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Vincent D'Onofrio

D'Onofrio at the Tribeca Film Festival, May 2008
Born Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio
June 30, 1959 (1959-06-30) (age 50)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Other name(s) Vincent Philip D'Onofrio
Vince D'Onofrio
Occupation Actor/Producer
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Greta Scacchi (1991-1993) (divorced) 1 child
Carin van der Donk (1997-2003) (divorced) 2 children

Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio (born June 30, 1959) is an American actor and film producer.[1] He first gained attention for his role as "Private Leonard 'Gomer Pyle' Lawrence" in Full Metal Jacket, and more currently for his role as Detective Robert Goren in Law & Order: Criminal Intent.


Early life

D'Onofrio was born in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, of Sicilian descent.[2] He is the son of Gennaro (Gene) D’Onofrio, an interior designer and part-time theater production assistant, and Phyllis D‘Onofrio (now Meyer) a waitress and restaurant manager. His parents met while Gennaro was stationed in Hawaii with the U.S. Air Force. The couple relocated to the mainland where they had three children. Vincent is the youngest and the only boy. His middle sister Elizabeth D'Onofrio is an actress and drama coach now residing in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. His eldest sister, Toni, owns the Rib City restaurant in Utah.


In 1984, D'Onofrio became a full member of the American Stanislavsky Theatre, appearing in a number of its productions, including Of Mice and Men and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He also made his Broadway debut as Nick Rizzoli in Open Admissions.[3] Before this breakthrough, he had been acting in New York University student films and was working as a bouncer at the Hard Rock Cafe.[4]

In 1987, D'Onofrio entered the mainstream consciousness with two film roles that demonstrated his range as an actor. His first major film role was as the overweight Private Leonard "Gomer Pyle" Lawrence in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film, Full Metal Jacket, a part for which he gained nearly 70 lb (32 kg), bringing his weight to 280 lb (130 kg).[5] The other role was that of Dawson, the owner of Dawson's Garage in Adventures in Babysitting, directed by Chris Columbus. D'Onofrio appears in only one pivotal scene near the end of the film, but his role attracted attention because of his muscular physique and long blond hair, which cause the film's youngest character to mistakenly believe that he is actually Thor, the comic-book superhero she idolizes.

D'Onofrio continued to play a wide variety of roles, including iconic director Orson Welles in Tim Burton's Ed Wood, farmer Edgar and the evil "Bug" that possesses him from Men in Black, the father of a saint in Nancy Savoca's Household Saints, Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman in Steal This Movie, a time traveler from the distant future in Happy Accidents, and opposite Jennifer Lopez as serial killer Carl Stargher in The Cell.

He has dabbled in film production and direction, having produced two films, The Whole Wide World and Guy, in 1996 and 1997 executive produced two others, The Velocity of Gary in 1998 and Steal This Movie in 2000, and directed the short Five Minutes, Mr. Welles in 2005. This last represents a culmination of D'Onofrio's desire to improve on his performance as Welles in Ed Wood, which, in spite of D'Onofrio's striking physical resemblance to the late actor/director, reportedly left director Tim Burton underwhelmed. Burton had to procure the services of voice-over artist Maurice LaMarche to produce a more dramatically effective rendering of the character's dialogue.

D'Onofrio received an Emmy nomination in 1997 for his appearance as John Lange, the doomed victim in the Homicide: Life on the Street episode "Subway". He also starred as Det. Robert Goren on the NBC television show Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

In 2003, it was reported that D'Onofrio and Joe Pantoliano began work on a small film entitled Little Victories, about a 12-year old boy whose perceptions of the world are forever changed when his gangster uncle comes to live with him.[6] According to a television interview with Pantoliano, Little Victories was not completed and went into turnaround because of a failure to raise the funds necessary for production.[citation needed]

In November 2005, D'Onofrio won Best Actor at the Stockholm International Film Festival for his role as Mike Cobb in the independent film Thumbsucker.

In 2006, D'Onofrio appeared in The Break Up, starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn. In it, he played Vaughn's eccentric brother. They had appeared together on two previous films, in The Cell, when Vaughn played an FBI agent attempting to catch D'Onofrio, and Thumbsucker.

In 2008, D'Onofrio made a cameo appearance in a Presidential Election-related sketch of a Saturday Night Live episode as his character Det. Robert Goren.[7] In the sketch, which originally aired on March 1, 2008, he interrogates Hillary Clinton (played by Amy Poehler). His entrance to and exit from the skit are punctuated by the classic Law & Order "dun-DUN" sound.

