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  • Real name : Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio
  • Place of birth : Brooklyn
  • Date of birth : 30/06/1959



  • D'Onofrio Vincent


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Vincent D'Onofrio (1959)

Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio

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Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio is an American actor, director, film producer, writer, and singer. Often referred to as an actor's actor, his work as a character actor has earned him the nickname of "Human Chameleon". He first gained attention for his role as Private Leonard 'Gomer Pyle' Lawrence in the war film Full Metal Jacket and more recently for his role as Detective Robert Goren in the crime TV series Law & Order: Criminal Intent.


 early life
Vincent D'Onofrio was born in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, to Gennaro D’Onofrio, an interior designer and theater production assistant, and Phyllis, a waitress and restaurant manager. The couple met while Gene was stationed in Hawaii with the U. S. Air Force; they later relocated to the mainland. In 1956 they had their first child, Antoinette, who now owns the Rib City restaurant in American Fork, Utah. She was followed in birth by Elizabeth , an actress and drama coach now residing in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, then by Vincent, the couple's only son.

D'Onofrio's parents divorced when he was young, and his mother later married George Meyer who had a son, Guy, and daughter, Connie, from a previous marriage. The family relocated to the Hialeah area of Florida, and in 1977 Vincent graduated from Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School. He went on to attend the University of Colorado, but left after 18 months to pursue acting. He began his acting career by performing in many New York University student productions while working as a bouncer at the Hard Rock Cafe and other various clubs around the city. In 1984 D'Onofrio joined the American Stanislavsky Theatre in New York and studying under coaches Sonya Moore and Sharon Chatten of the Actors Studio, went on to appear in a number of their productions, including Of Mice and Men and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He also made his Broadway debut as Nick Rizzoli in Open Admissions.

In 1987 D'Onofrio entered mainstream consciousness with two film roles that demonstrated his range as an actor: In the first, he played the overweight Private Leonard "Gomer Pyle" Lawrence in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, for which he gained , bringing his weight to . In the second, he played Dawson, the owner of Dawson's Garage in Adventures in Babysitting, directed by Chris Columbus. D'Onofrio appears in only one scene near the end of the film, but his role attracted attention because of his muscular physique and long blond hair which causes Sara, the film's youngest character, to mistakenly believe he is Thor, the comic-book superhero she idolizes. In 1988 D'Onofrio was in the film Mystic Pizza, Julia Roberts' breakout film. In the latter film, he was billed under his full name of Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio.

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.

In 1997 D'Onofrio made a move to television and received an Emmy nomination for his appearance as John Lange, the doomed victim in the Homicide: Life on the Street episode "Subway". In 2001 he took on what became his longest and best known role as Det. Robert Goren on the NBC / USA Network television show Law & Order: Criminal Intent. D'Onofrio also turned down a role in The Sopranos.

In 1998 D'Onofrio, his father, Gene, and his sister, Elizabeth, founded the River Run International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 2003, former film producer and Dean of the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Dale Pollock took over the festival and moved it from RiverRun to Winston-Salem. Annually, the festival showcases the best films offered from the independent and international industry as well as those from student filmmakers.

D'Onofrio also has had success behind the camera, producing The Whole Wide World , Guy ; executive producing The Velocity of Gary and Steal This Movie and directing the short Five Minutes, Mr. Welles . 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 actor/director, reportedly left director Tim Burton underwhelmed. Burton decided to procure the services of voice-over artist Maurice LaMarche (who is known for his peerless imitation of Welles' voice) to produce a more dramatically effective rendering of the character's dialogue. Disappointed with his performance, having been given only two weeks notice to prepare for the role, D'Onofrio wrote, produced, directed and starred in his own short, Five Minutes, Mr. Welles in answer to the critics, and himself. The film depicts D'Onofrio as Welles preparing for his role in The Third Man.

In 2003 it was reported that D'Onofrio and Joe Pantoliano had begun 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. 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.

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 he appeared in The Break-Up, starring Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn, playing Vaughn's eccentric brother. He and Vaughn had appeared together in two previous films, The Cell, where Vaughn played an FBI agent pursuing D'Onofrio's character, and Thumbsucker.

