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Also Known As: Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio Died:
Born: June 30, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, bouncer

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Though he established his career in the 1980s and 1990s with numerous film roles, actor Vincent D'Onofrio became a household name thanks to his nine-season run as the intelligent, but imposing Detective Robert Goren on the long-running procedural drama, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001- ). Prior to the acclaim and stardom he received from his television role, D'Onofrio made a quick jump from unknown actor to breakout star as a mentally unstable and put-upon Marine cadet in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" (1987). It would be several years before the young actor was able to have another role of any significance, which came when he played a struggling Hollywood scribe who becomes a homicide victim by the hand of a studio executive in Robert Altman's excellent satire, "The Player" (1992). D'Onofrio settled into a string of leading and supporting turns in smaller movies before showing up as an alien insect in the Will Smith blockbuster "Men in Black" (1997). But it was his nine-year run on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" that truly propelled his career, a role that he played on one of the most-watched shows on the air at the time. Though in 2010 he left the series to once again focus on...

Though he established his career in the 1980s and 1990s with numerous film roles, actor Vincent D'Onofrio became a household name thanks to his nine-season run as the intelligent, but imposing Detective Robert Goren on the long-running procedural drama, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (NBC, 2001- ). Prior to the acclaim and stardom he received from his television role, D'Onofrio made a quick jump from unknown actor to breakout star as a mentally unstable and put-upon Marine cadet in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" (1987). It would be several years before the young actor was able to have another role of any significance, which came when he played a struggling Hollywood scribe who becomes a homicide victim by the hand of a studio executive in Robert Altman's excellent satire, "The Player" (1992). D'Onofrio settled into a string of leading and supporting turns in smaller movies before showing up as an alien insect in the Will Smith blockbuster "Men in Black" (1997). But it was his nine-year run on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" that truly propelled his career, a role that he played on one of the most-watched shows on the air at the time. Though in 2010 he left the series to once again focus on features, D'Onofrio had firmly established himself as one of the finest character actors working in Hollywood.

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Raised in Hawaii, Colorado and the Hialeah section of Miami, FL
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Acted in community theater
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Moved to NYC in the late 1970s to pursue acting career
1984:
Made Broadway debut in "Open Admissions," playing an Italian kid with a speech impediment
1984:
Screen acting debut in "The First Turn-On!"
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Joined the American Stanislavski Theater; appeared in "Of Mice and Men" and "Sexual Perversity in Chicago"
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Appeared in several NYU student films and worked as a bouncer at rock and dance clubs
1987:
Landed minor role as Dawson, the owner of Dawson's Garage in the comedy "Adventures in Babysitting"
1987:
Landed breakthrough role as Gomer Pyle, a pathetic Marine recruit who kills a sadistic drill sergeant before committing suicide in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket"
1988:
Romanced Lili Taylor in "Mystic Pizza"; also first film with Julia Roberts
1991:
Had small role in Oliver Stone's "JFK"
1991:
Cast as a local handyman in "Dying Young," starring Julia Roberts
1992:
Played small but integral role in Robert Altman's "The Player"
1993:
Appeared alongside Lili Taylor in "Household Saints"
1994:
Starred in the touching gay-themed short "Nunzio's Second Cousin" as a tough-talking cop; film later shown as part of the omnibus "Boys Life 2" in 1997
1994:
Cast as Orson Welles in Tim Burton's affectionate biopic of "Ed Wood"
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Formed producing partnership with Ken Christmas
1995:
Producing debut (also co-starred) "The Whole Wide World"; first collaboration with director Dan Ireland
1995:
Provided a genuinely touching moment as Al Franken's brother in the dismal "Stuart Saves His Family"
1996:
Collapsed during a stage performance of Sam Shepard's "Tooth of Crime" reportedly with the flu
1996:
Starred opposite Rebecca De Mornay in "The Winner" as a habitual loser who wins big in Las Vegas
1997:
Played the evil insect in purloined human skin in summer blockbuster "Men in Black"
1997:
Appeared on a memorable episode of NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street" as a man pinned under a subway car
1998:
Played one of the titular bank-robbing brothers in "The Newton Boys"
1998:
Re-teamed with director Dan Ireland as producer and star of "The Velocity of Gary"
1999:
Headlined the cast of the small screen remake of "That Championship Season"
2000:
Portrayed a man who travels back in time to rescue a woman he has fallen in love with in "Happy Accidents"
2000:
Played 1960s radical Abbie Hoffman in the biopic "Steal This Movie"
2000:
Co-starred as a serial killer opposite Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Lopez in crime thriller "The Cell"
2001:
Played a priest in "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys"; film originally announced for the 2001 Sundance Film Festival but pulled at last minute; premiered at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival
2001:
Starred on NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" as Detective Robert Goren
2002:
Supported Lisa Kudrow in "Bark"; film shown at Sundance
2002:
Starred in the crime thriller "The Salton Sea" as a drug dealer named Pooh Bear
2005:
Cast in Mike Mills' independent feature "Thumbsucker" as a father whose son attempts to break free from his addiction to his thumb
2005:
Made screen writing and directorial debut with short film "Five Minutes, Mr. Welles"; also reprised Orson Welles
2006:
Appeared with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston in "The Break-Up"
2010:
Cast in Antoine Fuqua's "Brooklyn's Finest"
2012:
Appeared in found-footage thriller "Sinister" opposite Ethan Hawke
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Education

University of Colorado: Boulder , Colorado -
American Stanislavsky Theatre: New York , New York -
Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School: Hialeah , Florida - 1977

Notes

"It was always my plan to build a reputation as a character actor. I have this niche, and I'll be working forever. I don't look like a leading man. I look more like the guy who'll fix your car than steal your girl. I look like th guy who'd come in and take a stain off your couch. Or put a stain on." --Vincent D'Onofrio in Movieline, May 1997.

"I found out early that in most scripts, the supporting characters are all the more interesting than the leads, and when the big studios weren't allowing me to do the leads, I found a niche as a character actor, especially after 'Full Metal Jacket'. The work's always interesting, and it allows me and my wife to do whatever we like and never be recognized or bothered." --Vincent D'Onofrio in Daily News. February 5, 1998.

"When I was younger, I used to take parts home with me. I was this angry young man. I don't do that now because I don't have that anger." --D'Onofrio quoted in Chicago Sunt-Times, August 21, 2000.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Greta Scacchi. Actor. Met while filming "Fires Within" (1991); together from c. 1990 to 1993.
wife:
Carin Van Der Donk. Model. Born c. 1970; married in March 1997.

Family close complete family listing

sister:
Toni D'Onofrio. Older.
daughter:
Leila George D'Onofrio. Born in March 1992; mother Greta Scacchi.

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