Nicholas Turturro

Nicholas Turturro (born January 29, 1962) 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 59)
Years active1989–present

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.[1] 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.[2][3][4] 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.[5]


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.[6] He played Sgt. Anthony Renzulli on Blue Bloods from 2010 to 2016.[7]

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 Extra Uncredited
1990 Mo' Better Blues Josh Flatbush
1991 Men of Respect Bingo
Jungle Fever Vinny
1992 Mac Tony Gloves
Malcolm X Boston Cop
1997 Mercenary II: Thick & Thin Major Ray Domino
Shadow Conspiracy Grasso
Excess Baggage Stick
2000 Hellraiser: Inferno Det. Tony Nenonen direct-to-DVD film
2001 Recess: School's Out Cop #1 (voice)
The Shipment Eddie Colucci

Television and FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Dead and Alive: The Race for Gus Farace Danny D'Arcangelo TV film
1992 Law & Order Poletti TV series
1993 The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles Al Capone
L.A. Law Anthony TV series
1993–2000 NYPD Blue Detective James Martinez TV series
1994 Cosmic Slop Father Carlos Segment "The First Commandment"
Men Lie
The Search for One-eye Jimmy Junior
Federal Hill Ralph
1995 In the Line of Duty: Hunt for Justice Mike Garret TV film
Falling from the Sky: Flight 174 Al Williams TV film
1997 Mercenary II: Thick & Thin Major Ray Domino
Shadow Conspiracy Grasso
The Drew Carey Show Detective James Martinez
Excess Baggage Stick
1998 Witness to the Mob Sammy "The Bull" Gravano TV film
1999 Mr. Life TV film
2000 Hellraiser: Inferno Det. Tony Nenonen direct-to-DVD film
2001 Recess: School's Out Nick Turturro Cop #1 (voice)
The Shipment Eddie Colucci
The District Officer Robert Turner TV series
2002 The Biz Anthony
Monday Night Mayhem Chet Forte TV film
Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie Joe Jr. (as Nick Turturro) TV film
Touched by an Angel Rolando TV series
The Twilight Zone Speed Episode: "Chosen"
2003 Fear X Harry
Tremors Frank TV series
Purgatory Flats Johnny Ramos
2003–2004 Third Watch Aloysius "Allie" Nardo TV series
2004 The Hillside Strangler Angelo Buono
The Hollow Sheriff Duncan TV film
2005 The Longest Yard Brucie
Three Wise Guys Vincent (as Nick Turturro) TV film
2006 Trapped! Travis TV film
World Trade Center Officer Colovito
2007 McBride: Semper Fi Officer Pierce TV film
The King of Queens Vince Dinelli TV series
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry Renaldo Pinera
2008 First Sunday Officer D'Agostino
Phantom Punch Caesar Novak
Remembering Phil Phil Winters
2009 Street Boss Jimmy Calone
Burn Notice Tommy D'Antonio TV series
2010 Takers Franco Dalia
2010-2016[7] Blue Bloods Sergeant Anthony Renzulli TV series
2011 Zookeeper Manny
Fancypants Randy
2012 Super Cyclone Travis Verdon
Here Comes the Boom Referee
2015 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 Nick Panero
Subterranea Remy
2016 The Eyes Charlie
2017 Justice League Dark Boston Brand / Deadman voice
Kevin Can Wait Vinnie Episode: "Kevin Goes Nuts"
2018 Honor Up Detective Kean
BlacKkKlansman Walker
2019 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Frank Bucci Episodes: "Can't Be Held Accountable" & "Must Be Held Accountable"
2020 Shooting Heroin Reverend John


  1. ^ Stated on Finding Your Roots, October 31, 2017
  2. ^ "John Turturro Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Retrieved Apr 2, 2021.
  3. ^ "Nicholas Turturro Biography (1962-)". Retrieved Apr 2, 2021.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ Callahan, Maureen (October 26, 2014). "How Billy Joel's three wives stole his heart and his money". Page Six. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  6. ^ " to Premiere New Comedy Web Series 'Dusty Peacock' on Monday, July 13th". 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2009-08-24.
  7. ^ a b "Nicholas Turturro". IMDb. Retrieved Apr 2, 2021.

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