The Info List - John Turturro

John Michael Turturro (/tərˈtʊəroʊ/;[1] born February 28, 1957) is an American character actor, writer and filmmaker known for his roles in the films Do the Right Thing
Do the Right Thing
(1989), Miller's Crossing (1990), Barton Fink
Barton Fink
(1991), Quiz Show (1994), The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski
(1998), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) and four entries in the Transformers film series, most recently The Last Knight (2017). He has appeared in over sixty films and has worked frequently with the Coen brothers, Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler
and Spike Lee. An Emmy Award
Emmy Award
winner, Turturro has also been nominated for four Screen Actors Guild Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.


1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television 4.3 Video games 4.4 Audiobook 4.5 Commercials

5 References 6 External links

Early life[edit] John Turturro
John Turturro
was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Katherine Florence (Incerella) and Nicholas Turturro. His mother was born in the U.S., to Italian parents with roots in Sicily, and was an amateur jazz singer, who had worked in a naval yard during World War II.[2][3][4] His father had immigrated to the United States from Giovinazzo, Italy at age six and later worked as a carpenter and construction worker before joining the U.S. Navy
U.S. Navy
during the war.[2] Serving as a sailor, he was with the D-Day
fleet supporting the landing operations of Allied troops in Normandy, France, in 1944.[2] Turturro was raised a Roman Catholic and moved to the Rosedale section of Queens, New York
Queens, New York
with his family, when he was six.[5] He majored in Theatre Arts at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and completed his MFA at the Yale School of Drama. Career[edit] Turturro's first film appearance was a non-speaking extra role in Martin Scorsese's critically acclaimed Raging Bull
Raging Bull
(1980).[6] He created the title role of John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea at the Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill
Eugene O'Neill
Theatre Center in 1983. He repeated it the following year Off-Broadway and won an Obie Award. Spike Lee
Spike Lee
liked Turturro's performance in Five Corners so much that he cast him in Do the Right Thing. This movie was the first of a long-standing collaboration between the director and Turturro, which includes work together on a total of nine films—more than any other actor in the Lee oeuvre--[7] including Mo' Better Blues
Mo' Better Blues
(1990), Jungle Fever (1991), Clockers (1995), Girl 6
Girl 6
(1996), He Got Game
He Got Game
(1998), Summer of Sam
Summer of Sam
(1999), She Hate Me
She Hate Me
(2004), and Miracle at St. Anna (2008).[8]

