Danny Pino

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Danny Pino
Danny Pino filming SVU July 2011 cropped.jpg
Pino in July 2011
Born Daniel Gonzalo Pino
(1974-04-15) April 15, 1974 (age 40)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001-present
Spouse(s) Lily (2002-present)
Children 2 Julian and Luca

Daniel Gonzalo "Danny" Pino (born April 15, 1974) is an American actor currently starring as Detective Nick Amaro in the long-running NBC legal drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. In 2002, he appeared in London's West End in the theatre play called Up for Grabs with Madonna. In May 2003, Pino played Desi Arnaz in a CBS special on the life of Lucille Ball, Lucy.

Named after his grandfather, Pedro Gonzalo de Armas, Pino was born in Miami, Florida. He graduated from Miami Coral Park High School in 1992 and from Florida International University in 1996 where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He also attended New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in 2000.[1]


Pino is known for his critically acclaimed performance as Mexican druglord and serial rapist, Armadillo Quintero, on FX's The Shield. He has also appeared in The Lost City and Flicka which featured Tim McGraw. Pino also starred in the hit CBS series Cold Case as Detective Scotty Valens. In 2011, Pino joined the cast of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for its thirteenth season along with Chase actress Kelli Giddish coinciding with the departing Christopher Meloni.[2] Pino's role on SVU is NYPD Detective Nick Amaro, a detective transferring from the narcotics squad to the special victims unit.

Pino and Mariska Hargitay filming SVU

Pino has also written two episodes of Cold Case: "Stealing Home" and "Metamorphosis". Starting in 2005, he has been in six CBS Cares public service announcements, with other stars of CBS original programs. He has made single appearances on The Sharon Osbourne Show in 2004, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in 2005, The Drop in 2005,[3] Entertainment Tonight in 2008, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Pino and wife Lilly at the 2014 Imagen Awards

Born in Miami, attended Rockway middle school 6th-8th grade . Pino is of Cuban descent.[4] Pino and his wife, Lilly, whom he married in 2002, have two sons, Luca Daniel born on February 15, 2006, and Julian Franco born on June 5, 2007.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2001–2002 Men, Women & Dogs Clay Guest star, 13 episodes
2003 The Shield Armadillo Quintero Guest star, 4 episodes
2003–2010 Cold Case Detective Scotty Valens Main Character
2007 CSI: NY Detective Scotty Valens Cold Case crossover, 1 episode
2010 Burn Notice Adam Scott Guest star, 2 episodes
2011–present Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Nick Amaro Main Character
2014 Chicago P.D. Detective Nick Amaro Episode "They'll Have to Go Through Me"
2002 Point of Origin Burn Victim TV movie
2003 Lucy Desi Arnaz TV movie
2004 NYPD 2069 Eddie Vega TV movie
2005 Between Victor
2005 Rx Carlos
2005 The Lost City Alberto Mora
2006 Flicka Jack
2008 The Burning Plain Santiago
2009 Across the Hall Terry
2010 Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright Gabriel Garza
2011 Metro Douglas Romero TV movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Pino has won one award so far and has been nominated for four, all from his work on Cold Case.

Year Award Category Result Notes
2005 Imagen Award Best Supporting Actor—Television Nominated Cold Case
2006 Imagen Award Best Actor—Television Nominated Cold Case
2008 ALMA Award Outstanding Actor in a Drama Television Series Nominated Cold Case
2009 ALMA Award Outstanding Actor in a Drama Television Series Nominated Cold Case
2010 Imagen Award Best Actor—Television Won Cold Case
2012 ALMA Award Outstanding Actor in a Drama Television Series Nominated Law & Order: Special Victims Unit[6]


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