Throughout the first 5 seasons, the audience is told his name only once.In Episode 11 of Season 5, he tells actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, with whom he is starting a relationship, that his name is Sal.Her Cuban mother was born Catholic and converted to Judaism upon marrying Sigler's father.In 1997, she was cast as Meadow Soprano, daughter of New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano.He brings street smarts and an urban flavor to the group and is a frequent user of marijuana and supplier to the rest of the group.
The name "Salvatore Vacara" appears hidden under the boxlid, in the graffiti art, on the Nike Air Force Ones that Fukijama custom made for Turtle in episode 11 of season 3.
Turtle seems to be the guy to find the good in all bad situations and bring a relative calm to the group.
Turtle's importance is at times overlooked as his insight and personal connections sometimes solve difficult issues.
In 2005, Sigler starred in Love Wrecked and the following year in Homie Spumoni, when she played the role of Alli, the girlfriend of Renato/Leroy (Donald Faison) directed by Mike Cerron.
In 2008, she appeared as herself in 13 episodes of the fifth and sixth season of the HBO series Entourage.She then spent five months on Broadway from October 2002 through February 2003 playing Belle in Beauty and the Beast. In 2004, she starred as "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss in the USA television movie Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss.