Cannavale at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival
|Born||Robert M. Cannavale
May 3, 1970
Union City, New Jersey, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Jenny Lumet (1994–2003)|
Robert M. "Bobby" Cannavale (pron.: //; born May 3, 1970) is an American actor known for his leading role as Bobby Caffey in the first two seasons of the television series Third Watch. He also had a recurring role on the comedy series Will & Grace as Officer Vince D'Angelo, Will's long-term boyfriend. He portrayed Gyp Rosetti on the third season of the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire.
Early life 
Cannavale was born in Union City, New Jersey, the son of Isabel and Sal Cannavale. His mother is Cuban, and moved to the U.S. in 1960, while his father is of Italian descent. Cannavale grew up in Margate, Florida. He was raised Catholic and attended St. Michael's Catholic School, where he participated in a number of extracurricular activities, including being an altar boy and member of the chorus. When he was eight, Cannavale secured the plum role of the lisping boy, Winthrop, in his school's production of The Music Man, and later as a gangster in Guys and Dolls, which cemented his love for performing. Cannavale's parents divorced when he was 13 and his mother moved the family to Puerto Rico. After two years in Latin America, they settled in Margate. Cannavale returned to New Jersey after barely eking out a high school diploma in the late 1980s, in order to be closer to New York to launch his acting career.
Cannavale began his acting career in the theater – with no acting training – and gained early film roles in Night Falls on Manhattan (1997) and The Bone Collector (1999), Cannavale became well-known when he starred as Bobby Caffey for two seasons on Third Watch. Following this, in 2001, he starred with Alan Arkin in 100 Centre Street – which was written and directed by Sidney Lumet, his then-father-in-law.
In 2002, he joined the cast of Ally McBeal for the last five episodes but the show was then cancelled. Following this, he starred with Yancey Arias and Sheryl Lee in the miniseries Kingpin. In 2003, Cannavale briefly appeared on the last two episodes of Oz. From 2004 to 2006, he had a recurring guest role on Will & Grace as Vince D'Angelo, the boyfriend (and eventual husband) of Will Truman (Eric McCormack). For this role, he won an Emmy Award as "Outstanding Guest Star in a Comedy Series" in 2005. He has also appeared in the films Snakes on a Plane, The Guru (2002), Shall We Dance? (2004) and Romance & Cigarettes (2005), and guest starred in Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, Oz, Law & Order – and its spin-off series Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He appeared in The Take (2007) alongside John Leguizamo and Tyrese Gibson, as Agent Steve Perelli. Cannavale serves as the voice of Corado R. Ciarlo known as "Babe," in the Ken Burns' PBS film series The War (the story of World War II) from the perspective of the men who fought in combat and their loved ones at home.
On August 25, 2008, ABC ordered his pilot Cupid, a remake of the 1998 program which had starred Jeremy Piven and Paula Marshall, to series. In the new version of the series, Cannavale starred opposite Sarah Paulson with script development overseen by original series creator Rob Thomas. ABC debuted Cupid on March 31, 2009, but it was canceled on May 19, 2009.
Cannavale was also in the film Win Win in 2011, as Terry Delfino. He later starred in the Broadway play The Motherfucker With the Hat alongside Chris Rock and Annabella Sciorra. On May 3, 2011 (his 41st birthday), he was nominated for a Tony Award for his leading role in that production.
In 2012, he starred in the fourth season of Showtime's Nurse Jackie, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, as well as joining the cast of HBO's Boardwalk Empire, portraying ruthless, prohibition-era gangster Gyp Rosetti in Season 3. That same year he also played Lewis, a vengeful clown, in "Send Out the Clowns ", the March 14, 2012 episode of the sitcom Modern Family. TV Guide, in its "Cheers & Jeers 2012" issue, praised Cannavale for this "trifecta of great performances", commenting, "This guy is so good at playing bad, it's scary."
Personal life 
He was married to Jenny Lumet – Sidney Lumet's daughter and Lena Horne's granddaughter – from 1994 to 2003. The two have one son, actor Jake; Bobby and Jake were cast as father and son in season four of Nurse Jackie. He was romantically linked with actress Annabella Sciorra from 2004–2007 and in 2007 with Mauritius co-star Alison Pill. Cannavale and Broadway actress Sutton Foster announced their breakup in April 2012.
- I'm Not Rappaport (1996)
- Night Falls on Manhattan (1997)
- When Trumpets Fade (1998) (TV)
- Third Watch (1999) (TV series)
- The Bone Collector (1999)
- Gloria (1999)
- Sex and the City (2000) (TV series)
- 3 A.M. (2001)
- 100 Centre Street (2001) (TV series)
- The Devil and Daniel Webster (2001)
- The Guru (2002)
- Washington Heights (2002) Angel
- Ally McBeal (2002) Wilson Jade
- Kingpin (2003) (mini series)
- The Station Agent (2003)
- The Breakup Artist (2004)
- Oz (2003) (TV Series, Season 6, 2 episodes)
- Shall We Dance (2004)
- Haven (2004)
- Six Feet Under (2004)
- Fresh Cut Grass (2004)
- Will & Grace (2004) (TV series)
- Recipe for a Perfect Christmas (2005)
- Romance & Cigarettes (2005)
- The Exonerated (2005) (TV)
- Happy Endings (2005)
- Fast Food Nation (2006)
- Snakes on a Plane (2006)
- The Night Listener (2006)
- 10 Items or Less (2006)
- Dedication (2007)
- The Ten (2007)
- 100 Feet (2008)
- The Promotion (2008)
- The Take (2008)
- Diminished Capacity (2008)
- Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2008)
- Paul Blart Mall Cop (2009)
- Cupid (2009) (TV series)
- Cold Case (2008–2009)
- The Other Guys (2010)
- Louie (2010) (TV series)
- Blue Bloods (2010)
- Tower Heist (2011)
- Win Win (2011)
- Modern Family (2012) (TV series)
- Nurse Jackie (2012) (TV series)
- Boardwalk Empire (2012) (TV series)
- Movie 43 (2013)
- Parker (2013)
- Lovelace (2013)
- Blue Jasmine (2013)
- 2011: Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play for The Motherfucker With the Hat
- 2004: Chlotrudis Award for Best Cast for The Station Agent
- 2004: Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Station Agent
- 2005: Primetime Emmy Award: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for Will and Grace
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