Bobby Cannavale

Robert Michael Cannavale (/ˌkænəˈvɑːli/; born May 3, 1970) is an American actor known for various stage, television, and film roles, including regular or recurring roles in Third Watch, Boardwalk Empire, Vinyl, Will & Grace, and Mr. Robot.

Bobby Cannavale
Cannavale in 2009
Robert Michael Cannavale

(1970-05-03) May 3, 1970
ResidenceNew York, U.S.
Years active1996–present
Jenny Lumet
(m. 1994; div. 2003)
Partner(s)Rose Byrne (2012–present)
Children3, including Jake Cannavale

Cannavale had a recurring role on the NBC comedy series Will & Grace as Will Truman's long-term boyfriend Officer Vincent "Vince" D'Angelo, for which he won the 2005 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series and portrayed Gyp Rosetti during the third season of the HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire, for which he won the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. In 2016, he starred in the HBO drama series Vinyl, produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger. In 2017, he joined the cast of the USA Network drama series Mr. Robot during its third season.

For his roles in Mauritius and The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Cannavale was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play and the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, respectively. He has appeared in The Station Agent (2003), Shall We Dance? (2004), Snakes on a Plane (2006), The Other Guys (2010), Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine (2013), Chef (2014), the remake of Annie (2014), Paul Feig's Spy (2015), Ant-Man (2015), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), and I, Tonya (2017).

Early life

Cannavale was born and raised in Union City, New Jersey, the son of Isabel and Salvatore "Sal" Cannavale. His father is of Italian descent, while his mother is Cuban and moved to the U.S. in 1960.[1][2] He was raised Catholic and attended St. Michael's Catholic School, where he participated in a number of extracurricular activities, including being an altar boy and member of the chorus. When he was eight, Cannavale secured the plum role of the lisping boy, Winthrop, in his school's production of The Music Man and later played a gangster in Guys and Dolls, which cemented his love for performing. Cannavale's parents divorced when he was 13 and his mother moved the family to Puerto Rico. After two years in the American territory, they settled in Margate, Florida. After being kicked out of his high school in Florida during his senior year, Cannavale returned to New Jersey in order to be closer to New York to launch his acting career and went to summer school to earn a diploma from Union Hill High School.[3][4][5][6][7]


Cannavale began his acting career in the theater – with no acting training – and gained early film roles in Night Falls on Manhattan (1997) and The Bone Collector (1999), Cannavale became well known when he starred as Bobby Caffey for two seasons on Third Watch. Following this, in 2001, he starred with Alan Arkin in 100 Centre Street – which was written and directed by Sidney Lumet, his then-father-in-law.

In 2002, he joined the cast of Ally McBeal for the last five episodes, but the show was then cancelled. Following this, he starred with Yancey Arias and Sheryl Lee in the miniseries Kingpin. In 2003, Cannavale briefly appeared on the last two episodes of Oz. He also appeared in the film The Station Agent as a man who befriends a little person removed from society. From 2004 to 2006, he had a recurring guest role on Will & Grace as Vince D'Angelo, the boyfriend (and eventual husband) of Will Truman (Eric McCormack) However, in the reboot, they are revealed not to be married. For this role, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2005. He has also appeared in the films Snakes on a Plane, The Guru (2002), Shall We Dance? (2004) and Romance & Cigarettes (2005), and guest starred in Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, Oz, Law & Order – and its spin-off series Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He appeared in The Take (2007) alongside John Leguizamo and Tyrese Gibson, as Agent Steve Perelli.

Cannavale serves as the voice of Corado R. Ciarlo, known as "Babe", in the Ken Burns PBS film series The War (the story of World War II) from the perspective of the men who fought in combat and their loved ones at home. He also read the audiobook versions of Richard Price's 2008 novel Lush Life and Ed Falco's 2012 novel The Family Corleone. On August 25, 2008, ABC ordered his pilot Cupid, a remake of the 1998 program which had starred Jeremy Piven and Paula Marshall, to series. In the new version of the series, Cannavale starred opposite Sarah Paulson with script development overseen by original series creator Rob Thomas. ABC debuted Cupid on March 31, 2009,[8] but it was cancelled on May 19, 2009.[9]

