“thus far, smooth, and quite appropriate… If I allow myself to have a moment, it may be the most important job of my career as far as the opportunity it can bring and most importantly to again work with an actor whom I admire and consider to be one who does it for the right reasons.” Carmine Giovinazzo on his experience as a part of CSI: New York
A native New Yorker, actor Carmine Giovinazzo has created an exceptional achievement for being one of the only few performers to emerge on all three CSI series. First playing the role of Thumpy G. in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in the 2002 episode of “Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold,” the American player of Italian, Norweigan and British descent started to make an impact with his role of Det. Danny Messer in an episode of the sequel series “CSI: Miami” (2004) and finally earned a major new star status when his character progressed into a regular in the third spin off “CSI: NY” (2004-?).
Before the big breakthrough, Giovinazzo has scored small roles in films like No Way Home (1996, won a Deauville Film Festival Award), For the Love of the Game (1999, with Kevin Costner) and Academy Award-winning director Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down (2001), and appeared in several TV show, including the short-lived sitcom “Shasta McNasty” (1999). His more recent films include In Enemy Hands (2004) and Pledge of Allegiance (2005).
Off the camera, Giovinazzo is a talented artist. One of his paintings was even featured in one episode of “CSI: NY.” He has a tattoo on his right shoulder.
Childhood and Family:
In the hood of Mariners Harbor, Streets of Staten Island, New York, Carmine Dominick Giovinazzo was born on August 24, 1973. As a child, he actually did some acting, but was more interested in sports, especially baseball and roller hockey, as he grew up. He was educated at St. Johns Lutheran for eight years and then went to Port Richmond Public High school. During his high school, Carmine enjoyed a successful career as an athlete that led to him being awarded a scholarship to play baseball for Wagner College. Additionally, he was invited to support the Chicago Cubs. Unfortunately, after a three-year of playing college ball, he was forced to abandon his career due to a major back injury. With a great encouragement from his family, Carmine then shifted gears into acting.
5’ 9” tall Carmine loves painting, poetry and playing the guitar in his free time. An inspiring athlete, he also likes to play such sports as baseball, basketball and roller hockey.
No Way Home
A college baseball star, Carmen Giovinazzo turned into acting after a serious back injury abruptly ended his sport career. He then took drama classes both at college and H.B studios in Manhattan, and was soon discovered participating in local NYU student movies as well as other independent productions, including 1996’s No Way Home. For his brilliant performance in the Tim Roth starring vehicle, Giovinazzo was handed the 1996 Deauville Film Festival for Grand Special Prize. In 1997, the lively young man decided to move to Los Angeles to further establish his career.
Shortly after arriving in L.A, Giovinazzo found a manager and got his first TV role as Darla’s victim in an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997). He subsequently landed small roles in the independent features writer/director Riccardo DiLoreto’s Locomotive (1997), the comedy Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998), Fallen Arches (1998) and The Big Brass Ring (1999), as well as appeared as Ken Strout in the Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston baseball movie For the Love of the Game (1999), directed by Sam Raimi. He also made one-episodic performances in “Pacific Blue” (1997) and the NBC series “Providence” (1999), and starred in the brief UPN comedy “Shasta McNasty” (1999), along side Jake Busey, Dale Godboldo and Jolie Jenkins.
Some more smaller projects followed in the new millennium, including the movies Terror Tract (2000) and The Learning Curve (2001), and an episode of the NBC serial “UC: Undercover” (2001), before Giovinazzo secured a small part, as Sgt. Mike Goodale, in the war-themed film Black Hawk Down (2001), which was directed by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Ridley Scott and starred Josh Hartnett and Ewan McGregor. His first TV film arrived the next year when he was cast in the supporting role of T-Bone in the Ernest R. Dickerson-helmed drama Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie.
He also guest starred in an episode of the 2000 “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” playing a character named Thumpy G in 2002, and revisited the spin off series, “CSI: Miami,” two years later, this time portrayed detective Danny Messer in an episode of “MIA/NYC Nonstop.” However, Giovinazzo’s big break arrived when he was asked to reprise his role of Det. Danny Messer in the third development project “CSI: NY” (2004-?), making him one of the not many actors to appear on all three series. In the acclaimed show, which cast him opposite Gary Sinese and Melina Kanakaredes, he portrayed a kid from the streets who learned and made good as a detective.
In between his “CSI” assignments, Giovinazzo had bit parts in television movies Platonically Incorrect (2003) and Columbo: Columbo Likes the Nightlife (2003), appeared in a 2003 episode of the CBS series “The Guardian,” as well as found himself acting opposite William H. Macy and Jeremy Sisto in the WW II film In Enemy Hands (2004). In 2005, he played the role of Frankie in the Lee Madsen film Pledge of Allegiance, starring Rena Owen and Freddy Rodríguez.
- Deauville Film Festival: Grand Special Prize, No Way Home, 1996