David Stephen Caruso (born January 7, 1956) is a retired American actor and producer, best known for his roles as Detective John Kelly on the ABC crime drama NYPD Blue, and Lieutenant Horatio Caine on the CBS series CSI: Miami (2002-2012). He also appeared in the films An Officer and a Gentleman, First Blood (both 1982), Twins (1988), Kiss of Death (1995) and Proof of Life (2000).
Caruso at the 2008 Emmy Awards
David Stephen Caruso
January 7, 1956
|Residence||Miami Beach, Florida|
|Occupation||Actor • producer|
|Known for||Horatio Caine on CSI: Miami|
(m. 1979; div. 1984)
(m. 1984; div. 1987)
(m. 1996; div. 2007)
|Partner(s)||Liza Marquez (separated)|
Caruso was born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, the son of Joan, a librarian, and Charles Caruso, a magazine and newspaper editor. He is of Irish and Italian descent. His father left when David was two years old, forcing him to "end up fathering myself", as he put it. Raised as a Roman Catholic, Caruso attended Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic School in Forest Hills. He later attended Archbishop Molloy High School in nearby Briarwood, graduating in 1974.
Caruso worked as a cinema usher, where he would see up to 80 movies a week. He said that he and his co-workers would act out scenes from some of these movies while they were at the back of the theater. In this job he found his role models in Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson. He said:
Caruso's first movie appearance was in the 1980 film Getting Wasted as Danny. He credits his role as Topper Daniels, "the cadet who nearly drowned", in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) as what got him noticed. Caruso then spent most of the decade in supporting roles in films including First Blood (1982), Blue City (1986), China Girl (1987) and Twins (1988).
On television, Caruso had a recurring role as Tommy Mann, leader of the street gang The Shamrocks, in seven episodes of the NBC police drama series Hill Street Blues (1981–83). He portrayed U.S. Olympian James Brendan Connolly in the 1984 miniseries, The First Olympics: Athens 1896, and also appeared in two episodes of the series Crime Story.
Caruso had supporting roles as police officers in the crime films King of New York (1990) and Mad Dog and Glory (1993). While filming 1991's Hudson Hawk, he employed method acting, refusing to talk to anyone on set because his character, Kit-Kat, was mute, having had his tongue bitten off.
In 1993, Caruso landed his first major role as Detective John Kelly in the police procedural series NYPD Blue, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. TV Guide named him as one of the six new stars to watch in the 1993–1994 season. He made news by leaving the highly rated show the following year (only four episodes into the second season) after failing to obtain the raise he wanted. (His decision to leave the series would later be listed in a 2010 issue of TV Guide as #6 on a list of TV's 10 biggest "blunders").
He was unable to establish himself as a leading man in films; his appearances in the 1995 thrillers Kiss of Death and Jade were met with a negative reception from critics, with both films receiving mixed reviews and poor box-office takings, and Caruso being nominated for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star for these two roles.
In 2002, Caruso returned to television in his first successful role since NYPD Blue, starring as police lieutenant Horatio Caine in the CSI spin-off series CSI: Miami. He was the first actor in the franchise to appear as the same character on three of the four CSI programs. He was known for frequently using one-liners at the beginning of each episode. Many of these include him putting on his trademark sunglasses mid-sentence, then walking off-screen just as the main theme starts (finishing move). On an episode of the Late Show with David Letterman that aired on March 8, 2007, actor and comedian Jim Carrey professed to being a fan of the show and went on to do an impersonation of Caine, asking for an "intense close-up" from the camera, speaking in a raspy voice and putting on sunglasses. Caruso later said in an interview with CBS that he was impressed with the impersonation.
In 2012, CSI: Miami was cancelled after 10 seasons; Caruso was the only actor to appear in all 232 episodes of the series. After the end of the show Caruso retired from acting to become involved in the art business.
Caruso has a daughter, Greta with his second wife, actress Rachel Ticotin. He and former girlfriend Liza Marquez have two children together: a son Marquez and a daughter Paloma. In April 2009, Marquez filed papers against Caruso for fraud, breach of their settlement agreement and emotional distress.
In March 2009, a woman was placed in custody in Tyrol, Austria, on charges of stalking Caruso. She had twice failed to appear in court to answer the charges before fleeing to Mexico; following her deportation from Mexico, Austrian officials took her into custody to await trial on the stalking charges.
Awards and nominations
In 1994, Caruso won a Golden Globe Award for his John Kelly role on NYPD Blue for which he was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. In 2001, he was nominated for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Suspense for his role as Dino in the film Proof of Life.
|1982||An Officer and a Gentleman||Topper Daniels|
|1982||First Blood||Deputy Mitch Rogers|
|1984||Thief of Hearts||Buddy Calamara|
|1986||Blue City||Joey Rayford|
|1990||King of New York||Dennis Gilley|
|1991||Hudson Hawk||Kit Kat|
|1993||Mad Dog and Glory||Mike|
|1995||Kiss of Death||Jimmy Kilmartin||Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star|
|1995||Jade||David Corelli||Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star|
|1997||Cold Around the Heart||Ned Tash|
|2000||Proof of Life||Dino||Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Suspense|
|2001||Black Point||John Hawkins|
|1976||Ryan's Hope||Bellboy (uncredited)||1 episode (#378)|
|1981||Crazy Times||Bobby Shea||Television movie|
|1981||Palmerstown, U.S.A.||Donnie Muller||2 episodes|
|1981–1983||Hill Street Blues||Shamrock Leader Tommy Mann||7 episodes|
|1983||CHiPs||Charlie||Episode: "Hot Date"|
|1983||T.J. Hooker||Jennings||Episode: "Requiem for a Cop"|
|1983||The Paper Chase||Bennett||Episode: "Commitments"|
|1983||For Love and Honor||Pvt. Rusty Burger||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1984||The First Olympics: Athens 1896||James Connolly||Television miniseries|
|1986–1988||Crime Story||Johnny O'Donnell||2 episodes|
|1987||Into the Homeland||Ryder||Television movie|
|1990||H.E.L.P.||Frank Sordoni||6 episodes|
|1990||Parker Kane||Joey Torregrossa||Television movie|
|1990||Rainbow Drive||Larry Hammond||Television movie|
|1991||Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis||Wilkes||Television movie|
|1993||Judgment Day: The John List Story||Chief Bob Richland||Television movie|
|1993–1994||NYPD Blue||Detective John Kelly||26 episodes|
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series
|1997||Gold Coast||Maguire||Television movie|
|1997–1998||Michael Hayes||Michael Hayes||21 episodes|
|2000||Deadlocked||Ned Stark||Television movie|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Lieutenant Horatio Caine||Episode: "Cross Jurisdictions"|
|2002–2012||CSI: Miami||232 episodes|
|2005||CSI: NY||Episode: "Manhattan Manhunt"|
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actor David Caruso in 1956 (age 63)
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