|Occupations||Actor Singer Writer Stage actor Film actor Television actor|
|Countries||United States of America|
|A.K.A.||Vincent Philip D'Onofrio|
|Birth||June 30, 1959 (Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.A.)|
|Authority||IMDB id ISNI id Library of congress id NNDB id VIAF id|
Vincent Philip D'Onofrio (; born June 30, 1959) is an American actor, producer and singer.
He is known for his roles as Private Leonard Lawrence ("Gomer Pyle") in Stanley Kubrick's war film Full Metal Jacket (1987), Wilson Fisk in the Netflix series Daredevil, Det. Robert Goren in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Edgar/the Bug in Men in Black (1997), and Vic Hoskins in Jurassic World (2015). Among other honors, D'Onofrio is a Saturn Award winner and an Emmy Award nominee.
D'Onofrio was born in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City. He is of Italian descent, with ancestors from Sicily. His parents, Gennaro (Gene) D'Onofrio, an interior designer and theater-production assistant, and Phyllis, a server and restaurant manager, met while Gene was stationed in Hawaii with the U.S. Air Force. In 1956, they had their first child, Antoinette. She was followed by Elizabeth (1957), now an actress and drama coach residing in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, then by Vincent. He was raised in Hawaii and Colorado in his younger years.
D'Onofrio's parents divorced when he was young; his mother later married George Meyer. Thus, D'Onofrio became step-brother to Meyer's children from a previous marriage (Meyer's son, Guy, and daughter, Connie). The family moved to the Hialeah, Florida, area. D'Onofrio, a shy boy who spent "a lot of time in my room, staying in my head," later became interested in magic and sleight of hand, tricks he learned from Cuban entertainers who owned a small magic shop. In his teens, he worked backstage in set building and sound production at a number of community theaters run by his father. He graduated from Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School.
Acting and filmmaking
After graduating from high school, D'Onofrio started to appear in front of the curtain. During an 18-month stint at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, he was involved with small, community-theater productions. He later studied method acting at the American Stanislavsky Theater and the Actors Studio, under coaches Sonia Moore and Sharon Chatten, which landed him his first paid role in Off-Broadway's This Property Is Condemned. He went on to appear in a number of their productions, including Of Mice and Men and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. D'Onofrio continued his career by performing in many New York University student productions while also working as a bouncer at the Hard Rock Cafe, a bodyguard for Robert Plant and Yul Brynner and a deliveryman. In 1984, he made his Broadway debut as Nick Rizzoli in Open Admissions. In 2012, D'Onofrio returned to teach at the Lee Strasberg Theater & Film Institute where his daughter is a student.
In 1986, D'Onofrio took on the role often considered the defining moment in his acting career, as Pvt. Leonard Lawrence, an overweight, clumsy 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 were big and clumsy. D'Onofrio gained 70 lb (32 kg) for the role, bringing his weight to 280 lb (130 kg). 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 (1980). While filming an obstacle course scene for the movie, D'Onofrio injured his left knee, compounded by the excessive weight, which required surgical reconstruction.
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 (1987). D'Onofrio appears in only one scene near the end of the film, but his small role attracted attention because of his sexy physique (in complete contrast to the overweight 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 the Norse God 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. In the movie, which was Julia Roberts' breakout film, he was billed under his full name "Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio."
D'Onofrio continued to play a wide variety of minor or supporting roles, including the father of a saint in Nancy Savoca's Household Saints (1993), director Orson Welles in Tim Burton's Ed Wood (1994), farmer Edgar and the evil "Bug" that possesses him from Men in Black (1997), Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman in Steal This Movie!(2000), a man who claims to be from the future in Happy Accidents (2000), and the serial killer Carl Stargher, opposite Jennifer Lopez's character in The Cell (2000).
In 1992, he appeared in Robert Altman's The Player, as an aspiring screenwriter whom Tim Robbins' studio executive character accidentally kills.
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 1999, he turned down a role in The Sopranos.
D'Onofrio portrayed leftist radical Abbie Hoffman in Steal This Movie in 2000, also starring Janeane Garofalo as his wife.
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 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 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 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 (2000), wherein Vaughn played an FBI agent pursuing D'Onofrio's character, and Thumbsucker (2005).
On March 1, 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. In the sketch, 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 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. 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. In the same year, he appeared in the Oscar-winning short The New Tenants.
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), Fire with Fire (2012), and Ass Backwards (2013).
In 2011, he began work on the Jennifer Lynch 2012 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. 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. No stranger to the NC-17 ratings, Lynch, who responded to the ruling a day later 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.
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. D'Onofrio and Hawke had 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. 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."
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.
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.
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. A further upcoming Lynch project, The Monster Next Door, will also star D'Onofrio.
Also in November, filming began on the Vidhu Vinod Chopra movie, Broken Horses, which focused on gang warfare around the border between the United States and Mexico. D'Onofrio starred alongside Chris Marquette and Anton Yelchin. Supporting actors included Thomas Jane, Val Kilmer, Hayden Christensen, Ben Foster and Sean Patrick Flanery.
D'Onofrio co-starred in the film drama The Judge (2014), with Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, and Jeremy Strong. D'Onofrio played Duvall's character's eldest son (Downey's character's older brother).
