David Caruso

 

Date Of Birth

January 7,1956
 

Biography

David Caruso was born on January 7, 1956 in New York City. After an uncredited debut in an episode of the drama Ryan’s Hope, Caruso made his film debut in the 1980 film Getting Wasted. Most of his roles in the 1980s were dedicated to films, with him playing supporting roles in features such as An Officer and a Gentleman, Blue City, Thief of Hearts and China Girl. Other less known roles include minor roles in First Blood and Twins. He also had a memorable run as Tommy Mann, the gang leader of the Shamrocks, in several episodes of Hill Street Blues.

After roles in films such as King of New York and Mad Dog and Glory in the early 1990s, Caruso struck mainstream recognition when he joined the cast of NYPD Blue. His character, John Kelly, was a brilliant cop, who was promoted to detective at a relatively young age of 28. He serves as the foil to his partner, Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz), who is almost always hot-headed in contrast to his in-control demeanor. Critics applauded Caruso’s performance—he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in 1994—and his return for the show’s second season was well anticipated. However, four episodes into the season, he left the show to pursue a film career. It wasn’t a successful attempt, however; critically-received films like Kiss of Death only served as counter-balances to outright flops such as Jade.

Caruso returned to television in 1997, when he got the lead role in the short-lived legal drama Michael Hayes. His next notable performance was in the film Proof of Life, which was a moderate box-office success but a critical hit, especially with his chemistry with co-star Russell Crowe. It was only in 2002 when he finally made the big time again, when he starred in CSI’s first spin-off series, CSI: Miami. His role as Lt. Horatio Caine, a forensic analyst with the Miami-Dade crime lab, might have been lampooned for his excessive use of one-liners while wearing his sunglasses in mid-sentence, but the popularity of the show put him back on the map.
 

Place of Birth

Forest Hills, New York, USA
 

Birth Name

David Caruso
 

Gender

Male
 

Fun Facts

As of now, David Caruso is the only actor to play the same role in all three CSI shows

He has a daughter, Greta (born June 1, 1984), with his second wife, Rachel Ticotin, and a son, Marquez Anthony (born September 15, 2005), with his girlfriend, Liza Marquez

Caruso attended elementary and middle school at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Forest Hills, Queens, the same primary school attended by Ray Romano and Pia Zadora.

David's first film appearance was in the 1980 film Getting Wasted, in which he played the part of Henry

David was once spoofed on the hit show SNL during a skit called "Live with Regis and Kelly"

David quit NYPD Blue to try his hand in movies, although the rumor is he quit over salary negotiations

David was a substitute point guard at Archbishop Molloy High School in New York. Between scenes of CSI: Miami David makes three-pointers when he shoots hopes outside the set.

David’s CSI: Miami character, Horatio Caine, is often spoofed on Australian comedy sketch shows.

Caruso moved to Miami before he was cast as Horatio Caine in CSI: Miami.

He once worked for a police department, standing in lineups for $25.

Caruso's first nationwide appearance was in a coffee commercial in the mid 1970s; he played a stockboy in Margaret Hamilton's general store.

His father was a newspaper editor and his mother was a librarian.

He earned an Emmy nomination for his role as Det. John Kelly in NYPD Blue.

David Caruso went to Archbishop Malloy High School, a Catholic school in Queens.

Caruso was spoofed in the first episode of South Park, when Kyle told his little brother Ike to do his impression of David Caruso's career, and Ike jumped out of a spaceship and fell to the Earth saying "It's my turn!"

David Caruso had a resurgence in popularity after CSI: Miami became popular, saying "For somebody who fell to the place that I fell in terms of unemployment and a damaged reputation, the fact that this town was willing to give me another chance is incredible.

David has been known for his arrogance. On leaving NYPD Blue, he said "NYPD Blue will not be successful when I leave."

He was the first choice to play "Archie Andrews" in the television show based on the comic strip "Archie," but it didn't work out. He was replaced before shooting began.

David is co-owner of a clothing and home furnishings store called Steam in South Miami.

David is of Irish-Italian descent.

