Actor Bobby Cannavale

Robert Michael Cannavale (/ˌkænəˈvɑːli/; born May 3, 1970) is an American actor. He is known for various film, stage, and television roles, including regular or recurring roles in Third Watch, Boardwalk Empire, Vinyl, Will & Grace, Mr. Robot, and Master of None. 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. He also 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. The following year, Cannavale portrayed Colin Belfast in the Amazon Prime Video psychological thriller series Homecoming (2018–present). For his roles in Mauritius and The Motherf***r 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 Tom McCarthy’s The Station Agent (2003), Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine (2013), Paul Feig’s Spy (2015), Marvel’s Ant-Man (2015), I, Tonya (2017), Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017), and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman (2019).

Early life

Cannavale was born on May 3, 1970 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. 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 8, 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.


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) as Agent Steve Perelli, alongside John Leguizamo and Tyrese Gibson.

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, but cancelled the series after less than two months, on May 19, 2009.

In 2008, he received a Tony Award nomination for his role as Dennis in the Broadway play, Mauritius. 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. Cannavale was in the film The Other Guys (2010), and played the role of Terry Delfino in the film Win Win (2011). 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.

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, 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. 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.” 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.” 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.

In January 2020 Cannavale appeared with his real-life wife Rose Byrne in the play Medea, written and directed by Simon Stone.

Personal life

From 1994 to 2003, 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, actor Jake Cannavale. Cannavale and Jake were cast as father and son in season four of Nurse Jackie.

Cannavale has been in a relationship with Australian actress Rose Byrne since 2012. Their first child, Rocco Robin Cannavale, was born on February 1, 2016. He and Byrne had their second child together, a son named Rafa, in November 2017.



Year Title Role Notes
1996 I’m Not Rappaport Parking Lot Customer
1996 Night Falls on Manhattan Vigoda Assistant #1
1999 Gloria Jack Jesus Nunez
1999 The Bone Collector Detective Steve
2000 3 A.M. Jose
2002 Washington Heights Angel
2002 The Guru Randy
2003 Shortcut to Happiness Cop
2003 The Station Agent Joe Oramas
2004 Fresh Cut Grass Billy Pecchio
2004 Haven Lieutenant
2004 Shall We Dance? Chic
2004 The Breakup Artist Neighbor
2005 Happy Endings Javier Duran
2005 Romance & Cigarettes Chetty Jr. / “Fryburg”
2006 The Night Listener Jess
2006 Fast Food Nation Mike
2006 Snakes on a Plane Special Agent Hank Harris
2006 10 Items or Less Bobby
2007 The Ten Marty McBride
2007 Dedication Don Meyers
2008 The Take Agent Steve Perelli
2008 Diminished Capacity Lee Vivyan
2008 The Promotion Dr. Mark Timms
2008 100 Feet Lou Shanks
2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop Commander James Kent
2009 The Merry Gentleman Michael Elkhart
2009 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Subject #40
2009 Louis C.K.’s Last Chance Porn Producer Short film
2010 F—K Bobby Short film
2010 The Other Guys Jimmy
2010 Apples Nino Short film
2010 Weakness Joshua Polansky
2011 Win Win Terry Delfino
2011 Roadie Randy Stevens
2013 Movie 43 Superman Segment: “Super Hero Speed Dating”
2013 Parker Jake Fernandez
2013 Lovelace Butchie Peraino
2013 Blue Jasmine Chili
2014 Chef Tony
2014 Adult Beginners Danny
2014 Annie Guy Danlily
2015 Danny Collins Tom Donnelly
2015 Spy Sergio De Luca
2015 Ant-Man Jim Paxton
2015 Daddy’s Home Dr. Emilio Francisco
2016 The Fundamentals of Caring Cash Uncredited
2017 Hair Bobby Cannavale Short film
2017 The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature Frankie (voice)
2017 I, Tonya Martin Maddox
2017 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Professor John Hardin Van Pelt Credited as Van Pelt[a]
2017 Ferdinand Valiente/Valiente’s father (voices)
2017 The Photographer Photographer Short film
2018 Boundaries Leonard
2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp Jim Paxton
2019 Motherless Brooklyn Tony Vermonte
2019 The Irishman Felix “Skinny Razor” DiTullio
2019 The Jesus Rolls Petey
2019 Martha the Monster Kevin / Doormat (voice) Short film
2020 Superintelligence George Churchill
2021 Tom & Jerry Spike (voice)
2021 Thunder Force William “The King” Stevens
2021 Jolt Detective Vicars
2021 Sing 2 Jimmy Crystal (voice) In production
2022 Blonde Joe DiMaggio Post-production
TBA This Is the Night TBA
Denotes films not yet 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”
2002 Ally McBeal Wilson Jade 5 episodes
2002 Law & Order Randy Porter Episode: “Hitman”
2003 Kingpin Chato Cadena 6 episodes
2003 Mickeypalooza Himself Television special
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Julian Bello Episode: “The Gift”
2003 Oz Alonzo Torquemada 2 episodes
2004 Six Feet Under Javier 3 episodes
2004–2006, 2018 Will & Grace Vince D’Angelo 17 episodes
2005 N.Y.-70 Det. Niko Corso Pilot
2005 The Exonerated Jesse Tafero Television film
2005 Recipe for a Perfect Christmas Alex Stermadapolous Television film
2006–2007 The Days of Pets Burke Zuko Recurring cast
2007 The War Corado R. “Babe” Ciarlo (voice) 2 episodes
2007 The Knights of Prosperity Enrico Cortez 2 episodes
2007 Law & Order J.P. Lange Episode: “Murder Book”
2007 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”
2010 Louie Chris 2 episodes
2010 Marry Me Adam Episode(s): Part 1 & 2
2010–2011 Blue Bloods Charles Rosselini 3 episodes
2012 Modern Family Lewis Episode: “Send Out the Clowns”
2012 Boardwalk Empire Gyp Rosetti 11 episodes
2012–2013 Nurse Jackie Dr. Mike Cruz 12 episodes
2014 Robot Chicken Various (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, 2019 Mr. Robot Irving 9 episodes
2018 Angie Tribeca Angela “A.J.” Giles Jr. 10 episodes
2018, 2020 BoJack Horseman Vance Waggoner (voice) Episodes: “BoJack the Feminist” and “The Horny Unicorn”
2018, 2020 Big Mouth Gavin the Hormone Monster / Nick’s Agent (voice) 3 episodes
2018–2020 Homecoming Colin Belfast 11 episodes
2019 The Detour Castro (voice) Episode: “The Groom”
2019 SpongeBob SquarePants Tony (voice) Episode: “Shell Games”
2020 Mrs. America Tom Snyder Episode: “Phyllis & Fred & Brenda & Marc”
2021 Nine Perfect Strangers Tony Main cast


