Robert Cannavale (//; Italian: [kannaˈvaːle]; born May 3, 1970) is an American actor known for his leading role as Bobby Caffey in the first two seasons of the crime drama series Third Watch. Cannavale also had a recurring role on the NBC comedy series Will & Grace as Will Truman's long-term boyfriend Officer Vincent "Vince" D'Angelo, for which he won the 2005 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, and portrayed Gyp Rosetti during the third season of the HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire, for which he won the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. In 2016, he starred in the HBO drama series Vinyl, produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger.
Cannavale in 2009
May 3, 1970
Union City, New Jersey, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Jenny Lumet (m. 1994; div. 2003)|
|Partner(s)||Rose Byrne (2012–present)|
|Children||2, including Jake Cannavale|
For his roles in Mauritius and The Motherfucker with the Hat, he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play and the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, respectively. Cannavale has appeared in The Station Agent (2003), Shall We Dance? (2004), Snakes on a Plane (2006), The Other Guys (2010), Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine (2013), Chef (2014), the remake of Annie (2014), Paul Feig's Spy (2015), and Marvel Studios' Ant-Man (2015).
Cannavale was born and raised in Union City, New Jersey, the son of Isabel and 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 eight, 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. Cannavale returned to New Jersey after barely eking out a high school diploma in the late 1980s from Coconut Creek High School, in order to be closer to New York, to launch his acting career.
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). 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 Snakes on a Plane, The Guru (2002), Shall We Dance? (2004) and Romance & Cigarettes (2005), 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) alongside John Leguizamo and Tyrese Gibson, as Agent Steve Perelli.
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 it was cancelled 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 also in the film Win Win in 2011, as Terry Delfino. 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.
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||I'm Not Rappaport||Parking Lot Customer|
|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||Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
|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||Special Agent 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||Dr. 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||Nominated – ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actor|
|2013||Movie 43||Superman||Segment: "Super Hero Speed Dating"|
|2013||Blue Jasmine||Chili||Nominated – Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role|
|2015||Danny Collins||Tom Donnelly|
|2015||Spy||Sergio De Luca|
|2015||Daddy's Home||Dr. Emilio Francisco|
|2016||The Fundamentals of Caring||Cash|
|2017||The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature||Frankie (voice)||In post-production|
|2017||Ferdinand||Valiente (voice)||In post-production|
|2017||Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle||In post-production|
|2017||Going Places||Petey||In post-production|
|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"|
|2001–02||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|
|2004–06||Will & Grace||Vince D'Angelo||15 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2005)
|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|
|2007||The War (2007 TV series)||Corado R. "Babe" Ciarlo||2 episodes|
|2007||The Knights of Prosperity||Enrico Cortez||2 episodes|
|2007||Law & Order||J.P. Lange||Episode: "Murder Book"|
|2008–09||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||2 episodes|
|2010–11||Blue Bloods||Charles Rosselini||3 episodes|
|2012||Modern Family||Lewis||Episode: "Send Out the Clowns"
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series (2012)
|2012||Boardwalk Empire||Gyp Rosetti||12 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2013)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2012)
|2012–13||Nurse Jackie||Dr. Mike Cruz||12 episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2012–13)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2013)
|2014||Robot Chicken||Bone Age Warrior (voice)||Episode: "Super Guitario Center"|
|2016||Vinyl||Richie Finestra||10 episodes|
|2017||Master of None||Chef Jeff||4 episodes|
|1998||The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told||Steve||Williamstown Theatre Festival|
|2003||Fucking A||The Mayor||Public Theatre|
Nominated – Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play
|2010||Trust||Morton||Second Stage Theatre|
|2011||The Motherfucker with the Hat||Jackie||Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
Nominated – Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play
Nominated – Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance
Nominated – Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
|2012||Glengarry Glen Ross||Richard Roma||Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre|
|2013||The Big Knife||Charlie Castle||Roundabout Theatre|
|2017||The Hairy Ape||Robert "Yank" Smith||Park Avenue Armory|
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"We had little Rocco last Monday, 10 days [ago] ... Rocco Robin. So, Rose's dad's name is Robin, and Rocco, I just always liked the name….
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