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Also Known As: Daniel G. Pino Died:
Born: April 15, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Miami, Florida, USA Profession: actor

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Having emerged from the New York theater world, actor Danny Pino established his screen presence with a number of guest starring roles before becoming a star as homicide detective Scotty Valdes on the long-running procedural "Cold Case" (CBS, 2003-2010). Previously, Pino had made a name for himself as the brutal drug kingpin, Armando Quintero, on the gritty cop drama, "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08), and was perfectly cast to play Desi Arnaz in the made-for-television biopic, "Lucy" (CBS, 2003). During his run on "Cold Case," Pino had roles in a number of independent features like "Between" (2005) and "Rx"(2005), while appearing as a guest star with a crossover turn on "CSI: New York" (CBS, 2004- ) and "Burn Notice" (USA Network, 2007- ). After "Cold Case" went off the air in 2010, the actor kept a low profile until the following year when he took over for a departing Christopher Meloni on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ). Clearly, Pino's pedigree as a trained stage actor and the diversity of his screen performances had positioned him for a lengthy career as both leading man and effective character actor.Born April 15, 1974 in Hialeah Gardens, FL, Pino fell in love with acting at an...

Having emerged from the New York theater world, actor Danny Pino established his screen presence with a number of guest starring roles before becoming a star as homicide detective Scotty Valdes on the long-running procedural "Cold Case" (CBS, 2003-2010). Previously, Pino had made a name for himself as the brutal drug kingpin, Armando Quintero, on the gritty cop drama, "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08), and was perfectly cast to play Desi Arnaz in the made-for-television biopic, "Lucy" (CBS, 2003). During his run on "Cold Case," Pino had roles in a number of independent features like "Between" (2005) and "Rx"(2005), while appearing as a guest star with a crossover turn on "CSI: New York" (CBS, 2004- ) and "Burn Notice" (USA Network, 2007- ). After "Cold Case" went off the air in 2010, the actor kept a low profile until the following year when he took over for a departing Christopher Meloni on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ). Clearly, Pino's pedigree as a trained stage actor and the diversity of his screen performances had positioned him for a lengthy career as both leading man and effective character actor.

Born April 15, 1974 in Hialeah Gardens, FL, Pino fell in love with acting at an early age, following his portrayal of an elderly teacher in a sixth grade musical. Following his attendance at Miami Coral Park High School, his passion earned him a theater scholarship to Florida International University, where he played leading roles in a score of dramatic and musical productions. After graduation from FIU in 1996, Pino received a second scholarship to attend the graduate theater program at New York University. Pino followed this with appearances in New York productions at Lincoln Center, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the New York Shakespeare Festival. His first foray into television came with a leading role in the ill-fated sitcom "Men, Women and Dogs" (The WB, 2001), which was cancelled after one season. In 2002, Pino returned to the stage in London's West End in a summer production of "Up for Grabs," appearing opposite Madonna, who personally selected Pino to be her co-star.

Pino did an about-face for his next turn, playing the brutal drug lord and serial rapist Armando Quintero in four second season episodes of "The Shield" (FX, 2002-08). Quintero remained one of the cop show's most loathsome villains, a genius-level sadist who intimidated rival gangs through raping, branding his victims, and burning his enemies at the stake. From there, Pino switched things up again by playing pioneering entertainer Desi Arnaz to Rachel York's Lucille Ball in the television movie "Lucy" (CBS, 2003). That same year, Pino was cast as detective Scotty Valdes, who partners with star Kathryn Morris' Lilly Rush on the CBS police drama "Cold Case" (2003-2010). Valdes was introduced during the show's sixth episode, "Love Conquers Al," and quickly developed into something of a flashpoint amidst the Philadelphia homicide squad that investigated murder cases where the trail has gone cold. While starring on "Cold Case," Pino found time for small roles in the indie mystery-thriller "Between" (2005) and the gritty road trip flick, "Rx" (2005).

Following a brief appearance in the period drama, "The Lost City" (2006), starring Andy Garcia, Bill Murray and Dustin Hoffman, Pino had a more substantial role in the coming-of-age drama about a young woman (Alison Lohman) and her unbridled horse, "Flicka" (2006). His "Cold Case" character, Scotty Valens, crossed over for an episode of "CSI: New York" (CBS, 2004- ), before landing a two-episode arc during season four of "Burn Notice" (USA Network, 2007- ), playing a criminal defense attorney who seeks the help of Michael Weston (Jeffrey Donovan) after accruing a large number of enemies. Meanwhile, Pino appeared in the foreign drama "The Burning Plain" (2009) and the low-budget thriller "Across the Hall" (2009) before "Cold Case" ended its impressive run in May 2010. The following year, Pino joined the cast of the long-running procedural "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ), taking over for Christopher Meloni after his departure from the show.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Across the Hall (2009)
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 Between (2006)
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 Flicka (2006) Cast
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 Lost City, The (2005)
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 Rx (2004)
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 Lucy (2003) Desi Arnaz
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 Point Of Origin (2002) Burn Victim
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2001:
Appeared with Billy Crudup in the New York Shakespeare Festival's productions of "Measure for Measure" and "The Winter's Tale"
2001:
Made TV series debut in the short-lived WB comedy, "Men, Women & Dogs"
2002:
Selected by Madonna to co-star in London's West End production of "Up for Grabs"
2002:
Cast as a burn victim in the HBO movie, "Point of Origin"
2003:
Played Desi Arnaz in the CBS special, "Lucy," based on the life of Lucille Ball
2003:
Guest-starred in a recurring role as Armadillo Quintero, a sociopathic drug dealer, on FX's "The Shield"
2003:
Cast on the CBS series, "Cold Case," as homicide detective Scotty Valdes
2005:
Cast in the Andy Garcia directed, "The Lost City"
2006:
Cast in the family drama, "Flicka," with Alison Lohman and Maria Bello
2011:
Replaced Christopher Meloni on NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
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Education

Miami Coral Park High School: Miami , Florida - 1992
New York University: New York City , New York -
Florida International University: Miami , Florida - 1996

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