Amy Aquino

Amy Aquino (born March 20, 1957) is an American television, film, and stage actress. The graduate of Harvard and Yale universities has appeared in television series such as Brooklyn Bridge, ER, and Being Human, and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in Picket Fences. She was co-Secretary/Treasurer of the SAG-AFTRA until August 2015 and currently stars in Amazon Studios' television series Bosch as Lt. Grace Billets.

Amy Aquino
Born (1957-03-20) March 20, 1957[1]
EducationHarvard University (BS)
Yale University (MFA)
Drew McCoy (m. 1995)

Early life and education

Aquino was born in Teaneck, New Jersey,[1] to Adele Frances (née Mesiti) and Salvatore Aquino. She first acted in junior high school productions. At Harvard University she was pre-med, majoring in biology. In her final year, she realised she was spending more time acting than studying and so left to travel to New York to take acting classes, while working at a law firm. She stayed there for three years without landing any acting jobs, before traveling on a recommendation to Minneapolis, where she gained her first roles. In 1986, after two years of rejections, she enrolled at Yale University School of Drama, where she studied three years.[2]



After Yale, Aquino spent the next five years based in New York. While there she appeared with Kevin Spacey at Playwrights Horizons and joined the Circle Repertory Company. She appeared in Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles,[2] which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1989.[3] Also that year, Aquino appeared in both Moonstruck (as Loretta's hairdresser) and Working Girl (as Melanie Griffith's secretary at the end of the film), her first film roles.[2][4]

In 1991, she was cast as one of the leads in the CBS series Brooklyn Bridge. After the show was renewed for a second season, Aquino moved to California to be closer to where it was being filmed.[2] After moving, she has primarily been in television roles, including ER[2] and Everybody Loves Raymond.[5]

In 1995, Aquino was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for portraying Dr. Joanna "Joey" Diamond in Picket Fences.[2][6]

In 2005, she appeared in another play of Wasserstein's, Third, in the off-Broadway production at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.[7] Aquino also appeared off-Broadway, at the 59E59 Theaters, in Secrets of the Trade by Jonathan Tolins.[8]

In 2013, Aquino was cast as the witch Donna in the season 2 of Being Human.[9] Later that year, Aquino was cast in the ABC Television pilot Divorce: A Love Story; however, the role was recast when the producers decided that she looked too young to play the mother of Jason Jones, who was portrayed by an actor 16 years younger than she.[10] Aquino played college President Dalley in The Lazarus Effect (2015),[11] co-starring Sarah Bolger, Mark Duplass, and Olivia Wilde.[12]

Aquino currently stars in Amazon Studios' television series Bosch as Lieutenant Grace Billets, commanding officer of LAPD Homicide. The show was renewed for a fifth season in February 2018.[13]


She joined the Screen Actors Guild in 1987 and was named the co-secretary-treasurer on September 24, 2009.[14][15] She was elected for a second term in 2011, without opposition,[16] and after being elected the first secretary-treasurer of the newly merged SAG-AFTRA[17] served until August 2015. She had previously served two terms as first vice president of the Screen Actors Guild.[15]

Personal life

Aquino met Drew McCoy after moving to California. In 1995, they were married at Saint Malachy's Roman Catholic Church in Manhattan.[2] Together they purchased the Villa Royale, an inn in Palm Springs, California, which they renovated over a two-year period.[2]


Year Title Role
1987 Moonstruck Bonnie
1988 Working Girl Alice Baxter
1990 Descending Angel Catherine
1992 Alan & Naomi Ruth Silverman
1995 Boys on the Side Anna
2002 White Oleander Miss Martinez
2004 In Good Company Alicia
2005 A Lot Like Love Diane Martin
2009 In My Sleep Detective Curwen
2015 The Lazarus Effect President Dalley
2016 Ctrl Alt Delete Mushira
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Roseanne Linda Wagner Episode: Dances with Darlene
1991–1993 Brooklyn Bridge Phyllis Berger Silver 32 episodes
1995–1996 Madman of the People Sasha Danziger 16 episodes
1995–1996 Picket Fences Dr. Joanna "Joey" Diamond 12 episodes
1996–2009 ER Dr. Janet Coburn 26 episodes
1996 The Larry Sanders Show Rabbi Marcy Klein Episode: My Name Is Asher Kingsley
1999–2000 Judging Amy Judge Greta Anastassio 3 episodes
2000 Freaks and Geeks Mrs. Schweiber 2 episodes
2000–2002 Felicity Dr. Toni Pavone 10 episodes
2001–2004 Crossing Jordan Detective Lois Carver 8 episodes
2001–2003 Curb Your Enthusiasm Susan Braudy 2 episodes
2002–2005 Everybody Loves Raymond Peggy Ardolino 4 episodes
2005 Weeds School Psychologist Episode: Lude Awakening
2008 Grey's Anatomy Marianne Grandy Episode: Brave New World
2009 Monk Rhonda Episode: Mr. Monk Goes To Group Therapy
2009 Brothers & Sisters Dr. Joan Avadon 5 episodes
2009 Prison Break: The Final Break Warden Alice Simmsis 2 episodes
2010 Private Practice Claire Episode: In the Name of Love
2010 Castle Janine Marks Episode: The Late Shaft
2013 The Mentalist Judge Patricia Davis 2 episodes
2013 Glee Funny Girl Producer/Casting Agent 2 episodes
2014– Bosch Lieutenant Grace Billets 30 episodes


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  17. "Ken Howard and Amy Aquino Elected National President and National Secretary-Treasurer of SAG-AFTRA". Screen Actors Guild. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
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