Danny Pino

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Danny Pino
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Pino at the 2018 Comic Con
Daniel Gonzalo Pino

(1974-04-15) April 15, 1974 (age 45)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
EducationFlorida International University (BA)
New York University (MFA)
Years active2001–present
Lilly Pino (m. 2002)

Daniel Gonzalo Pino (born April 15, 1974) is an American actor who starred as Detective Scotty Valens on 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 Up for Grabs with Madonna. In May 2003, Pino played Desi Arnaz in a CBS special on the life of Lucille Ball, Lucy. He is currently playing drug cartel leader Miguel Galindo on Mayans M.C. (a Sons of Anarchy spinoff) airing on FX, and FBI agent John Bishop in procedural crime drama Gone.

Early years and education[edit]

Named after his grandfather, Pedro Gonzalo de Armas, Pino was born in Miami, Florida, to Cuban parents [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 the Mexican drug lord and serial rapist Armadillo Quintero on FX's The Shield. He has also appeared in the films The Lost City (2005) and Flicka (2006), which featured Tim McGraw, and 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 13th season, along with Chase actress Kelli Giddish, coinciding with Christopher Meloni's departure.[3] On SVU, Pino portrayed NYPD Detective Nick Amaro, a detective transferring from the narcotics squad to the Special Victims Unit.

Pino wrote 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 Democratic Senator Luke Healy in BrainDead.[5]

In 2017, he joined the cast of the procedural crime drama series Gone, as FBI agent John Bishop, alongside Chris Noth and Leven Rambin.[5] He currently co-stars in FX's Sons of Anarchy spinoff series Mayans M.C., as cartel leader Miguel Galindo.

Personal life[edit]

Pino at the 2014 Imagen Awards with his wife Lilly

Pino was molested at the age of 14; he opened up about it in an interview and claims it had an impact on his role in Law & Order SVU. Pino is fluent in Spanish as evidenced by TV shows such as Cold Case and Mayans MC, and interviews he has done.

Pino and his wife, Lilly, married in 2002. They have two sons, Luca Daniel, born on February 15, 2006, and Julian Franco, born on June 5, 2007.[6]


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 Series regular
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 role
2014–2015 Chicago P.D. Detective Nick Amaro 2 episodes
2016 BrainDead Luke Healy Main Role
2016 Scandal Alejandro Vargas Recurring role
2017–present Gone John Bishop Main role
2018–present Mayans M.C. Miguel Galindo Main role
2019 One Day at a Time Tito Netflix, Guest star, 2 episodes
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
2018 Mayans M.C. Miguel Galindo Video short

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[7]
2015 Imagen Award Best Supporting Actor-Television Won Law & Order: Special Victims Unit[8]


  1. ^ Terrero, Nina, "What am I? Danny Pino says being Cuban means family comes first", nbclatino.com, May 14, 2013.
  2. ^ "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ The Drop
  5. ^ a b Petski, Denise (February 22, 2017). "Danny Pino To Star In 'Gone' Series For NBCU Int'l Studios, RTL & TF1". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  6. ^ "Cold Case's Danny Pino, Wife Have a Son". People.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2012-07-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Berbeo, Jenna (August 23, 2015). "Imagen Awards 30th Anniversary: 'Jane the Virgin' Takes Top Television Comedy, Acting Awards". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved September 17, 2015.

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