Jun. 30th, 1959
Brooklyn, New York, USA
6' 3 1/2"
Vincent D'Onofrio's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Brooklyn's Finest
2009 - The New Tenants
2009 - Staten Island
2008 - Cadillac Records
2006 - The Break-Up
2005 - Thumbsucker
2003 - Overnight
2002 - The Salton Sea
2002 - The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
2000 - Happy Accidents
2000 - Steal This Movie
2000 - The Cell
1999 - The Thirteenth Floor
1998 - Claire Dolan
1998 - The Newton Boys
1997 - Men in Black
1996 - Feeling Minnesota
1996 - The Whole Wide World
1995 - Strange Days
1995 - Stuart Saves His Family
1994 - Ed Wood
1993 - Mr. Wonderful
1992 - Malcolm X
1992 - The Player
1991 - Dying Young
1991 - JFK
1988 - Mystic Pizza
1987 - Full Metal Jacket
1987 - Adventures in Babysitting
Guest TV Roles
Thomas Marley Jr.
The Judge (Voiced)
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 Renée 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, Renée Zellweger, Marisa Tomei, Tracey Ullman, Rebecca De Mornay and Lili Taylor (I).
- Played the character of "Bill Newman" in both _JFK (1991)_ (qv) and _Malcolm X (1992)_ (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).
- 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).
- Gained a world record 70 pounds for his role in _Full Metal Jacket (1987)_ (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.
- Has played 'Orson Welles' (qv) in two different, unrelated productions: _Ed Wood (1994)_ (qv) and _Five Minutes, Mr. Welles (2005)_ (qv).
- Son: Elias Gene D'Onofrio, born in January 2000. His mother is Carin van der Donk.
- 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).