Pino in July 2011
|Born||Daniel Gonzalo Pino
April 15, 1974
Miami, Florida, U.S.
|Children||2 Julian, Luca|
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 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. He 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.
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 is 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.
Born in Miami, attended Rockway middle school 6th-8th grade. Pino is of Cuban descent. Pino and his wife, Lilly, whom he married in 2002, 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"|
|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
Pino has won one award so far and has been nominated for four, all from his work on Cold Case.
|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|
- "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
- 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.