Vincent D'Onofrio

Actor, Producer, Director
Though he established his career in the 1980s and 1990s with numerous film roles, actor Vincent D'Onofrio became a household name thanks to his nine-season run as the intelligent, but imposing Detective Robert Goren on ... Read more »
Born: 06/30/1959 in Brooklyn, New York, USA


Actor (78)

CHiPs 2017 (Movie)

Vic Brown (Actor)

Emerald City 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)


Rings 2017 (Movie)


Pele: Birth of a Legend 2016 (Movie)

Coach Vicente Feola (Actor)

The Magnificent Seven 2016 (Movie)

Jack Horne (Actor)

Broken Horses 2015 (Movie)

Julius Hench (Actor)

Jurassic World 2015 (Movie)

Hoskins (Actor)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 2015 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

Run All Night 2015 (Movie)

Det.John Harding (Actor)

Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)


A Fall From Grace 2014 (Movie)


Chlorine 2014 (Movie)

Roger (Actor)

Mall 2014 (Movie)

Danny (Actor)

The Judge 2014 (Movie)

Glen Palmer (Actor)

Ass Backwards 2013 (Movie)

Bruce (Actor)

Chained 2013 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Charlie Countryman 2013 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

Escape Plan 2013 (Movie)

Lester Clark (Actor)

Pawn Shop Chronicles 2013 (Movie)

Alton (Actor)

Fire With Fire 2012 (Movie)

David Hagan (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1997 - 1998, 2001 - 2005, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)


Kill the Irishman 2011 (Movie)

John Nardi (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2001 - 2006, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)


Brooklyn's Finest 2010 (Movie)

Carlo (Actor)

The New Tenants 2010 (Movie)

Jan (Actor)

Staten Island 2009 (Movie)

Parmelo Tarzo (Actor)

The Narrows 2009 (Movie)

Vinny Manadoro (Actor)

The Break-Up 2006 (Movie)

Dennis Grobowski (Actor)

Thumbsucker 2005 (Movie)

Mike Cobb (Actor)

Chelsea Walls 2002 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Impostor 2002 (Movie)

Hathaway (Actor)

The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys 2002 (Movie)

Father Casey (Actor)

The Red Sneakers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)


The Salton Sea 2002 (Movie)

Pooh-Bear (Actor)

Bark 2001 (Movie)

Malcolm (Actor)

Happy Accidents 2001 (Movie)

Sam Deed (Actor)

Spanish Judges 2001 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Claire Dolan 2000 (Movie)

Elton Garrett (Actor)

Steal This Movie 2000 (Movie)

Abbie Hoffman (Actor)

The Cell 2000 (Movie)

Carl Stargher (Actor)

The Thirteenth Floor 1999 (Movie)

Ashton (Actor)

The Velocity of Gary (Not His Real Name) 1999 (Movie)

Valentino (Actor)

The Newton Boys 1998 (Movie)

Dock Newton (Actor)

The Taking of Pelham 123 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Good Luck 1997 (Movie)

Tony 'Ole' Olezniak (Actor)

Guy 1997 (Movie)

Guy (Actor)

Men in Black 1997 (Movie)

Edgar (Actor)

Nunzio's Second Cousin 1997 (Movie)

Sergeant Tony Randozza (Actor)

Feeling Minnesota 1996 (Movie)

Sam Clayton (Actor)

The Whole Wide World 1996 (Movie)

Robert E Howard (Actor)

Hotel Paradise 1995 (Movie)

Man (Actor)

Strange Days 1995 (Movie)

Burton Steckler (Actor)

Stuart Saves His Family 1995 (Movie)

Donnie (Actor)

Being Human 1994 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

Ed Wood 1994 (Movie)

Orson Welles (Actor)

Imaginary Crimes 1994 (Movie)

Mr Webster (Actor)

Household Saints 1993 (Movie)

Joseph Santangelo (Actor)

Mr. Wonderful 1993 (Movie)

Dominic (Actor)

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

Bill Newman (Actor)

Salt on Our Skin 1992 (Movie)

Gavin McCall (Actor)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

David Kahane (Actor)

Crooked Hearts 1991 (Movie)

Charley (Actor)

Dying Young 1991 (Movie)

Gordon (Actor)

Fires Within 1991 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

J.F.K. 1991 (Movie)

Bill Newman (Actor)

Naked Tango 1991 (Movie)

Cholo (Actor)

The Blood of Heroes 1990 (Movie)

Young Gar (Actor)

Signs of Life 1989 (Movie)

Daryl Monahan (Actor)

Mystic Pizza 1988 (Movie)

Bill Montijo (Actor)

Adventures in Babysitting 1987 (Movie)

Dawson (Actor)

Full Metal Jacket 1987 (Movie)

Pvt. Pyle (Actor)

The First Turn-On! 1983 (Movie)

Lobotomy (Actor)

Case of Evil (TV Show)


Night of Too Many Stars (TV Show)


Red Sneakers (Movie)


That Championship Season (TV Show)


The Investigator (TV Show)


The Winner (TV Show)

Producer (5)

Mall 2014 (Movie)


Steal This Movie 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Velocity of Gary (Not His Real Name) 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Guy 1997 (Movie)


The Whole Wide World 1996 (Movie)

Director (1)

Don't Go In The Woods 2012 (Movie)

Writer (1)

Mall 2014 (Movie)

(adaptation) (Screenplay)


Though he established his career in the 1980s and 1990s with numerous film roles, actor Vincent D'Onofrio became a household name thanks to his nine-season run as the intelligent, but imposing Detective Robert Goren on the long-running procedural drama, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001-2011 ). Prior to the acclaim and stardom he received from his television role, D'Onofrio made a quick jump from unknown actor to breakout star as a mentally unstable and put-upon Marine cadet in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" (1987). It would be several years before the young actor was able to have another role of any significance, which came when he played a struggling Hollywood scribe who becomes a homicide victim by the hand of a studio executive in Robert Altman's excellent satire, "The Player" (1992). D'Onofrio settled into a string of leading and supporting turns in smaller movies before showing up as an alien insect in the Will Smith blockbuster "Men in Black" (1997). But it was his nine-year run on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" that truly propelled his career, a role that he played on one of the most-watched shows on the air at the time. Though in 2010 he left the series to once again focus on features, D'Onofrio had firmly established himself as one of the finest character actors working in Hollywood.


