John Turturro

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.


Highest Rated Movies



91% Gloria Bell Arnold 2019
No Score Yet 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) Screenwriter Director Actor 2016
No Score Yet Tempo Instabile Con Probabili Schiarite Actor 2015
30% Exodus: Gods and Kings Seti 2014
36% God's Pocket Arthur "Bird" Capezio $97.5K 2014
55% Fading Gigolo Fioravante Director $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 Director Actor Screenwriter $0.3M 2011
0% The Nutcracker in 3D The Rat King $0.3M 2010
19% 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 Executive Producer Screenwriter Actor 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
54% Romance & Cigarettes Producer Male Dancer & Singer Director Screenwriter $0.4M 2007
58% Transformers Agent Simmons $319.1M 2007
No Score Yet Brando Actor 2007
86% Sacco and Vanzetti Bartolomeo Vanzetti 2007
54% 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 Producer Director Tuccio Screenwriter 1999
No Score Yet Ángeles y Demonios Tuxedo Man 1998
65% Rounders Joey Knish 1998
81% He Got Game Coach Billy Sunday 1998
83% 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
59% 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
87% Fearless Bill Perlman 1993
64% Mac Mac Director 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
12% 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
85% Desperately Seeking Susan Ray $27.5M 1985
83% The Flamingo Kid Ted from Pinky's 1984
0% Exterminator 2 Guy No. 1 1984
96% Raging Bull Man at Table 1980


No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • 2019
57% The Name of the Rose
  • 2019
95% Difficult People
Guest Dusty
  • 2017
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
  • 2017
94% The Night Of
John Stone Jack Stone
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Italian Americans
  • 2015
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
  • 2014
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
  • 2011
90% Monk
Ambrose Monk
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2004
94% Flight of the Conchords
  • 2007
94% Frasier
Voice of Grant
  • 2002
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
  • 2002
No Score Yet Miami Vice
  • 1999
  • 1985
No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball
  • 1994
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Guest Host
  • 1994