Turturro at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

Turturro has appeared in both comedy and drama films, and engaged in an extended collaboration with the Coen Brothers—he appeared in their films Miller's Crossing
Miller's Crossing
(1990), Barton Fink
Barton Fink
(1991), The Big Lebowski (1998), and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000). He has also appeared in several of Adam Sandler's movies, such as Mr. Deeds
Mr. Deeds
(2002) and You Don't Mess with the Zohan
You Don't Mess with the Zohan
(2008). He played a severely disturbed patient of Jack Nicholson's character in the comedy Anger Management and played Johnny Depp's character's antagonist in Secret Window.[8] Turturro hosted Saturday Night Live
Saturday Night Live
in 1994, where he spoofed his then-recently made film, Quiz Show, being told he was ineligible to host unless he answered questions in a booth and if he failed, the honor of hosting would go to Joey Buttafuoco, who was actually backstage to witness Turturro's test. He won an Emmy award for his portrayal of Adrian Monk's brother Ambrose in the USA Network
USA Network
series Monk, and reprised the role on numerous occasions. He has also been nominated and won many awards from film organizations such as Screen Actors Guild, Cannes Film Festival, Golden Globes
Golden Globes
and others.[8] Turturro produced and directed, as well as acted in, the film Illuminata (1999), which also starred his wife, actress Katherine Borowitz. He wrote and directed the film Romance and Cigarettes (2005). In 2006 he appeared in Robert De Niro's The Good Shepherd, and as the Sector 7 agent Simmons in four films of the Transformers live-action series. In 2010, he directed (and had cameo on-screen appearances in) Passione, which chronicles the rich musical heritage of Naples, Italy.[citation needed] His stage directorial debut was in October 2011, with the Broadway play Relatively Speaking, in which he guided an ensemble of veteran actors in a production of three comedic one-act plays, written by Elaine May, Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and Ethan Coen. The cast included Julie Kavner, Marlo Thomas, Mark Linn-Baker
Mark Linn-Baker
and Steve Guttenberg.[7] Turturro's fifth directorial film Fading Gigolo
Fading Gigolo
premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
(TIFF) in mid-September 2013. Turturro also acts in the film alongside Woody Allen, who played a novice pimp overseeing the sex work of Turturro's character. During a September 2013 interview, Turturro expressed his intention to draw parallels between sex work and acting, explaining that the latter is a "service business" in which actors are "acting out people's wishes or fantasies."[6] In March 2014, Turturro received the Career Achievement tribute and award at the 31st Edition of the Miami International Film Festival at the Olympia Theater in Downtown Miami.[citation needed] Personal life[edit] Turturro's brother is actor Nicholas Turturro. Artist Ralph Turturro, composer and film director Richard Termini, and actress Aida Turturro are his cousins.[9] He has two sons: Amedeo (born 1990) and Diego (born 2000), with his wife, actress Katherine Borowitz.[5] John Turturro
John Turturro
participates as a member of the Jury for the New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF), which is dedicated to screening films for children between the ages of 3 and 18.[10] In January 2011, Turturro received his Italian passport, and holds dual Italian and U.S. citizenship.[11] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1980 Raging Bull Man at table Uncredited

1984 Exterminator 2 Guy #1

1984 Flamingo Kid, TheThe Flamingo Kid Ted from Pinky's

1985 Desperately Seeking Susan Ray

1985 To Live and Die in L.A. Carl Cody

1986 Hannah and Her Sisters Writer

1986 Color of Money, TheThe Color of Money Julian

1986 Gung Ho Willie

1986 Off Beat Neil Pepper

1987 Five Corners Heinz Zabantino Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male

1987 Sicilian, TheThe Sicilian Pisciotta

1989 Do the Right Thing Pino

1990 Catchfire Pinella

1990 State of Grace Nick

1990 King of New York Eddie

1990 Mo' Better Blues Moe Flatbush

1990 Miller's Crossing Bernie Bernbaum Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (3rd place) Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor (3rd place)

1991 Men of Respect Mike Battaglia

1991 Jungle Fever Paulie Carbone

1991 Barton Fink Barton Fink

Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
Award for Best Actor David di Donatello
David di Donatello
for Best Foreign Actor Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor

1992 Mac Niccolò Vitelli Also director and writer Caméra d'Or Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Director Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature

1992 Brain Donors Roland T. Flakfizer

1993 Being Human Lucinnius

1993 Fearless Bill Pearlman

1994 Quiz Show Herb Stempel

Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated— Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Nominated— Screen Actors Guild Award
Screen Actors Guild Award
for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

1994 Search for One-eye Jimmy, TheThe Search for One-eye Jimmy Disco Bean

1995 Search and Destroy Ron

1995 Unstrung Heroes Sidney Lidz

1995 Clockers Det. Larry Mazilla

1996 Girl 6 Murray

1996 Box of Moonlight Al Fountain Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male

1996 Grace of My Heart Joel Milner

1997 The Last Bet Leon

1997 Truce, TheThe Truce Primo Levi

1998 Illuminata Tuccio Also director, writer and producer Nominated—Palme d'Or

1998 Rounders Joey Knish

1998 He Got Game Billy Sunday

1998 O.K. Garage Jonny

1998 Big Lebowski, TheThe Big Lebowski Jesus Quintana

1998 Animals with the Tollkeeper Tuxedo Man

1999 Summer of Sam Harvey the Dog Voice

1999 Cradle Will Rock Aldo Silvana

2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? Pete Nominated—MTV Movie Award for On-Screen Team (with George Clooney and Tim Blake Nelson)

