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Vincent D'Onofrio

Vincent d’Onofrio
D’Onofrio at a Meth Cops Project fundraiser in 2011.
Born Vincent Philip D'Onofrio
(1959-06-30) June 30, 1959
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, director, producer, writer, singer
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Carin van der Donk (m. 1997)

Vincent Philip d’Onofrio (born June 30, 1959) is an American actor, director, producer, writer, and singer.[1] He is known for his roles as Private Leonard Lawrence (“Gomer Pyle”) in the war film Full Metal Jacket, Edgar in Men in Black, and Detective Robert Goren in the crime television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He has also co-starred in The Judge, Run All Night, and Jurassic World, and portrayed Wilson Fisk/Kingpin in the Netflix series Daredevil, based on the Marvel Comics series of the same name.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Acting and filmmaking 2.1
    • Music 2.2
    • Other work 2.3
  • Personal life 3
  • Filmography 4
    • Film 4.1
    • Television 4.2
    • Audio 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

D’Onofrio was born in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, New York. He is of Italian descent, with ancestors from Sicily.[2] He is the son of Gennaro (Gene) d’Onofrio, an interior designer and theater production assistant, and Phyllis, a server and restaurant manager. The couple met while Gene was stationed in Hawaiʻi with the U.S. Air Force. In 1956, they had their first child, Antoinette. She was followed by Elizabeth (1957), an actress and drama coach residing in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, then by Vincent. He was raised in Hawaiʻi and Colorado in his younger years.[3]

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 moved to the Hialeah, Florida, area. A shy boy who spent “a lot of time in my room, staying in my head”,[4] d’Onofrio later became interested in magic and sleight of hand, tricks he learned from Cuban entertainers who owned a small magic shop.[5] In his teens, he worked backstage, building sets and running sound at a number of community theaters run by his father.[6] He graduated from Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School.[7]


Acting and filmmaking

After having been graduated from high school, d’Onofrio started to appear in front of the curtain. During an 18-month stint at the

Awards and achievements
Seattle International Film Festival
Preceded by
Kevin Spacey for
The Usual Suspects
Best Actor
for The Whole Wide World
Succeeded by
Brendan Fraser for
Still Breathing
Saturn Awards
Preceded by
Brent Spiner for
Star Trek: First Contact
Best Supporting Actor
for Men in Black
Succeeded by
Ian McKellen for
Apt Pupil

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  48. ^ The Funkoars – Being Vincent D'Onofrio on YouTube
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  53. ^ Vincent D'Onofrio supporting Meth Cops Project on YouTube
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  56. ^ NYC Crime Commission D'Onofrio Ban Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines on YouTube
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  • Law and Order: Criminal Intent: The Vengeful Heart, voice, video game, (2005)[69]
  • Mr. Laughs: A Look Behind The Curtain, (2008) as narrator, autobiographical documentary based on the life of comedian, Sal Richards.[70]
  • Man on the Ledge, (October, 2010) Radio play.[71]
  • Heroes Behind The Badge, narrator, documentary (Fall, 2012)[72]
  • Like Father, Like Son and 'Ram King, (October, 2012) Tales From Beyond The Pale Live Radio Play performed live at Dixon Place in NYC.


Year Title Role Notes
1986–1987 The Equalizer Thomas Marley / Davy Baylor 2 episodes
1987 Miami Vice Leon Wolf Episode: "The Afternoon Plane"
1997 Homicide: Life on the Street John Lange Episode: "Subway"
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series
1998 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Mr. Blue Television film
1998–2000 Men in Black: The Series Bugs (voice) 3 episodes
1999 That Championship Season Phil Romano Television film
2001–2011 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Det. Robert Goren 141 Episodes
Nominated–Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (2005)
2002 Sherlock: Case of Evil Moriarty Television film
2002 The Red Sneakers Mercado Television film
2009 Xavier: Renegade Angel Eric / The Judge (voices) 2 episodes
2015 Daredevil Wilson Fisk[38] 13 episodes
2015 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Damn Inspector 1 episode


