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John Turturro



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Agent Simmons
2017
No Score Yet Landline
  • Alan
2017
87% Mia Madre
  • Barry Huggins
2016
45% Hands of Stone
  • Frankie Carbo
2016
9% Rio, I Love You (Rio, Eu Te Amo)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Tempo Instabile Con Probabili Schiarite
  • Actor
2015
27% Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • Seti
2014
37% God's Pocket
  • Arthur "Bird" Capezio
2014
55% Fading Gigolo
  • Fioravante
  • Director
2014
98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Somewhere Tonight
  • Wooly
2012
35% Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Simmons
2011
39% Cars 2
  • Francesco Bernoulli
2011
89% Passione
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2011
0% Nutcracker in 3D
  • The Rat King
2010
19% Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
  • Agent Simmons
2009
51% The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
  • Camonetti
2009
No Score Yet Rehearsal for a Sicilian Tragedy
  • Executive Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
2009
34% Miracle at St. Anna
  • Detective Antonio 'Tony' Ricci
2008
38% You Don't Mess With the Zohan
  • Phantom
2008
No Score Yet Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans and the Movies
  • Executive Producer
2008
51% What Just Happened?
  • Dick Bell
2008
52% Margot at the Wedding
  • Jim
2007
25% Slipstream
  • Harvey Brickman
2007
44% A Few Days in September (Quelques jours en septembre)
  • William Pound
2007
54% Romance & Cigarettes
  • Male Dancer & Singer
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
2007
57% Transformers
  • Agent Simmons
2007
No Score Yet Brando
  • Actor
2007
86% Sacco and Vanzetti
  • Bartolomeo Vanzetti
2007
54% The Good Shepherd
  • Ray Brocco
2006
19% She Hate Me
  • Don Angelo Bonasera
2004
No Score Yet 2b Perfectly Honest
  • Sal/Roberto
2004
46% Secret Window
  • John Shooter
2004
43% Anger Management
  • Chuck
2003
58% Fear X
  • Harry
2003
No Score Yet Opopomoz
  • Actor
2003
22% Mr. Deeds
  • Emilio
2002
19% Collateral Damage
  • Sean Armstrong
2002
No Score Yet Monday Night Mayhem
  • Howard Cosell
2002
83% Thirteen Conversations About One Thing
  • Walker
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
20% Monkeybone
  • Monkeybone
2001
77% O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Pete
2000
35% The Man Who Cried
  • Dante Dominio
2000
65% Cradle Will Rock
  • Aldo Silvano
1999
88% The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation
  • Allen Ginsberg
1999
38% Illuminata
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Tuccio
1999
No Score Yet Ángeles y Demonios
  • Tuxedo Man
1998
65% Rounders
  • Joey Knish
1998
80% He Got Game
  • Coach Billy Sunday
1998
81% 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
77% 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
68% Clockers
  • Larry Mazilli
1995
33% Search and Destroy
  • Ron
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
50% Being Human
  • Lucinnius
1994
86% Fearless
  • Bill Perlman
1993
70% Mac
  • Director
  • Mac
  • Screenwriter
1992
50% Brain Donors
  • Roland T. Flakfizer
1992
91% Barton Fink
  • Barton Fink
1991
81% Jungle Fever
  • Paulie
1991
No Score Yet Men of Respect
  • Mike Battaglia
1991
50% 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
13% The Sicilian
  • Aspanu Pisciotta
1987
75% Five Corners
  • Heinz
1987
90% The Color of Money
  • Julian
1986
No Score Yet Off Beat
  • Neil Pepper
1986
35% Gung Ho
  • Willie
1986
93% Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Writer
1986
93% To Live and Die in L.A.
  • Cody
1985
87% Desperately Seeking Susan
  • Ray
1985
88% The Flamingo Kid
  • Ted from Pinky's
1984
No Score Yet Exterminator 2
  • Guy No. 1
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
Monk
2002-2009
  • Ambrose Monk
95% The Night Of
2016
  • John Stone Jack Stone
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Italian Americans
2015
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest

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