Jun. 30th, 1959
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Vincent D'Onofrio's Main TV Roles
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Vincent D'Onofrio is known as an "actor's actor". The wide variety of roles he has played and the quality of his work have earned him a reputation as a versatile talent. He studied at the Actors Studio and the American Stanislavski Theatre. His debut on stage was in 1984 in the Broadway play "Open Admissions", followed by work in numerous other stage plays. As a film actor, D'Onofrio's career break came when he played a mentally unbalanced recruit in Full Metal Jacket (1987), directed by the renowned 'Stanley Kubrick'. For this role D'Onofrio gained nearly 70 pounds. He had a major role in Dying Young (1991), and appeared prominently in the box-office smash Men in Black (1997) as the bad guy (Edgar "The Bug").
Other films of note in which he has appeared are Mystic Pizza (1988), JFK (1991), The Player (1992), Ed Wood (1994), The Cell (2000) and The Break-Up (2006). In 1996 D'Onofrio garnered critical acclaim along with co-star Ren�e Zellweger for The Whole Wide World (1996), which he helped produce. He also made a guest appearance in the TV series "Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993) in a 1997 episode, where he played an accident victim who could not be rescued and was destined to die. For this performance he won an Emmy nomination. In 2000 he both produced and starred in Steal This Movie (2000), a biopic of radical leader Abbie Hoffman.
In 2001 D'Onofrio took the role which has likely given him his greatest public recognition: Det. Robert Goren, the lead character in the TV series "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2001). Goren is based on Sherlock Holmes but, instead of relying upon physical evidence like Holmes, D'Onofrio's character focuses on psychology to identify the perpetrators, whom he often draws into confessing or yielding condemning evidence.
In his career D'Onofrio's various film characters have included a priest, a bisexual former porn star, a hijacker, a serial killer, Orson Welles, a space alien, a 1960s radical leader, a pulp fiction writer, an ingenious police investigator and Stuart Smalley's dope-head brother. His on-screen love interests have included Julia Roberts (I), Cameron Diaz, Ren�e Zellweger, Marisa Tomei, Tracey Ullman, Rebecca De Mornay and Lili Taylor (I).
- Gained a world record 70 pounds for his role in _Full Metal Jacket (1987)_ (qv).
- Unhappy with his impression of 'Orson Welles' (qv), director 'Tim Burton (I)' (qv) had D'Onofrio's voice dubbed, in the film _Ed Wood (1994)_ (qv). The near perfect 'Orson Welles' (qv) impression was supplied by voice-over artist 'Maurice LaMarche' (qv).
- Divorced wife Carin van der Donk in 2003. The couple reconciled in 2007 and had a son, Luca, in 2008. They have not remarried.
- Is left-handed.
- One of the founders of the River Run Film Festival (Winston-Salem, North Carolina), along with his sister, 'Elizabeth D'Onofrio' (qv), and their father, 'Gene D'Onofrio' (qv).
- "I want you to be big -- 'Lon Chaney' (qv) big," 'Stanley Kubrick' (qv) informed D'Onofrio during the filming of _Full Metal Jacket (1987)_ (qv).
- Son: Luca D'Onofrio, born February 14, 2008. His mother is Carin van der Donk.
- Ironically, he played Moriarty in a TV movie titled "Sherlock" while he starred as Robert Goren in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, whose character is based on Sherlock Holmes.