Nicholas Turturro

Nicholas Turturro Jr. (born January 29, 1962)[1][2] is an American actor, known for his roles in New York City based films and on the television series Blue Bloods and NYPD Blue. He has collaborated with director Spike Lee since the late 1980s, starting with voice work for Do the Right Thing, and playing a supporting role in BlacKkKlansman. 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 61)
Years active1989–present
Jami Biunno
(m. 1984; div. 1995)

Lissa Espinosa
(m. 1996)

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.[3] His father, Nicholas Turturro Sr., was a carpenter and shoemaker who emigrated from Giovinazzo, Apulia, Italy, at the age of six and later fought as a US Navy serviceman on D-Day.[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 received an Emmy Award nomination for playing James Martinez on the television series NYPD Blue and was on the series for its first seven seasons. He 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] He played Sgt. Anthony Renzulli on Blue Bloods from 2010 to 2016.

Turturro is an avid New York Yankees fan and is known for his passionate videos on social media supporting the team.



Year Title Role Notes
1989 Do the Right Thing Policeman
1990 Mo' Better Blues Josh Flatbush
1991 Men of Respect Bingo
Jungle Fever Vinny
Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace Danny D'Arcangelo TV Movie
1992 Mac Tony Gloves
Malcolm X Boston Cop
1994 Men Lie -
Federal Hill Ralph
Cosmic Slop Father Carlos TV Movie
The Search for One-eye Jimmy Junior
1995 Falling from the Sky: Flight 174 Al Williams TV Movie
In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice Mike Garret TV Movie
1997 Shadow Conspiracy Grasso
Excess Baggage Stick
1998 Witness to the Mob Sammy "The Bull" Gravano TV Movie
Mercenary II: Thick & Thin Major Ray Domino TV Movie
2000 Hellraiser: Inferno Det. Tony Nenonen Video
2001 Recess: School's Out Cop #1 (voice)
The Shipment Eddie Colucci
2002 Monday Night Mayhem Chet Forte TV Movie
Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie Joe Jr. TV Movie
The Biz Anthony
2003 Purgatory Flats Johnny Ramos
2004 The Hollow Sheriff Duncan TV Movie
The Hillside Strangler Angelo Buono
2005 The Longest Yard Brucie
Three Wise Guys Vincent TV Movie
2006 World Trade Center Officer Colovito
Trapped! Travis TV Movie
2007 McBride: Semper Fi Officer Pierce TV Movie
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Renaldo Pinera
2008 First Sunday Officer D'Agostino
Remembering Phil Phil Winters
Phantom Punch Caesar Novak
2009 Street Boss Jimmy Calone
The Deported Gianni de Carlo
2010 Shoot the Hero! Grant
Takers Franco Dalia
2011 Fancypants Randy
Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star Antonio
Zookeeper Manny
2012 Nick the Doorman Nick TV Movie
TalhotBlond Detective Moretti TV Movie
Super Cyclone Travis Verdon Video
Here Comes the Boom Referee
2015 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Nick Panero
Subterranea Remy
2017 Justice League Dark Boston Brand / Deadman (voice)
The Eyes Charlie
A Chance in the World Mike Silvia
2018 Honor Up Detective Kean
BlacKkKlansman Walker
2019 Las Vegas Vietnam: The Movie The Governor
Dear Frank Father Quinn
2020 Angels Fallen Newton
Shooting Heroin Reverend John
Escape: Puzzle of Fear Keith
2021 The Penthouse Detective Martinez
Overrun Doc
Pups Alone Benny


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Another World Bartender Episode: "Episode #1.6982"
1992 Law & Order Poletti Episode: "Blood Is Thicker..."
1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Big Al Brown Episode: "Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues"
L.A. Law Anthony Episode: "Book of Renovation, Chapter 1"
1993–2000 NYPD Blue Detective James Martinez Main Cast: Season 1-7
1997 The Drew Carey Show Detective James Martinez Episode: "New York and Queens"
1998 Hercules Meleager (voice) 2 Episodes
2001 The District Officer Robert Turner Episode: "Thursday"
2002 Touched by an Angel Rolando Episode: "The Word"
The Twilight Zone Speed Episode: "Chosen"
2003 Tremors Frank Recurring Cast
2003–04 Third Watch Aloysius "Allie" Nardo Recurring Cast: Season 5
2005 Sex, Love & Secrets Detective Episode: "Protection"
2006 Celebrity Fit Club Himself Cast Member: Season 4
2007 The King of Queens Vince Dinelli Episode: "Single Spaced"
2008 Just Jordan Big G Episode: "Boogie Toasties"
Days of Our Lives Officer Darrell Episode: "Episode #1.10941 & #1.10943"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Goya Episode: "Let It Bleed"
2009 Burn Notice Tommy D'Antonio Episode: "Fearless Leader"
2010-16 Blue Bloods Sergeant Anthony Renzulli Recurring; Seasons 1-3, guest; Seasons 4-6
2011 The Protector Episode: "Beef"
2012 White Collar Delancy Episode: "Compromising Positions"
2014 Hit the Floor Episode: "Winner Takes All"
2016 The Crossroads of History Francesco del Giocondo Episode: "Mona Lisa"
The Night Of Detective Episode: "Subtle Beast"
2017 Doubt Art Camston Episode: "I'm In If You Are"
Kevin Can Wait Vinnie Episode: "Kevin Goes Nuts"
2018 The Family Business Councilman Ronald Sims 2 Episodes
I Feel Bad Kevin 2 Episodes
The Neighborhood Ray Scas Episode: "The Mezuzah"
2019 The Name of the Rose Pedro Lopez de Luna Supporting Cast
2019-2020 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Frank Bucci Guest: Season 20, Recurring Cast: Season 21
2020 Gravesend Ray Scars 2 Episodes


  1. ^ "Nick Turturro - Biography". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved June 29, 2022.
  2. ^ Martone, Eric (2016). Italian Americans: The History and Culture of a People. p. 431.
  3. ^ Stated on Finding Your Roots, October 31, 2017
  4. ^ "John Turturro Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved Apr 2, 2021.
  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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