John Turturro

Actor, Director, Producer
Actor John Turturro rose to prominence as a favorite of filmmakers Spike Lee and the Coen Brothers with early roles in "Do the Right Thing" (1989) and "Miller's Crossing" (1990), making him a go-to guy for volatile ... Read more »
Born: 02/28/1957 in Brooklyn, New York, USA


Actor (104)

Hands of Stone 2016 (Movie)

Frankie Carbo (Actor)

My Mother 2016 (Movie)

Barry Huggins (Actor)

Rio, I Love You 2016 (Movie)

Homem (Actor)

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2016 (Tv Show)


The Night Of 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)


Gods Behaving Badly 2015 (Movie)

Hades (Actor)

Exodus: Gods And Kings 2014 (Movie)

Seti (Actor)

Fading Gigolo 2014 (Movie)

Fioravante (Actor)

God's Pocket 2014 (Movie)

Arthur 'Bird' Capezio (Actor)

Lesser Prophets 2014 (Movie)


Secret Passage 2014 (Movie)


Cars 2 2011 (Movie)

Francesco Bernoulli (Voice)

Passione 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2011 (Tv Show)


Rehearsal For A Sicilian Tragedy 2011 (Movie)

HImself (Actor)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 (Movie)

Simmons (Actor)

The Nutcracker in 3D 2010 (Movie)

The Rat King (Actor)

The Taking of Pelham 123 2009 (Movie)

Camonetti (Actor)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen 2009 (Movie)

Simmons/Voice of Jetfire (Actor)

Miracle at St. Anna 2008 (Movie)

Detective Antonio 'Tony' Ricci (Actor)

What Just Happened? 2008 (Movie)

Dick Bell (Actor)

You Don't Mess With the Zohan 2008 (Movie)

Phantom (Actor)

Margot at the Wedding 2007 (Movie)

Jim (Actor)

Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)

Male Dancer & Singer (Actor)

Sacco & Vanzetti 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Bartolomeo Vanzetti (Actor)

Slipstream 2007 (Movie)

Harvey Brickman (Actor)

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)


The Bronx Is Burning 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)


Transformers 2007 (Movie)

Agent Simmons (Actor)

A Few Days in September 2006 (Movie)

William Pound (Actor)

The Good Shepherd 2006 (Movie)

Ray Brocco (Actor)

Fear X 2005 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Monk 2005 (Tv Show)


She Hate Me 2004 (Movie)

Don Angelo Bonasera (Actor)

The Secret Window 2004 (Movie)

Shooter (Actor)

2 B Perfectly Honest 2003 (Movie)

Sal/Roberto (Actor)

Anger Management 2003 (Movie)

Chuck (Actor)

Collateral Damage 2002 (Movie)

Armstrong (Actor)

Jeff Bridges: Building Bridges 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


Mr. Deeds 2002 (Movie)

Emilio (Actor)

Opopomoz 2002 (Movie)


Thirteen Conversations About One Thing 2002 (Movie)

Walker (Actor)

Company Man 2001 (Movie)

Crocker Johnson (Actor)

Hitmakers: The Teens Who Stole Pop Music 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Monkeybone 2001 (Movie)

of Monkeybone (Voice)

The 10th Annual IFP Gotham Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


The Luzhin Defense 2001 (Movie)

Alexander Luzhin (Actor)

The Man Who Cried 2001 (Movie)

Dante Dominio (Actor)

Words and Music By Leiber & Stoller 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

Two Thousand and None 2000 (Movie)

Benjamin Kasparian (Actor)

Cradle Will Rock 1999 (Movie)

Aldo Silvano (Actor)

Illuminata 1999 (Movie)

Tuccio (Actor)

Summer of Sam 1999 (Movie)

of Harvey the Black Dog (Voice)

The Source 1999 (Movie)


He Got Game 1998 (Movie)

Coach Billy Sunday (Actor)

Rounders 1998 (Movie)

Joey Kinish (Actor)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

Jesus Quintana (Actor)

The Italian Americans II: A Beautiful Song 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


The Truce 1998 (Movie)

Primo (Actor)

Animals 1997 (Movie)

Tuxedo Man (Actor)

Box of Moonlight 1997 (Movie)

Al Fountain (Actor)

Girl 6 1996 (Movie)

Murray--the Agent (Actor)

Grace of My Heart 1996 (Movie)

Joel Millner (Actor)

OK Garage 1996 (Movie)


The Search For One-Eye Jimmy 1996 (Movie)

Disco Bean (Actor)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


At Sundance 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Baseball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Clockers 1995 (Movie)

Larry Mazilli (Actor)

Search and Destroy 1995 (Movie)

Ron (Actor)

Sugartime 1995 (Movie)

Sam Giancana (Actor)

