John Turturro

John Turturro

Highest Rated: 99% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2014)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Nutcracker in 3D (2010)

Birthday: Feb 28, 1957

Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

One of the top character actors of his era, John Turturro is a fixture of the contemporary American independent filmmaking landscape. Born February 28, 1957, in Brooklyn, NY, Turturro became fascinated by movies during childhood, and after graduating from college he won a scholarship to study at the prestigious Yale School of Drama. He first gained notice in regional theater and off-Broadway, earning an Obie Award for his starring role in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. He made his film debut in Martin Scorsese's 1980 masterpiece Raging Bull but did not reappear onscreen prior to 1984's The Exterminator 2. That same year, he debuted on Broadway in Death of a Salesman.Small roles in diverse fare including Susan Seidelman's 1985 comedy Desperately Seeking Susan, Scorsese's 1986 drama The Color of Money, and Woody Allen's masterful Hannah and Her Sisters kept Turturro busy throughout much of the decade, but his breakthrough performance did not arrive until Spike Lee cast him as a bigoted pizzeria worker in 1989's Do the Right Thing. A scene-stealing turn in the Coen brothers' 1990 gangland drama Miller's Crossing followed, and in 1991 the Coens cast him as the titular Barton Fink, a performance which garnered Best Actor honors at the Cannes Film Festival. Subsequent lead roles were infrequent, although in 1992 he wrote, directed, and starred in Mac, a little-seen indie feature that won him a Golden Camera award for Best First Feature at the 1992 Cannes Festival. Supporting turns in acclaimed offerings including Quiz Show, Clockers, and Grace of My Heart (in which he expertly portrayed a Phil Spector-like music producer) followed before Turturro's next starring role, in Tom DiCillo's whimsical 1996 comedy Box of Moonlight. In 1998, the actor again collaborated with both Lee and the Coen brothers, working with the former on He Got Game and the latter on The Big Lebowski. Also in 1998, Turturro wrote, directed, produced, and starred in Illuminata, a comedy set against the backdrop of a struggling, turn-of-the-century New York theater company. The following year, he again took on the New York theater, appearing in Tim Robbins' Cradle Will Rock, an exploration of the relationship between art and politics set in 1930s New York.He remained an in-demand character actor, as well as an occasional director into the next century, starting the 2000s with a leading role in the chess drama The Luzhin Defence, reteaming with the Coen brothers for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and working with Adam Sandler on Mr. Deeds. In 2004 he worked for Spike Lee yet again in She Hate Me. In 2005 he wrote, directed, and acted in the blue-collar musical Romance & Cigarettes. He appeared in The Good Shepherd in 2006, and the next year he appeared in the sci-fi blockbuster Transformers. In 2008 he joined up with Lee yet again to play a soldier in his World War II film Miracle At. St. Anna, and teamed with Sandler again for You Don't Mess With the Zohan. The next year he appeared in the remake of The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, and the Transformers sequel. He would return to that franchise for the third film in 2011, and that same year he would join the Pixar family voicing Lightnin' McQueen's rival in Cars 2.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet The Batman Carmine Falcone 2021
No Score Yet The Jesus Rolls Director Jesus Quintana Screenwriter 2020
91% Gloria Bell Arnold 2019
89% The True Adventures of Wolfboy Mr. Silk 2019
75% Frank Serpico Actor $8K 2017
74% Landline Alan $1M 2017
15% Transformers: The Last Knight Agent Simmons $130.2M 2017
44% Hands of Stone Frankie Carbo $4.8M 2016
8% Rio, I Love You (Rio, Eu Te Amo) Director Screenwriter Actor 2016
