Nick Sandow

Nick Sandow (born August 3, 1966) is an American actor, writer, producer and director, best known for his role as Joe Caputo in Orange Is the New Black.

Nick Sandow
Born (1966-08-03) August 3, 1966
Years active1991present

Early life

Sandow grew up in the Italian neighborhood of Van Nest in the Bronx.[1] [2] He moved to Manhattan around age 19 to study acting under William Esper and work in theater.[3][2]


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.[3] 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.[3][4]

He began his directing career in theater on Off-Off-Broadway.[5] In 2015 he wrote, directed and acted in The Wannabe. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and later got a wider release.[3]



1994Hand GunEarl's Man Max
1996The MouseShamster #1
No ExitLenny Bentini
1997Arresting GenaPaul
One Night StandMugger
1998A Brooklyn State of MindVincent Stanco
No Looking BackGoldie
Come ToJohnnyShort film
Return to ParadiseRavitch
Living Out LoudSanti's Man
1999On the RunJack
2000The Day the Ponies Come BackJoey
2001The Big HeistHenry HillTV film
Plan BTommy
DustWhite Trash
New Port SouthArmstrong
2002SwimfanDetective John Zabel
2004Connie and CarlaAl
2005The CollectionSeveral characters
2007Resurrecting the ChampMarciano
The LovebirdsLenny
Mitch Albom's For One More DaySales ManagerTV film
2008The Accidental HusbandLarry
Good Old DaysDaveShort film
2009The Hungry GhostsGus
Frame of MindJimmy
2011The SitterOfficer Frank
2012The Fitzgerald Family ChristmasCorey
Two People He Never SawEddieShort film
2013The Cold LandsForeman
Promised LandGregShort film
Dead Travis InTravisShort film
All Roads LeadSamuel Carter
2014Zarra's LawSal
2015HousesAlso producer
The WannabeAnthonyAlso director and writer
2016Full Stop to an Infernal PlanetLt. McCauley
2017Patti Cake$Ray
2018Cabaret MaximeDominic
Stella's Last WeekendRon


1992Law & OrderOfficer NelsonEpisode: "Blood Is Thicker..."
1995–1996New York UndercoverHenry / White UNI2 episodes
1996Law & OrderPete PogosianEpisode: "Deadbeat"
Due SouthBarry PappasEpisode: "Body Language"
1999Law & OrderAndy GrenadaEpisode: "Hunters"
2000–2002Third WatchJoe Lombardo12 episodes
2003NYPD BlueRay WilentzEpisode: "Frickin' Fracker"
The JuryMr. KrauseEpisode: "Three Boys and a Gun"
2005Law & Order: Criminal IntentDet. Albert KirkoffEpisode: "Unchained"
2006Six DegreesLouieEpisode: "Pilot"
2008New AmsterdamFrankEpisode: "Keep the Change"
2010MercyScott's DadEpisode: "I Did Kill You, Didn't I?"
How to Make It in AmericaFather Dan3 episodes
2005Law & Order: Criminal IntentADA Roydell GettyEpisode: "The Mobster Will See You Now"
2006Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDoug KerstenEpisode: "Class"
2010–2011Blue BloodsLt. Alex Bello4 episodes
2011Nurse JackieAnthony DonovanEpisode: "Have You Met Mrs Jones?"
CSI: MiamiLarry GramercyEpisode: "Crowned"
2011–2012Boardwalk EmpireWaxey Gordon3 episodes
2012UnforgettableWilliam "Bud" SpenceEpisode: "Butterfly Effect"
2013–2019Orange Is The New BlackJoe Caputo80 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
2015Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDet. Ted McCormackEpisode: "Perverted Justice"


  • Halfway Home, Theatre at St. Clements, New York, 1999
  • Baptism By Fire, Studio Dante, New York City, 2004
  • Henry Flamethrow, Studio Dante, New York City, 2005 (Director)[6]


  1. Mars, Alexandre (1 May 2017). "#DoingWellByDoingGood: An Interview with Nick Sandow, Joe Caputo from Orange Is the New Black, on…". Medium. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  2. Shaw, Dan (4 December 2015). "Nick Sandow, of 'Orange Is the New Black,' at Home". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  3. Hegedus, Eric (7 July 2015). "Meet the warden who rules the roost on 'OITNB'". New York Post. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  4. 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.
  5. Moore, Frazier. "On 'Orange,' Nick Sandow excels by more than a whisker". Associated Press. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  6. "Nick Sandow". About the Artists.
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