Year Title Role Theatre Notes
1998 The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told Steve Williamstown Theatre Festival
2003 Fucking A The Mayor The Public Theater, Off-Broadway
2005 Hurlyburly Phil Acorn Theater, Off-Broadway
2007 Mauritius Dennis Biltmore Theatre, Broadway
2010 Trust Morton Second Stage Theater, Off-Broadway
2011 The Motherfucker with the Hat Jackie Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, Broadway
2012 Glengarry Glen Ross Richard Roma
2013 The Big Knife Charlie Castle American Airlines Theater, Broadway
2016 White Rabbit Red Rabbit (solo) Westside Theatre, Off-Broadway
2017 The Hairy Ape Robert “Yank” Smith Park Avenue Armory, Off-Broadway
2018 The Lifespan of a Fact John Studio 54, Broadway
2020 Medea Lucas Harvey Theatre, BAM, Brooklyn

Awards and nominations

Primetime Emmy Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2005 Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Will & Grace Won
2012 Nurse Jackie Nominated
2013 Nominated
Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Boardwalk Empire Won

Tony Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2008 Best Featured Actor in a Play Mauritius Nominated
2011 Best Actor in a Play The Motherfucker with the Hat Nominated

Other Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2003 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Award The Station Agent Nominated
2004 Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Ensemble Nominated
2004 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2011 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play The Motherfucker with the Hat Won
2011 Outer Critics Circle Best Actor in a Play Nominated
2012 Critics’ Choice Television Award Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Modern Family Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nurse Jackie Nominated
Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series Boardwalk Empire Nominated
2013 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Supporting Actor Blue Jasmine Nominated
2017 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actor in a Play The Hairy Ape Nominated
2018 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Mr. Robot Nominated
2020 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture The Irishman Nominated

External Links

Actor Bobby Cannavale – Wikipedia

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