Pino in July 2011
|Born||Daniel Gonzalo Pino
April 15, 1974
Miami, Florida, U.S.
|Education||Miami Coral Park High School|
|Alma mater||Florida International University, Tisch School of Arts|
|Spouse(s)||Lilly Pino (m. 2002)|
Daniel Gonzalo "Danny" Pino (born April 15, 1974) is an American actor who starred as Detective Scotty Valens in the CBS series Cold Case from 2003 to 2010, and as NYPD Detective Nick Amaro in the long-running NBC legal drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit from 2011 to 2015. 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 and is of Cuban descent. He attended Rockway Middle School and 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. Danny Pino is all about family, which means the world to him. Family became a big role in his life, when his family left their native island to look for better opportunities. Consequently, the only thing they had left was each other. In addition, Danny hopes to pass on the tradition to his children and the message that family should be your number one priority. Furthermore, Danny hopes his children are grateful of their roots and proud of the individuals they will become. 
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. Pino's role on SVU was NYPD Detective Nick Amaro, a detective transferring from the narcotics squad to the Special Victims Unit.
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, Entertainment Tonight in 2008, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2011. In 2016, he played Alex Vargas in Scandal and also played Luke Healy in BrainDead.
Pino has been married to his wife, Lilly, since 2002 and they have two sons, Luca Daniel, born on February 15, 2006, and Julian Franco, born on June 5, 2007.
|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|
|2011–2015||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Detective Nick Amaro||Main Character|
|2014-2015||Chicago P.D.||Detective Nick Amaro||Episodes: "They'll Have to Go Through Me", "The Number of Rats"|
|2016||BrainDead||Luke Healy||Main Character|
|2002||Point of Origin||Burn Victim||TV movie|
|2003||Lucy||Desi Arnaz||TV movie|
|2004||NYPD 2069||Eddie Vega||TV movie|
|2005||The Lost City||Alberto Mora|
|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
|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|
|2015||Imagen Award||Best Supporting Actor-Television||Won||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit|
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- Seidman, Robert. "NBC Signs Kelli Giddish (Chase) and Danny Pino (Cold Case) as New Detectives for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved June 27, 2011.
- The Drop
- "Cold Case's Danny Pino, Wife Have a Son". People.com.
- Berbeo, Jenna (August 23, 2015). "Imagen Awards 30th Anniversary: 'Jane the Virgin' Takes Top Television Comedy, Acting Awards". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved September 17, 2015.