Elizabeth D'Onofrio Actor

Born Oct. 23, 1957 Co-founded the River Run International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, NC along with their father

Gene D'Onofrio

Co-founded the River Run International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, NC along with Vincent and daughter Elizabeth (1998)

Leila D'Onofrio

Born March 20, 1992; mother, Greta Scacchi

Elias D'Onofrio

Born December 1999; mother, Carin van der Donk

Luka D'Onofrio

Born Feb. 14, 2008; mother, Carin van der Donk

Greta Scacchi Actor

Met while filming "Fires Within" (1991) Together until c. 1992

Carin van der Donk

Married March 22, 1997 Briefly separated 2003, but later reconciled


American Stanislavsky Theatre

New York , New York

Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School

Hialeah , Florida 1977

University of Colorado

Boulder , Colorado
Dropped out after 18 months to pursue acting



Was cast in the feature-length remake of the hit 70s show, "CHiPs," which was set to be released in 2017


Voiced a role in the video game "Dishonored 2"


Was one of the stars in the action western remake "The Magnificent Seven"


Played The Wizard on the fantasy series "Emerald City"


Landed a supporting role in the sports drama "Pelé: Birth of a Legend"


Joined the cast of Netflix's superhero series "Daredevil"


Appeared alongside Robert Duvall in "The Judge"


Landed a supporting role in "Escape Plan"


Appeared in found-footage thriller "Sinister" opposite Ethan Hawke


Cast in Antoine Fuqua's "Brooklyn's Finest"


Appeared with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston in "The Break-Up"


Made screen writing and directorial debut with short film "Five Minutes, Mr. Welles"; also reprised Orson Welles


Cast in Mike Mills' independent feature "Thumbsucker" as a father whose son attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb


Supported Lisa Kudrow in "Bark"; film shown at Sundance


Starred in the crime thriller "The Salton Sea" as a drug dealer named Pooh Bear


Starred on NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" as Detective Robert Goren


Played a priest in "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys"; film originally announced for the 2001 Sundance Film Festival but pulled at last minute; premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival


Co-starred as a serial killer opposite Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Lopez in crime thriller "The Cell"


Played 1960s radical Abbie Hoffman in the biopic "Steal This Movie"


Portrayed a man who travels back in time to rescue a woman he has fallen in love with in "Happy Accidents"


Headlined the cast of the small screen remake of "That Championship Season"


Re-teamed with director Dan Ireland as producer and star of "The Velocity of Gary"


Played one of the titular bank-robbing brothers in "The Newton Boys"


Appeared on a memorable episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" as a man pinned under a subway car


Played the evil insect in purloined human skin in summer blockbuster "Men in Black"


Starred opposite Rebecca De Mornay in "The Winner" as a habitual loser who wins big in Las Vegas


Collapsed during a stage performance of Sam Shepard's "Tooth of Crime" reportedly with the flu


Provided a genuinely touching moment as Al Franken's brother in the dismal "Stuart Saves His Family"


Producing debut (also co-starred) "The Whole Wide World"; first collaboration with director Dan Ireland


Starred in the touching gay-themed short "Nunzio's Second Cousin" as a tough-talking cop; film later shown as part of the omnibus "Boys Life 2" in 1997


Cast as Orson Welles in Tim Burton's affectionate biopic of "Ed Wood"


Appeared alongside Lili Taylor in "Household Saints"


Played small but integral role in Robert Altman's "The Player"


Cast as a local handyman in "Dying Young," starring Julia Roberts


Had small role in Oliver Stone's "JFK"


Romanced Lili Taylor in "Mystic Pizza"; also first film with Julia Roberts


Landed minor role as Dawson, the owner of Dawson's Garage in the comedy "Adventures in Babysitting"


Landed breakthrough role as Gomer Pyle, a pathetic Marine recruit who kills a sadistic drill sergeant before committing suicide in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket"


Screen acting debut in "The First Turn-On!"


Made Broadway debut in "Open Admissions," playing an Italian kid with a speech impediment

Formed producing partnership with Ken Christmas

Acted in community theater

Raised in Hawaii, Colorado and the Hialeah section of Miami, FL

Joined the American Stanislavski Theater; appeared in "Of Mice and Men" and "Sexual Perversity in Chicago"

Appeared in several NYU student films and worked as a bouncer at rock and dance clubs

Moved to NYC in the late 1970s to pursue acting career

Bonus Trivia


In 1998, D'Onofrio co-founded the River Run Film Festival in Winston-Salem, NC along with his sister Elizabeth and their father Gene.


"When you do a show with Netflix, everything you're doing is knocking it out of the park. That's the whole point. The point is to launch these 13 hours and have the whole thing be like one big, fantastic journey. What could be cooler than that? When you're an artist and you're involved in that, that's like, forget it, man, you can't ask for more than that. That's like being in a Stanley Kubrick movie for a year and a half. It's like the same thing. It's fantastic." - from, April 10, 2015


Prior to becoming a screen actor, D'Onfrio appeared in numerous community plays in Hawaii and Colorado.


As a teenager, D'Onofrio built a number of sets for various community playhouses in and around Miami, Florida.


As a young boy, D'nofrio was an accomplished magician.