David Caruso

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David Caruso
David Caruso 2008.jpg
Caruso at the 2008 Emmy Awards
David Stephen Caruso

(1956-01-07) January 7, 1956 (age 66)
  • Actor
  • television producer
Years active1975–2012
Known forHoratio Caine on CSI: Miami
John Kelly on NYPD Blue
Cheri Maugans
(m. 1979; div. 1984)

(m. 1984; div. 1987)

Margaret Buckley
(m. 1996; div. 2007)
PartnerLiza Marquez (separated)

David Stephen Caruso[1] (born January 7, 1956)[2] is a retired American actor and producer, best known for his roles as Detective John Kelly on the ABC crime drama NYPD Blue (1993–94) and Lieutenant Horatio Caine on the CBS series CSI: Miami (2002–2012). He appears in the feature films An Officer and a Gentleman, First Blood (both 1982), Twins (1988), Kiss of Death (1995) and Proof of Life (2000).

Early life[edit]

Caruso was born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, New York,[1] the son of Joan, a librarian, and Charles Caruso, a magazine and newspaper editor.[3] He is of Irish and Italian descent.[4] His father left the family when David was two years old, resulting in him to "end up fathering myself". Raised as a Catholic,[5] Caruso attended Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic School in Forest Hills, [6] then Archbishop Molloy High School in nearby Briarwood, graduating in 1974.[7]

Caruso worked as a cinema usher, where he would see up to 80 movies a week.[8] He said that he and his co-workers would act out scenes from some of these movies while they were at the back of the theater. In this job he found his role models in Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson.[8] He said:

"The ethics of certain actors certainly had a power over me. These guys taught me how to be what I consider the real scum of the earth."[8]



Caruso's first movie appearance was in the 1980 film Getting Wasted as Danny. He credits his role as Topper Daniels, "the cadet who nearly drowned", in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) as what got him noticed.[9] Caruso then spent most of the decade in supporting roles in films including First Blood (1982), Blue City (1986), China Girl (1987) and Twins (1988).

On television, Caruso had a recurring role as Tommy Mann, leader of the street gang The Shamrocks, in seven episodes of the NBC police drama series Hill Street Blues (1981–83). He portrayed U.S. Olympian James Brendan Connolly in the 1984 miniseries, The First Olympics: Athens 1896, and also appeared in two episodes of the series Crime Story.

Caruso featured in the music video for the song "Voyage, voyage" by the French singer Desireless, released in 1986.


Caruso had supporting roles as police officers in the crime films King of New York (1990) and Mad Dog and Glory (1993). While filming 1991's Hudson Hawk, he employed method acting, refusing to talk to anyone on set because his character, Kit-Kat, was mute, having had his tongue bitten off.[10]

In 1993, Caruso landed his first major role as Detective John Kelly in the police procedural series NYPD Blue, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. TV Guide named him as one of the six new stars to watch in the 1993–1994 season. He made news by leaving the highly rated show the following year (only four episodes into the second season) after failing to obtain the raise he wanted.[11][12] His decision to leave the series would later be listed in a 2010 issue of TV Guide as #6 on a list of TV's 10 biggest "blunders".[13]

He was unable to establish himself as a leading man in films. His appearances in the 1995 thrillers Kiss of Death and Jade were met with a negative reception from critics, with both films receiving mixed reviews and poor box-office takings, and Caruso was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star for these two roles.

In 1997, Caruso returned to television as a New York City-based federal prosecutor in the short-lived CBS law drama series Michael Hayes, which aired for one season.


Caruso returned to film with a supporting role as Russell Crowe's mercenary associate in Proof of Life (2000). In 2001, he had a lead role in the cult psychological horror film Session 9, directed by Brad Anderson. Dave Kehr, writing in The New York Times, praises his performance, stating that "it is good to see David Caruso back in action, with a little more technique and a little less ego."[14]

David Caruso as Horatio Caine in November 2004

In 2002, Caruso returned to television in his first successful role since NYPD Blue, starring as police Lieutenant Horatio Caine in the CSI spin-off series CSI: Miami. He was the first actor in the franchise to appear as the same character on three of the four CSI programs. He was known for frequently using one-liners at the beginning of each episode. Many of these include him putting on his trademark sunglasses mid-sentence, then walking off-screen just as the main theme starts. On an episode of the Late Show with David Letterman that aired on March 8, 2007, actor and comedian Jim Carrey professed to being a fan of the show and went on to do an impersonation of Caruso, asking for an "intense close-up" from the camera, speaking in a raspy voice and putting on sunglasses. Caruso later said in an interview with CBS that he was impressed with the impersonation.[15]

In 2012, CSI: Miami was cancelled after 10 seasons due to a decline in ratings and the climbing cost of production.[16] Caruso was the only actor to appear in all 232 episodes of the series.

After acting[edit]

After CSI: Miami, Caruso quietly retired from acting and became involved in the art business.[17]

Caruso is founder of DavidCarusoTelevision.tv and LexiconDigital.tv. He is co-owner of Steam on Sunset, a clothing store in South Miami.[18][19]

Personal life[edit]

Caruso has a daughter, Greta,[5] with his second wife, actress Rachel Ticotin. He and former girlfriend Liza Marquez have two children together: a son Marquez and a daughter Paloma.[20] In April 2009, Marquez filed papers against Caruso for fraud, breach of their settlement agreement and emotional distress.[21][22]

In March 2009, a woman was placed in custody in Tyrol, Austria, on charges of stalking Caruso. She had twice failed to appear in court to answer the charges before fleeing to Mexico. Following her deportation from Mexico, Austrian officials took her into custody to await trial on the stalking charges.[23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 1994, Caruso won a Golden Globe Award for his John Kelly role on NYPD Blue for which he was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. In 2001, he was nominated for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Suspense for his role as Dino in the film Proof of Life.