No Score Yet Tempo Instabile Con Probabili Schiarite Actor 2015
31% Exodus: Gods and Kings Seti 2014
37% God's Pocket Arthur "Bird" Capezio $97.5K 2014
55% Fading Gigolo Director Fioravante $3.2M 2014
99% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me Actor $0.4M 2014
No Score Yet Somewhere Tonight Wooly 2012
No Score Yet Gods Behaving Badly Hades 2012
35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon Simmons $352.4M 2011
39% Cars 2 Francesco Bernoulli $191.5M 2011
89% Passione Actor Director Screenwriter $0.3M 2011
0% The Nutcracker in 3D The Rat King $0.3M 2010
20% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Agent Simmons $402.1M 2009
51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 Camonetti $65.5M 2009
No Score Yet Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy Screenwriter Actor Executive Producer 2009
33% Miracle at St. Anna Detective Antonio 'Tony' Ricci $7.8M 2008
37% You Don't Mess With the Zohan Phantom $100.1M 2008
No Score Yet Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans and the Movies Executive Producer 2008
50% What Just Happened? Dick Bell $1.1M 2008
52% Margot at the Wedding Jim $2M 2007
25% Slipstream Harvey Brickman 2007
44% A Few Days in September (Quelques jours en septembre) William Pound 2007
52% Romance & Cigarettes Male Dancer & Singer Screenwriter Producer Director $0.4M 2007
58% Transformers Agent Simmons $319.1M 2007
No Score Yet Brando Actor 2007
86% Sacco and Vanzetti Bartolomeo Vanzetti 2007
55% The Good Shepherd Ray Brocco $59.9M 2006
No Score Yet Hubert Selby Jr.: It'll Be Better Tomorrow Actor 2006
19% She Hate Me Don Angelo Bonasera $81.9K 2004
No Score Yet 2b Perfectly Honest Sal/Roberto 2004
46% Secret Window John Shooter $47.8M 2004
42% Anger Management Chuck $133.8M 2003
58% Fear X Harry 2003
No Score Yet Opopomoz Actor 2003
22% Mr. Deeds Emilio $126.3M 2002
19% Collateral Damage Sean Armstrong $40M 2002
67% Monday Night Mayhem Howard Cosell 2002
83% Thirteen Conversations About One Thing Walker $3.1M 2001
No Score Yet Two Thousand and None (2000 and None) (SOS la vie) Actor 2001
58% The Luzhin Defence Alexander Luzhin 2001
14% Company Man Crocker Johnson 2001
19% Monkeybone Monkeybone $5M 2001
77% O Brother, Where Art Thou? Pete $45.2M 2000
35% The Man Who Cried Dante Dominio 2000
64% Cradle Will Rock Aldo Silvano 1999
88% The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation Allen Ginsberg 1999
40% Illuminata Director Screenwriter Producer Tuccio 1999
No Score Yet Ángeles y Demonios Tuxedo Man 1998
65% Rounders Joey Knish 1998
81% He Got Game Coach Billy Sunday 1998
82% The Big Lebowski Jesus Quintana 1998
No Score Yet O.K. Garage Johnny Candellano 1998
No Score Yet Lesser Prophets (The Last Bet) Leon 1997
61% Box of Moonlight Al Fountain 1997
53% La Tregua (The Truce) Primo Levi 1997
75% Grace of My Heart Joel Millner 1996
33% Girl 6 Murray the Agent 1996
No Score Yet Search for One-Eye Jimmy Actor 1996
No Score Yet Sugartime Sam Giancana 1995
74% Unstrung Heroes Sid Lidz 1995
69% Clockers Larry Mazilli 1995
33% Search and Destroy Ron $0.4M 1995
No Score Yet The Search for One-Eyed Jimmy Disco Bean 1994
No Score Yet The Quiz Show Scandal (Kwijeu Wang) Actor 1994
96% Quiz Show Herbert Stempel 1994
54% Being Human Lucinnius 1994
85% Fearless Bill Perlman 1993
64% Mac Director Mac Screenwriter 1992
45% Brain Donors Roland T. Flakfizer 1992
90% Barton Fink Barton Fink 1991
81% Jungle Fever Paulie 1991
No Score Yet Men of Respect Mike Battaglia 1991
50% Catchfire (Backtrack) Pinella 1990
91% Miller's Crossing Bernie Bernbaum 1990
84% State of Grace Nick 1990
73% Mo' Better Blues Moe Flatbush 1990
93% Do the Right Thing Pino 1989
11% The Sicilian Aspanu Pisciotta 1987
78% Five Corners Heinz 1987
89% The Color of Money Julian 1986
No Score Yet Off Beat Neil Pepper 1986
33% Gung Ho Willie 1986
91% Hannah and Her Sisters Writer 1986
91% To Live and Die in L.A. Cody 1985
83% Desperately Seeking Susan Ray $27.5M 1985
83% The Flamingo Kid Ted from Pinky's 1984
0% Exterminator 2 Guy No. 1 1984
94% Raging Bull Man at Table 1980

