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Vincent D'Onofrio

Vincent D'Onofrio is known as an "actor's actor". The wide variety of roles he has played and the quality of his work have earned him a reputation as a versatile talent.Vincent was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Phyllis, a restaurant manager and waitress, and Gene D'Onofrio, a theater production assistant and interior designer. He is of Italian descent. He studied at the Actors Studio and the American Stanislavski Theatre. His debut on stage was in 1984 in the Broadway play "Open Admissions", followed by work in numerous other stage plays. As a film actor, D'Onofrio's career break came when he played a mentally unbalanced recruit in Full Metal Jacket (1987), directed by the renowned Stanley Kubrick. For this role D'Onofrio gained nearly 70 pounds. He had a major role in Dying Young (1991), and appeared prominently in the box-office smash Men in Black (1997) as the bad guy (Edgar "The Bug").Other films of note in which he has appeared are Mystic Pizza (1988), JFK (1991), The Player (1992), Ed Wood (1994), The Cell (2000) and The Break-Up (2006). In 1996 D'Onofrio garnered critical acclaim along with co-star Renée Zellweger for The Whole Wide World (1996), which he helped produce. He also made a guest appearance in the TV series Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) in a 1997 episode, where he played an accident victim who could not be rescued and was destined to die. For this performance he won an Emmy nomination. In 2000 he both produced and starred in Steal This Movie (2000), a biopic of radical leader Abbie Hoffman.In 2001 D'Onofrio took the role which has likely given him his greatest public recognition: Det. Robert Goren, the lead character in the TV series Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001). Goren is based on Sherlock Holmes but, instead of relying upon physical evidence like Holmes, D'Onofrio's character focuses on psychology to identify the perpetrators, whom he often draws into confessing or yielding condemning evidence.In his career D'Onofrio's various film characters have included a priest, a bisexual former porn star, a hijacker, a serial killer, Orson Welles, a space alien, a 1960s radical leader, a pulp fiction writer, an ingenious police investigator and Stuart Smalley's dope-head brother. His on-screen love interests have included Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, Renée Zellweger, Marisa Tomei, Tracey Ullman, Rebecca De Mornay and Lili Taylor.


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Born:
Jun 30, 1959 In Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
13
First Appeared:
In the series Saturday Night Live 1975-10-11
Latest Project:
Series Daredevil 2015-04-10

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 9 wins & 5 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Filmography
Daredevil Wilson Fisk 27 episodes, 2015-2018 2015-04-10
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All Dean Elson 1 episode, 2015 2015-04-05
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Unknown 2014-04-27
Xavier: Renegade Angel Unknown 2007-11-02
What's New, Scooby-Doo? Unknown 2002-09-14
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Robert Goren 141 episodes, 2001-2011 2001-09-30
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Men in Black: The Series Unknown 1997-10-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown 1993-01-31
The Equalizer Unknown 1985-09-18
Miami Vice Unknown 1984-09-16
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11