Vincent D`Onofrio

  • Actor

Jun 30, 1959  in New York, United States Of America

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A versatile artist, Vincent Philip D'Onofrio is a veteran actor, producer, and singer who works in the American TV and film industry. He is best known for his roles as Private Leonard Lawrence in the 1987 war film, Full Metal Jacket directed by Stanley Kubrick. In a career spanning over 30 years, the actor has appeared in about 40 films and 10 TV series' and along the way won several awards and recognitions including a Saturn Award and a nomination at the Emmy Awards.

Early Life
Born in Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York City, New York, Vincent D'Onofrio is the son of Gennaro D'Onofrio, a theater production assistant and an interior designer and Phyllis, who worked as a restaurant manager. The actor has two biological siblings named Antoinette and Elizbeth, and two step-siblings, a brother named Guy and a sister named Connie. D'Onforio who spent most of his childhood in Hawaii and Colorado graduated from Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School.

D'Onofrio's parents divorced when he was young and when his mother later married George Meyer, D'Onforio moved with his mother and his step-siblings to Hialeah, Florida. In his teenage years, the actor worked backstage in the sound production and set building departments in various community theaters that were run by his father.

Personal Life
Vincent D'Onofrio was in a relationship with actress Greta Scacchi during the early 1990's; the duo acted together in several films like Fires Within and The Player and they have a daughter together named Leila who was born in 1992. However, the relationship did not last long and the two broke up. After the split, the actor married a Dutch model, Carin Van der Donk in March 1997. The couple has a son named Elias Gene who was born on December 1999. Soon after the birth of their first child, the couple split in the early 2000s but they reconciled and had a second son named, Luka who was born in February 2008.

Movie Career
Vincent D'Onofrio made his acting debut on the silver screen in 1983 with the comedy film, The First Turn-On! Directed by Llyod Kaufman. The film, which was the fourth installment in the 'sexy comedies' series also featured Georgia Harrell, Michael Sanville, Googy Gress and John Flood in pivotal roles. While his debut film did not garner any attention, four years later in 1987 the actor got his first major breakthrough when he appeared in a British-American war film, Full Metal Jacket directed by Stanley Kubrick. The film co-starring Matthew Modine, Adam Baldwin, Lee Ermey in the lead roles won critical acclaim and Vincent D'Onofrio for his role as Pvt. Leonard 'Gomer Pyle' Lawrence was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the New York Film Critics Circle Award.

In the same year, the actor starred in the American comedy film Adventures in Babysitting alongside Elisabeth Shue, Keith Coogan, Anthony Rapp and Maia Brewton. The movie directed by Chris Columbus received mostly positive reviews and was a commercial hit. The following year, director Donald Petrie cast him in the American coming-of-age film Mystic Pizza, which received positive critical reviews and later gained a cult following. In 1989, the actor had two releases viz. Signs of Life and The Blood of Heroes and neither of the films created any buzz at the box office. With no releases to his name in 1990, D'Onforio starred in five movies in 1991 viz. Crooked Hearts, Dying Young, Fires Within, Naked Tango and JFK. While three of his movies did not garner any attention, JFK, and Dying Young both received positive reviews and were a commercial hit. D'Onforio had quite a successful year in 1993 as both his movies, The Players directed by Robert Altman and Salt on Our Skin directed by Andrew Birkin got positive reviews and emerged to be a hit at the box office. His next hit film was Ed Wood that released in September 1994. The film directed by Tim Burton and co-starring Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffery Jones and Bill Murray got many positive reviews and won several accolades including a nomination at the Golden Globe Awards in the Best Musical or Comedy film category.

The actor had a forgettable year in 1995 as two of his movies, Stuart Saves His Family and Strange Days both bombed at the box office. In 1996, the actor appeared in the critically acclaimed and the commercially successful film, The Whole Wide World alongside Rene Zellweger. The film directed by Dan Ireland depicts the relationship between Pulp Fiction writer, Robert E. Howard, and schoolteacher Novalyne Price Ellis. For his brilliant performance in the film, the actor won the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actor as well as the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor. The same year, the actor was cast in Feeling Minnesota by director Steven Baigelman alongside Keanu Reeves, and Cameron Diaz. The film that released in September 1996 was an average earner, grossing more than 3 million US dollars.

The following year, D'Onofrio appeared in the super hit science fiction film, Men in Black directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. The film co-starring Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, and Linda Fiorentino was loosely based on The Men in Black comic book series, which was created by artist Lowell Cunningham. The film was critically acclaimed and received positive reviews especially for its art direction. Following the success of MIB, the actor's next successful film was Richard Linklater directed The Newton Boys co-starring Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, and Skeet Ulrich. The film based on the true story of the Newton Gang, a family of bank robbers from Uvalde in Texas got mixed to positive reviews but emerged to be a box office hit. His other releases of 1998 include Claire Dolan directed by Lodge Kerrigan and The Velocity of Gary directed by Dan Ireland.

