David Caruso

David Stephen Caruso[1] (born January 7, 1956)[2] 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).

David Caruso
Caruso at the 2008 Emmy Awards
David Stephen Caruso

(1956-01-07) January 7, 1956
ResidenceMiami Beach, Florida
OccupationActor  producer
Years active1975–2012
Known forHoratio Caine on CSI: Miami
Cheri Maugans
(m. 1979; div. 1984)

Rachel Ticotin
(m. 1984; div. 1987)

Margaret Buckley
(m. 1996; div. 2007)
Partner(s)Liza Marquez (separated)

Early life

Caruso was born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York,[1] the son of Joan, a librarian, and Charles Caruso, a magazine and newspaper editor.[3] He is of Irish and Italian descent.[4] His father left when David was two years old, forcing him to "end up fathering myself", as he put it.[5] Raised as a Roman Catholic,[6] Caruso attended Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic School in Forest Hills.[7] He later attended Archbishop Molloy High School in nearby Briarwood, graduating in 1974.[8]

Caruso worked as a cinema usher, where he would see up to 80 movies a week.[5] 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.[5] He said:

The ethics of certain actors certainly had a power over me. These guys taught me how to be what I call a stand-up kind of guy.[5]



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.[9] 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 also featured in the music video for the song "Voyage, voyage" by the French singer Desireless, released in 1986.


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.[10]

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.[11][12] (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").[13]

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 1997, Caruso returned to television as a New York City-based federal prosecutor in the short-lived CBS law drama series Michael Hayes, which aired for one season.


Caruso returned to film with a supporting role as Russell Crowe's mercenary associate in Proof of Life (2000). In 2001, he had a lead role in the cult psychological horror film Session 9.

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.[14]

In 2012, CSI: Miami was cancelled after 10 seasons;[15] 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.[16]

Personal life

Caruso is founder of DavidCarusoTelevision.tv and LexiconDigital.tv, as well as co-owner of "Steam on Sunset", a clothing store in South Miami.[17][18]

Caruso has a daughter, Greta[6] with his second wife, actress Rachel Ticotin. He and former girlfriend Liza Marquez have two children together: a son Marquez and a daughter Paloma.[19] In April 2009, Marquez filed papers against Caruso for fraud, breach of their settlement agreement and emotional distress.[20][21]

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.



1980Getting WastedDanny
1980Without WarningTom
1982An Officer and a GentlemanTopper Daniels
1982First BloodDeputy Mitch Rogers
1984Thief of HeartsBuddy Calamara
1986Blue CityJoey Rayford
1987China GirlMercury
1988TwinsAl Greco
1990King of New YorkDennis Gilley
1991Hudson HawkKit Kat
1993Mad Dog and GloryMike
1995Kiss of DeathJimmy KilmartinNominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star
1995JadeDavid CorelliNominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star
1997Cold Around the HeartNed Tash
1998Body CountHobbs
2000Proof of LifeDinoNominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Suspense
2001Session 9Phil
2001Black PointJohn Hawkins


1976Ryan's HopeBellboy (uncredited)1 episode (#378)
1981Crazy TimesBobby SheaTelevision movie
1981Palmerstown, U.S.A.Donnie Muller2 episodes
1981–1983Hill Street BluesShamrock Leader Tommy Mann7 episodes
1983CHiPsCharlieEpisode: "Hot Date"
1983T.J. HookerJenningsEpisode: "Requiem for a Cop"
1983The Paper ChaseBennettEpisode: "Commitments"
1983For Love and HonorPvt. Rusty BurgerEpisode: "Pilot"
1984The First Olympics: Athens 1896James ConnollyTelevision miniseries
1986–1988Crime StoryJohnny O'Donnell2 episodes
1987Into the HomelandRyderTelevision movie
1990H.E.L.P.Frank Sordoni6 episodes
1990Parker KaneJoey TorregrossaTelevision movie
1990Rainbow DriveLarry HammondTelevision movie
1991Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. IndianapolisWilkesTelevision movie
1993Judgment Day: The John List StoryChief Bob RichlandTelevision movie
1993–1994NYPD BlueDetective John Kelly26 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
1997Gold CoastMaguireTelevision movie
1997–1998Michael HayesMichael Hayes21 episodes
2000DeadlockedNed StarkTelevision movie
2002CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationLieutenant Horatio CaineEpisode: "Cross Jurisdictions"
2002–2012CSI: Miami 232 episodes
2005CSI: NYEpisode: "Manhattan Manhunt"

See also


  1. "David Caruso Biography". TV Guide. Archived from the original on January 14, 2019. Retrieved September 21, 2019.
  2. "UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan, 7, 2019". United Press International. January 7, 2019. Archived from the original on September 21, 2019. Retrieved September 21, 2019. actor David Caruso in 1956 (age 63)
  3. "David Caruso Biography". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
  4. Farinordin, Faridul Anwar (28 August 2004). "Caruso's happy with 'CSI'". New Straits Times (Malaysia). Asia Africa Intelligence Wire via AccessMyLibrary. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
  5. TV Week magazine, 5 February 1994, pp16–17. "An Officer and a Gentleman" by David Hochman.
  6. Lee, Luaine (11 October 1995). "'Jade' star David Caruso talks changes in his personal life". The Cedartown Standard. Cedartown, Georgia: Knight-Ridder News Service. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
  7. Yaniv, Oren (2005-10-30). "Astro orbits to his Alma mater". Daily News. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  8. "Famous Stanners". Alumni.molloyhs.org. Archived from the original on 2012-05-30. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
  9. Brady, James. "In Step With David Caruso (TV and film actor)" Archived 2009-03-21 at the Wayback Machine, Parade, 6 March 2005. accessed June 2, 2009.
  10. Grant, Richard E. With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E Grant, p.179
  11. "3.4. Why did David Caruso leave the show? (NYPD Blue)", NYPD Blue FAQ, The Ultimate Learn And Resource Center at Stason.org, retrieved 2012-04-04
  12. "David Caruso Will Quit 'NYPD Blue' Cast". Orlando Sentinel. 7 August 1994. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  13. Battaglio, Stephen. "The Blunder Years", TV Guide, 1 November 2010, pp. 20–21.
  14. Interview with Caruso and cast of CSI: Miami on YouTube
  15. "CSI: Miami: Cancelled by CBS, No Season 11". TV Series Finale. May 13, 2012. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  16. https://medium.com/@dancz/summiting-mt-kilimanjaro-with-art-basel-david-caruso-that-csi-miami-guy-55e7fbba2aa0
  17. "Prodigal Cop Tries S. Florida". 2002-05-09. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  18. "Miami Rocks with Designer's Opening". 2002-03-08. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  19. "David Caruso Sued by Ex-Girlfriend". 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  20. "David Caruso Sued by Ex-Girlfriend". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
  21. "David Caruso's Ex-Girlfriend Sues For Money, House". Huffington Post. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
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