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Bobby Cannavale

Highest Rated:   95% The Station Agent (2003)
Lowest Rated:   4% Movie 43 (2013)
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Birthplace:   Union City, New Jersey, USA
Growing up in Union City, NJ, Bobby Cannavale participated in the school play because his mother wanted him off the streets. Today, he is a recognizable New York-based character actor with roles in the city's best theater, television, and film productions. Cannavale was born in New Jersey to an Italian father and a Cuban mother. His parents insisted that he attend St. Michael's Catholic School in Union City where he took part in almost every after school activity, from the alter boys to the chorus. When he was eight, Cannavale secured the plum role of "the lisping boy" in his school's production of The Music Man and a part in Guys and Dolls. Ever since then, he wanted to do nothing but perform. Cannavale's parents divorced when he was 13 and his mother moved the family to Puerto Rico. After two years in Latin America, they returned to the United States and settled in Coconut Creek, FL. Cannavale returned to New Jersey after graduating high school in the late '80s -- he needed to be closer to New York in order to begin his acting career. Forgoing acting lessons for actual performance experience, Cannavale became involved with Manhattan's prestigious Circle Repertory Theater. He served as a "reader" for several plays and was eventually cast as Mark Linn-Baker's understudy in Georges Feydeau's French farce A Flea in Her Ear. Cannavale soon ended up replacing Baker for two weeks. His first-rate performance secured him a role in the company's next play, Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. Television powerhouse John Wells attended one of the shows and cast Cannavale in his television series Trinity. Cannavale's character, a tugboat operator, was supposed to appear in only three episodes of the show, but starred in nine. Trinity was canceled in 1998, but Wells immediately secured Cannavale for his next television venture, 1999's Third Watch. As dedicated and lovesick paramedic Robert "Bobby" Caffey, Cannavale struck a cord with female audiences. The show was renewed for a second season, but Cannavale felt that Caffey's character was not being developed. He asked Wells to let him exit the series and to make sure he exited "big." The producer obliged his friend: Caffey left the show mid-season after being fatally shot in the chest. The dramatic two-part episode even included a "beyond the grave" meeting between Caffey and his deceased dead-beat dad. In 2001, Cannavale joined the cast of his then-father-in-law, Sidney Lumet's heralded television courtroom drama, 100 Centre Street. Cannavale's brazen, ambitious prosecutor, J.J. Jellinek, is a far cry from the softhearted paramedic he portrayed on Third Watch. Debuting on the show at the beginning of its second season, Jellinek shook up 100 Centre Street -- immediately romancing a fellow lawyer and shamelessly advancing his career in any way possible. Cannavale's television career has not kept him away from theater or film. He appeared on-stage throughout the '90s, participating in productions such as Lanford Wilson's Virgil Is Still the Frog Boy and Noel Coward's In Two Keys. His movie credits include Herbe Gardner's I'm Not Rappaport (1996) with Walter Mathau and Ossie Davis, Lumet's Night Falls on Manhattan (1997), and Gloria (1999), John Irvin's HBO original film When Trumpet's Fade (1998), Phillip Noyce's The Bone Collector (1999) with Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington, Spike Lee's 3 A.M. (2001) with Danny Glover, Alec Baldwin's The Devil and Daniel Webster (2002), and Daisy Von Scherler Mayer's The Guru (2002). Cast as friendly and outgoing lunch truck vender Joe in the critically acclaimed 2003 indie hit The Station Agent, Cannavale provided the perfect contrast to Peter Dinklage's introverted protagonist. WIth subsequent small screen roles in Kingpin and OZ that same year, the up and coming actor would become a familiar face to television viewers before once again returning to the silver screen for support

