Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Actor, film producer and director Vincent D'Onofrio achieved stardom thanks to his role of Detective Robert Goren on the long running television series “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (NBC: 2001-2007; US Network: 2007-2011). He earned a 2005 Golden Satellite nomination for his performance. Prior to this success, notable film credits include “Full Metal Jacket” (1987), “Mystic Pizza” (1989), “JFK” (1991), “Dying Young” (1991), “The Player” (1992), “Household Saints” (1993), “Ed Wood” (1994), “Imaginary Crimes” (1994), “Stuart Saves His Family” (1995), “Strange Days” (1995), “The Whole Wide World” (1996), “Men in Black” (1997), “The Newton Boys” (1998) and “The Thirteenth Floor” (1999). His more recent and upcoming film credits include “Happy Accidents” (2000), “Steal This Movie” (2000), “The Cell” (2000), “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys” (2002), “The Salton Sea” (2002), “Thumbsucker” (2005), “The Break-Up” (2006), “Kill the Irishman” (2011) and “Chronicle” (2012). D'Onofrio was nominated for an Emmy Award for his guest starring appearance in an episode of “Homicide: Life on the Street” (1998). He made his feature directing debut with 2010's “Don't Go in the Woods” and produced the films “The Whole Wide World,” “Guy” (1997) and “Steal This Movie,” to name a few.
D'Onofrio has a daughter named Leila (born 1992: mother actress Greta Scacchi) and sons named Elias (born 2000) and Luca (born 2008, boys’ mother is Carin van der Donk). He and van der Donk reconciled in 2007 after their divorce in 2003. In 2004, D'Onofrio was diagnosed with nervous exhaustion after collapsing on the set of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and in his home a few days later.
The Human Chameleon
Childhood and Family:
Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio was born on June 30, 1959, in Brooklyn, New York, to Gene D'Onofrio, an interior designer and part time theater production assistant, and Phyllis, a waitress and restaurant manager. He was raised in Hawaii, Colorado and Florida and graduated from Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School in 1977. He then attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. He, however, quit college after 18 months to try his hand at acting and in the late 1970s, returned to New York City to pursue an acting career. He trained at the American Stanislavsky Theatre under Sonia Moore and the Actors Studio with Sharon Chatten.
Vincent is the youngest and only son of three children. His older sister, Elizabeth, is an actress and drama coach. Along with their father, she co-founded the River Run International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which started in 1998. His elder sister, Toni, owns a restaurant.
Vincent has been married twice. He was first married to actress Greta Scacchi from 1991 to 1993 and they had one child together, Leila George D'Onofrio (born March 20, 1992). He married model Carin van der Donk on March 22, 1997, and the couple welcomed their first child, son Elias D'Onofrio, in January 2000. They later divorced in 2003 but reconciled in 2007. She gave birth to their second son, Luca D'Onofrio, on February 14, 2008. Vincent D'Onofrio's nickname is The Human Chameleon.
Full Metal Jacket
As a struggling actor in New York City, Vincent D'Onofrio appeared in several student films and worked as a bouncer at clubs to pay the bills. His luck started to change when he joined the American Stanislavski Theater in 1984 where he performed in various productions, including “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” “The Petrified Forest,” “Of Mice and Men” and “The Indian Wants the Bronx.” The same year, he also made his Broadway debut in “Open Admissions.” Starring Calvin Levels and Pam Potillo, the production opened at on January 29, 1984, at the Music Box Theatre and closed after 17 performances.
D'Onofrio made his feature film debut in “The First Turn-On” (1983), a comedy directed by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz. He went on to have a starring role in the independent film “It Don't Pay to Be an Honest Citizen” (1984), opposite William S. Burroughs and Reed Bye, before getting his breakthrough role as Private Pyle in Stanley Kubrick's “Full Metal Jacket” (1987), which was based on Gustav Hasford's novel “The Short-Timers.” The film received critical acclaim and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. He gained additional notice in the box office hit “Adventures in Babysitting” (1987), which was directed by Chris Columbus and starred Elisabeth Shue, Maia Brewton, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp, Penelope Ann Miller and Bradley Whitford. Also in 1987, he guest starred in an episode of “Miami Vice” called “The Afternoon Plane.”
