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Bobby Cannavale

Bobby Cannavale
Bobby Cannavale in 2009
Born Robert Cannavale
(1970-05-03) May 3, 1970
Union City, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Jenny Lumet (m. 1994–2003)
Children 1

Robert "Bobby" Cannavale (; born May 3, 1970)[1] is an American actor known for his leading role as Bobby Caffey in the first two seasons of the television series Third Watch. Cannavale also had a recurring role on the NBC comedy series Will & Grace as Officer Vincent "Vince" D'Angelo, Will Truman's long-term boyfriend, and portrayed Gyp Rosetti during the third season of the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire, for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2013. He recently played Chili in Woody Allen's 2013 film Blue Jasmine.

Early life

Cannavale was born and raised in Union City, New Jersey, the son of Isabel and Sal Cannavale. His mother is Cuban, and moved to the U.S. in 1960, while his father is of Italian descent.[2][3] Cannavale grew up in Margate, Florida. He was raised Catholic and attended St. Michael's Catholic School, where he participated in a number of extracurricular activities, including being an altar boy and member of the chorus. When he was eight, Cannavale secured the plum role of the lisping boy, Winthrop, in his school's production of The Music Man, and later played a gangster in Guys and Dolls, which cemented his love for performing. Cannavale's parents divorced when he was 13 and his mother moved the family to Puerto Rico. After two years in Latin America, they settled in Margate. Cannavale returned to New Jersey after barely eking out a high school diploma in the late 1980s from Coconut Creek High School, in order to be closer to New York, to launch his acting career.[4][5][6][7][8]


Cannavale began his acting career in the theater – with no acting training – and gained early film roles in Night Falls on Manhattan (1997) and The Bone Collector (1999), Cannavale became well-known when he starred as Bobby Caffey for two seasons on Third Watch. Following this, in 2001, he starred with Alan Arkin in 100 Centre Street – which was written and directed by Sidney Lumet, his then-father-in-law.

In 2002, he joined the cast of Ally McBeal for the last five episodes, but the show was then cancelled. Following this, he starred with Yancey Arias and Sheryl Lee in the miniseries Kingpin. In 2003, Cannavale briefly appeared on the last two episodes of Oz. From 2004 to 2006, he had a recurring guest role on Will & Grace as Vince D'Angelo, the boyfriend (and eventual husband) of Will Truman (Eric McCormack). For this role, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2005. He has also appeared in the films Snakes on a Plane, The Guru (2002), Shall We Dance? (2004) and Romance & Cigarettes (2005), and guest starred in Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, Oz, Law & Order – and its spin-off series Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He appeared in The Take (2007) alongside John Leguizamo and Tyrese Gibson, as Agent Steve Perelli. Cannavale serves as the voice of Corado R. Ciarlo, known as "Babe", in the Ken Burns PBS film series The War (the story of World War II) from the perspective of the men who fought in combat and their loved ones at home.

Cannavale also read the audiobook versions of Richard Price's 2008 novel Lush Life and Ed Falco's 2012 novel The Family Corleone.

On August 25, 2008, ABC ordered his pilot Cupid, a remake of the 1998 program which had starred Jeremy Piven and Paula Marshall, to series. In the new version of the series, Cannavale starred opposite Sarah Paulson with script development overseen by original series creator Rob Thomas. ABC debuted Cupid on March 31, 2009,[9] but it was cancelled on May 19, 2009.[10]

In 2008, he received a Tony Award nomination for his role as Dennis in the Broadway play, Mauritius.[11]

In 2009, CBS announced Cannavale would reprise his role of Det. Eddie Saccardo on the television show, Cold Case, for three episodes, starting with the third episode of Season 7.[12]

Cannavale was also in the film Win Win in 2011, as Terry Delfino. He later starred in the Broadway play The Motherfucker With the Hat alongside Chris Rock and Annabella Sciorra. On May 3, 2011 (his 41st birthday), he was nominated for a Tony Award for his leading role in that production.[13]

In 2012 and 2013, he guest starred in the fourth and fifth season of Showtime's Nurse Jackie, for which he was nominated twice again for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2012 and 2013,[14] as well as joining the cast of HBO's Boardwalk Empire, portraying the psychopathic Sicilian gangster Gyp Rosetti in the third season. His performance on Boardwalk Empire won critical acclaim, earning him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2013. That same year he also played Lewis, a vengeful clown on Modern Family during the third season, for which he was nominated for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series at the 2nd Critics' Choice Television Awards in 2012.[15] TV Guide, in its "Cheers & Jeers 2012" issue, praised Cannavale for this "trifecta of great performances", commenting, "This guy is so good at playing bad, it's scary."[16]