Unstrung Heroes 1995 (Movie)

Sid Lidz (Actor)

Being Human 1994 (Movie)

Lucinnius (Actor)

Quiz Show 1994 (Movie)

Herb Stempel (Actor)

Fearless 1993 (Movie)

Bill Pearlman (Actor)

Mac 1993 (Movie)

Niccolo "Mac" Vittelli (Actor)

Brain Donors 1992 (Movie)

Roland T Flakfizer (Actor)

Barton Fink 1991 (Movie)

Barton Fink (Actor)

Jungle Fever 1991 (Movie)

Paulie Carbone (Actor)

Men of Respect 1991 (Movie)

Mike Battaglia (Actor)

Backtrack 1990 (Movie)

Pinella (Actor)

Miller's Crossing 1990 (Movie)

Bernie Bernbaum (Actor)

Mo' Better Blues 1990 (Movie)

Moe Flatbush (Actor)

State of Grace 1990 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Do the Right Thing 1989 (Movie)

Pino (Actor)

Making "Do the Right Thing" 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Five Corners 1988 (Movie)

Heinz Sabantino (Actor)

Mario Puzo's The Fortunate Pilgrim 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


The Sicilian 1987 (Movie)

Aspanu Pisciotta (Actor)

Gung Ho 1986 (Movie)

Willie (Actor)

Hannah and Her Sisters 1986 (Movie)

Writer (Actor)

Off Beat 1986 (Movie)

Neil Pepper (Actor)

The Color of Money 1986 (Movie)

Julian (Actor)

Desperately Seeking Susan 1985 (Movie)

Ray (Actor)

To Live and Die in L.A. 1985 (Movie)

Carl Cody (Actor)

Exterminator 2 1984 (Movie)

1st Guy (Actor)

The Flamingo Kid 1984 (Movie)

Ted from Pinky's (Actor)

Raging Bull 1980 (Movie)


Monday Night Mayhem (TV Show)

Director (6)

Rio, I Love You 2016 (Movie)


Fading Gigolo 2014 (Movie)


Passione 2011 (Movie)


Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)


Illuminata 1999 (Movie)


Mac 1993 (Movie)

Writer (5)

Fading Gigolo 2014 (Movie)


Passione 2011 (Movie)


Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)


Illuminata 1999 (Movie)


Mac 1993 (Movie)

Producer (4)

Wiseguys and Beyond: Italian Americans and the Movies 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rehearsal For A Sicilian Tragedy 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)


Illuminata 1999 (Movie)



Actor John Turturro rose to prominence as a favorite of filmmakers Spike Lee and the Coen Brothers with early roles in "Do the Right Thing" (1989) and "Miller's Crossing" (1990), making him a go-to guy for volatile, complex characters. Because of his distinct, but indistinguishable appearance, the Yale Drama School grad was able to play a wide array of ethnic characters, giving him the opportunity to add more depth to cinema's historically two-dimensional Italians, Jews and Latinos. While Turturro made his home in independent film, he experienced commercial success with a starring role in "Quiz Show" (1994) and supporting role in "The Good Shepherd" (2006). Meanwhile, as a writer and director, he helmed three original films, including his ode to 1950s working-class Queens, "Mac" (1992), and an homage to turn of the century Italian theater, "Illuminata" (1999). Despite avoiding television throughout his career, Turturro emerged in 2004 with an Emmy for a guest stint on "Monk" (USA, 2002-09), and in 2007 earned kudos from fans and critics for his portrayal of combative Yankees manager Billy Martin in the ESPN mini-series "The Bronx is Burning."


Katherine Borowitz

Married in 1985 met at Yale School of Drama

Nicholas Turturro

Died of lung cancer in 1988 came to US from Italy as a boy "knowing all the Fascist songs, and wound up a patriotic American serviceman who fought in D-Day"

Katherine Turturro

Worked in a Navy yard during World War II appeared in son's directing debut, "Mac" (1992)

Amadeo Turturro

Born during shooting of "Barton Fink" c. 1990 named after artist Amedeo Modigliani has appeared in "Illuminata" and "The Royal Tenenbaums"

Diego Turturro

Born in 2001

Nicholas Turturro

Played John's brother in "Mo' Better Blues" also appeared with brother in "Jungle Fever" and on stage in "Arturo Ui" worked as doorman at St. Moritz hotel in New York TV series regular on "NYPD Blue"

Ralph Turturro

Contributed artwork and storyboards to "Mac"

Aida Turturro

Played Grace in "True Love" (1989) and Eunice in 1992 Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire"


State University of New York, New Paltz

New Paltz , New York 1978

Studied acting with Robert X Modica

School of Drama, Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1983
Attended on a scholarship; appeared in over 30 plays



