Actor Vincent Piazza's role of gangster Lucky Luciano in hit Tv drama Boardwalk Empire brought him and his father closer.

The Jersey Boys star insists he couldn't pass up the opportunity to play the violent crime boss, despite his reservations about playing Italian stereotypes, because Martin Scorsese and writer Terence Winter were involvement in the project.

And the and the role came with an added bonus.

He tells U.S. breakfast show Today, "My father emigrated here (America)... in 1963 and just learning about the character, he emigrated in, I think,1909... I just wanted to understand the culture and talk to my father about his experience.

"And whenever I had a chance to work with Sicilian dialogue in the show, most people know Italian these days, but it's kind of an antiquated dialect and getting to speak with my father about it, I don't know it was just something to share, it was a lot of fun."