Danny Pino

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Danny Pino
Danny Pino.jpg
Pino in July 2011
Born Daniel Gonzalo Pino
(1974-04-15) April 15, 1974 (age 42)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Education Miami Coral Park High School
Alma mater Florida International University, Tisch School of Arts
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Lilly Pino (m. 2002)
Children 2

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.[1] 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.[2]


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.[3] 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,[4] Entertainment Tonight in 2008, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2011. In 2016, he played Alex Vargas in Scandal and also played Democrat Senator Luke Healy in BrainDead.

Personal life[edit]

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.[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
2011–2015 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 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 two awards so far and has been nominated for five, all from his work on Cold Case and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

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]
2015 Imagen Award Best Supporting Actor-Television Won Law & Order: Special Victims Unit[7]


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