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Ferdinand
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature
  • Frankie
2017
No Score Yet Boundaries
  • Actor
2017
77% The Fundamentals of Caring
  • Cash
2016
81% Ant-Man
  • Paxton
$138.1M 2015
94% Spy
  • De Luca
$90.0M 2015
48% Adult Beginners
  • Danny
$0.2M 2015
78% Danny Collins
  • Tom Donnelly
$4.3M 2015
27% Annie
  • Guy
$58.7M 2014
86% Chef
  • Tony
$23.7M 2014
36% Misery Loves Comedy
  • Actor
$5.8k 2014
53% Lovelace
  • Butchie Peraino
$0.3M 2013
91% Blue Jasmine
  • Chili
2013
41% Parker
  • Jake Fernandez
$17.7M 2013
4% Movie 43
  • Superman
$8.8M 2013
67% Roadie
  • Randy
$8.1k 2012
94% Win Win
  • Terry Delfino
$10.2M 2011
78% The Other Guys
  • Jimmy
$119.3M 2010
No Score Yet Marry Me
  • Adam
2010
39% Brief Interviews with Hideous Men
  • Subject #40
2009
63% The Merry Gentleman
  • Michael
$0.3M 2009
33% Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  • Commander Kent
$146.4M 2009
No Score Yet Weakness
  • Joshua Polansky
2009
No Score Yet 100 Feet
  • Shanks
2008
35% Diminished Capacity
  • Lee Vivyan
2008
53% The Promotion
  • Dr. Mark Timms
$0.4M 2008
40% Dedication
  • Don Meyers
2007
54% Romance & Cigarettes
  • Fryburg
$0.4M 2007
85% The Take
  • Agent Steve Perelli
2007
37% The Ten
  • Lying Rhino Body
$0.6M 2007
63% 10 Items or Less
  • Bobby
$69.8k 2006
50% Fast Food Nation
  • Mike
$1.0M 2006
13% Haven
  • Agent Martinez
$0.2M 2006
69% Snakes on a Plane
  • Hank Harris
$33.9M 2006
40% The Night Listener
  • Jess
$7.8M 2006
54% Happy Endings
  • Javier
$1.2M 2005
No Score Yet The Exonerated
  • Jesse
2005
No Score Yet Recipe For A Perfect Christmas
  • Alex Thermadopolis
2005
No Score Yet The Breakup Artist
  • Neighbor
2004
46% Shall We Dance
  • Chic
$57.9M 2004
No Score Yet Fresh Cut Grass
  • Actor
2004
95% The Station Agent
  • Joe Oramas
2003
No Score Yet Kingpin
  • Chato Cadena
2003
79% Washington Heights
  • Angel
2002
57% The Guru
  • Randy
$2.9M 2002
No Score Yet 3 A.M.
  • Jose
2001
17% Gloria
  • Jack
1999
No Score Yet When Trumpets Fade
  • Captain Zenek
1998
68% Night Falls on Manhattan
  • Vigoda Assistant No. 1
1997
38% I'm Not Rappaport
  • Parking Lot Customer
1996

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
2014
  • Appearing
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
77% Vinyl
2016
  • Richie Finestra
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2015
84% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
  • Mike Cruz Dr. Mike Cruz Dr. Ike Prentiss Miguel Cruz
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
91% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
  • Valentin Narcisse Meyer Lansky Dunn Purnsley Gyp Rosetti
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
85% Modern Family
2009
  • Lewis
  • 2012
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • Charles Rosselini Charles Rossellini
  • 2011
  • 2010
93% Louie
2010-2015
  • Chris
  • 2010
40% Cupid
2009
  • Trevor Pierce Trevor
  • 2009
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
  • Eddie Saccardo
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet The War
2007
  • Voice
  • 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Randy Porter
  • 2007
  • 2002
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Vince Vince D'Angelo
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Six Feet Under
2001-2005
  • Javier
  • 2004
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
  • Julian Bello
  • 2003
No Score Yet Oz
1997-2003
  • Alonzo Torquemada
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Wilson Jade
  • 2002
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Kyle Novacek
  • 2002

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