Nicholas Turturro

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Nicholas Turturro
Born Nicholas Turturro, Jr.
(1962-01-29) January 29, 1962 (age 56)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1989–present
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]

Nicholas Turturro, (born January 29, 1962) is an American actor, known for his role as Detective James Martinez on the television series NYPD Blue. Nicholas is the younger brother of John Turturro and the cousin of Aida Turturro.

Early life[edit]

Turturro was born in Brooklyn, New York. His mother, Katherine Florence (Incerella), was an amateur jazz singer, who worked in a Navy yard during World War II, and was born in the U.S., to Italian parents, with roots in Sicily.[2] His father, Nicholas Turturro, Sr., was a carpenter and shoemaker who emigrated from Giovinazzo, Italy at the age of six and fought as a Navy serviceman on D-Day.[3][4][5] In 1983, Turturro, then a struggling actor, was employed as a doorman for the apartment building where Billy Joel resided at the time. Turturro would rank all the women Joel brought home by holding up his fingers; Joel's soon-to-be wife, Christie Brinkley, was the only one to get ten fingers twice.[6]


He garnered an Emmy Award nomination for playing Officer/Det./Sgt. James Martinez on the television series NYPD Blue and was on the series for its first seven seasons. He also was a guest ring announcer at Wrestlemania XI for the main event of Shawn Michaels vs. Diesel. His list of credits include portraying Al Capone on The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and playing the role of Brucie in The Longest Yard and Renaldo in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. In July 2009, Turturro began co-starring in the comedy web series Dusty Peacock on Crackle.[7]



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