Vincent D'Onofrio

Vincent D'Onofrio

Jun. 30th, 1959
Born in
Brooklyn, New York, USA
6' 3

Vincent D'Onofrio's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent TV Show
Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Marvel's Daredevil TV Show
Marvel's Daredevil
Men in Black: The Series TV Show
Men in Black: The Series

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Jurassic World
2015 - Run All Night
2014 - Chlorine
2013 - Pawn Shop Chronicles
2013 - Escape Plan
2012 - Sinister
2011 - Kill the Irishman
2009 - Staten Island
2009 - The New Tenants
2009 - Brooklyn's Finest
2008 - The Narrows
2008 - Cadillac Records
2006 - The Break-Up
2005 - Thumbsucker
2003 - Overnight
2002 - The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
2002 - The Salton Sea
2000 - The Cell
2000 - Happy Accidents
2000 - Steal This Movie
1999 - The Thirteenth Floor
1999 - The Thirteenth Floor
1998 - Claire Dolan
1998 - The Newton Boys
1996 - The Whole Wide World
1996 - Feeling Minnesota
1995 - Strange Days
1995 - Stuart Saves His Family
1994 - Ed Wood
1993 - Mr. Wonderful
1992 - Malcolm X
1992 - The Player
1991 - Naked Tango
1991 - Dying Young
1991 - JFK
1988 - Mystic Pizza
1987 - Full Metal Jacket
1987 - Adventures in Babysitting

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Thomas Marley Jr.
The Judge (Voiced)
Leon Wolf
Himself - Special Segment Actor
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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).

  • Has played 'Orson Welles' (qv) in two different, unrelated productions: _Ed Wood (1994)_ (qv) and _Five Minutes, Mr. Welles (2005)_ (qv).
  • Last name is pronounced Don-off-ree-o.
  • 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).
  • Gained 45 pounds for his role in _The Salton Sea (2002)_ (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.
  • Was considered for the role of Knuckles in _Suburban Commando (1991)_ (qv).

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