Nicholas Turturro

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Nicholas Turturro
Born Nicholas Turturro, Jr.
(1962-01-29) January 29, 1962 (age 53)
New York, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present

Nicholas Turturro, Jr. (born January 29, 1962) is an American film, television and prolific on-stage character actor, perhaps best known for his role as James Martinez on NYPD Blue from 1993 to 2000.

Early life[edit]

Turturro was born in Brooklyn, New York. His mother, Katherine, was an amateur jazz singer who worked in a Navy yard during World War II, and was of Sicilian descent, and his father, Nicholas Turturro, Sr., was a carpenter and shoemaker who emigrated from Giovinazzo, Italy at the age of six and fought as a Navy serviceman on D-Day.[1][2][3] His brother, John Turturro, is also an actor. Their cousin, Aida Turturro, played Janice Soprano in The Sopranos.


He garnered an Emmy nomination for playing Officer/Det./Sgt. James Martinez on the TV program NYPD Blue and was on the show for its first seven seasons. He also was a guest ring announcer at Wrestlemania XI for the main event of Shawn Michaels vs. Diesel. His list of credits include portraying Al Capone in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and playing the role of "Brucie" in The Longest Yard and "Renaldo" in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. In July 2009, Turturro began co-starring in the comedy web series Dusty Peacock on Crackle.[4]



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