Year Title Role Notes
1983 The First Turn-On! Lobotomy
1984 It Don't Pay to Be an Honest Citizen Bennie
1987 The Equalizer - Suspicion of Innocence Davy Baylor
1987 Full Metal Jacket Pvt. Leonard "Gomer Pyle" Lawrence Nominated–New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
1987 Adventures in Babysitting Dawson
1988 Mystic Pizza Bill Montijo
1989 Signs of Life Daryl Monahan
1989 The Blood of Heroes Young Gar
1991 Crooked Hearts Charley
1991 Dying Young Gordon
1991 Fires Within Sam
1991 Naked Tango Cholo
1991 JFK Bill Newman
1992 The Player David Kahane
1992 Salt on Our Skin Gavin
1993 Being Human Priest
1993 Household Saints Joseph Santangelo Nominated–Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
1993 Mr. Wonderful Dominic
1994 Ed Wood Orson Welles Voice dubbed by Maurice LaMarche
1994 The Investigator Ephraim McDougall Short film
1994 Imaginary Crimes Mr. Webster
1995 Stuart Saves His Family Donnie
1995 Strange Days Burton Steckler
1995 Hotel Paradise The Naked Stranger
1996 The Whole Wide World Robert E. Howard Also producer
Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actor
Lone Star Film & Television Award for Best Actor
2nd–National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
1996 The Winner Philip
1996 Feeling Minnesota Sam Clayton
1996 Good Luck Tony "Ole" Olezniak
1997 Boys Life 2 Tony Randozza Segment: "Nunzio's Second Cousin"
1997 Men in Black Edgar / Bug in Edgar-suit Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated–Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Science Fiction
1997 Guy Guy Also producer
1998 The Newton Boys Dock Newton
1998 Claire Dolan Elton Garrett
1998 The Velocity of Gary Valentino Also executive producer
1999 Spanish Judges Max
1999 The Thirteenth Floor Jason Whitney / Jerry Ashton
2000 Happy Accidents Sam Deed
2000 Steal This Movie! Abbie Hoffman Also executive producer
2000 The Cell Carl Rudolph Stargher Nominated–Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Science Fiction
Nominated–MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
2001 Chelsea Walls Frank
2002 Impostor Hathaway
2002 Bark! Malcolm
2002 The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys Father Casey
2002 The Salton Sea Pooh-Bear
2005 Thumbsucker Mike Cobb Stockholm Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2005 Five Minutes, Mr. Welles Orson Welles Short film; also writer, director and producer
2006 The Break-Up Dennis Grobowski
2008 The Narrows Vinny Manadoro Nashville Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2008 Cadillac Records Mississippi DJ Uncredited
2009 Ipso facto Executive producer
2009 Staten Island Parmie Tarzo
2009 The New Tenants Jan Short film
2010 Zaritsas: Russian Women in New York Executive producer
2010 Don't Go in the Woods Writer and director[68]
2010 Brooklyn's Finest Bobby "Carlo" Powers
2011 Kill the Irishman John Nardi
2011 Crackers Gus Short film
2012 Chained Bob Sitges Film Festival Award for Best Actor
2012 American Falls Detective Foster Short film
2012 Fire with Fire David Hagan In select theaters and video-on-demand
2012 Sinister Professor Jonas Uncredited
2013 Ass Backwards Bruce West In select theaters and video-on-demand
2013 Charlie Countryman Bill
2013 Chlorine Roger
2013 Pawn Shop Chronicles Alton In select theaters and video-on-demand
2013 Escape Plan Lester Clark
2014 The Unlicensed Therapist The Unlicensed Therapist Short film
2014 Mall Danny Also producer
2014 The Judge Glen Palmer
2015 Run All Night Detective Harding
2015 Broken Horses Julius Hench In select theaters and video-on-demand
2015 Jurassic World Vic Hoskins Also provided the voice of Hoskins in Lego Jurassic World
2015 Pele Completed
2016 In Dubious Battle London Post-production
2016 The Magnificent Seven Filming
2016 CHiPs Filming



On November 10, 2004, D'Onofrio 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, coupled with the filming of his short film Five Minutes, Mr. Welles during his hiatus.[67]

During an interview in January 2012, D'Onofrio discussed his frustration with conflicting reports on his current marital status, including inaccuracies on Internet Movie Database. He has stated that, despite some reports, he is currently married.[14] He and his family reside in a townhouse in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan.[66]

On March 22, 1997, D'Onofrio married Dutch model Carin van der Donk,[63] and the couple had a son, Elias Gene (born December 1999). The couple split in the early 2000s,[64] but reconciled and had a second son, Luka (born February 14, 2008).[65]

In the early 1990s, D'Onofrio was in a relationship with actress Greta Scacchi, with whom he starred in several films during that period (including The Player and Fires Within). The couple had one daughter, Leila (born 1992).[62]

Personal life

On November 13, 2012, D'Onofrio joined the cast of the Off-Broadway production 'Clive', alongside Brooks Ashmanskas and Zoe Kazan. Produced by Jonathan Marc Sherman and directed by Ethan Hawke, the play, based on Baal by Bertolt Brecht, officially opened at The New Group at Theatre Row on February 7, 2013.[61]

On August 9, 2012, it was announced that D'Onofrio had been chosen to be the narrator of the documentary, "Heroes Behind The Badge". Released in the fall of 2012, the film follows four fallen officers and the impact their deaths have had on their families, colleagues and their communities. Proceeds will benefit a memorial museum being built in Washington, D.C.[58] A longtime supporter of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, D'Onofrio has been the spokesperson for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Museum since 2010.[59] A follow up to the documentary, subtitled 'Sacrifice and Survival', will be released in the fall of 2013.[60]

In February 2011 he became a public face of the gun control debate, appearing in an ad by the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City urging a ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines.[56][57]

In the fall of 2011 he became a member of the Advisory Board for the Woodstock Film Festival which holds an annual event for independent films.[55] Other members of the board include Ethan Hawke, Griffin Dunne and Aidan Quinn.

