Sandow has worked extensively in television guest starring on many television series such as Law & Order, Third Watch, NYPD Blue, Boardwalk Empire, and Blue Bloods. His most notable acting role on Orange Is the New Black, as prison administrator Joseph Caputo, was originally supposed to have been for a handful of episodes for the shows first season, but his role was expanded during the second season and was made a series regular with the third season.
He began his directing career in theater on Off-Off-Broadway. In 2015 he wrote, directed and acted in The Wannabe. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and later got a wider release.
|1994||Hand Gun||Earl's Man Max|
|1996||The Mouse||Shamster #1|
|No Exit||Lenny Bentini|
|One Night Stand||Mugger|
|1998||A Brooklyn State of Mind||Vincent Stanco|
|No Looking Back||Goldie|
|Come To||Johnny||Short film|
|Return to Paradise||Ravitch|
|Living Out Loud||Santi's Man|
|1999||On the Run||Jack|
|2000||The Day the Ponies Come Back||Joey|
|2001||The Big Heist||Henry Hill||TV film|
|New Port South||Armstrong|
|2002||Swimfan||Detective John Zabel|
|2004||Connie and Carla||Al|
|2005||The Collection||Several characters|
|2007||Resurrecting the Champ||Marciano|
|Mitch Albom's For One More Day||Sales Manager||TV film|
|2008||The Accidental Husband||Larry|
|Good Old Days||Dave||Short film|
|2009||The Hungry Ghosts||Gus|
|Frame of Mind||Jimmy|
|2011||The Sitter||Officer Frank|
|2012||The Fitzgerald Family Christmas||Corey|
|Two People He Never Saw||Eddie||Short film|
|2013||The Cold Lands||Foreman|
|Promised Land||Greg||Short film|
|Dead Travis In||Travis||Short film|
|All Roads Lead||Samuel Carter|
|The Wannabe||Anthony||Also director and writer|
|2016||Full Stop to an Infernal Planet||Lt. McCauley|
|Stella's Last Weekend||Ron|
|1992||Law & Order||Officer Nelson||Episode: "Blood Is Thicker..."|
|1995–1996||New York Undercover||Henry / White UNI||2 episodes|
|1996||Law & Order||Pete Pogosian||Episode: "Deadbeat"|
|Due South||Barry Pappas||Episode: "Body Language"|
|1999||Law & Order||Andy Grenada||Episode: "Hunters"|
|2000–2002||Third Watch||Joe Lombardo||12 episodes|
|2003||NYPD Blue||Ray Wilentz||Episode: "Frickin' Fracker"|
|The Jury||Mr. Krause||Episode: "Three Boys and a Gun"|
|2005||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Det. Albert Kirkoff||Episode: "Unchained"|
|2006||Six Degrees||Louie||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2008||New Amsterdam||Frank||Episode: "Keep the Change"|
|2010||Mercy||Scott's Dad||Episode: "I Did Kill You, Didn't I?"|
|How to Make It in America||Father Dan||3 episodes|
|2005||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||ADA Roydell Getty||Episode: "The Mobster Will See You Now"|
|2006||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Doug Kersten||Episode: "Class"|
|2010–2011||Blue Bloods||Lt. Alex Bello||4 episodes|
|2011||Nurse Jackie||Anthony Donovan||Episode: "Have You Met Mrs Jones?"|
|CSI: Miami||Larry Gramercy||Episode: "Crowned"|
|2011–2012||Boardwalk Empire||Waxey Gordon||3 episodes|
|2012||Unforgettable||William "Bud" Spence||Episode: "Butterfly Effect"|
|2013–2019||Orange Is The New Black||Joe Caputo||80 episodes|
Directed 3 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2015–17)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
|2015||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Det. Ted McCormack||Episode: "Perverted Justice"|
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- Shaw, Dan (4 December 2015). "Nick Sandow, of 'Orange Is the New Black,' at Home". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
- Hegedus, Eric (7 July 2015). "Meet the warden who rules the roost on 'OITNB'". New York Post. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
- Andreeva, Nellie (6 May 2014). "Nick Sandow & Selenis Leyva Upped To Regulars On 'Orange Is The New Black'; Damon Wayans Jr. On 'New Girl'". Deadline. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
- Moore, Frazier. "On 'Orange,' Nick Sandow excels by more than a whisker". nwitimes.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
- "Nick Sandow". About the Artists.