Roberto Michael Cannavale (//; born May 3, 1970) is an American actor. He is best known for various television roles, including leading roles in Third Watch, Vinyl, and Mr. Robot, as well as recurring roles in Will & Grace, which won him the 2005 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, and Boardwalk Empire, for which he won the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. From 2018 to 2020, Cannavale portrayed Colin Belfast in the Amazon Prime Video psychological thriller series Homecoming (2018–2020). In 2021, he had a role in the Hulu miniseries, Nine Perfect Strangers, based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty.
Roberto Michael Cannavale
May 3, 1970
Union City, New Jersey, U.S.
(m. 1994; div. 2003)
|Partner||Rose Byrne (2012–present)|
|Children||3; including Jake Cannavale|
Cannavale is also known for his roles in theater and film. For his roles in the plays Mauritius and The Motherfucker with the Hat, Cannavale was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play and the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, respectively. In film, he has starred in Tom McCarthy's The Station Agent (2003) and Win Win (2011), Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine (2013), Annie (2014), Paul Feig's Spy (2015), Marvel's Ant-Man (2015), I, Tonya (2017), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), Martin Scorsese's The Irishman (2019), Sing 2 (2021), and Blonde (2022).
Cannavale was born on May 3, 1970. He grew up in Union City, New Jersey, the son of Isabel and Salvatore "Sal" Cannavale. His father is of Italian descent, while his mother is Cuban and moved to the U.S. in 1960. He was raised Catholic and attended St. Michael's Catholic School, where he participated in a number of extracurricular activities, including being an altar boy and member of the chorus. When he was 8, Cannavale secured the plum role of the lisping boy, Winthrop, in his school's production of The Music Man and later played a gangster in Guys and Dolls, which cemented his love for performing. Cannavale's parents divorced when he was 13 and his mother moved the family to Puerto Rico. After two years in the American territory, they settled in Margate, Florida. From 1983 to 1986, Cannavale attended Coconut Creek High School, but during his senior year, he was expelled “for being a cutup.” He then returned to New Jersey to live with his grandmother, in order to be closer to New York to launch his acting career and went to summer school to earn a diploma from Union Hill High School.
Cannavale began his acting career in the theater – with no acting training – and gained early film roles in Night Falls on Manhattan (1997) and The Bone Collector (1999), Cannavale became well known when he starred as Bobby Caffey for two seasons on Third Watch. Following this, in 2001, he starred with Alan Arkin in 100 Centre Street – which was written and directed by Sidney Lumet, his then-father-in-law.
In 2002, he joined the cast of Ally McBeal for the last five episodes, but the show was then cancelled. Following this, he starred with Yancey Arias and Sheryl Lee in the miniseries Kingpin. In 2003, Cannavale briefly appeared on the last two episodes of Oz. He also appeared in the film The Station Agent as a man who befriends a little person removed from society. From 2004 to 2006, he had a recurring guest role on Will & Grace as Vince D'Angelo, the boyfriend (and eventual husband) of Will Truman (Eric McCormack). However, in the reboot, they are revealed not to be married. For this role, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2005. He has also appeared in the films The Guru (2002), Shall We Dance? (2004), Romance & Cigarettes (2005) and Snakes on a Plane, and guest-starred in Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, Oz, Law & Order – and its spin-off series Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He appeared in The Take (2007) as Agent Steve Perelli, alongside John Leguizamo and Tyrese Gibson.
Cannavale serves as the voice of Corado R. Ciarlo, known as "Babe", in the Ken Burns PBS film series The War (the story of World War II) from the perspective of the men who fought in combat and their loved ones at home. He also read the audiobook versions of Richard Price's 2008 novel Lush Life and Ed Falco's 2012 novel The Family Corleone. On August 25, 2008, ABC ordered his pilot Cupid, a remake of the 1998 program which had starred Jeremy Piven and Paula Marshall, to series. In the new version of the series, Cannavale starred opposite Sarah Paulson with script development overseen by original series creator Rob Thomas. ABC debuted Cupid on March 31, 2009, but cancelled the series after less than two months, on May 19, 2009.
In 2008, he received a Tony Award nomination for his role as Dennis in the Broadway play, Mauritius. In 2009, CBS announced Cannavale would reprise his role of Det. Eddie Saccardo on the television show, Cold Case, for three episodes, starting with the third episode of Season 7. Cannavale was in the film The Other Guys (2010), and played the role of Terry Delfino in the film Win Win (2011). He later starred in the Broadway play The Motherfucker with the Hat alongside Chris Rock and Annabella Sciorra. On May 3, 2011 (his 41st birthday), he was nominated for a Tony Award for his leading role in that production.