2000 Man Who Cried, TheThe Man Who Cried Dante Dominio

2000 Company Man Crocker Johnson

2000 Two Thousand and None Benjamin Kasparian

2000 Luzhin Defence, TheThe Luzhin Defence Alexander Luzhin

2001 Monkeybone Monkeybone Voice

2001 Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Walker Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast

2002 Collateral Damage Armstrong

2002 Mr. Deeds Emilio Lopez

2003 Fear X Harry

Nominated—Bodil Award for Best Actor Nominated— Fangoria
Chainsaw Award for Best Actor

2003 Anger Management Chuck

2003 Opopomoz John Voice

2004 Secret Passage Paolo Zane

2004 Secret Window John Shooter Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor

2004 She Hate Me Don Angelo Bonasera

2004 2BPerfectlyHonest [12] Sal / Roberto

2005 Romance and Cigarettes Male dancer and singer Also director, writer and producer Nominated—Golden Lion

2005 The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation Son Voice; short film

2006 Good Shepherd, TheThe Good Shepherd Ray Brocco

2006 A Few Days in September William Pound

2007 Transformers Agent Seymour Simmons

2007 Margot at the Wedding Jim Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Cast

2007 Slipstream Harvey Brickman

2007 Joulutarina Iisakki Voice; english dub

2008 What Just Happened Dick Bell

2008 You Don't Mess With The Zohan Fatoush 'The Phantom' Hakbarah

2008 Miracle at St. Anna Detective Antonio 'Tony' Ricci Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble

2009 Taking of Pelham 123, TheThe Taking of Pelham 123 Camonetti

2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Seymour Simmons

2009 Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy Himself Documentary Also writer and executive producer

2010 Passione Himself/Narrator Documentary Also director and co-write

2010 Nutcracker in 3D, TheThe Nutcracker in 3D The Rat King

2011 Cars 2 Francesco Bernoulli Voice

2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Seymour Simmons

2011 Somewhere Tonight Leroy

2013 Fading Gigolo Fioravante Also director and writer

2013 Gods Behaving Badly Hades

2014 God's Pocket Arthur 'Bird' Capezio

2014 Exodus: Gods and Kings Seti I

2014 Rio, I Love You Homem Segment "Quando não há Mais Amor" Also director and writer

2015 Mia Madre Barry Huggins

2015 Partly Cloudy with Sunny Spells Lombelli

2015 The Ridiculous 6 Abner Doubleday

2016 Hands of Stone Frankie Carbo

2017 Landline Alan Jacobs

2017 Hair John Turturro Short film; also writer and director

2017 Transformers: The Last Knight Seymour Simmons

2018 The True Adventures of Wolfboy Mr. Silk Post-production

2018 Going Places Jesus Quintana Post-production Also writer and director[13]

2018 Gloria Arnold Post-production


Title Year Role Notes

1985 Miami Vice David Traynor Episode: "Rites of Passage"

1988 The Fortunate Pilgrim Larry 3 episodes

1994 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "John Turturro/Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers"

1995 Sugartime Sam Giancana Television film

2001 Biography Narrator Voice; 2 episodes

2002 Monday Night Mayhem Howard Cosell Television film Nominated— Screen Actors Guild Award
Screen Actors Guild Award
for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

2002 Frasier Grant Voice Episode: "Don't Go Breaking My Heart"

2004–2008 Monk Ambrose Monk 3 episodes Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

2007 The Bronx Is Burning Billy Martin 8 episodes Nominated— Screen Actors Guild Award
Screen Actors Guild Award
for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

2007 Flight of the Conchords Credits Cop Episode: "The Actor"

2016 The New Yorker Presents Patient Episode: "Episode #1.8"

2016 The Night Of John Stone 8 episodes Nominated— Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated— Screen Actors Guild Award
Screen Actors Guild Award
for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

2017 Difficult People Dusty Episode: "Bernie and Blythe"

Video games[edit]

