Cannavale in 2009
May 3, 1970
Union City, New Jersey, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Jenny Lumet (m. 1994–2003)|
Robert "Bobby" Cannavale (//; 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. Cannavale also had a recurring role on the NBC comedy series Will & Grace as Officer Vincent "Vince" D'Angelo, Will Truman's long-term boyfriend, and portrayed Gyp Rosetti during the third season of the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2013.
Cannavale was born and raised in Union City, New Jersey, the son of Isabel and Sal Cannavale. His father is of Italian descent, while his mother is Cuban and moved to the U.S. in 1960. 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 played 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 the American territory, they settled in Margate, Florida. Cannavale returned to New Jersey after barely eking out a high school diploma in the late 1980s from Coconut Creek High School, 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 the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor 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 cancelled 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 and 2013, he guest starred in the fourth and fifth season of Showtime's Nurse Jackie, for which he was nominated twice again for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2012 and 2013, as well as joining the cast of HBO's Boardwalk Empire, portraying the psychopathic Sicilian gangster Gyp Rosetti in the third season. His performance on Boardwalk Empire won critical acclaim, earning him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2013. That same year he also played Lewis, a vengeful clown on Modern Family during the third season, for which he was nominated for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series at the 2nd Critics' Choice Television Awards in 2012. 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."
He was married to actress/screenwriter Jenny Lumet – director Sidney Lumet's daughter and performer Lena Horne's granddaughter – from 1994 to 2003. The couple has one son, actor Jake Cannavale (born May 1, 1995); Bobby and Jake were cast as father and son in season four of Nurse Jackie. Since fall 2012, Cannavale has been dating actress Rose Byrne.
|1996||I'm Not Rappaport||Parking Lot Customer|
|1996||Night Falls on Manhattan||Vigoda Assistant #1|
|1998||When Trumpets Fade||Capt. Thomas Zenek||Television film|
|1999||The Bone Collector||Steve|
|2003||Shortcut to Happiness||Cop|
|2003||The Station Agent||Joe Oramas||Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
|2004||Fresh Cut Grass||Billy Pecchio|
|2004||Shall We Dance?||Chic|
|2004||The Breakup Artist||Neighbor|
|2005||Happy Endings||Javier Duran|
|2005||Romance & Cigarettes||Chetty Jr. / 'Fryburg'|
|2005||The Exonerated||Jesse||Television film|
|2005||Recipe for a Perfect Christmas||Alex Stermadapolous||Television film|
|2006||The Night Listener||Jess|
|2006||Fast Food Nation||Mike|
|2006||Snakes on a Plane||Special Agent Hank Harris|
|2006||10 Items or Less||Bobby|
|2007||The Ten||Marty McBride|
|2008||The Take||Agent Steve Perelli|
|2008||Diminished Capacity||Lee Vivyan|
|2008||The Promotion||Dr. Timms|
|2009||Paul Blart: Mall Cop||Commander James Kent|
|2009||The Merry Gentleman||Michael|
|2009||Brief Interviews with Hideous Men||Subject #40|
|2009||Louis C.K.'s Last Chance||Porn Producer||Short|
|2010||The Other Guys||Jimmy|
|2011||Win Win||Terry Delfino||Nominated—ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actor|
|2013||Movie 43||Superman||Segment: "Super Hero Speed Dating"|
|2013||Blue Jasmine||Chili||Nominated—Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|2015||Danny Collins||Tom Donnelly|
|2015||Spy||Sergio De Luca|
|1999–2001||Third Watch||Roberto Caffey||38 episodes|
|2000||Sex and the City||Adam Ball||Episode: "Easy Come, Easy Go"|
|2001–2002||100 Centre Street||Jeremiah "J. J." Jellinek||5 episodes|
|2002||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Kyle Novacek||Episode: "Monogamy"|
|2002||Ally McBeal||Wilson Jade||5 episodes|
|2002, 2007||Law & Order||Randy Porter / J.P. Lange||2 episodes|
|2003||Kingpin||Chato Cadena||6 episodes|
|2003||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Julian Bello||Episode: "The Gift"|
|2003||Oz||Alonzo Torquemada||2 episodes|
|2004||Six Feet Under||Javier||3 episodes|
|2004–2006||Will & Grace||Vince D'Angelo||15 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2005)
|2005||N.Y.-70||Det. Niko Corso||Pilot|
|2006||Untitled Paul Reiser Project||Danny||Pilot|
|2007||The Knights of Prosperity||Enrico Cortez||2 episodes|
|2007||Lipstick Jungle||Chris 'Parks' Parker||Episode: "Chapter Seven: Carpe Threesome"|
|2008–2009||Cold Case||Eddie Saccardo||7 episodes|
|2008||Lipstick Jungle||Chris 'Parks' Parker||Episode: "Chapter Seven: Carpe Threesome"|
|2009||Cupid||Trevor Pierce||7 episodes|
|2010||American Dad!||Detective Chaz Miglachio (voice)||Episode: "Cops & Roger"|
|2010||Marry Me||Adam||2 episodes|
|2010–2011||Blue Bloods||Charles Rosselini||3 episodes|
|2012||Modern Family||Lewis||Episode: "Send Out the Clowns"
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
|2012||Boardwalk Empire||Gyp Rosetti||12 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
|2012–2013||Nurse Jackie||Dr. Mike Cruz||12 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2012–2013)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2013)
|2014||Robot Chicken||Bone Age Warrior (voice)||Episode: "Super Guitario Center"|
|1998||The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told||Steve||Williamstown Theatre Festival|
|2003||Fucking A||The Mayor||Public Theatre|
Nominated—Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play
|2010||Trust||Morton||Second Stage Theatre|
|2011||The Motherfucker with the Hat||Jackie||Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play
Nominated—Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance
Nominated—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
|2012||Glengarry Glen Ross||Richard Roma||Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre|
|2013||The Big Knife||Charlie Castle||Roundabout Theatre|
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