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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 7, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Queens, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, movie usher, messenger, liquor deliveryman, waiter

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Infamous for the speed with which he jumped ship from his star-making turn as an unconventional sex symbol on "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) - and more so for the speed with which his film career subsequently floundered - the redheaded Caruso survived public scorn to enjoy a second act success. While his big screen work in the muscular remake "Kiss of Death" (1995) and erotic thriller "Jade" (1995) did nothing to justify his risky TV-to-movies career jump, Caruso persevered, doing good supporting work in lesser-seen projects like the Meg Ryan/Russell Crowe ransom thriller "Proof of Life" (2000) and the psychological horror film, "Session 9" (2001). Although his first attempt to return to series television in an appropriately humble manner - "Michael Hayes" (CBS, 1997-98) - failed to resonate with viewers, lightning struck again with the flashy lead role in the worldwide smash "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002- ). As Lt. Horatio Caine, Caruso won over audiences with his colorful character's campy one-liners, punctuated by a dramatic sunglasses-adjustment, and appeared to be fully returned to the public's good graces. While his career ended up more of a rollercoaster ride than that of many of his peers, Caruso...

Infamous for the speed with which he jumped ship from his star-making turn as an unconventional sex symbol on "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005) - and more so for the speed with which his film career subsequently floundered - the redheaded Caruso survived public scorn to enjoy a second act success. While his big screen work in the muscular remake "Kiss of Death" (1995) and erotic thriller "Jade" (1995) did nothing to justify his risky TV-to-movies career jump, Caruso persevered, doing good supporting work in lesser-seen projects like the Meg Ryan/Russell Crowe ransom thriller "Proof of Life" (2000) and the psychological horror film, "Session 9" (2001). Although his first attempt to return to series television in an appropriately humble manner - "Michael Hayes" (CBS, 1997-98) - failed to resonate with viewers, lightning struck again with the flashy lead role in the worldwide smash "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002- ). As Lt. Horatio Caine, Caruso won over audiences with his colorful character's campy one-liners, punctuated by a dramatic sunglasses-adjustment, and appeared to be fully returned to the public's good graces. While his career ended up more of a rollercoaster ride than that of many of his peers, Caruso seemed steadier and more focused for his second chance at stardom.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Session 9 (2001) Phil Cronenberg
2.
 Proof of Life (2000) Dino
3.
 Deadlocked (2000) Ned Stark
4.
 Cold Around the Heart (1997) Ned
5.
 Elmore Leonard's Gold Coast (1997) Maguire
6.
 Jade (1995) David Corelli
7.
 Kiss of Death (1995) Jimmy Kilmartin
8.
 Mad Dog and Glory (1993) Mike
9.
 Judgment Day: The John List Story (1993) Police Chief Bob Richland
10.
 Hudson Hawk (1991) Kit Kat
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Moved from Queens to Manhattan after high school graduation
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Professional acting debut, as a stock boy who assisted Margaret Hamilton in a Maxwell House advertisement
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Worked for the 112th Precinct, standing in police line-ups for $25 a shot
1978:
Moved to Los Angeles
1980:
Feature acting debut, "Without Warning"
1981:
TV acting debut, "Crazy Times" (movie also co-starred another unknown, Ray Liotta)
1981:
Appeared in the first three episodes of "Hill Street Blues" as an Irish gang leader
1983:
Made TV series debut as recruit Rusty Berger on the short-lived NBC drama, "For Love and Honor"
1986:
First association with director Abel Ferrara with the pilot episode of "Crime Story"
1987:
First film with Abel Ferrara, "China Girl"
1990:
Second-billed (behind Christopher Walken) in Ferrara's "The King of New York"
1990:
Played recurring role of Frank Sordoni on two episodes of the short-lived (six episodes) ABC police drama, "H.E.L.P."
1993:
Portrayed Robert De Niro's caustic partner in "Mad Dog and Glory"
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Co-starred as John Kelly on the ABC drama series, "NYPD Blue"
1994:
Left "NYPD Blue" after salary dispute with producer Steven Bochco; replaced by Jimmy Smits
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Named in an $8 million dollar palimony suit by ex-girlfriend Paris Papiro; suit settled in July 1995
1995:
Reportedly paid $2 million for his role in "Jade", a box-office failure
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Formed own production company, Greta Films
1997:
Starred opposite Marg Helgenberger in the Showtime movie "Elmore Leonard's 'Gold Coast'"
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Returned to series TV as star of "Michael Hayes" (CBS); also served as an executive producer
2001:
Played a disgruntled asbestos-removal worker in the horror film "Session 9"
2002:
Moved to Miami, Florida and opened an upscale clothing and home furnishings boutique
2002:
Cast in the CBS drama series "CSI: Miami."
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Education

Archbishop Molloy High School: Briarwood , New York - 1974

Notes

"People who haven't done their homework see me as coming out of nowhere and owing television a great deal and then turning my back on it because I was above it. But I didn't come from nowhere. I had ten years of film work prior to that, so that's really where I'm from. There's nobody in America who would have been able to turn down the opportunities I've been offered in motion pictures lightly." --David Caruso in Entertainment Weekly, April 28, 1995

"If you're not interested in playing cops, you're in the wrong business. They make great subjects because they're in the shit legitimately." --Caruso to Interview, October 1993

"Caruso had a tendency to irritate the shit out of everybody ... But David is the rarest of things in this business--an actor where you can SEE the thinking going on in his characters." --"First Blood" co-star Brian Dennehy, quoted in New York, February 7, 1994.

"You have to remain as consistent with who you are as possible. The thing that drives me is I feel like I have something to offer the audience. So even though there were times work was scarce and the town had kind of put me on hold, the thing that kept me believing was that there were things inside me that I had not shared yet." --David Caruso in New York Post, July 17, 1997.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Sherry Maugans. Married for four years; divorced.
wife:
Rachel Ticotin. Actor. Appeared in "Total Recall" (1990); divorced.
companion:
Paris Papiro. Former masseuse, personal assistant. Together from c. 1988 to 1994; born c. 1963; filed an $8 million palimony suit after they split up; lawsuit settled in July 1995.
wife:
Margaret Buckley. Former flight attendant. Born c. 1969; married in 1996.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Charles Caruso. Newspaper and magazine editor. Italian-American; left home when Caruso was 18 months old; worked at NEWSWEEK.
mother:
Joan Caruso. Librarian. Irish-American.
sister:
Joyce Caruso. News producer. Produces Fox News in New York; born c. 1957.
daughter:
Greta Caruso. Born c. 1984; mother Rachel Ticotin.
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