Cars 2: The Video Game, 2011, as Francesco Bernoull


World War Z, 2007, as Serosha Garcia Alvarez


NBA on TNT, as Claude X


^ "John Turturro's 'Passione': Going Behind the Lens With "The Big Lebowski" Actor Turned Director" on YouTube ^ a b c "TURTURRO BURNS THROUGH THREE VERSIONS OF REALITY IN 'LIFE (X) 3'". Saint Paul Pioneer Press. 2003-06-01. Retrieved 2009-03-27.  ^ " John Turturro
John Turturro
Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. 1957-02-28. Retrieved 2010-03-14.  ^ Stated on Finding Your Roots, October 31, 2017 ^ a b Pfefferman, Naomi (1998-04-19). "Far Beyond Tears". The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Retrieved 2017-04-07.  ^ a b Shoard, Catherine (September 12, 2013). " John Turturro
John Turturro
on nuns, Woody Allen
Woody Allen
and middle-aged sex". The Guardian. Retrieved September 13, 2013.  ^ a b Akers, W.M. (September 19, 2011). "The Long and the Short of It". The New York Observer -Fall Arts Preview.  ^ a b c John Turturro
John Turturro
on IMDb ^ "Ralph Turturro". Bergen Museum of Art and Science. 2014. Retrieved 2018-02-23.  ^ "NYICFF Jury". Gkids.com. Retrieved 2010-03-14.  ^ " John Turturro
John Turturro
and His New Italian Passport". YouTube. 2011-01-27. Retrieved August 15, 2012.  ^ Scheib, Ronnie (May 25, 2004). "Review: '2B Perfectly Honest'". Variety. Retrieved February 28, 2017.  ^ "'Big Lebowski' Spinoff 'Going Places' Already Shooting, with John Turturro Directing and Starring as The Jesus". indiewire.com. 17 August 2016. Retrieved 17 August 2016. 

External links[edit]

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Films directed by John Turturro

Mac (1992) Illuminata (1998) Romance & Cigarettes (2005) Passione (2010) Fading Gigolo
Fading Gigolo
(2013) Going Places (2018)

Awards for John Turturro

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Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
Best Actor Award


Ray Milland
Ray Milland
(1946) Edward G. Robinson
Edward G. Robinson
(1949) Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave
(1951) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
(1952) Charles Vanel
Charles Vanel
(1953) Spencer Tracy/cast of Bolshaya Semya (1955) John Kitzmiller
John Kitzmiller
(1957) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1958) Bradford Dillman/Dean Stockwell/ Orson Welles
Orson Welles
(1959) Anthony Perkins
Anthony Perkins
(1961) Dean Stockwell/Jason Robards/Ralph Richardson/ Murray Melvin
Murray Melvin
(1962) Richard Harris
Richard Harris
(1963) Antal Páger/ Saro Urzì
Saro Urzì
(1964) Terence Stamp
Terence Stamp
(1965) Per Oscarsson
Per Oscarsson
(1966) Oded Kotler
Oded Kotler
(1967) Jean-Louis Trintignant
Jean-Louis Trintignant
(1969) Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1970) Riccardo Cucciolla
Riccardo Cucciolla
(1971) Jean Yanne (1972) Giancarlo Giannini
Giancarlo Giannini
(1973) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1974) Vittorio Gassman
Vittorio Gassman


José Luis Gómez
José Luis Gómez
(1976) Fernando Rey
Fernando Rey
(1977) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1978) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1979) Michel Piccoli
Michel Piccoli
(1980) Ugo Tognazzi
Ugo Tognazzi
(1981) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1982) Gian Maria Volontè
Gian Maria Volontè
(1983) Alfredo Landa/ Francisco Rabal
Francisco Rabal
(1984) William Hurt
William Hurt
(1985) Michel Blanc/ Bob Hoskins
Bob Hoskins
(1986) Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1987) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(1988) James Spader
James Spader
(1989) Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu
(1990) John Turturro
John Turturro
(1991) Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(1992) David Thewlis
David Thewlis
(1993) Ge You (1994) Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
(1995) Pascal Duquenne/ Daniel Auteuil
Daniel Auteuil
(1996) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(1997) Peter Mullan
Peter Mullan
(1998) Emmanuel Schotte (1999) Tony Leung Chiu-wai
Tony Leung Chiu-wai


