Carmine Giovinazzo, 2005
|Born||Carmine Dominick Giovinazzo
August 24, 1973
Port Richmond, Staten Island, New York
|Spouse(s)||Vanessa Marcil (2010–2013; divorced)|
Giovinazzo was born and raised in Staten Island, New York, the son of Nancy and Dominick Giovinazzo. He comes from a family of policemen and has Italian, English, Native American, and Norwegian ancestry. Growing up on Staten Island, Giovinazzo was an avid athlete. He graduated from Port Richmond High School in 1991 and attended Wagner College on a baseball scholarship. He had hoped to become a professional baseball player, but a serious back injury dashed his career plans, so, with the support of his family, he turned to acting. He studied acting at Wagner College and HB Studios, and spent 4 years working mostly non-paying roles around the NYC area "making his bones."
In 1997, Giovinazzo moved to Los Angeles, California, Not long after, he successfully landed his first Hollywood role in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer pilot, in which his character was the show's first on-screen victim. Afterwards, he appeared in numerous guest-starring roles on television and in film, including Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, For Love of the Game, The Big Brass Ring, and Black Hawk Down. He was also cast as one of the stars of the short-lived UPN sitcom Shasta McNasty. Other films in which he had starring roles include In Enemy Hands with William H. Macy, and Players with Freddy Rodriguez and Peter Dobson. He played Tony Galper, the victim in "Columbo Likes the Nightlife", the final episode of the TV series Columbo.
Giovinazzo was cast as forensic scientist Danny Messer on the hit TV series CSI: NY. Giovinazzo is the first actor to appear in all three CSI series; his CSI: NY character was introduced in the CSI: Miami episode "MIA/NYC NonStop" (along with the other cast members of CSI: NY) and he guest-starred in the third season of the original Las Vegas-based CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as a street racer named Thumpy G in the episode "Revenge is Best Served Cold", though it is never specified that this guest spot was in any way related to his character on CSI: NY. Giovinazzo penned the sixth season vampire-themed episode "Sanguine Love", joining series leads Melina Kanakaredes and Gary Sinise, who have also written episodes for the series.
Giovinazzo plays the guitar, writes songs and poems. He is also a painter, mostly in oils, and one of his paintings appeared in the "Tri-Borough" episode of CSI: NY. He is currently a lead vocalist in his band "Ceesau". They released one album in 2008, Era of the Exposed, with five songs. The song "Tear To Spare" from his album was played in the CSI: NY sixth season episode "Sanguine Love," which was also written by Giovinazzo.
|1996||No Way Home||Frankie Hamm||Film|
|1997||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Christopher Boal||Episode 1.01 "Welcome to the Hellmouth"|
|1997||Pacific Blue||Cody Fisher||Episode 3.08 "Matters of the Heart"|
|1998||Fallen Arches||Frankie Romano||Film|
|1998||Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss||Gundy||Film|
|1999||The Big Brass Ring||Young Billy||Film|
|1999||Providence||Kit||Episode 1.17 "Heaven Can Wait"|
|1999||For Love of the Game||Ken Strout||Film|
|1999||Shasta McNasty||Scott||All 22 episodes|
|2000||Terror Tract||Frank Sarno||Film ("Nightmare" segment)|
|2001||The Learning Curve||Paul Cleveland||Film|
|2001||Black Hawk Down||Goodale||Film|
|2002||Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie||T-Bone||TV movie|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Thumpy G||Episode 3.01 "Revenge is Best Served Cold"|
|2003||Columbo||Tony Galper||Episode 13.05 "Columbo Likes the Nightlife"|
|2004||In Enemy Hands||Buck Cooper||Film|
|2004||CSI: Miami||Danny Messer||Episode 2.23 "MIA/NYC NonStop"|
|2004–2013||CSI: NY||Danny Messer||All 197 episodes|
|2008||This Is Not a Test||Trey||Film|
|2014||Graceland||Sid Markham||2nd season recurring role|
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- "Biography for Carmine Giovinazzo". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
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- Huntley, Kristine (January 7, 2005). "CSI: New York – 'Tri-Borough' review". CSI Files. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
- "Ceesau". ReverbNation. Retrieved July 28, 2011.
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- "Rick Giovinazzo Biography". Film Reference. Retrieved June 2, 2008.
- Carmine Giovinazzo at the Internet Movie Database
- Carmine Giovinazzo – CSI: NY Cast at CBS
- Carmine Giovinazzo at the CSI: NY Fan Wiki
- Ceesau official website