DAVID CARUSO Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: David Stephen Caruso                                                                 
Born: 7 January 1956 Forest Hills, Queens, New York, U.S.                                   
David Stephen Caruso (born January 7, 1956) is an American film and television             
actor. He is perhaps best known to audiences at present for his role as                     
Lieutenant Horatio Caine on the TV series CSI: Miami.                                       
Caruso was born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, the son of Joan, a librarian,           
and Charles Caruso, a magazine and newspaper editor. He is of Italian and                   
Irish descent and was raised Catholic. Caruso attended elementary and                       
middle school at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs in Forest Hills, Queens, the same               
primary school attended by Ray Romano and Pia Zadora. He later attended                     
Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, NY, graduating in 1974. In 1987, Caruso           
was called upon to fill in for the leading role of Jean Valjean in Les                     
Misérables on Broadway for 6 months.                                                       
His first film appearance was in the 1980 film Getting Wasted, in which he                 
played the part of Henry. Caruso then spent the better part of the next decade             
in supporting roles on the big screen, appearing in such films as An Officer and           
a Gentleman, Blue City, Thief of Hearts, and China Girl. Caruso also appeared in           
1982's First Blood, the very first Rambo film, as one of the sheriffs, Mitch,               
who is clearly impressed with the fugitive John Rambo's skills. Caruso is also             
seen in a few scenes in Twins, as a parking lot attendant, with Danny DeVito and           
Arnold Schwarzenegger. Caruso also appears (with heavy hair dye) as Kit-Kat in "Hudson     
Hawk" (1991).                                                                               
In television he had a recurring role as the gang leader of "The Shamrocks" on             
Hill Street Blues in the early 1980s. He also had a memorable two-episode                   
appearance on the television series Crime Story, which ran from 1986 to 1988 on             
Strong supporting roles in the crime films King of New York (1990) and Mad Dog             
and Glory (1992), in which both his characters were cynical streetwise cops,               
made Hollywood really sit up and take notice. Both films ultimately helped pave             
the way for his breakthrough starring role on TV.                                           
Said breakthrough role came in 1993, when he landed the part of Detective John             
Kelly on the new series NYPD Blue. After garnering much praise (TV Guide, listed           
him as one of the six new stars to watch in the '93-'94 season) and award                   
nominations for his work, Caruso made news by leaving the highly-rated show the             
following year (only four episodes into the second season) to pursue a career in           
film, but was unable to really establish himself as a leading man movie star               
despite starring in the crime thrillers Kiss of Death (which was critically well-received   
but only did so-so financially, 1995) and Jade (1995) (which was panned and                 
flopped outright).                                                                         
In 1997, Caruso returned to television as the star of the short-lived CBS law               
drama series Michael Hayes, in which he played a Big Apple-based federal                   
prosecutor. It ran for only one season. In the first episode of South Park, "Cartman       
Gets an Anal Probe", Kyle urges his brother to jump from the open cargo-bay door           
of a hovering alien spaceship by saying, "Quick, Ike, do your impersonation of             
David Caruso's career," in reference to his then-lack of success after leaving             
NYPD Blue. This scene was widely used in promos for the series.                             
Caruso returned to the silver screen with a supporting role as Russell Crowe's             
mercenary sidekick in the movie Proof of Life in 2000. (Although the film was               
only a moderate success, critics noted Crowe and Caruso's chemistry and banter             
as veteran soldiers-for-hire.) In 2001, he had a lead role in the horror film               
Session 9.                                                                                 
Since 2002, he has starred as Lt. Horatio Caine in the popular CSI spin-off                 
series CSI: Miami. On CSI: Miami, Caruso is known for frequently using one-liners,         
many of which include him putting on his sunglasses mid-sentence. A comical                 
compilation has been available on YouTube. Caruso's sunglasses and one-liners               
are constantly ridiculed on the television program The Soup by host Joel McHale.           
On an episode of the Late Show with David Letterman that aired on March 8, 2007             
comedian Jim Carrey satirically impersonated Caruso. Carrey asked for an “intense         
close-up” from the camera, spoke in a deep voice and put sunglasses on. Paul             
Schaffer and the CBS Orchestra played the CSI: Miami theme and Carrey ran off