Voiced Francisco Bernoulli in the Pixar movie, "Cars 2"


Re-teamed with director Michael Bay to play Seymour Simmons in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"


Co-starred with Denzel Washington and John Travolta in the remake of "The Taking of Pelham 123"


Re-teamed with director Michael Bay for "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"


Co-starred with Adam Sandler in the comedy film "You Don't Mess with the Zohan"


Portrayed Billy Martin, an All-Star second baseman with the NY Yankees in "The Bronx is Burning" (ESPN); earned a SAG nomination for Outstanding Male Actor in a Miniseries


Cast in director Michael Bay's live action film "Transformers"


Played a blue-collar assistant opposite Matt Damon in Robert De Niro's "The Good Shepherd"


Helmed "Romance & Cigarettes" a big-screen musical about a two-timing husband (James Gandolfini) who must choose between his mistress (Kate Winslet) and his beleaguered wife (Elaine Stritch); film released theatrically in 2007


Co-starred with Johnny Depp in the thriller "The Secret Window"


Guest-starred on the USA comedy series "Monk"


Played a snooty butler in "Mr. Deeds," starring Adam Sandler


Starred as Howard Cosell in the TNT movie "Monday Night Mayhem"; received a SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries


Had featured role in "13 Conversations About One Thing"


Co-starred with George Clooney and Tim Blake Nelson as a trio of escapees from a Southern chain gang in the Coen brothers' "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"


Had featured role in "The Man Who Cried"; screened at Venice Film Festival; released in USA in 2001


Reteamed with wife Katherine Borowitz in "Two Thousand and None"


Acted in Tim Robbins' "Cradle Will Rock"


Sixth collaboration with Spike Lee, "He Got Game"


Produced, directed, co-wrote (with Cole) and starred in "Illuminata"; Borowitz played his onscreen wife


Portrayed Estragon opposite Tony Shalhoub's Vladimir in Classic Stage Company revival of "Waiting for Godot" in NYC


Reteamed with the Coen brothers for "The Big Lebowski," as a flamboyant Latin sex offender


Stepped into writer Primo Levi's tattered shoes in Francesco Rosi's restrained post-Holocaust drama "The Truce"


Acted in Cole's directing debut, "OK Garage"


Portrayed a buttoned-down, clock-watching enginer who goes AWOL in Tom DiCillo's "Box of Moonlight"


Starred as mobster Sam Giancana opposite Mary-Louise Parker as Phyllis McGuire in the acclaimed HBO movie "Sugartime"


Portrayed nutty inventor father in Diane Keaton's feature directing debut, "Unstrung Heroes"


Played defeated game show champ Herbert Stempel in Robert Redford's "Quiz Show"


Provided a voice for Ken Burns' acclaimed PBS documentary "Baseball"


Made directorial and screenwriting (with Brandon Cole) debut with "Mac"; also co-starred; second film with Borowitz


Starred as a titular, befuddled screenwriter in the Coen brothers' "Barton Fink"; role loosely modeled on Clifford Odets


Portrayed a gangster whose rise parallels Hitler in the Off-Broadway production of Bertolt Brecht's "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui"; wife also in cast


First starring film role, "Men of Respect," a pretentious modern version of "Macbeth"; first film with wife Katherine Borowitz


Played Bernie 'The Schmatte' Bernbaum in "Miller's Crossing" written specially for him by the Ethan and Joel Coen


First film with writer-director Spike Lee, "Do the Right Thing"


First major film role, courted Jodie Foster with purloined penguins in "Five Corners"


Reteamed with director Martin Scorsese for "The Color of Money"


Off-Broadway debut in John Patrick Shanley's "Danny and the Deep Blue Sea"; first created the role at the Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center in 1983


Broadway debut, "Death of a Salesman" (understudy for roles of Biff and Happy)


Made film debut in "Raging Bull"; Turturro and friend Michael Badalucco wrote their own scene and auditioned for director, Martin Scorsese and actor, Robert De Niro, who cast the two as extras for their trouble


Moved to Rosedale, Queens at age six

Spent early childhood in Hollis, Queens, NY

Taught history at a Harlem high school, tended bar at the Right Bank on New York's Upper East Side and mounted off-off Broadway productions with friends at rented halls and at the Westbeth Theater

Bonus Trivia


Named "hot actor" of 1990 by Rolling Stone magazine.


Having appeared in many of Spike Lee's films, John Turturro has developed a close friendship with the sometimes outspoken director and the ability to offer unsolicited advice. "I tell him to shut up, but in a nice way. People jump on him for things in his movies that anybody else could get away with. They have perceptions about him, and are always ready to attack. Then, he makes it worse by running off at the mouth. I say: 'Just zip it.'" - from the New York Post, July 21, 1997