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Also Known As: Robert M Cannavale Died:
Born: May 3, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Union City, New Jersey, USA Profession: actor

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A native New Yorker who managed to avoid the ethnic typecasting that limited so many other actors with similar backgrounds, Bobby Cannavale was an Emmy Award-winning actor known for procedural TV dramas as well as big screen comedy and numerous Broadway accomplishments. Some of Cannavale's best-known roles found him in uniform like FDNY paramedic Bobby Caffey on "Third Watch" (NBC, 1999-2005), boss of "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" (2009), and his Emmy-winning guest appearances as Will's cop boyfriend on "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006). But while he certainly scored as "regular Joes" - including his charming work in the indie favorite "The Station Agent" (2003) - he easily adapted into a wide range of characters and consistently enjoyed cross-medium success that few actors could match. In fact, he translated his easygoing appeal across a wide spectrum of projects like "Snakes on a Plane" (2005) and "Fast Food Nation" (2006), while also appearing steadily on stage with roles in "Mauritius" (2008), "The Talk" (2008) and "The Motherf**ker with the Hat" (2011). Aside from indie features and stage roles, he landed parts in major blockbusters like "Tower Heist" (2011) and had a memorable recurring role on the...

A native New Yorker who managed to avoid the ethnic typecasting that limited so many other actors with similar backgrounds, Bobby Cannavale was an Emmy Award-winning actor known for procedural TV dramas as well as big screen comedy and numerous Broadway accomplishments. Some of Cannavale's best-known roles found him in uniform like FDNY paramedic Bobby Caffey on "Third Watch" (NBC, 1999-2005), boss of "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" (2009), and his Emmy-winning guest appearances as Will's cop boyfriend on "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006). But while he certainly scored as "regular Joes" - including his charming work in the indie favorite "The Station Agent" (2003) - he easily adapted into a wide range of characters and consistently enjoyed cross-medium success that few actors could match. In fact, he translated his easygoing appeal across a wide spectrum of projects like "Snakes on a Plane" (2005) and "Fast Food Nation" (2006), while also appearing steadily on stage with roles in "Mauritius" (2008), "The Talk" (2008) and "The Motherf**ker with the Hat" (2011). Aside from indie features and stage roles, he landed parts in major blockbusters like "Tower Heist" (2011) and had a memorable recurring role on the critically acclaimed series "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime, 2009- ). Whether his role was large or small, Cannavale always delivered standout performances that garnered the actor considerable attention.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Spy (2015)
2.
 Ant-Man (2015)
3.
 Brother's Keeper (2014)
4.
 Chef (2014)
5.
 Annie (2014)
6.
 Parker (2013)
7.
 Lovelace (2013)
8.
 Blue Jasmine (2013)
9.
 Movie 43 (2013)
10.
 Roadie (2011)
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Milestones close milestones

:
After parents divorced, moved with mother to Puerto Rico and lived there for two years
1983:
At age 13, moved to Florida
1988:
After high school, moved back to New Jersey and lived with grandmother
:
Joined Circle Repertory Company; in addition to appearing in productions, worked as a play reader
1996:
Feature film debut, "I'm Not Rappaport"
1997:
First collaboration with Sidney Lumet, small role in "Night Falls on Manhattan"
1998:
Appeared in Broadway revival of "A Flea in Her Ear" as understudy who went on for an ill Mark Linn-Baker
1998:
Cast in lead role in Williamstown staging of Paul Rudnick's comedy "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told"
1998:
Cast in recurring role on short-lived NBC drama "Trinity"
1999:
Landed supporting role in Lumet directed remake of "Gloria," starring Sharon Stone
1999:
Cast in NBC's "Third Watch" as paramedic Bobby Caffrey; character killed off at actor's request to leave the series
2001:
Joined cast of Lumet directed A&E series "100 Centre Street"
2002:
Landed featured role in "The Guru"
2003:
Played Joe Oramas, a hotdog vendor in "The Station Agent"
2003:
Briefly appeared on HBO prison drama "Oz" as a gay drug dealer
2004:
Earned Emmy nomination for recurring role as Will's (Eric McCormack) boyfriend on NBC's "Will & Grace"
2004:
Cast opposite Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez in "Shall We Dance"
2005:
Co-starred in "Happy Endings," a comedic drama about the ups and downs of relationships
2006:
Cast in adaptation of Armistead Maupin's novel "The Night Listener"
2006:
Co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson in campy thriller "Snakes on a Plane"
2006:
Cast as part of an ensemble in "Fast Food Nation," Richard Linklater's adaptation of Eric Schlosser's non-fiction book
2007:
Appeared in John Turturro's "Romance & Cigarettes," starring James Gandolfini and Kate Winslet
2007:
Served as voice of Corado R. Ciarlo ("Babe") in Ken Burns's PBS film series "The War"
2008:
Co-starred in Broadway production of "Mauritius"; received Tony nomination for Featured Actor in a Play
2008:
Featured in Naked Angels' off-Broadway premiere of Frank Pugliese's "The Talk"
2009:
Appeared opposite Kevin James in "Paul Blart: Mall Cop"
2009:
Co-starred with Sarah Paulson on ABC romantic comedy "Cupid"
2010:
Played supporting role opposite Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in buddy feature "The Other Guys"
2011:
Co-starred on Broadway with Chris Rock and Annabella Sciorra in Stephen Adly Guirgis¿ "The Motherf*cker With the Hat"; earned Tony nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
2011:
Played titular character's (Ron Eldard) high school nemesis in "Roadie"
2012:
Joined cast of Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" during fourth season
2012:
Played ruthless Prohibition-era gangster Gyp Rosetti on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire"
2013:
Cast opposite Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez in crime thriller "Parker"
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Notes

"I've never not worked as an actor," says Cannavale. "But I just started getting paid, like, six years ago."---Bobby Cannavale quoted to People, October 25, 2004.

"I've been very lucky. I've never planned anything in my career. I've been an actor since I was a kid and I just want to work. If there's anything that I've thougt consciously, It's playing as many different kinds of parts that I can play."---Bobby Cannavale in Venice magazine, October 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Jenny Lumet. Writer, actor. Daughter of Sidney Lumet and granddaughter of Lena Horne; separated 2003.
companion:
Annabella Sciorra. Actor. Dating since 2004.

Family close complete family listing

father-in-law:
Sidney Lumet. Director, screenwriter, actor, producer. Directed and wrote "100 Centre Street" in which Cannavale co-starred.
son:
Jacob Cannavale. Born c. 1995.

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