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

Nicholas Turturro
Nicholas Turturro, Jr.

(1962-01-29) January 29, 1962 (age 57)
Years active1989–present
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]


Early lifeEdit

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 Manhattan 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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  2. ^ Stated on Finding Your Roots, October 31, 2017
  3. ^ John Turturro Biography - Yahoo! Movies
  4. ^ Nicholas Turturro Biography (1962-)
  5. ^ "Actor and director John Turturro's Dirty Dozen: 12 movie favorites that have a special place in his heart. - Review - movie review". Film Comment. 2001. Archived from the original on 2007-10-16. Retrieved 2007-07-21.
  6. ^ Callahan, Maureen (October 26, 2014). "How Billy Joel's three wives stole his heart and his money". Page Six. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  7. ^ " to Premiere New Comedy Web Series 'Dusty Peacock' on Monday, July 13th". 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2009-08-24.

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