On October 27, 2009, D'Onofrio portrayed a country singer named George Geronimo Gerkie at Joe's Pub in New York City. He appeared as Gerkie for a second time at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on December 6, 2009, during Matt Pinfield's Holiday Extravaganza Show.

D'Onofrio turned down a role in The Sopranos.

D'Onofrio will be leaving Criminal Intent in Spring of 2010, but will appear in a two part story in the ninth season premiere.[8]

Personal life

D'Onofrio's father, Gene, and his sister Beth founded the River Run International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which began in 1998.[9]

D'Onofrio has a daughter, Leila George D'Onofrio,[10] born 20 March 1992[11][12] in Sydney, Australia. Her mother is actress Greta Scacchi, with whom D'Onofrio made several movies in the late '80s and early '90s (including The Player and Fires Within). The couple were in a relationship from 1991 until 1993. After that relationship ended, D'Onofrio married model Carin van der Donk on March 22, 1997.[13] The couple have a son, Elias Gene, born in December 1999. D'Onofrio and van der Donk split in October 2003,[14] but reconciled in 2007. Carin gave birth to their second son, Luca, on February 14, 2008.[15]

D'Onofrio experienced a health issue when he collapsed on the set of Law & Order: Criminal Intent on November 10, 2004. He collapsed again at home a few days later and was taken back to the hospital for more thorough testing, where he was diagnosed with exhaustion.[16]

Partial filmography

Television (including notable guest appearances)

  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001—2010) as Det. Robert Goren
  • Men in Black: The Series as Bugs (voice) in "The Big Bad Bug Syndrome" (Episode 2.5)
  • Homicide: Life on the Street as John Lange in "Subway" (Episode 6.7)
  • The Equalizer as Davy Baylor in "Suspicion of Innocence" (Episode 3.3) and as Thomas Marley in "Counterfire" (Episode 2.7)
  • Miami Vice as Leon Wolf in "The Afternoon Plane" (Episode 3.17)
  • Spanish Judges (1999)
  • Saturday Night Live (2008) as Det. Robert Goren (Episode 33.630)
  • Xavier: Renegade Angel (2009) as Eric in the episode "El Tornadador" (Episode 2.3)
  • Xavier: Renegade Angel (2009) as The Judge in the episode "Damnesia Vu" (Episode 2.6)


  • Anatomy of a Homicide, PBS (1998)[17]


  1. ^ Otto, Jeff (September 19, 2005). "Interview: Vincent D'Onofrio". IGN. Retrieved June 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ Mason, Dave (2007-10-01). "'Criminal Intent' detective to face personal trauma". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  3. ^ Open Admissions at the Internet Broadway Database
  4. ^ Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Vincent D'Onofrio. NBC Universal Media Village.
  5. ^ Bennetts, Leslie (July 10, 1987). "The Trauma of Being a Kubrick Marine". The New York Times. Retrieved April 30, 2009. 
  6. ^ Gardner, Chris. "Pantoliano, D'Onofrio in 'Little' film." The Hollywood Reporter. 21 May 2003.
  7. ^ Itzkoff, Dave. "‘SNL’ Writer Narrows the Gap Between Politics and Farce." New York Times. 3 March 2008.
  8. ^ Porter, Rick. "Vincent D'Onofrio departing 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent'" Zap 2 It. 25 September 2009.
  9. ^ RiverRun International Film Festival history.
  10. ^ Shiny, Happy Vincent-"Vincent D'Onofrio pictured with composer Sam Bisbee and his daughter Leila. " - November 10, 2008 - Opinions, Observations & Other Oddities
  11. ^ Mega Celebrity Birthdays a2z
  12. ^ Vincent D'Onofrio
  13. ^ [1] Vincent D'Onofrio Biography (including spouse's occupation)
  14. ^ Liz Smith My Way, November 16, 2003
  15. ^ "Criminal Intent's Vincent D'Onofrio Welcomes a Son",, October 15, 2007
  16. ^ "D'Onofrio returns to 'Law and Order'." 24 November 2004.
  17. ^ Anatomy of a Homicide: Fact Sheet

External links

Awards and achievements
Seattle International Film Festival
Preceded by
Kevin Spacey
for The Usual Suspects
Best Actor
for The Whole Wide World
Succeeded by
Brendan Fraser
for Still Breathing
Saturn Awards
Preceded by
Brent Spiner
for Star Trek: First Contact
Best Supporting Actor
for Men in Black
Succeeded by
Ian McKellen
for Apt Pupil

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