Benoît Magimel
Benoît Magimel
(2001) Olivier Gourmet
Olivier Gourmet
(2002) Muzaffer Ozdemir/Emin Toprak (2003) Yūya Yagira (2004) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(2005) Jamel Debbouze/Samy Naceri/Roschdy Zem/Sami Bouajila/Bernard Blancan (2006) Konstantin Lavronenko (2007) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Javier Bardem/ Elio Germano
Elio Germano
(2010) Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin
(2011) Mads Mikkelsen
Mads Mikkelsen
(2012) Bruce Dern
Bruce Dern
(2013) Timothy Spall
Timothy Spall
(2014) Vincent Lindon
Vincent Lindon
(2015) Shahab Hosseini
Shahab Hosseini
(2016) Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix

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David di Donatello
David di Donatello
Award for Best Foreign Actor

Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1957) Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando
/ Charles Laughton
Charles Laughton
(1958) Jean Gabin
Jean Gabin
(1959) Cary Grant
Cary Grant
(1960) Charlton Heston
Charlton Heston
(1961) Anthony Perkins
Anthony Perkins
/ Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1962) Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck
(1963) Fredric March
Fredric March
/ Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1964) Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
(1965) Richard Burton
Richard Burton
(1966) Richard Burton
Richard Burton
/ Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1967) Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
/ Spencer Tracy
Spencer Tracy
(1968) Rod Steiger
Rod Steiger
(1969) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
/ Peter O'Toole
Peter O'Toole
(1970) Ryan O'Neal
Ryan O'Neal
(1971) Chaim Topol
Chaim Topol
(1972) Yves Montand
Yves Montand
/ Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
(1973) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
/ Robert Redford
Robert Redford
(1974) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
/ Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
/ Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1975) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
/ Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret
(1976) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
/ Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone
(1977) Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
(1978) Richard Gere
Richard Gere
/ Michel Serrault
Michel Serrault
(1979) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
/ Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1980) Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
(1981) Klaus Maria Brandauer
Klaus Maria Brandauer
(1982) Paul Newman
Paul Newman
(1983) Woody Allen
Woody Allen
(1984) Tom Hulce
Tom Hulce
(1985) William Hurt
William Hurt
(1986) Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
(1987) Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas
(1988) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1989) Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret
(1990) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1991) John Turturro
John Turturro
(1992) Daniel Auteuil
Daniel Auteuil
(1993) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1994) John Travolta
John Travolta
(1995) Harvey Keitel
Harvey Keitel

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Primetime Emmy Award
Emmy Award
for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Roscoe Lee Browne
Roscoe Lee Browne
(1986) John Cleese
John Cleese
(1987) Cleavon Little
Cleavon Little
(1989) Jay Thomas
Jay Thomas
(1990) Jay Thomas
Jay Thomas
(1991) No Award (1992) David Clennon (1993) Martin Sheen
Martin Sheen
(1994) Carl Reiner
Carl Reiner
(1995) Tim Conway
Tim Conway
(1996) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(1997) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(1998) Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
(1999) Bruce Willis
Bruce Willis
(2000) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(2001) Anthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
(2002) Gene Wilder
Gene Wilder
(2003) John Turturro
John Turturro
(2004) Bobby Cannavale
Bobby Cannavale
(2005) Leslie Jordan
Leslie Jordan
(2006) Stanley Tucci
Stanley Tucci
(2007) Tim Conway
Tim Conway
(2008) Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
(2009) Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
(2010) Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
(2011) Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
(2012) Bob Newhart
Bob Newhart
(2013) Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
(2014) Bradley Whitford
Bradley Whitford
(2015) Peter Scolari (2016) Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle

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