TV

Credit
No Score Yet The Plot Against America
2020
Rabbi Lionel Bengelsdorf 2020
100% Green Eggs and Ham
2019
GOAT 2019
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest 2019
62% The Name of the Rose
2019
William 2019
95% Difficult People
2015-2017
Guest Dusty 2017
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012
Appearing 2017
94% The Night Of
2016
John Stone Jack Stone 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest 2016
No Score Yet The Italian Americans
2015
Appearing 2015
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007-2019
Guest 2014
No Score Yet Real Time with Bill Maher
2003
Guest 2011
90% Monk
2002-2009
Ambrose Monk 2008
2007
2005
2004
94% Flight of the Conchords
2007-2009
Appearing 2007
94% Frasier
1993-2004
Voice of Grant 2002
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Rolando 2002
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Traynor 1999
1985
No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball
1994-2010
Voice 1994
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest 1994

QUOTES FROM John Turturro CHARACTERS

Pete says: Who elected you leader of this outfit?

Ulysses Everett McGill says: Well, Pete, I thought the leader should be the one with the capacity for abstract thought, but if that doesn't seem to be the case, hell, we'll put it to a vote.

Ulysses Everett McGill says: Ain't you gonna introduce us, Pete?

Pete says: I don't know their names. I've seen 'em first!

Pete says: Do not seek the treasure!

Carly Miller says: Sam?

Sam Witwicky says: Angel. Uh... I was working. I'm sorry about this.

Wheelie says: Great! We're homeless!

Simmons says: She lives here? Wow.

Carly Miller says: Would somebody care to tell me what the hell's going on?

Simmons says: Who are you?

Carly Miller says: Who are you?

Simmons says: Who am I! Who is that? Dutch, frisk her.

Dutch says: Certainly.

Sam Witwicky says: No. Dutch. Um...

Carly Miller says: Don't touch me.

Dutch says: I'm not gonna to touch her.

Alexander Luzhin says: I need a defense, that's what I need.

Al Fountain says: You live here? Where's the rest of your house?

Kid says: Oh, I only bought half. I got a really good dea.

Kid says: Oh, I only bought half. I got a really good idea.

Emilio says: I shall expect you at seven tomorrow morning, so that I can change your socks.

Emilio says: I shall expect you at seven tomorrow morning so that I can change your socks.

Emilio says: Okay, not fired. But tomorrow morning, you will let me change your socks.

Longfellow Deeds says: How did I get into these pajamas?

Emilio says: I changed you. I was very gentle, sir.

Emilio says: Here are some aspirins, Mr. Deeds. They make your head seem smaller.

Emilio says: Usually, when you are black out drunk you don't dream... or so I read.

Emilio says: Usually when you are black out drunk you don't dream or so I read.

Emilio says: I fear you are underestimating the sneakiness, sir.

Emilio says: The hideousness of that foot will haunt my dreams forever.

Emilio says: I am very very sneaky, sir.

Emilio says: I am very, very sneaky sir.

Joey Kinish says: Happens to everyone, time to time everyone goes bust. You'll be back in the game before you know it.

Barton Fink says: You read the bible Pete?

Pete says: Holy Bible?

Barton Fink says: "I gotta tell ya, the life of the mind, there's no road map for that kinda territory,and exploring it can be painful."

Barton Fink says: I gotta tell ya, the life of the mind, there's no road map for that kinda territory,and exploring it can be painful.

Barton Fink says: I gotta tell ya, the life of the mind, there's no road map for that kinda territory, and exploring it can be painful.

Pino says: You gold-teeth-gold-chain-wearin', fried-chicken-and-biscuit-eatin', monkey, ape, baboon, big thigh, fast-runnin', high-jumpin', spear-chuckin', three-hundred-sixty-degree-basketball-dunkin' titsun spade Moulan Yan. Take your fuckin' pizza-pizza and go the fuck back to Africa.