D'Onofrio's other projects included a role in Supreme Ruler with Marcia Gay Harden and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Bogosian's Mall which he co-wrote with his former Law & Order: Criminal Intent co-star, and Pawn Shop Chronicles, which co-stars Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Elijah Wood, and Thomas Jane (who previously worked with D'Onofrio in The Velocity of Gary).
In 2015, D'Onofrio appeared as Wilson Fisk in Marvel's Daredevil.
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).
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.
In 2008, he returned to directing with the feature-length musical slasher Don't Go in the Woods (2010), written by his 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). 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, the film opened to limited theaters on January 13, 2012 and was released on DVD on June 12, 2012.
He also portrayed Vic Hoskins in the action adventure film Jurassic World (2015). He played Jack Horne in Antoine Fuqua's 2016 remake of The Magnificent Seven.
On October 27, 2009, D'Onofrio made his musical debut, appearing in character as comedic country singer George Geronimo Gerkie at Joe's Pub in New York City. 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.
On November 11, 2011, while teaching students at the Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy, D'Onofrio discussed plans for further concerts, and a George Gerkie documentary which is to be filmed by 'Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston' director, Whitney Smith.
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. 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'.
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", gathered attention on social media. The full album was made available for purchase in March, 2015, on the band's website.
In 1998, D'Onofrio, with his father Gene and sister Elizabeth, founded the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 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 Brevard, North Carolina to Winston-Salem. Annually, the festival showcases the best films offered from the independent and international industry as well as those from student filmmakers.
In 2008, alongside his sister, Toni, D'Onofrio began hosting events to raise money for the Utah Meth Cops Project. He served as the project's spokesperson from 2009–2012.
In the fall of 2011, D'Onofrio became a member of the Advisory Board for the Woodstock Film Festival, which holds an annual event for independent films. Other members of the board include Griffin Dunne, Ethan Hawke, and Aidan Quinn.
In February 2011, D'Onofrio 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.
On August 9, 2012, it was announced that D'Onofrio had been chosen to narrate the documentary, Heroes Behind The Badge (2012). The film follows four fallen officers and the impact their deaths have had on their families, colleagues, and communities. The proceeds are benefitting a memorial museum being built in Washington, D.C. 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. A follow up to the documentary, subtitled Sacrifice and Survival, was released in the fall of 2013.
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.
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 (born 1992).
On March 22, 1997, D'Onofrio married Dutch model Carin van der Donk, and the couple had a son (born 1999). The couple split in the early 2000s, but reconciled and had a second son (born 2008).
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 cause of his exhaustion was explained later as his 14-hour days filming Criminal Intent, coupled with the filming of his short film Five Minutes, Mr. Welles during the show's hiatus.
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. He and his family reside in a townhouse in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan.
|1983||The First Turn-On!||Lobotomy||Troma film|
|1984||It Don't Pay to Be an Honest Citizen||Bennie|
|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||Released as "Salute of the Jugger" outside the USA|
|1992||The Player||David Kahane|
|1992||Salt on Our Skin||Gavin|
|1993||Household Saints||Joseph Santangelo||Nominated–Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead|
|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||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||Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated–Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Science Fiction
|1998||The Newton Boys||Dock Newton|
|1998||Claire Dolan||Elton Garrett|
|1998||The Velocity of Gary||Valentino||Also executive producer|
|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
|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|
|2010||Brooklyn's Finest||Bobby "Carlo" Powers|
|2011||Kill the Irishman||John Nardi|
|2012||Chained||Bob||Sitges Film Festival Award for Best Actor|
|2012||American Falls||Detective Foster||Short film|
|2012||Fire with Fire||David Hagan|
|2013||Ass Backwards||Bruce West|
|2013||Pawn Shop Chronicles||Alton|
|2013||Escape Plan||Lester Clark|
|2014||The Unlicensed Therapist||The Unlicensed Therapist||Short film|
|2014||The Judge||Glen Palmer|
|2014||Lennon or McCartney||Himself||Short documentary film; interview clip|
|2015||Run All Night||Detective Harding|
|2015||Broken Horses||Julius Hench|
|2015||Jurassic World||Vic Hoskins||Nominated–Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain|
|2016||Pelé: Birth of a Legend||Vicente Feola|
|2016||In Dubious Battle||London|
|2016||The Magnificent Seven||Jack Horne|
|2017||CHiPs||Ray "The Ringleader" Kurtz|
|2017||Death Wish||Frank Kersey||Post-production|
|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|
|2015–2016||Daredevil||Wilson Fisk / Kingpin||14 episodes
Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
Nominated–EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
|2017||Emerald City||Frank Morgan / The Wizard of Oz||10 episodes|
|2017||BoJack Horseman||Himself (voice)||Episode: "See Mr. Peanutbutter Run"|
|2017||Ghost Wars||N/A||Upcoming series|
- Mr. Laughs: A Look Behind The Curtain, (2008) as narrator, autobiographical documentary based on the life of comedian, Sal Richards.
- Man on the Ledge, (October, 2010) Radio play.
- Heroes Behind The Badge, narrator, documentary (Fall, 2012)
- Like Father, Like Son and 'Ram King, (October, 2012) Tales From Beyond The Pale Live Radio Play performed live at Dixon Place in NYC.
|2005||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Det. Robert Goren|
|2015||Lego Jurassic World||Hoskins|
|2016||Dishonored 2||Duke Luca Abele, Armando|