David has been divorced three times
 

Awards

Won Golden Globe in 1994 for NYPD Blue
 

Filmography

2002-2010: CSI: Miami (TV series) - Lieutenant Horatio Caine/Horatio Caine
2005: CSI: NY (TV series) - Lieutenant Horatio Caine
2002: Black Point - John Hawkins
2002: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV series) - Lieutenant Horatio Caine
2001: Session 9 - Phil
2000: Proof of Life - Dino
2000: Deadlocked (TV movie) - Ned Stark
2000: Swirlee (short) - Mr. Softy's roommate
1998: Body Count - Hobbs
1997: Cold Around the Heart - Ned Tash
1997: Gold Coast (TV movie) - Maguire
1997: Michael Hayes (TV series) - Michael Hayes
1995: Jade - David Corelli
1995: Kiss of Death - Jimmy Kilmartin
1993-1994: NYPD Blue (TV series) - Det. John Kelly
1993: Mad Dog and Glory - Mike
1993: Judgment Day: The John List Story (TV movie) - Chief Bob Richland
1991: Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis (TV movie) - Wilkes
1991: Hudson Hawk - Kit Kat
1990: Rainbow Drive (TV movie) - Larry Hammond
1990: Parker Kane (TV movie) - Joey Torregrossa
1990: King of New York - Dennis Gilley
1990: H.E.L.P. (TV series) - Off. Frank Sordoni
1988: Twins - Al Greco
1986-1988: Crime Story (TV series) - Johnny O'Donnel/Johnny O'Donnell
1987: Into the Homeland (TV movie) - Ryder
1987: China Girl - Johnny Mercury
1986: Crime Story (TV movie) - Johnny O'Donnel
1986: Blue City - Joey Rayford
1984: Thief of Hearts - Buddy Calamara
1984: The First Olympics: Athens 1896 (TV mini-series) - James Connolly
1981-1983: Hill Street Blues (TV series) - Shamrock Leader Tommy Mann
1983: For Love and Honor (TV movie) - Rusty
1983: For Love and Honor (TV series) - Pvt. Rusty Burger
1983: The Paper Chase (TV series) - Bennett
1983: T.J. Hooker (TV series) - Russ Jennings
1983: CHiPs (TV series) - Charlie
1982: First Blood - Mitch
1982: An Officer and a Gentleman - Topper Daniels
1981: Palmerstown, U.S.A. (TV series)
1981: Crazy Times (TV movie) - Bobby Shea
1980: Falling in Love Again - Young Neighborhood Boy
1980: Without Warning - Tom
1980: Getting Wasted - Danny
1976: Ryan's Hope (TV series) - Bellboy
 

Nickname

Dave
 

Height

5' 11 1/2"
 

Quotes

I went from a guy, kind of a working actor, a supporting player, to magazine covers and being offered the studio pictures really quickly. Nobody was comfortable with it. I wasn't really comfortable with it.
David Caruso

It really comes down to the fact that, because I was perceived as a bad guy for leaving the show, I think people were rooting against the movies. That was really unfortunate.
David Caruso

Not to sound too pathetic, but there have been long stretches where I haven't been able to get a job.
David Caruso

Television, as you know, can kind of jettison you into a whole new world.
David Caruso

If you're not willing to risk, there are no rewards.
David Caruso

David: (On life after "NYPD Blue") I went from a guy, kind of a working actor, a supporting player, to magazine covers and being offered the studio pictures really quickly. Nobody was comfortable with it. I wasn't really comfortable with it.

David: (On his relations with the public) I was a guy who abandoned a TV show. I didn't care about people. They didn't want to see good things happen to me.

David: (On the end of his movie career) I went from starring in a Paramount movie to unemployment for two years. Literally, I couldn't get a job for almost two years.

David: (On why his movies failed) It really comes down to the fact that, because I was perceived as a bad guy for leaving the show, I think people were rooting against the movies. That was really unfortunate.

David: (On his career) It's taken me a long time to get back into the industry. People were not really open to me working, or being a part of the industry.

David: If you're not willing to risk, there are no rewards.

David: (On television) Television, as you know, can kind of jettison you into a whole new world.