Year Title Role Notes
1980 Getting Wasted Danny
1980 Without Warning Tom
1982 An Officer and a Gentleman 'Topper' Daniels
1982 First Blood Deputy Mitch Rogers
1984 Thief of Hearts Buddy Calamara
1986 Blue City Joey Rayford
1987 China Girl 'Mercury'
1988 Twins Al Greco
1990 King of New York Detective Dennis Gilley
1991 Hudson Hawk 'Kit Kat'
1993 Mad Dog and Glory Mike
1995 Kiss of Death Jimmy Kilmartin Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star
1995 Jade Lieutenant David Corelli Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star
1997 Cold Around the Heart Ned Tash
1998 Body Count Hobbs
2000 Proof of Life Dino Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Suspense
2001 Session 9 Phil
2001 Black Point John Hawkins


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Ryan's Hope Bellboy (uncredited) 1 episode (#378)
1981 Crazy Times Bobby Shea Television movie
1981 Palmerstown, U.S.A. Donnie Muller 2 episodes
1981–1983 Hill Street Blues Shamrock Leader Tommy Mann 7 episodes
1983 CHiPs Charlie Episode: "Hot Date"
1983 T.J. Hooker Jennings Episode: "Requiem for a Cop"
1983 The Paper Chase Bennett Episode: "Commitments"
1983 For Love and Honor Private Rusty Burger Episode: "Pilot"
1984 The First Olympics: Athens 1896 James Connolly Television miniseries
1986–1988 Crime Story Johnny O'Donnell 2 episodes
1987 Into the Homeland Ryder Television movie
1990 H.E.L.P. Frank Sordoni 6 episodes
1990 Parker Kane Joey Torregrossa Television movie
1990 Rainbow Drive Larry Hammond Television movie
1991 Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis Wilkes Television movie
1993 Judgment Day: The John List Story Chief Bob Richland Television movie
1993–1994 NYPD Blue Detective John Kelly Main (Season 1-2) 26 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series
1997 Gold Coast Maguire Television movie
1997–1998 Michael Hayes Michael Hayes 21 episodes
2000 Deadlocked Ned Stark Television movie
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lieutenant Horatio Caine Episode: "Cross Jurisdictions"
2002–2012 CSI: Miami Main (10 Seasons) 232 episodes
2005 CSI: NY Episode: "Manhattan Manhunt"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "David Caruso Biography". TV Guide. Archived from the original on January 14, 2019. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  2. ^ "UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan, 7, 2019". UPI.com. United Press International. January 7, 2019. Archived from the original on September 21, 2019. Retrieved September 21, 2019. actor David Caruso in 1956 (age 63)
  3. ^ "David Caruso Biography". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
  4. ^ Farinordin, Faridul Anwar (28 August 2004). "Caruso's happy with 'CSI'". New Straits Times. Malaysia: Asia Africa Intelligence Wire. Retrieved 2009-10-16 – via AccessMyLibrary.com.
  5. ^ a b Lee, Luaine (11 October 1995). "'Jade' star David Caruso talks changes in his personal life". The Cedartown Standard. Cedartown, Georgia. Knight-Ridder News Service. Retrieved 2009-10-16 – via Google News.
  6. ^ Yaniv, Oren (2005-10-30). "Astro orbits to his Alma mater". Daily News. Retrieved 2010-09-13.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Famous Stanners". molloyhs.org. Archbishop Molloy High School. Archived from the original on 2012-05-30. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
  8. ^ a b c Hochman, David (5 February 1994). "An Officer and a Gentleman". TV Week. pp. 16–17.
  9. ^ Brady, James. "In Step With David Caruso (TV and film actor)" Archived 2009-03-21 at the Wayback Machine, Parade, 6 March 2005. accessed June 2, 2009.
  10. ^ Grant, Richard E. With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E Grant, p.179
  11. ^ "3.4. Why did David Caruso leave the show? (NYPD Blue)", NYPD Blue FAQ, The Ultimate Learn And Resource Center at Stason.org, retrieved 2012-04-04
  12. ^ "David Caruso Will Quit 'NYPD Blue' Cast". Orlando Sentinel. 7 August 1994. Archived from the original on 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  13. ^ Battaglio, Stephen. "The Blunder Years", TV Guide, 1 November 2010, pp. 20–21.
  14. ^ Dave Kehr (10 August 2001). "Film Review; Getting More Than They Bargained For When They Submitted the Low Bid". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  15. ^ Interview with Caruso and cast of CSI: Miami on YouTube
  16. ^ "CSI: Miami: Cancelled by CBS, No Season 11". TV Series Finale. May 13, 2012. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  17. ^ "Summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro with Art Basel & David Caruso (That CSI Miami Guy)". 23 October 2019.
  18. ^ "Prodigal Cop Tries S. Florida". sun-sentinel.com. 2002-05-09. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  19. ^ "Miami Rocks with Designer's Opening". People. 2002-03-08. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  20. ^ "David Caruso Sued by Ex-Girlfriend". TV Guide. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  21. ^ "David Caruso Sued by Ex-Girlfriend". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
  22. ^ "David Caruso's Ex-Girlfriend Sues For Money, House". Huffington Post. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  23. ^ "Alleged David Caruso stalker in custody, Austria says". HeraldNet.com. 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2021-01-19.

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