In 2008 alongside his sister, Toni, D'Onofrio began hosting events to raise money for the Utah Meth Cops Project.[52][53] He served as the project's spokesperson from 2009-2012.[54]

In 1998 D'Onofrio, his father Gene, and his sister Elizabeth founded the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.[50] 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.[51]

Other work

In 2014, D'Onofrio released two songs as part of an avant-garde spoken word project with multi-instrumentalist and composer, Dana Lyn. The first single, "I'm a Hamster," generated some buzz on social media. The full album was made available for purchase in March, 2015, on the band's website.

In September 2011, Australian Hip-Hop band, "The Funkoars" released an album titled The Quickening, featuring the song "Being Vincent D'Onofrio", homage to D'Onofrio's career, and his work on Law and Order: Criminal Intent.[48] In February 2012, the band announced their upcoming "Being Vincent D'Onofrio Tour 2012" with artwork featuring D'Onofrio's face in place of the band members'.[49]

[47] On November 11, 2011, while teaching students at the

On October 27, 2009, d’Onofrio made his musical debut, appearing in character as comedic Joe's Pub in New York City.[45] He appeared as Gerkie again at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on December 6, 2009, during Matt Pinfield's Holiday Extravaganza Show and at the premiere of his movie Don't Go in the Woods at Joe's Pub on May 28, 2010. A fourth concert was held at the pub on July 22, 2010 with proceeds from the event going to the Utah Meth Cops project.[46]


In 2008 he 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. It follows an indie rock band who venture into the woods to write new music, only to meet a crazed murderer (Tim Lajcik).[40][41] The movie, shot in 13 days in the woods behind D'Onofrio's home near Kingston, New York, had a budget of $100,000 and played at numerous festivals throughout 2009 and 2010. Initially slated for national release in December 2011,[42] the film opened to limited theaters on January 13, 2012 [43] and was released on DVD on June 12, 2012. He also portrayed Vic Hoskins in the action adventure film Jurassic World (2015).[44]

In 2005 he directed and starred in the short film "Five Minutes, Mr. Welles" (2005), which represented 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 and director, reportedly left director Tim Burton underwhelmed. Burton decided to procure the services of voiceover artist Maurice LaMarche due to being known for his excellent 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 the short in answer to the critics and himself. The film depicts D'Onofrio as Welles preparing for his role in The Third Man.[39]

D'Onofrio has also had success behind the camera, producing The Whole Wide World (1996), Guy (1997); executive producing The Velocity of Gary (1998) and Steal This Movie (2000).

D'Onofrio was cast as Wilson Fisk in Marvel's Daredevil, a Netflix series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[38]

[37]).The Velocity of Gary (who previously worked with D'Onofrio in Thomas Jane, and Elijah Wood, Brendan Fraser, Matt Dillon which co-stars Pawn Shop Chronicles, and [36] co-star,Law & Order: Criminal Intent which he co-wrote with his former Mall's Eric Bogosian [35] with Supreme Ruler D'Onofrio's other projects include a role in

D'Onofrio co-stars in the 2014 drama The Judge, with Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton and Jeremy Strong. D'Onofrio plays Duvall's character's eldest son (Downey's character's older brother).[34]

Also in November, filming began on the Vidhu Vinod Chopra movie, Broken Horses, which focuses on gang warfare around the border between the United States and Mexico. D'Onofrio will star alongside Chris Marquette and Anton Yelchin.[32][33] Supporting actors include Thomas Jane, Val Kilmer, Hayden Christensen, Ben Foster and Sean Patrick Flannery.

