One of the top character actors of his era, John Turturro is a fixture of the contemporary American independent filmmaking landscape. Born February 28, 1957, in Brooklyn, NY, Turturro became fascinated by movies during childhood, and after graduating from college he won a scholarship to study at the prestigious Yale School of Drama. He first gained notice in regional theater and off-Broadway, earning an Obie Award for his starring role in Danny and the Deep Blue Sea. He made his film debut in Martin Scorsese’s 1980 masterpiece Raging Bull but did not reappear onscreen prior to 1984’s The Exterminator 2. That same year, he debuted on Broadway in Death of a Salesman.
Small roles in diverse fare including Susan Seidelman’s 1985 comedy Desperately Seeking Susan, Scorsese’s 1986 drama The Color of Money, and Woody Allen’s masterful Hannah and Her Sisters kept Turturro busy throughout much of the decade, but his breakthrough… read more