In 2012 and 2013, he guest-starred in the fourth and fifth season of Showtime's Nurse Jackie, for which he was nominated twice again for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2012 and 2013, as well as joining the cast of HBO's Boardwalk Empire, portraying the psychopathic Sicilian gangster Gyp Rosetti in the third season. His performance on Boardwalk Empire won critical acclaim, earning him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2013. That same year he also played Lewis, a vengeful clown on Modern Family during the third season, for which he was nominated for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series at the 2nd Critics' Choice Television Awards in 2012. TV Guide, in its "Cheers & Jeers 2012" issue, praised Cannavale for this "trifecta of great performances", commenting, "This guy is so good at playing bad, it's scary." He played what Matt Zoller Seitz of RogerEbert.com called a "heroically moving" lead role in Danny Collins in 2015.
Since 2015, Cannavale has been involved with voice-over work for Playing On Air, a non-profit organization that "records short plays [for public radio and podcast] written by top playwrights and performed by outstanding actors." He has starred in three short plays, including Crazy Eights by David Lindsay-Abaire, co-starring Rosie Perez and John Leguizamo; Mere Mortals by David Ives; and 2 Dads by David Auburn.
In 2021, Cannavale played Tony Hogburn in the Nicole Kidman led Hulu miniseries, Nine Perfect Strangers, based on the novel of the same name by Liane Moriarty, of which also featured Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon, Luke Evans, Samara Weaving, and Asher Keddie.
In 2022, Cannavale can be seen portraying Dean Braddock in the 2022 Netflix series, The Watcher.
From 1994 to 2003, Cannavale was married to actress/screenwriter Jenny Lumet – director Sidney Lumet's daughter and performer Lena Horne's granddaughter – with whom he has a son, actor Jake Cannavale. Cannavale and Jake were cast as father and son in season four of Nurse Jackie.
|1996||Night Falls on Manhattan||Vigoda Assistant #1|
|1999||Gloria||Jack Jesus Nunez|
|1999||The Bone Collector||Detective Steve|
|2003||Shortcut to Happiness||Cop|
|2003||The Station Agent||Joe Oramas|
|2004||Fresh Cut Grass||Billy Pecchio|
|2004||Shall We Dance?||Chic|
|2004||The Breakup Artist||Neighbor|
|2005||Happy Endings||Javier Duran|
|2005||Romance & Cigarettes||Chetty Jr. / "Fryburg"|
|2006||The Night Listener||Jess|
|2006||Fast Food Nation||Mike|
|2006||Snakes on a Plane||Henry "Hank" Harris|
|2006||10 Items or Less||Bobby|
|2007||The Ten||Marty McBride|
|2008||The Take||Agent Steve Perelli|
|2008||Diminished Capacity||Lee Vivyan|
|2008||The Promotion||Mark Timms|
|2008||100 Feet||Lou Shanks|
|2009||Paul Blart: Mall Cop||Commander James Kent|
|2009||The Merry Gentleman||Michael Elkhart|
|2009||Brief Interviews with Hideous Men||Subject #40|
|2009||Louis C.K.'s Last Chance||Porn Producer||Short film|
|2010||The Other Guys||Jimmy|
|2011||Win Win||Terry Delfino|
|2013||Movie 43||Superman||Segment: "Super Hero Speed Dating"|
|2015||Danny Collins||Tom Donnelly|
|2015||Spy||Sergio De Luca|
|2015||Daddy's Home||Emilio Francisco|
|2016||The Fundamentals of Caring||Cash||Uncredited|
|2017||Hair||Bobby Cannavale||Short film|
|2017||The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature||Frankie (voice)|
|2017||I, Tonya||Martin Maddox|
|2017||Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle||Professor John Hardin Van Pelt||Credited as Van Pelt[a]|
|2017||Ferdinand||Valiente/Valiente's father (voices)|
|2017||The Photographer||Photographer||Short film|
|2018||Ant-Man and the Wasp||Jim Paxton|
|2019||Motherless Brooklyn||Tony Vermonte|
|2019||The Irishman||Skinny Razor|
|2019||The Jesus Rolls||Petey|
|2019||Martha the Monster||Kevin / Doormat (voice)||Short film|
|2021||Tom & Jerry||Spike (voice)|
|2021||Thunder Force||William "The King" Stevens|
|2021||This Is the Night||Frank Larocca|
|2021||Sing 2||Jimmy Crystal (voice)|
|TBA||Under the Boardwalk||Post-production|
|TBA||Inappropriate Behavior||Max Brandel||Filming; also executive producer|
|Denotes films not yet released|
|1998||When Trumpets Fade||Capt. Thomas Zenek||Television film|
|1999–2001||Third Watch||Roberto Caffey||38 episodes|
|2000||Sex and the City||Adam Ball||Episode: "Easy Come, Easy Go"|