Fresh from his role in Jennifer Lynch's Chained, it was announced on August 11, 2012, that D'Onofrio would star in her upcoming film A Fall From Grace. The film tells the story of Detective Michael Tabb, to be played by Tim Roth as he investigates the murders of young girls burned and washing ashore along the Mississippi River.[30] A further upcoming Lynch project, The Monster Next Door, will also star D'Onofrio.[31]

On April 30, 2012, the short film Crackers, starring D'Onofrio as Gus, won a People's Choice Award at the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival. The festival, which had been dormant for six years, was rekindled and partly organized by Vincent's sister, Elizabeth D'Onofrio.[29]

In 2013, D'Onofrio co-starred in the movie Escape Plan, filmed in New Orleans, also starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and 50 Cent. D'Onofrio portrayed Lester Clark, deputy director of the Prisons Bureau.[27][28]

On September 14, 2011, it was announced that D'Onofrio would star alongside Ethan Hawke in a new NBC show, Blue Tilt, named after the harmful psychological effects homicide detectives experience after constantly dealing with horrific crimes.[24] D'Onofrio and Hawke have worked together in the films The Newton Boys, Staten Island, Brooklyn's Finest and Sinister. The hour-long cop drama, in which D'Onofrio would play 'Sonny', was to follow the main characters' attempts to balance their careers with family life. 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 was set to start in February, 2012.[25] On March 27, 2012, a tweet from Kevin Dunigan, the co-creator and developer of the pilot, revealed that NBC had shelved the project because it did not have enough "pop to attract viewers."[26]

In 2011, he began work on the Jennifer Lynch film Chained (previously titled Rabbit) in which he portrays Bob, a serial killer who kidnaps a young boy, Rabbit, and makes him his protégé. When he becomes older, 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.[20] On May 1, 2012, due to "explicit violence" the movie was given an NC-17 rating by the MPAA, despite an appeal by Jennifer Lynch, and the distributor, with scenes cut to maximize theater exposure and distribution.[21] No stranger to the NC-17 ratings, Lynch, who responded to the ruling a day later[22] also saw cuts made to her movie Boxing Helena. In July 2012, a press release from Anchor Bay announced that the movie would be released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 2, 2012 and would include the deleted scene, involving a throat being cut, which caused the NC-17 rating.[23]

Over the next few years D'Onofrio co-starred in films such as: Staten Island (2009), Brooklyn's Finest (2010), Kill the Irishman (2011), Crackers (2011), American Falls (2012),[19] Fire with Fire (2012), and Ass Backwards (2013).

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.[16] He was replaced by Jeff Goldblum, but after a drop in ratings, D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe agreed to return for a 10th (and final) season of the show.[17][18] In the same year, he appeared in the Oscar-winning short The New Tenants.

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.[15] In the sketch, which originally aired on March 1, 2008, he interrogates Hillary Clinton (played by Amy Poehler). His entrance to and exit from the skit are punctuated by the Law & Order "dun-DUN" sound.

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 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 2003, it was reported that D'Onofrio and Joe Pantoliano had begun work on a small film titled 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, the film was not completed and went into turnaround because of a failure to raise the funds necessary for production.

In 2001, he took on what became his longest and perhaps best known role as Det. Robert Goren on the NBC / USA Network television show Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

In 1999, he turned down a role in The Sopranos.[14]

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 1992, he appeared in Robert Altman's The Player as an aspiring screenwriter whom Tim Robbins' studio executive character accidentally murders.

D'Onofrio continued to play a wide variety of minor or supporting roles, including 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 man who claims to be from the future in Happy Accidents, and opposite Jennifer Lopez as serial killer Carl Stargher in The Cell.

After filming of Full Metal Jacket was completed, having lost nearly all the weight gained for the movie in just nine months, d’Onofrio went on to play Dawson, the owner of 'Dawson’s Garage' in Adventures in Babysitting. D'Onofrio appears in only one scene near the end of the film, but his small role attracted attention because of his muscular physique (in complete contrast to the overweight and flabby character he played in Full Metal Jacket) and long blond hair (a wig) 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 cast in another supporting role in the film Mystic Pizza playing the fiance of Lili Taylor's character. The movie was also Julia Roberts' breakout film. In the latter film, he was billed under his full name "Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio".

In 1986, d’Onofrio took on the role often considered the defining moment in his acting career, as Pvt. Leonard Lawrence, an overweight and mentally unstable Marine recruit in the movie Full Metal Jacket. On a tip from friend Matthew Modine, D'Onofrio was urged to send audition tapes to director Stanley Kubrick, in England. Four tapes later D'Onofrio landed the role. Originally, the character of Pvt. Lawrence had been written as a 'skinny ignorant redneck'; however, Kubrick believed the role would have more impact if the character was big and clumsy. D'Onofrio gained 70 lb (32 kg) for the role, bringing his weight to 280 lb (130 kg).[12] This remains the record for most weight gained by an actor for a movie, surpassing Robert De Niro's accumulation of 60 lb (27 kg) for the filming of Raging Bull. While filming an obstacle course scene for the movie, D'Onofrio injured his left knee, compounded by the excessive weight, which required surgical reconstruction.[13]


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