Pino says: [describing the neighborhood] I detest this place like a sickness.

Radio Raheem says: [while playing "Fight the Power" loudly in Sal's pizzeria] Two slices.

Radio Raheem says: [while playing 'Fight the Power' loudly in Sal's pizzeria] Two slices.

Sal says: NO service till you turn that shit off!

Radio Raheem says: [insistent] Two slices.

Pino says: Turn it off!

The Rat King says: (to his mother) You appear to be slipping, old gal! Your spell on the prince is broken! He is alive!Alive! And if the other humans find out, my dreams are shattered!

The Rat King says: [to his mother] You appear to be slipping, old gal! Your spell on the prince is broken! He is alive!Alive! And if the other humans find out, my dreams are shattered!

The Rat King says: (to his mother) Turn up your hearing aid, for crying out loud! Do you want to ratify the world or not?

The Rat King says: [to his mother] Turn up your hearing aid, for crying out loud! Do you want to ratify the world or not?

The Rat King says: Any idiot can face a crisis, but day-to-day living, that wears you down.

Mary says: You're not unintelligent, for a rat.

The Rat King says: Oh, please.

Roland T. Flakfizer says: You're not going to try and cheat me or anything.

Rocco Melonchek says: I give you my word a gentleman.

Roland T. Flakfizer says: Well you had me until then.

Roland T. Flakfizer says: If there's anything I can ever do for you... forget it, because I don't do those kinds of things.

Agent Simmons says: I am directly below...enemy scrotum!

Agent Simmons says: I am directly below... enemy scrotum!

The Rat King says: Say hello and goodbye to your prince!

The Rat King says: The spell on the prince is broken!

John Shooter says: I want you to fix it.

Mort Rainey says: What would you like me to fix?

John Shooter says: My ending. The one you wrecked. I can't decide what's worse: stealing my story or ruining the ending. Mine was perfect.

Mort Rainey says: I don't even think I read your whole story.

John Shooter says: Oh, I bet you did. 'I know I can do it, Todd Downey said, helping himself to another ear of corn from the steaming bowl. I'm sure that in time, her death will be a mystery even to me.' That's how the story ends, pilgrim, it's the only ending. You gonna write it for me, ang get it published and it's gonna have my name on it.

Mort Rainey says: I'd be more than happy to write your ending, Mr. Shooter.

Simmons says: Years from now they're gonna ask us, 'where were when they took over the planet?' And we're gonna say, 'we just stood by ad watched.'

Agent Simmons says: I'm directly beneath.. the enemy's scrotum.

Jesus Quintana says: You got that right, NO ONE fucks with the jesus.

Francesco Bernoulli says: (shows bumper sticker) It says "Ciao, McQueen."

Francesco Bernoulli says: [shows bumper sticker] It says 'Ciao, McQueen.'

Lightning McQueen says: Oh, ho, ho. Cute... You have one made for all the other racers too?

Francesco Bernoulli says: No, just-a you.

Lightning McQueen says: Oh, that's great. (to himself) I am SO getting beat today.

Lightning McQueen says: Oh, that's great. [to himself] I am SO getting beat today.

Simmons says: Do Svidanya.

Simmons says: Do svidaniya.

Russian Bouncer says: That means goodbye!

Russian Bouncer says: That means goodbye! [closes hatch]

Simmons says: Years from now, they're gonna ask us, where were you when they took over the planet? And we're gonna say, we just stood by and watched.

Carly Miller says: Would somebody care to tell me what the h*ll is going on?

Simmons says: Who are you?

Carly Miller says: Who are you?

Simmons says: Who am I? Who is that? Dutch! Frisk her!

Simmons says: They infiltrate us, intimidate us, coerce us to do their dirty work. And once they're done, whoosh! A double-tap to the cerebellum.

Simmons says: Dutch! Tell Megatron, let's Tango!

Simmons says: Dutch, is this line secure?

Dutch says: No.

Phantom says: I keeel! I keeel the zohan!

Zohan says: (crying) I just want to make people silky smooth!

