Bobby Cannavale

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Bobby Cannavale
Bobby Cannavale 2009.jpg
Bobby Cannavale in 2009
BornRobert Cannavale
(1970-05-03) May 3, 1970 (age 44)
Union City, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Jenny Lumet (m. 1994–2003)
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Bobby Cannavale
Bobby Cannavale 2009.jpg
Bobby Cannavale in 2009
BornRobert Cannavale
(1970-05-03) May 3, 1970 (age 44)
Union City, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)Jenny Lumet (m. 1994–2003)

Robert "Bobby" Cannavale (/ˌkænəˈvɑːlɛ/; 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 played Chili in Woody Allen's 2013 film Blue Jasmine. In 2014, Cannavale also appeared in Chef.

Early life[edit]

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[edit]

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 (born 1 May 1995);[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]



1996I'm Not RappaportParking Lot Customer
1996Night Falls on ManhattanVigoda Assistant #1
1998When Trumpets FadeCapt. Thomas ZenekTelevision film
1999The Bone CollectorSteve
20003 A.M.Jose
2002Washington HeightsAngel
2002The GuruRandy
2003Shortcut to HappinessCop
2003The Station AgentJoe OramasNominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2004Fresh Cut GrassBilly Pecchio
2004Shall We Dance?Chic
2004The Breakup ArtistNeighbor
2005Happy EndingsJavier Duran
2005Romance & CigarettesChetty Jr. / 'Fryburg'
2005The ExoneratedJesseTelevision film
2005Recipe for a Perfect ChristmasAlex StermadapolousTelevision film
2006The Night ListenerJess
2006Fast Food NationMike
2006Snakes on a PlaneSpecial Agent Hank Harris
200610 Items or LessBobby
2007The TenMarty McBride
2007DedicationDon Meyers
2008The TakeAgent Steve Perelli
2008Diminished CapacityLee Vivyan
2008The PromotionDr. Timms
2008100 FeetShanks
2009Paul Blart: Mall CopCommander James Kent
2009The Merry GentlemanMichael
2009Brief Interviews with Hideous MenSubject #40
2009Louis C.K.'s Last ChancePorn ProducerShort
2010The Other GuysJimmy
2011Win WinTerry DelfinoNominated—ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actor
2011RoadieRandy Stevens
2013Movie 43SupermanSegment: "Super Hero Speed Dating"
2013ParkerJake Fernandez
2013LovelaceButchie Peraino
2013Blue JasmineChiliNominated—Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2014Adult BeginnersDanny


1999–2001Third WatchRoberto Caffey38 episodes
2000Sex and the CityAdam BallEpisode: "Easy Come, Easy Go"
2001–2002100 Centre StreetJeremiah "J. J." Jellinek5 episodes
2002Law & Order: Special Victims UnitKyle NovacekEpisode: "Monogamy"
2002Ally McBealWilson Jade5 episodes
2002, 2007Law & OrderRandy Porter / J.P. Lange2 episodes
2003KingpinChato Cadena6 episodes
2003Law & Order: Criminal IntentJulian BelloEpisode: "The Gift"
2003OzAlonzo Torquemada2 episodes
2004Six Feet UnderJavier3 episodes
2004–2006Will & GraceVince D'Angelo15 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2005)
2005N.Y.-70Det. Niko CorsoPilot
2006Untitled Paul Reiser ProjectDannyPilot
2007The Knights of ProsperityEnrico Cortez2 episodes
2007Lipstick JungleChris 'Parks' ParkerEpisode: "Chapter Seven: Carpe Threesome"
2007M.O.N.Y.Joe CapanelliPilot
2008–2009Cold CaseEddie Saccardo7 episodes
2008Lipstick JungleChris 'Parks' ParkerEpisode: "Chapter Seven: Carpe Threesome"
2009CupidTrevor Pierce7 episodes
2010American Dad!Detective Chaz Miglachio (voice)Episode: "Cops & Roger"
2010LouieChris2 episodes
2010Marry MeAdam2 episodes
2010–2011Blue BloodsCharles Rosselini3 episodes
2012Modern FamilyLewisEpisode: "Send Out the Clowns"
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
2012Boardwalk EmpireGyp Rosetti12 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
2012–2013Nurse JackieDr. Mike Cruz12 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)
2014Robot ChickenBone Age Warrior (voice)Episode: "Super Guitario Center"


1998The Most Fabulous Story Ever ToldSteveWilliamstown Theatre Festival
2003Fucking AThe MayorPublic Theatre
2005HurlyburlyPhilAcorn Theater
2007MauritiusDennisBiltmore Theatre
Nominated—Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play
2010TrustMortonSecond Stage Theatre
2011The Motherfucker with the HatJackieGerald 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
2012Glengarry Glen RossRicky RomaGerald Schoenfeld Theatre
2013The Big KnifeCharlie CastleRoundabout Theatre


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  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 5, 2012). "Critics' Choice TV Awards Noms: 'Community' At Top Of List". Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  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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