Nicholas Turturro Jr is an American actor whose face would be familiar to the many fans of “NYPD Blue”. He is most identified with his character Sargeant Martinez, but he is not the only actor in his family; both his brother, John Turturro, who is easily recognized as Agent Seymore Simmons in the “Transformers” films, and cousin Aida of “The Sopranos” fame, are noted actors. Although Nicholas is not as famous as his older brother, he’s nonetheless enjoyed a successful career with numerous titles in his portfolio, as well as several award nominations. Here follows all there is to know about Nicholas.

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Early life and family

Nicholas – ‘Nick’ – was born 29 January 1962, in Queens, New York City, USA, to parents Nicholas Turturro Sr and Katherine Florence. His father was an immigrant from Giovinazzo, Puglia, Italy, who worked as a carpenter and shoemaker, and also served in the US Navy during World War 2.

Nicholas’ mother was a Jazz singer who worked in a Navy yard at the same time, and is of Italian descent with roots in Sicily. His brother, John Micheal, was born in 1957, and they were raised in a Roman Catholic home – both of them remain dedicated to their religion.

Educational background

Nicholas finished his high school education mostly attending Catholic schools, and went on from there to attend Adelphi University. After two years at varsity, Nicholas graduated in Theatre, but at first had to dedicate himself to family life.

Career

Initially, Nicholas would work as a doorman, before making his debut as an actor, as at the time he was married to his first wife and raising their daughter Erica. Nicholas’ debut came about due to his brother’s influence, who introduced him to Spike Lee; he had starred in several Spike Lee productions, including his first role as an extra and voice-over artist in the 1989 film “Do The Right Thing”.

Nicholas Turturro

Spike was so impressed with Nicholas that he wrote a dedicated role for him in his next film “Mo’ Better Blues”. Nicholas continued his success, starring in several more Spike Lee feature films, which included “Malcolm-X”, and “Jungle Fever” alongside his brother John. In the early nineties, Nicholas received a few other roles, including the 1991 film “Men Of Respect”.

In 1992, Nick gained a role in the popular television series “Law and Order”, but he was more successful in the following year, as he landed parts in three television series – “L.A. Law”, “The Young Chronicles of Indiana Jones”, and his long-running role in “NYPD Blue”.

In 1994, Nicholas starred alongside his cousin Aida in the independent film “The Search for One-eye Jimmy”. In 2000, the “NYPD Blue” series aired its last instalments, but roles for the talented actor had not been in short supply, and Nicholas would later be seen in several shows, includes “The District”, “Touched By an Angel” and “The Twilight Zone”.

In 2003 Nick landed his second long-running role, in “Third Watch”. In 2005, Nicholas starred in the Adam Sandler comedy “The Longest Yard”, and the following yearwas cast in the role of Officer Colovito in “World Trade Centre”.

He starred in several more features, including television shows and films, but it was not until 2010 that he had another recurring role in a television series, as Sgt Anthony Renzulli in “Blue Bloods”, which he played until 2016. During the same time, he could also be seen in a few films, including “Zookeeper” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2”. His latest appearance is in the 2020 production “Shooting Heroin”.

Hobbies, favourite things and interesting facts

While working as a doorman in Manhattan, at an apartment building where the musician Billy Joel resided, Nicholas would rate all the women who would visit Billy by indication of his fingers. Oddly enough, Billy’s wife from 1985 to 1994, Christie Brinkley, was the only one to get a ten rating on two occasions.

The Turturro family seems to be very familiar with fame and Nick’s other brother Ralph is a famous musician. The youngest members of the family, which include Amedeo Turturro and Diego Z Turturro, are also starting their rise to fame.

Nicholas is known to be a major fan of baseball; he collects baseball memorabilia, and regularly posts videos on social media in support of his favourite team – the New York Yankees.

Relationships

Nicholas has married twice. – he married Jami Biunno, with whom he had his firstborn, Erica, in 1985, but they divorced in 1994. They met while attending university, and he had to put his aspirations as an actor on hold to raise his family.

He met his second wife, Lissa Espinosa who worked as a flight attendant, when a passenger on a flight. They married on 3 August 1996, and have remained together since. They have two children, son Nicholas III and another son Santino.

Physical characteristics

  • Date of Birth: 29 January 1962
  • Hair colour: Dark Brown
  • Eye colour: Brown
  • Height: 5ft 7is (1.72m)
  • Weight: 165lbs (75kgs)
  • Shoe Size: Unknown
  • Star Sign: Aquarius
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity: Italian/ Latino

Net worth

As a long active actor, Nicholas has accumulated an estimated net worth of $5 million as of 2020.

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