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

Filmography

Actor (100)

My Mother 2016 (Movie)

Barry Huggins (Actor)

Rio, I Love You 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

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)

(Actor)

Secret Passage 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cars 2 2011 (Movie)

Francesco Bernoulli (Voice)

Passione 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Real Time with Bill Maher 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

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)

Actor

The Bronx Is Burning 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

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)

Actor

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)

Actor

Mr. Deeds 2002 (Movie)

Emilio (Actor)

Opopomoz 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

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)

Narrator

Monkeybone 2001 (Movie)

of Monkeybone (Voice)

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

Presenter

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)

Narrator

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

Pete (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)

(Actor)

Two Thousand and None 1999 (Movie)

Benjamin Kasparian (Actor)

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)

Actor

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)

(Actor)

The Search For One-Eye Jimmy 1996 (Movie)

Disco Bean (Actor)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

At Sundance 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Baseball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

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)

Actor

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)

(Actor)

Monday Night Mayhem (TV Show)

Actor
Director (6)

Rio, I Love You 2016 (Movie)

(Director)

Fading Gigolo 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Passione 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Illuminata 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Mac 1993 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (5)

Fading Gigolo 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Passione 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Romance and Cigarettes 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Illuminata 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mac 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
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)

(Producer)

Illuminata 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

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- ), 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."

Relationships

Katherine Borowitz

Wife
Married in 1985 met at Yale School of Drama

Nicholas Turturro

Father
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

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

Amadeo Turturro

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

Diego Turturro

Son
Born in 2001

Nicholas Turturro

Brother
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

Brother
Contributed artwork and storyboards to "Mac"

Aida Turturro

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

EDUCATION

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

Milestones

2011

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

2011

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

2009

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

2009

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

2008

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

2007

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

2007

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

2006

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

2005

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

2004

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

2004

Guest-starred on the USA comedy series "Monk"

2002

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

2002

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

2001

Had featured role in "13 Conversations About One Thing"

2000

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?"

2000

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

2000

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

1999

Acted in Tim Robbins' "Cradle Will Rock"

1998

Sixth collaboration with Spike Lee, "He Got Game"

1998

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

1998

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

1998

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

1997

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

1997

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

1996

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

1995

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

1995

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

1994

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

1994

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

1992

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

1991

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

1991

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

1991

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

1990

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

1989

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

1987

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

1986

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

1984

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

1984

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

1980

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

1963

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

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

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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

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