John Turturro biography

Actor John Turturro

John Turturro biography

John Turturro (John Michael Turturro) was born on February 28, 1957. John Turturro was born in Brooklyn, New York, and educated at the State University of New York and Yale University in drama.

He entered the film industry in 1980 and simultaneously built a distinguished theater career Off-Broadway. From the mid-1980s, John Turturro gradually got more significant and prominent roles in films, e.g., in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (1989), which used his Italian ancestry. Spike Lee has continued to use him in all his films, and with Miller's Crossing (1990), John Turturro became one of the Coen brothers' favorite actors, not least in a central role in Barton Fink (1991).

With his lanky figure and often nervous characters, John Turturro has also had wide-ranging roles in, e.g., Robert Redford's Quiz Show (1994), Tim Robbins' Cradle Will Rock (1999), Nicolas Winding Refn's gripping thriller Fear X (2003) and the comedy Anger Management (2003).

He has also starred in several Italian films and Hollywood blockbusters, such as Michael Bay's Transformers (2007) and its two sequels in 2009 and 2011, as well as providing voices for animated films such as Cars 2 (2011).

John Turturro debuted as a director with Mac (1994) and has, among other things, directed the historical theater drama Illuminata (1998) and the everyday musical Romance & Cigarettes (2005).

last updated October 2022

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