Personal life

He was married to Jenny Lumet – director Sidney Lumet's daughter and performer Lena Horne's granddaughter – from 1994 to 2003. The two have one son, actor Jake;[17] Bobby and Jake were cast as father and son in season four of Nurse Jackie. Since fall 2012, Cannavale has been dating actress Rose Byrne.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 I'm Not Rappaport Parking Lot Customer
1996 Night Falls on Manhattan Vigoda Assistant #1
1998 When Trumpets Fade Capt. Thomas Zenek Television film
1999 Gloria Jack
1999 The Bone Collector Steve
2000 3 A.M. Jose
2002 Washington Heights Angel
2002 The Guru Randy
2003 Shortcut to Happiness Cop
2003 The Station Agent Joe Oramas Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2004 Fresh Cut Grass Billy Pecchio
2004 Haven Lieutnant
2004 Shall We Dance? Chic
2004 The Breakup Artist Neighbor
2005 Happy Endings Javier Duran
2005 Romance & Cigarettes Chetty Jr. / 'Fryburg'
2005 The Exonerated Jesse Television film
2005 Recipe for a Perfect Christmas Alex Stermadapolous Television film
2006 The Night Listener Jess
2006 Fast Food Nation Mike
2006 Snakes on a Plane Special Agent Hank Harris
2006 10 Items or Less Bobby
2007 The Ten Marty McBride
2007 Dedication Don Meyers
2008 The Take Agent Steve Perelli
2008 Diminished Capacity Lee Vivyan
2008 The Promotion Dr. Timms
2008 100 Feet Shanks
2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop Commander James Kent
2009 The Merry Gentleman Michael
2009 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Subject #40
2009 Louis C.K.'s Last Chance Porn Producer Short
2010 F—K Bobby Short
2010 The Other Guys Jimmy
2010 Apples Nino Short
2010 Weakness Joshua
2011 Win Win Terry Delfino Nominated—ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actor
2011 Roadie Randy Stevens
2013 Movie 43 Superman Segment: "Super Hero Speed Dating"
2013 Parker Jake Fernandez
2013 Lovelace Butchie Peraino
2013 Blue Jasmine Chili Nominated—Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2014 Chef Tony
2014 Adult Beginners Danny
2014 Annie Guy
2015 Spy TBA Post-production
2015 Ant-Man Paxton Post-production
2015 Imagine TBA Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2001 Third Watch Roberto Caffey 38 episodes
2000 Sex and the City Adam Ball Episode: "Easy Come, Easy Go"
2001–2002 100 Centre Street Jeremiah "J. J." Jellinek 5 episodes
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kyle Novacek Episode: "Monogamy"
2002 Ally McBeal Wilson Jade 5 episodes
2002, 2007 Law & Order Randy Porter / J.P. Lange 2 episodes
2003 Kingpin Chato Cadena 6 episodes
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Julian Bello Episode: "The Gift"
2003 Oz Alonzo Torquemada 2 episodes
2004 Six Feet Under Javier 3 episodes
2004–2006 Will & Grace Vince D'Angelo 15 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2005)
2005 N.Y.-70 Det. Niko Corso Pilot
2006 Untitled Paul Reiser Project Danny Pilot
2007 The Knights of Prosperity Enrico Cortez 2 episodes
2007 Lipstick Jungle Chris 'Parks' Parker Episode: "Chapter Seven: Carpe Threesome"
2007 M.O.N.Y. Joe Capanelli Pilot
2008–2009 Cold Case Eddie Saccardo 7 episodes
2008 Lipstick Jungle Chris 'Parks' Parker Episode: "Chapter Seven: Carpe Threesome"
2009 Cupid Trevor Pierce 7 episodes
2010 American Dad! Detective Chaz Miglachio (voice) Episode: "Cops & Roger"
2010 Louie Chris 2 episodes
2010 Marry Me Adam 2 episodes
2010–2011 Blue Bloods Charles Rosselini 3 episodes
2012 Modern Family Lewis Episode: "Send Out the Clowns"
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
2012 Boardwalk Empire Gyp Rosetti 12 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2012–2013 Nurse Jackie Dr. Mike Cruz 12 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2012–2013)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2013)
2014 Robot Chicken Bone Age Warrior (voice) Episode: "Super Guitario Center"


Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told Steve Williamstown Theatre Festival
2003 Fucking A The Mayor Public Theatre
2005 Hurlyburly Phil Acorn Theater
2007 Mauritius Dennis Biltmore Theatre
2010 Trust Morton Second Stage Theatre
2011 The Motherfucker with the Hat Jackie Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play
Nominated—Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance
Nominated—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
2012 Glengarry Glen Ross Ricky Roma Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
2013 The Big Knife Charlie Castle Roundabout Theatre


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  2. ^ Fresh Air from WHYY (2013-01-09). "Bobby Cannavale, At Home On Broadway". NPR. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  3. ^ Witchel, Alex (March 29, 2013) Bobby Cannavale, Broadway’s Hottest Outsider. New York Times
  4. ^ "Questions For . . .Bobby Cannavale".  
  5. ^ "Bobby Cannavale: Full Biography". The New York Times. Retrieved June 4, 2012.
  6. ^ Keck, William (October 13, 2004). "'"Cannavale's sexy screen career gets a leg up in 'Dance.  
  7. ^ EMMY WATCH: Bobby Cannavale. Latin Heat Online (08-03-2005 )
  8. ^ Rappaport, Melissa (October 4, 2009). "A look inside" The Union City Reporter. pp. 1, 18
  9. ^ "ABC Medianet". ABC Medianet. 2012-09-30. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  10. ^ Bauder, David (May 19, 2009). "New TV lineup: ABC turns to familiar comic faces for new season ". The Seattle Times.
  11. ^ "Nominations for the 2008 American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards". Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  12. ^ Matt Mitovich (25 June 2009). "Exclusive: Bobby Cannavale Is Back on the Case". TV Guide Online. Retrieved 2009-06-25. 
  13. ^ Jones, Kenneth and Gans, Andrew."2011 Tony Nominations Announced; Book of Mormon Earns 14 Nominations", May 3, 2011
  14. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards nominations for 2012 – Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series". Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 5, 2012). "Critics’ Choice TV Awards Noms: ‘Community’ At Top Of List".  
  16. ^ Fretts, Bruce; Holbrook, Damian; Roush, Matt. "Cheers & Jeers 2012" TV Guide. December 24, 2012. p 18.
  17. ^ King, Susan (November 7, 2008). "Ditching acting, director's daughter finds role as writer". Knoxville News Sentinel.
  18. ^ Prince George: Jennifer Garner, Rose Byrne Have Royal Baby Fever. (2013-07-26). Retrieved on 2014-02-15.

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