Zohan says: [crying] I just want to make people silky smooth!

Zohan says: I'm half Australian, half Mt. Everest

Barton Fink says: You're very beautiful, are you in pictures?

Beauty says: Don't be silly.

Pete says: Do not seek the treasure

Pete says: Do not seek the treasure.

Pete says: I seen it first!

Roland T. Flakfizer says: "Stick with me kid and you'll have enough Nintendo software to sink a battleship"

Roland T. Flakfizer says: Stick with me kid and you'll have enough Nintendo software to sink a battleship.

Jesus Quintana says: I don't fucking care,it don't matter to Jesus.

Jesus Quintana says: I don't fucking care, it don't matter to Jesus.

Bernie Bernbaum says: Look in your heart! Look in your heart!

Tom Reagan says: What heart?

Jesus Quintana says: Nobody fucks with the Jesus.

Jesus Quintana says: Let me tell you something pendejo. You pull any of your crazy shit with us. You flash your piece out on the lanes. I'll take it away from you and stick up your ass and pull the fucking trigger 'til it goes click.

The Dude says: ...Jesus

Jesus Quintana says: You said it man, nobody fucks with the Jesus.

Mater says: Yeah, that Italian folk you got on there can't talk that way about Lightnin McQueen. He's the bestest racecar in the world.

Francesco Bernoulli says: If he is, say, the 'bestest racecar in the world,' then why must he rest, eh?

Francesco Bernoulli says: If he is, say, the 'bestest racecar in the world, then why must he rest, eh?

Francesco Bernoulli says: Not so fast, Lightning McQueen!

Lightning McQueen says: "Not so fast," is that like your new motto?

Lightning McQueen says: 'Not so fast,' is that like your new motto?

Jesus Quintana says: Let me tell you something, pendejo. You pull any of your crazy shit with us, you flash a piece out on the lanes, I'll take it away from you, stick it up your ass and pull the fucking trigger 'til it goes "click."

Jesus Quintana says: Let me tell you something, pendejo. You pull any of your crazy shit with us, you flash a piece out on the lanes, I'll take it away from you, stick it up your ass and pull the fucking trigger 'til it goes 'click.'

Simmons says: Tell Megatron lets tango

Simmons says: Tell Megatron, let's tango!

John Shooter says: I seen your wife today. She's purty.

Mort Rainey says: My wife, let's just leave her out of this.

John Shooter says: Would if I could, but I'm starting to think you ain't gonna leave me that option.

Jesus Quintana says: Nobody fucks with the Jesus! (exeunt)

Jesus Quintana says: Nobody fucks with the Jesus!

Walter Sobchak says: Eight year-olds, dude......

Walter Sobchak says: Eight year-olds, dude.

Agent Simmons says: Hey, if you want to leave the fate of the world to a kid's Camero. That's cool.

Agent Simmons says: Hey, you want to lay the fate of the world on the kid's Camaro? That's cool.

Pete says: ...eighty-four years old.

Pete says: Eighty-four years old.

Delmar says: I'll only be eighty-two!

Francesco Bernoulli says: Francesco is TRIPLE SPEED!

Francesco Bernoulli says: Ha ha ha! Really? You are speed? Then Francesco is TRIPLE speed! 'Francesco... he's triple speed!' Ho oh! Francesco likes this McQueen! He's a really getting him into the zone!

Agent Simmons says: [To Mikaela]. Hey...you in the training bra. Do not test me.

Agent Simmons says: [to Mikaela] Hey you in the training bra. Do not test me.

Simmons says: Years from now i will ask, Where were you when they came to take over the planet?

Simmons says: Years from now there are gonna ask... where were you when they took over the planet?

Simmons says: Years from now there are gonna ask... 'where were you when they took over the planet?'

Simmons says: Years from now they're gonna ask... 'where were you when they took over the planet?'

Simmons says: Where were you when they took over the planet?

Agent Simmons says: I am right below enemy scrotum!

Agent Simmons says: I am directly below enemy scrotum!

Mookie says: Pino, fuck you, fuck your fuckin' pizza, and fuck Frank Sinatra.

Pino says: Yeah? Well fuck you, too, and fuck Michael Jackson.