David: (On the vibe of "CSI: Miami") I think the difference is that street detectives have the luxury to wear their heart on their sleeve. This is a show about intelligence. The challenge is letting the emotions seep through. The power of these people's lives is that they deal with an overwhelming amount of sadness.

David: (On the immense popularity of "CSI: Miami" around the globe) It's pretty astonishing. What's interesting about the show and the character is they seemed to have transcended culture. They've embraced me and embraced the character on the show in their own native culture.

David: (About his character Horatio Caine) He's not a corruptible man, and I think that we're searching for people to believe in and he is a man that has demonstrated on a very consistent basis that he will not be sidetracked, he will not be poisoned and he will not step back off the ethics that I think people need to have in our civil servants. We want to believe, that the people that represent us in the world, the glue of society, are people that are real and are as pure as possible.

David: (about the upcoming fifth season of "CSI: Miami") We're about to depart on an entirely new storyline next season, It's very interesting. We are literally taking the show to another level. We are expanding our horizons.

David (high on David‘s wish list is to visit Australia): I was in Cannes earlier this year at a TV market, meeting the buyers from around the world… Australia is very excited for us to come play in their backyard.
That would make a lot of sense for us on a lot of levels - imagine Horatio on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. That’s a natural, isn’t it?

David (on travelling to Brazil for CSI: Miami‘s first international shoot): How many TV shows get to go to Rio? Being there, we were embraced by the people in a very local, comfortable way and I believe it makes sense for us to continue using authentic locations.

David: It’s a great time in my life and I appreciate it. I’m fortunate to have two amazing children and a great lady in the middle of all of it, who keeps it going - as well as an amazing opportunity with the show.

David: My son is one - and I have the three lines under my eyes to prove it! We’ve fallen asleep at 8:15 at night, sitting up on the couch. SO don’t mind if I laugh when you ask me what I do with my free time!
 

Triva Quiz

As of now, David Caruso is the only actor to play the same role in all three CSI shows

He has a daughter, Greta (born June 1, 1984), with his second wife, Rachel Ticotin, and a son, Marquez Anthony (born September 15, 2005), with his girlfriend, Liza Marquez

Caruso attended elementary and middle school at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Forest Hills, Queens, the same primary school attended by Ray Romano and Pia Zadora.

David's first film appearance was in the 1980 film Getting Wasted, in which he played the part of Henry

David was once spoofed on the hit show SNL during a skit called "Live with Regis and Kelly"

David quit NYPD Blue to try his hand in movies, although the rumor is he quit over salary negotiations

David was a substitute point guard at Archbishop Molloy High School in New York. Between scenes of CSI: Miami David makes three-pointers when he shoots hopes outside the set.

David’s CSI: Miami character, Horatio Caine, is often spoofed on Australian comedy sketch shows.

Caruso moved to Miami before he was cast as Horatio Caine in CSI: Miami.

He once worked for a police department, standing in lineups for $25.

Caruso's first nationwide appearance was in a coffee commercial in the mid 1970s; he played a stockboy in Margaret Hamilton's general store.

His father was a newspaper editor and his mother was a librarian.

He earned an Emmy nomination for his role as Det. John Kelly in NYPD Blue.

David Caruso went to Archbishop Malloy High School, a Catholic school in Queens.

Caruso was spoofed in the first episode of South Park, when Kyle told his little brother Ike to do his impression of David Caruso's career, and Ike jumped out of a spaceship and fell to the Earth saying "It's my turn!"

David Caruso had a resurgence in popularity after CSI: Miami became popular, saying "For somebody who fell to the place that I fell in terms of unemployment and a damaged reputation, the fact that this town was willing to give me another chance is incredible.

David has been known for his arrogance. On leaving NYPD Blue, he said "NYPD Blue will not be successful when I leave."

He was the first choice to play "Archie Andrews" in the television show based on the comic strip "Archie," but it didn't work out. He was replaced before shooting began.

David is co-owner of a clothing and home furnishings store called Steam in South Miami.

David is of Irish-Italian descent.

David has been divorced three times

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