At the start of the new millennium, the actor starred in Happy Accidents co-starring Marisa Tomei, Nadia Dajani, Richard Portnow, Holland Taylor, and Anthony Michael Hall premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The film got mostly positive reviews and grossed more than $6 million in the United States. His other two movies of the year, The Cell, and Steal This Movie! did not create any buzz at the box office. In his solitary release of the year in 2001, Vincent D'Onofrio starred in the Ethan Hawke-directed film Chelsea Walls. The film also featuring Kris Kristofferson, Uma Thruman, Natasha Richardson, Robert Sean Leonard and Rosario Dawson depicts five stories of various artists who spend one day in Chelsea Hotel, a famed bohemian home in New York. The film in spite of having an ensemble cast received mostly negative reviews and failed at the box office.

In 2002, the actor had four releases viz. Impostor, Bark!, The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys and The Salton Sea out of which only The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys received fairly positive reviews and the rest received negative reviews as well as bombed at the box-office. After 2002, the actor took a hiatus for three years and made his comeback in 2005 with the American independent comedy-drama film titled Thumbsucker directed by Mike Mills. The film co-starring Lou Pucci, Tilda Swinton, and Keanu Reeves received mostly positive reviews as well as performed well at the box office. The following year, the actor starred in Peyton Reed's romantic comedy film titled The Break-Up. The film co-starring Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston, and Ann-Margret received mostly negative reviews and grossed more than 205 million US dollars.

With no releases to his name in 2007, the actor next appeared in the 2008 independent film, The Narrows directed by Francois Velle. The film co-starring Kevin Zegers, Eddie Cahill, Monica Keena and Sophia Bush fared pretty decently at the box office and D'Onofrio for his role as Vinny Manadoro won the Special Grand Jury Prize at the Nashville Film Festival. His other release of the year was Cadillac Records, a musical biopic, which was written and directed by Darnell Martin. The film co-starring Adrien Brody, Beyonce Knowles, and Jeffrey Wright explores the musical era from the 1940s to 1960s and chronicles the life of Leonard Chess, an influential Chicago-based record-company executive. The film received mostly positive reviews and won several accolades including a nomination at the African-American Film Critics Association Awards for Best Screenplay.

In 2009, the actor appeared in three movies viz. Ipso facto, Staten Island and The New Tenants out of which only The New Tenants, a short-film won critical reviews as well as went on to win the Oscar Award for Best Live Action Short in 2009. Post the success of The New Tenants, D'Onofrio next appeared in Zaritsas: Russian Women in New York, a documentary film written and directed by Elena Beloff. He next appeared in direct Antoine Fuqua's crime drama film Brooklyn's Finest alongside Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Wesley Snipes and Ethan Hawke. The film, which is set in the notorious section of Brooklyn received mostly mixed reviews and grossed more than 36.4 million US dollars. The following year, the actor had two releases, Kill the Irishman and Crackers both of which failed at the box office.

Over the next couple of years, the actor appeared in several movies including American Falls (2012), Sinister (2012), Ass Backwards (2013), Charlie Countryman (2013), Escape Plan (2013), all of which failed at the box office. With success eluding the actor in 2012 and 2013, D'Onofrio had a decent year in 2014. Two of his releases in the year, Mall, and The Judge was met with contrasting reviews. While Mall, directed by Joe Hahn got negative reviews, The Judge co-starring Robert Downey, Jr. Vera Farmiga, Robert Duvall, and Jeremy Strong got mixed critical reviews but emerged to be a commercial hit. In 2015 he had a mixed year, while his first movie of the year Run All Night bombed at the box office, his second movie titled, Broken Horses got mixed critical reviews. His other movie of the year, Jurassic World, the fourth instalment of the Jurassic Park also received positive reviews. The film co-starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Irrfan Khan, and Omar Sy emerged to be a blockbuster; grossing more than 1 billion US dollars.

Following the success of Jurassic World, the actor starred in Pele: Birth of a Legend, an American biographical film, which was based on the life of the legendary Brazilian footballer Pele. The film directed by Michael Zimbalist mostly received poor reviews. His other release of the year includes The Magnificent Seven co-starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo.

D’onforio’s 2017 releases include Rings, an American supernatural psychological horror film, which is the third installment in the Ring franchise. The film co-starring Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Aimee Teegarden and Johnny Galecki received negative reviews from the critics and was an average earner at the box office.

TV Career
Vincent D'Onofrio made his TV series debut with the American crime drama, The Equalizer in 1986 where he appeared in two episodes. A decade later, in 1997, the actor he played the role of John Lange in a single episode titled Subway from the popular series Homicide: Life on the Street. For his brilliant performance in the movie, he was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series a the Primetime Emmy Awards. Following his success in Homicide: Life on the Street, the actor next appeared Men in Black: The Series. The series ran for two years from 1998 to 2000 and D'Onofrio lent his voice to the character of Bugs in 3 episodes. His biggest success in the TV series industry came in Law & Order: Criminal Intent where he played the role of Det. Robert Goren. The American police procedural series, which ran for over 140 episodes between 2001 and 2011 was based on the investigations of the Major Case Squad in a fictionalized version of New York City Police Department. The actor's other popular TV series' include Daredevil where his role as Wilson Fisk won him nominations for Best Supporting Actor at the Saturn Awards and Emerald City.