Following his mainstream success, D'Onofrio costarred in Donald Petrie's coming of age drama “Mystic Pizza” (1989), John David Coles' “Signs of Life” (1989), opposite Beau Bridges and Arthur Kennedy, “The Blood of Heroes” (1989), David Webb Peoples' post-apocalyptic film “The Blood of Heroes” (1989), and Leonard Schrader's “Naked Tango” (1990), alongside Mathilda May, Esai Morales and Fernando Rey. He also acted in Michael Bortman's “Crooked Hearts” (1991) with Peter Berg and Noah Wyle, Gillian Armstrong's “Fires Within” (1991), which starred his then-wife Greta Scacchi, Joel Schumacher's “Dying Young” (1991), and Oliver Stone's “JFK” (1991). In 1992, the actor had a small role in Robert Altman's movie “The Player,” starring Tim Robbins and Greta Scacchi. He was then reunited with his wife to star in the film “Desire,” which was released in Germany on September 17, 1992. D'Onofrio was next cast as the father of a saint in Nancy Savoca's “Household Saints” (1993), from which he netted an Independent Spirit nomination for Best Male Lead, worked with Matt Dillon, Annabella Sciorra, Mary-Louise Parker and William Hurt in the movie “Mr. Wonderful” (1993), for director Anthony Minghella, and played the Priest in Bill Forsyth's “Being Human” (1994), opposite Robin Williams, John Turturro and Bill Nighy. He next made a cameo appearance as iconic director Orson Welles in Tim Burton's biopic “Ed Wood” (1994).
A busy actor, D'Onofrio worked with Harvey Keitel and Fairuza Balk on “Imaginary Crimes” (1994), offered a moving turn as the brother of Al Franken, Donnie, on Harold Ramis' “Stuart Saves His Family” (1995) and appeared in Kathryn Bigelow's “Strange Days” (1995). He then made his producing debut with the biographical film “The Whole Wide World” (1996), which starred D'Onofrio and Renée Zellweger. For his good acting in the film, D'Onofrio was handed the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actor at the 1996 Seattle International Film Festival and a 1998 Lone Star Film & Television for Best Actor. Still in 1996, D'Onofrio joined the cast of Alex Cox's movie “The Winner,” which included Michael Madsen, Frank Whaley and Billy Bob Thornton, played the brother of Keanu Reeves in the Danny DeVito produced film “Feeling Minnesota,” and costarred with Gregory Hines and James Earl Jones in Richard LaBrie's “Good Luck.” It was also in 1996 that he collapsed during a stage performance of Sam Shepard's “Tooth of Crime” reportedly with the flu. The following year, he starred as a policeman named Tony Randozza in the “Boys Life 2” segment “Nunzio's Second Cousin,” alongside Eileen Brennan and Seth Green. He also starred in Michael Lindsay-Hogg's “Guy,” which he produced, and portrayed Edgar in the summer blockbuster “Men in Black,” which was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. For his work on the latter film, he received a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor and a Blockbuster Entertainment nomination in the same category. Still in 1997, D'Onofrio delivered a notable guest appearance as John Lange, a man pinned under a subway car, on an episode of NBC's “Homicide: Life on the Street” called “The Subway.” The role brought him a 1998 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. In 1998, D'Onofrio starred as Mr. Blue on the ABC television film “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three,” opposite Edward James Olmos and Donnie Wahlberg. The same year, he also portrayed a bank robber in Richard Linklater's “The Newton Boys,” worked with Katrin Cartlidge in “Claire Dolan” and teamed up again with director Dan Ireland as producer and star of “The Velocity of Gary* (“Not His Real Name”) He closed out the decade with appearances on the film “The Thirteenth Floor” and the small screen remake of “That Championship Season” (both 1999).
