphanage. From there, I was adopted into an Irish Catholic household in Woodside, Queens.
According to Ancestry.com:
I never saw a photo of my biological parents and don't know their names. After being adopted out of the orphanage, my name was switched from Charlie to John Patrick.
Marine Corps Rifleman
My banjo playing has been used in national television spots and radio spots for clients such as Volkswagen and Wal-Mart.
My musical performances have been featured on Fox 5 News in New York City, 99.5 FM WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York City, NY1 and in The New York Times.
I have performed at an assortment of venues including The New York Botanical Garden, Cafe Wha?, The Continental, Russian Samovar, Superfine, Stage 48, The Century Club, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Layla's Bluegrass Inn, B.D. Riley's, Maggie Mae's, Sidewalk Cafe, O'Lunney's Times Square Pub, Southpaw, Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, Le Poisson Rouge, New York Irish Center, The Irish Repertory Theatre, MoMA PS1, The Presbyterian Church of Saint Albans, Guild Hall, Carolines On Broadway, Smalls Jazz Club, NYU, The Morgan Library, The Parrish Art Museum, The Hyde Collection, The Cooper Union, Baruch College, Rutgers University, Columbia University, Yale University, New York University, Saturday Night Live, The Rainbow Room and Madison Square Garden.
Other performance clients include Amano Music, Smuggler, CBS Television, NBC Television, ABC Television, Lionsgate Television, Showtime, Columbia Pictures, Paramount Overseas Productions and 20th Century Fox.
Visual Arts Clients include Ralph Lauren, Macy's, Moncler, The Daily News, Newsday and Bloomberg
I worked as an artist in the Creative Services Department of Ralph Lauren for over nine years. They used my art in all departments (Kids wear, Mens wear, Women swear, RRL, Rugby, Home Collection, American Living...)
I worked as a graphic artist for Mike Bloomberg for three years. The headquarters of these two companies are on the same street in Manhattan. Being around such overachievers has been an immense inspiration.
I formally studied tap dancing first with Charles Goddard and then with Michela Marino Lerman.
Irish Passport/Dual Citizenship
Name: Johnny Jackpot
Lives in: New York City, New York
Company: Johnny Jackpot
Occupation: Actor, Illustrator, Musician and Singer
Unique traits: Tap Dancer, Pianist, Banjoist, Guitarist, Percussionist, Harmonica Player, Singer, Whistler, FIgure Skater, Portrait Painter, Cartoonist
Lucky and the Pirates
Film (short) by Karen Goldfarb Smidget
Here's Lookin' at You, Kid
Film (short) by Karen Goldfarb Victor Laszlo
Art Students League
United States Marine
Parsons School Of Design BFA