In 2008, he received a Tony Award nomination for his role as Dennis in the Broadway play, Mauritius.[10] In 2009, CBS announced Cannavale would reprise his role of Det. Eddie Saccardo on the television show, Cold Case, for three episodes, starting with the third episode of Season 7.[11] Cannavale was also in the film Win Win in 2011, as Terry Delfino. He later starred in the Broadway play The Motherfucker with the Hat alongside Chris Rock and Annabella Sciorra. On May 3, 2011 (his 41st birthday), he was nominated for a Tony Award for his leading role in that production.[12]

In 2012 and 2013, he guest starred in the fourth and fifth season of Showtime's Nurse Jackie, for which he was nominated twice again for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2012 and 2013,[13] as well as joining the cast of HBO's Boardwalk Empire, portraying the psychopathic Sicilian gangster Gyp Rosetti in the third season. His performance on Boardwalk Empire won critical acclaim, earning him the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2013. That same year he also played Lewis, a vengeful clown on Modern Family during the third season, for which he was nominated for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series at the 2nd Critics' Choice Television Awards in 2012.[14] TV Guide, in its "Cheers & Jeers 2012" issue, praised Cannavale for this "trifecta of great performances", commenting, "This guy is so good at playing bad, it's scary."[15] He played what Matt Zoller Seitz of called a "heroically moving" lead role in Danny Collins in 2015.

Since 2015 Cannavale has been involved with voice-over work for Playing On Air, a non-profit organization that "records short plays [for public radio and podcast] written by top playwrights and performed by outstanding actors."[16] He has starred in three short plays, including Crazy Eights by David Lindsay-Abaire, co-starring Rosie Perez and John Leguizamo; Mere Mortals by David Ives; and 2 Dads by David Auburn.[17][18][19]

Cannavale will appear with Rose Byrne in the play Medea, written and directed by Simon Stone, in 2020.[20]

Personal life

From 1994 to 2003,[21] Cannavale was married to actress/screenwriter Jenny Lumet – director Sidney Lumet's daughter and performer Lena Horne's granddaughter – with whom he has a son,[22] actor Jake Cannavale.[21] Cannavale and Jake were cast as father and son in season four of Nurse Jackie.