Entering the new millennium, D'Onofrio played 1960s revolutionary Abbie Hoffman in the biopic “Steal This Movie” (2000), which he executive produced. He then portrayed a time traveler in Brad Anderson's “Happy Accident” (2000), opposite Marisa Tomei, starred with Matthew Lillard and Valeria Golino in the film “Spanish Judges” (2000) and was cast as a serial killer on the popular psychological thriller “The Cell” (2000), opposite Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn. He was nominated for a MTV Movie Award for Best Villain and a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor - Science Fiction for his performance in “The Cell.”
D'Onofrio earned success on the small screen in 2001 when he landed the role of intelligent Detective Goren on the dramatic series “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” a spin-off of the series “Law & Order.” In 2005, he received a Golden Satellite nomination in the category of Best Actor in a Series, Drama for his performance. He left “Criminal Intent” in the spring of 2010, but later returned as a regular cast member of the show's tenth season, which premiered on May 1, 2011.
Apart from his television commitment, D'Onofrio played Frank on the Ethan Hawke directed film “Chelsea Walls” (2001), Major Hathaway in Gary Fleder's “Impostor” (2001), Malcolm on “Bark” (2002), opposite Lee Tergesen and Lisa Kudrow, and a priest in “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys,” which premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. He also starred as a drug dealer named Pooh Bear in the thriller “The Salton Sea” (2002) and acted in the TV films “The Red Sneakers” and “Sherlock” (both 2002). In 2005, he won the Best Actor Award at the Stockholm Film Festival for his portrayal of Mike Cobb in the independent film “Thumbsucker.” The same year, he made his directing debut with the short “Five Minutes, Mr. Welles,” which he wrote and starred in. In 2006, D'Onofrio portrayed Vince Vaughn's brother in the comedy “The Break-Up,” starring Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. Two years later, he starred with Kevin Zegers, Sophia Bush, Eddie Cahill and Monica Keena in the indie film “The Narrows,” from which he picked up a Special Award for Best Actor at the 2009 Nashville Film Festival. He next had an unaccredited part in “Cadillac Records.” 2009 saw him work in the films “Little New York” and Antoine Fuqua's “Brooklyn's Finest” (2009), where he shared a Black Reel nomination for Best Ensemble for his performance as Bobby 'Carlo' Powers, and in the short film “The New Tenants.” He was also heard on episodes of “Xavier: Renegade Angel.”
In 2010, D'Onofrio returned to the director's chair to helm Bo Boddie, Eric Bogosian and Gwynn Galitzer in the feature film “Don't Go in the Woods.” It premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival on April 16, 2010, and was shown at the Woodstock Film Festival on October 1, 2010. In 2011, he costarred with Kyra Sedgwick and Tom Sizemore on “Chlorine,” a film directed and co-written by Jay Alaimo, and played John Nardi in Jonathan Hensleigh's “Kill the Irishman,” opposite Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken and Val Kilmer.
D'Onofrio will play Bruce on Chris Nelson's “Ass Backwards” (2011), opposite Jon Cryer and Alicia Silverstone. He will also star as Marshal Stoudenmire in Mary Lambert's “High Midnight” (2012), with Rachael Leigh Cook and Elizabeth Hurley, and portray Agent Eckhart in Jay Alaimo's crime thriller “Chronicle” (2012), starring Milla Jovovich, Ryan Phillippe and Kate Mara.
Nashville Film Festival: Special Award, Best Actor, “The Narrows,” 2009
Stockholm Film Festival: Best Actor, “Thumbsucker,” 2005
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Saturn Award, Best Supporting Actor, “Men in Black,” 1998
Lone Star Film & Television: Best Actor, “The Whole Wide World,” 1998
Seattle International Film Festival: Golden Space Needle Award, Best Actor, “The Whole Wide World,” 1996