Fast Facts

  • Spent a year teaching history at a Harlem high school before becoming an actor.
  • Made his feature-film debut in Martin Scorcese's 1980 Raging Bull; worked with the director again six years later in the The Color of Money.
  • First worked on Broadway as an understudy in 1984's Death of a Salesman starring Dustin Hoffman.
  • Won a Theatre World Award for Best Debut Performance and an Obie Award for the play Danny in the Deep Blue Sea in 1984.
  • Has appeared in numerous films by director Spike Lee (beginning with 1989's Do the Right Thing) and writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen (beginning with 1990's Miller's Crossing).

Awards

  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1994, Independent Spirit Awards — Best First Feature: Nominee
  • 1992, Cannes Film Festival — Caméra d'Or: Winner
  • 1992, David di Donatello Awards — Best Foreign Actor: Winner
  • 1991, Cannes Film Festival — Best Actor: Winner
  • 1989, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Male: Nominee
  • 1998, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
  • 1994, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Director: Nominee

Relationships

  • Amedeo Turturro — Son
  • Nicholas Turturro — Brother
  • Ralph Turturro — Brother
  • Diego Turturro — Son
  • Katherine Turturro — Mother
  • Katherine Borowitz — Wife
  • Aida Turturro — Cousin
  • Nicholas Turturro — Father

College

  • State University of New York, New Paltz, NY (BS, 1978); Yale University, School of Drama, New Haven, CT (MFA in Drama, 1983)

Details

  • Birth Place: Brooklyn, NY
  • Birthday: February 28, 1957, Pisces
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Producer
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