Apr. 15th, 1974
Miami, Florida, USA
Danny Pino's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Across the Hall
2008 - The Burning Plain
2006 - Flicka
2005 - Rx
Guest TV Roles
Detective Nick Amaro
Det. Scotty Valens
Daniel Gonzalo "Danny" Pino (born April 15, 1974), named after his grandfather Pedro Gonzalo de Armas, is an American actor. In 2002 he appeared in London's West End in the theatre play called Up for Grabs with 'Madonna'. In May 2003, Pino played Desi Arnaz in a CBS special on the life of 'Lucille Ball', Lucy: The Lucille Ball Story.
Pino was born in Miami, Florida. He graduated from Miami Coral Park High School in 1992 and from Florida International University in 1996, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He also attended New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in 2000. Danny Pino currently stars as Detective Nick Amaro in the long-running NBC legal drama, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Pino is known for his critically acclaimed performance as Mexican druglord and serial rapist Armadillo Quintero on FX's The Shield. He has also appeared in The Lost City and Flicka which featured 'Tim McGraw'. Pino also starred in the hit CBS series Cold Case as Detective Scotty Valens. In 2011, Pino joined the cast of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for its thirteenth season along with Chase actress 'Kelli Giddish' coinciding with the departing Christopher Meloni. Pino's role on SVU is NYPD Detective Nick Amaro, a detective transferring from the narcotics squad to the special victims unit.
Pino has also written two episodes of Cold Case: "Stealing Home" and "Metamorphosis". Starting in 2005, Pino has been in six CBS Cares public service announcements, with other stars of CBS original programs. He has made single appearances on The Sharon Osbourne Show in 2004, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in 2005, The Drop in 2005, Entertainment Tonight in 2008, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2011.
Pino and his wife, Lilly, whom he married in 2002, have two sons—Luca Daniel, born February 15, 2006, and Julian Franco, born June 5, 2007.
- His wife gave birth to their son, Julian Franco, on June 5, 2007. He weighed in at 7 lbs, 15 oz.
- Danny and his wife, Lilly, had a baby boy, Luca Daniel, on February 15, 2006 at a Los Angeles area hospital. The baby weighed in at 8 pounds.
- He also speaks Spanish.
- Is of Cuban descent.