In 2008 D'Onofrio returned to directing with the feature length musical slasher Don't Go In The Woods written by friend Joe Vinciguerra, featuring a score by Sam Bisbee and starring various unknown actors hand-picked by D'Onofrio. The movie, shot in 13 days in the woods behind D'Onofrios home near Kingston, New York, had a budget of $100,000 and played at numerous festivals throughout 2009 and 2010. It follows an indie rock band who venture into the woods to write new music, only to meet a crazed murderer . It is slated for national release in December 2011.

Also in 2008 D'Onofrio made a cameo appearance in a presidential election-related sketch in a Saturday Night Live episode as his character Det. Robert Goren. In the sketch, which originally aired on March 1, 2008, he interrogates Hillary Clinton . His entrance to and exit from the skit are punctuated by the classic Law & Order "dun-DUN" sound.

In 2009 it was announced that D'Onofrio would be leaving Law & Order: Criminal Intent in the spring of 2010 with his last appearance occurring in the two-part Season 9 premiere. He was replaced by Jeff Goldblum, but after a drop in ratings, D'Onofrio agreed to return for a 10th, and final season of the show. The final episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent aired on June 26, 2011.

Throughout 2009 and 2010 D'Onofrio worked on numerous films including Staten Island , Brooklyn's Finest , Ass Backwards , Kill the Irishman and Crackers . In 2009 he also appeared in the Oscar-winning short The New Tenants .

On July 3, 2011, D'Onofrio began work on the Jennifer Lynch film, Rabbit, in which he portrays Bob, a serial killer who kidnaps a young boy, Rabbit, and makes him his protégé. When he becomes older ("grown up") Rabbit must decide whether to follow in the footsteps of his captor or plan his escape. The film shot in areas in and around Regina and Moose Jaw in Saskatchewan.

In July 2011 D'Onofrio also filmed Fire with Fire with Bruce Willis, Josh Duhamel and Rosario Dawson on location in New Orleans. The film follows a fireman whose life takes an unexpected turn when he's threatened by the murderous white supremacist (D'Onofrio) he's been ordered to testify against.

On August 19, 2011, D'Onofrio began filming the short American Falls in and around New York. The movie, set in 1965, follows the Japanese-American Suzuki family and their experiences with Charles Bone , an African-American stranger who visits their small motel in rural Idaho at the height of the Civil Rights Era. D'Onofrio portrays Detective Foster, who comes looking for Charles. The movie also stars Sean Cullen as a second detective.

On Septemer 14, 2011, it was announced that a new TV show entitled Blue Tilt, a term used to describe the effects of homicide detectives dealing with horrific crimes on a daily basis resulting in being a danger to themselves and the need for psychiatric observation, was being brought to NBC via Universal Television. The hour-long cop drama will star Vincent D'Onofrio and Ethan Hawke balancing their careers along with family life. Both are divorced and have children. Vincent will play 'Sonny' named after his real-life uncle. Writer Chris Brancato, fresh from Season 10 of Law and Order: Criminal Intent, was brought on board to pen the episodes. Filming of the pilot episode is set to start the beginning of February, 2012. D'Onofrio and Hawke had previously worked together in the films The Newton Boys, Staten Island and Brooklyn's Finest, and will appear together again in the upcoming movie, Sinister, due to be released in 2012.

 personal life
In the early 1990s D'Onofrio was married to actress, Greta Scacchi, with whom he made several movies in the late 1980s and early 1990s . The couple have one daughter, Leila George, born March 20, 1992, in Sydney, Australia.

On March 22, 1997, D'Onofrio married Dutch model, Carin van der Donk, and in December 1999, the couple had a son, Elias Gene. D'Onofrio and van der Donk divorced in October 2003. They reconciled in 2007 and had a second son, Luka, on February 14, 2008. Known to be protective of his privacy, D'Onofrio's current marital status is often the subject of fan debate. During a 2011 fan chat on Twitter, D'Onofrio stated that he had remarried, but did not give further details.

On November 10, 2004, D'Onofrio experienced a health issue when he collapsed on the set of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He collapsed again at home a few days later, and after further testing was diagnosed with exhaustion. The reasons for his exhaustion were explained later as his 14-hour days filming Law and Order: Criminal Intent, coupled with the filming of his short film, Five Minutes, Mr. Welles during his hiatus.

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