Since 2012, Cannavale has been dating actress Rose Byrne.[23] Cannavale and Byrne's first child, Rocco Robin Cannavale,[24] was born on February 1, 2016.[24][25] He and Byrne had their second child together, a son named Rafa, in November 2017.[26]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 I'm Not Rappaport Parking Lot Customer
Night Falls on Manhattan Vigoda Assistant #1
1999 Gloria Jack Jesus Nunez
The Bone Collector Detective Steve
2000 3 A.M. Jose
2002 Washington Heights Angel
The Guru Randy
2003 Shortcut to Happiness Cop
The Station Agent Joe Oramas Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2004 Fresh Cut Grass Billy Pecchio
Haven Lieutenant
Shall We Dance? Chic
The Breakup Artist Neighbor
2005 Happy Endings Javier Duran
Romance & Cigarettes Chetty Jr. / "Fryburg"
2006 The Night Listener Jess
Fast Food Nation Mike
Snakes on a Plane Special Agent Hank Harris
10 Items or Less Bobby
2007 The Ten Marty McBride
Dedication Don Meyers
2008 The Take Agent Steve Perelli
Diminished Capacity Lee Vivyan
The Promotion Dr. Mark Timms
100 Feet Lou Shanks
2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop Commander James Kent
The Merry Gentleman Michael Elkhart
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Subject #40
Louis C.K.'s Last Chance Porn Producer Short film
2010 F—K Bobby Short film
The Other Guys Jimmy
Apples Nino Short film
Weakness Joshua Polansky
2011 Win Win Terry Delfino Nominated – ALMA Award for Favorite Movie Actor
Roadie Randy Stevens
2013 Movie 43 Superman Segment: "Super Hero Speed Dating"
Parker Jake Fernandez
Lovelace Butchie Peraino
Blue Jasmine Chili Nominated – Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2014 Chef Tony
Adult Beginners Danny
Annie Guy Danlily
2015 Danny Collins Tom Donnelly
Spy Sergio De Luca
Ant-Man Jim Paxton
Daddy's Home Dr. Emilio Francisco
2016 The Fundamentals of Caring Cash Uncredited
2017 Hair Bobby Cannavale Short film
The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Frankie (voice)
I, Tonya Martin Maddox
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Professor John Hardin Van Pelt [27][28]
Ferdinand Valiente/Valiente's father (voices)
The Photographer Photographer Short film[29]
2018 Boundaries Leonard
Ant-Man and the Wasp Jim Paxton
2019 Motherless Brooklyn Tony Vermonte
The Irishman Felix "Skinny Razor" DiTullio
The Jesus Rolls Petey
Martha the Monster Kevin / Doormat (voice) Short film
2020 Superintelligence George Post-production
TBA Once Upon a Time in Staten Island
Jolt Detective Vicars
Denotes films that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
1998 When Trumpets Fade Capt. Thomas Zenek Television film
1999–2001 Third Watch Roberto Caffey 38 episodes
2000 Sex and the City Adam Ball Episode: "Easy Come, Easy Go"
2001–2002 100 Centre Street Jeremiah Jellinek 5 episodes
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Kyle Novacek Episode: "Monogamy"
Ally McBeal Wilson Jade 5 episodes
Law & Order Randy Porter Episode: "Hitman"
2003 Kingpin Chato Cadena 6 episodes
Mickeypalooza Himself Television special
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Julian Bello Episode: "The Gift"
Oz Alonzo Torquemada 2 episodes
2004 Six Feet Under Javier 3 episodes
2004–2006, 2018 Will & Grace Vince D'Angelo 17 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2005)
2005 N.Y.-70 Det. Niko Corso Pilot
The Exonerated Jesse Tafero Television film
Recipe for a Perfect Christmas Alex Stermadapolous
2006–2007 The Days of Pets Burke Zuko Recurring cast
2007 The War Corado R. "Babe" Ciarlo (voice) 2 episodes
The Knights of Prosperity Enrico Cortez
Law & Order J.P. Lange Episode: "Murder Book"
M.O.N.Y. Joe Capanelli Pilot
2008–2009 Cold Case Eddie Saccardo 7 episodes
2008 Lipstick Jungle Chris "Parks" Parker Episode: "Chapter Seven: Carpe Threesome"
2009 Cupid Trevor Pierce 7 episodes
2010 American Dad! Detective Chaz Miglachio (voice) Episode: "Cops and Roger"
Louie Chris 2 episodes
Marry Me Adam
2010–2011 Blue Bloods Charles Rosselini 3 episodes
2012 Modern Family Lewis Episode: "Send Out the Clowns"
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series (2012)
Boardwalk Empire Gyp Rosetti 11 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2013)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2012)
2012–2013 Nurse Jackie Dr. Mike Cruz 12 episodes
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (2012–13)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2013)
2014 Robot Chicken Rick Sanders, Yellow Robot, Bone Age Warrior (voice) Episode: "Super Guitario Center"
2016 Vinyl Richie Finestra 10 episodes
2017 Master of None Chef Jeff 4 episodes
2017 Comrade Detective Petre Bubescu (voice) Episode: "Two Films for One Ticket"
2017–present Mr. Robot Irving 8 episodes
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2018)
2018 BoJack Horseman Vance Waggoner (voice) Episode: "BoJack The Feminist"
Big Mouth Gavin the Hormone Monster (voice) Episode: "The Department of Puberty"
2018–present Homecoming Colin Belfast 10 episodes
2018 Angie Tribeca Angela "A.J." Giles Jr.
2019 SpongeBob SquarePants Tony (voice) Episode: "Shell Games"


Year Title Role Theatre Notes
1998 The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told Steve Williamstown Theatre Festival
2003 Fucking A The Mayor The Public Theater
2005 Hurlyburly Phil Acorn Theater
2007 Mauritius Dennis Biltmore Theatre Nominated – Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play
2010 Trust Morton Second Stage Theater
2011 The Motherfucker with the Hat Jackie Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
Nominated – Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play
Nominated – Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance
Nominated – Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
2012 Glengarry Glen Ross Richard Roma Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
2013 The Big Knife Charlie Castle Roundabout Theatre
2016 White Rabbit Red Rabbit (solo) Westside Theatre[30]
2017 The Hairy Ape Robert "Yank" Smith Park Avenue Armory Winner – Obie Award for Performance
2018 The Lifespan of a Fact John Studio 54


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