|2001–2002||100 Centre Street||Jeremiah Jellinek||5 episodes|
|2002||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Kyle Novacek||Episode: "Monogamy"|
|2002||Ally McBeal||Wilson Jade||5 episodes|
|2002||Law & Order||Randy Porter||Episode: "Hitman"|
|2003||Kingpin||Chato Cadena||6 episodes|
|2003||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Julian Bello||Episode: "The Gift"|
|2003||Oz||Alonzo Torquemada||2 episodes|
|2004||Six Feet Under||Javier||3 episodes|
|2004–2006, 2018||Will & Grace||Vince D'Angelo||17 episodes|
|2005||N.Y.-70||Det. Niko Corso||Pilot|
|2005||The Exonerated||Jesse Tafero||Television film|
|2005||Recipe for a Perfect Christmas||Alex Stermadapolous||Television film|
|2006–2007||The Days of Pets||Burke Zuko||Recurring cast|
|2007||The War||Corado R. "Babe" Ciarlo (voice)||2 episodes|
|2007||The Knights of Prosperity||Enrico Cortez||2 episodes|
|2007||Law & Order||J.P. Lange||Episode: "Murder Book"|
|2008–2009||Cold Case||Eddie Saccardo||7 episodes|
|2008||Lipstick Jungle||Chris "Parks" Parker||Episode: "Chapter Seven: Carpe Threesome"|
|2009||Cupid||Trevor Pierce||7 episodes|
|2010||American Dad!||Detective Chaz Miglachio (voice)||Episode: "Cops and Roger"|
|2010||Marry Me||Adam||Episode(s): Part 1 & 2|
|2010–2011||Blue Bloods||Charles Rosselini||3 episodes|
|2012||Modern Family||Lewis||Episode: "Send Out the Clowns"|
|2012||Boardwalk Empire||Gyp Rosetti||11 episodes|
|2012–2013||Nurse Jackie||Dr. Mike Cruz||12 episodes|
|2014||Submissions Only||Man with Paper||Episode: "Petit Sweet Ending with N|
|2014||Robot Chicken||Various (voice)||Episode: "Super Guitario Center"|
|2016||Vinyl||Richie Finestra||10 episodes|
|2017||Master of None||Chef Jeff||4 episodes|
|2017||Comrade Detective||Petre Bubescu (voice)||Episode: "Two Films for One Ticket"|
|2017, 2019||Mr. Robot||Irving||9 episodes|
|2018||Angie Tribeca||Angela "A.J." Giles Jr.||10 episodes|
|2018, 2020||BoJack Horseman||Vance Waggoner (voice)||Episodes: "BoJack the Feminist" and "The Horny Unicorn"|
|2018, 2020||Big Mouth||Gavin the Hormone Monster / Nick's Agent (voice)||3 episodes|
|2018–2020||Homecoming||Colin Belfast||11 episodes|
|2019||The Detour||Castro (voice)||Episode: "The Groom"|
|2019||SpongeBob SquarePants||Tony (voice)||Episode: "Shell Games"|
|2020||Mrs. America||Tom Snyder||Episode: "Phyllis & Fred & Brenda & Marc"|
|2021||Nine Perfect Strangers||Tony Hogburn||8 episodes|
|2022||Human Resources||Gavin Reeves (voice)||7 episodes|
|2022||The Last Movie Stars||Elia Kazan (voice)||2 episodes|
|2022||The Watcher||Dean Brannock||7 episodes|
|1998||The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told||Steve||Williamstown Theatre Festival|||
|2003||Fucking A||The Mayor||The Public Theater, Off-Broadway|
|2005||Hurlyburly||Phil||Acorn Theater, Off-Broadway|
|2007||Mauritius||Dennis||Biltmore Theatre, Broadway|||
|2010||Trust||Morton||Second Stage Theater, Off-Broadway|
|2011||The Motherfucker with the Hat||Jackie||Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, Broadway|
|2012||Glengarry Glen Ross||Richard Roma|
|2013||The Big Knife||Charlie Castle||American Airlines Theater, Broadway|
|2016||White Rabbit Red Rabbit||(solo)||Westside Theatre, Off-Broadway|||
|2017||The Hairy Ape||Robert "Yank" Smith||Park Avenue Armory, Off-Broadway|
|2018||The Lifespan of a Fact||John||Studio 54, Broadway|||
|2020||Medea||Lucas||Harvey Theatre, BAM, Brooklyn|||
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2005||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series||Will & Grace: Season 7||Won|||
|2012||Nurse Jackie: Seasons 4-5||Nominated|
|Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Boardwalk Empire: Season 3||Won|
|2008||Best Featured Actor in a Play||Mauritius||Nominated|||
|2011||Best Leading Actor in a Play||The Motherfucker with the Hat||Nominated|
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Rafa [is the new child's name] ... and now I have a 22-month-old and I have a 4-week-old...
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- In Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Van Pelt has a different first name depending on the region in which the film is watched. In the UK version of the film, the character's first name is given as "John Hardin", while in the US version of the film, the character is provided the first name "Russell".