Giovinazzo in 2008
Carmine Dominick Giovinazzo
August 24, 1973
Staten Island, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, writer, painter, musician|
(m. 2010; div. 2013)
|Relatives||Buddy Giovinazzo (cousin)|
Larry Romano (cousin)
Carmine Dominick Giovinazzo ( KAR-myne JEE-oh-vin-AH-zoh, Italian: ['karmine d?ovi'nattso]; born August 24, 1973) is an American actor, writer, painter and musician, known for his role as Detective Danny Messer in CSI: NY.
Giovinazzo was born and raised in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Staten Island, New York, the son of Nancy and Dominick Giovinazzo. Growing up, Giovinazzo was an avid athlete. He graduated from Port Richmond High School in 1991 and attended Wagner College on a baseball scholarship. He had hoped to become a professional baseball player, but a serious back injury dashed his career plans; with the support of his family, he turned to acting. He studied acting at Wagner College and HB Studios, and spent four years working mostly non-paying roles in the New York area.
In 1997, Giovinazzo moved to Los Angeles. Not long afterward, he successfully landed his first Hollywood role in the pilot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in which his character was the show's first on-screen victim. Afterwards, he appeared in numerous guest-starring roles on television and in film, including Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss, For Love of the Game, The Big Brass Ring, and Black Hawk Down. He was also cast as one of the stars of the short-lived UPN sitcom Shasta McNasty, which was nominated for a Peoples Choice Award. Other films in which he had starring roles include In Enemy Hands with William H. Macy, and Players with Freddy Rodriguez and Peter Dobson. He played Tony Galper, the victim in the final episode of the TV series Columbo.
Giovinazzo was cast as forensic scientist Danny Messer on the hit TV series CSI: NY and is the first actor to appear in all three CSI series; his character was introduced in the CSI: Miami episode "MIA/NYC NonStop" (along with the other CSI: NY cast members), and he guest-starred in season three of the Las Vegas-based original series as street racer Thumpy G in the episode "Revenge is Best Served Cold" (though it is never specified that this guest spot was in any way related to his character on CSI: NY). Giovinazzo penned season six's vampire-themed episode "Sanguine Love", joining series leads Melina Kanakaredes and Gary Sinise who have also written episodes for the series.
Giovinazzo plays the guitar, and writes songs and poetry. He is also a painter, mostly in oils, and one of his paintings appeared in the "Tri-Borough" episode of CSI: NY. He is currently a lead vocalist in the band Ceesau, which released one album, Era of the Exposed (2008). The song "Tear To Spare", from this album, was played in the CSI: NY sixth-season episode "Sanguine Love", which Giovinazzo wrote.
Giovinazzo married actress Vanessa Marcil on July 11, 2010, in a private ceremony in New York City. Marcil filed for divorce in August 2012 on the basis of irreconcilable differences. The divorce was finalized in March 2013.
His sister Alise, coincidentally, worked for the NYPD.
|1996||No Way Home||Frankie Hamm||Film|
|1997||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Christopher Boal||Episode 1.01 "Welcome to the Hellmouth"|
|1997||Pacific Blue||Cody Fisher||Episode 3.08 "Matters of the Heart"|
|1998||Fallen Arches||Frankie Romano||Film|
|1998||Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss||Gundy||Film|
|1999||The Big Brass Ring||Young Billy||Film|
|1999||Providence||Kit||Episode 1.17 "Heaven Can Wait"|
|2001||The Learning Curve||Paul Cleveland||Film|
|1999||For Love of the Game||Ken Strout||Film|
|1999||Shasta McNasty||Scott||All 22 episodes|
|2000||Terror Tract||Frank Sarno||Film ("Nightmare" segment)|
|2001||Black Hawk Down||Goodale||Film|
|2002||Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie||T-Bone||TV movie|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Thumpy G||Episode 3.01 "Revenge is Best Served Cold"|
|2003||Columbo||Tony Galper||Episode 13.05 "Columbo Likes the Nightlife"|
|2004||In Enemy Hands||Buck Cooper||Film|
|2004||CSI: Miami||Danny Messer||Episode 2.23 "MIA/NYC NonStop"|
|2004-2013||CSI: NY||Danny Messer||All 197 episodes|
|2008||This Is Not a Test||Trey||Film|
|2014-2015||Graceland||Sid Markham||9 episodes (2.06-3.02)|
|2015||The Player||Ray||Episode 1.04 "The Big Blind"|
|2016||Criminal Minds||Andrew Meeks||Episode 11.15 "A Badge and a Gun"|
|2020||Chicago Med||Tyler||Episode 5.16 "Who Should Be the Judge"|
|2020||Batwoman||Johnny Sabatino||Episode: "If You Believe in Me, I'll Believe in You"|