youngest of three boys, Nicholas Turturro was born
and raised in the Rosedale section of Queens, New
York. After attending Catholic elementary and high
schools, he majored in theater at Adelphi
University for two years, but left to get married
and raise a family.
While working as
a doorman at a New York City hotel, Nick took a job
as an extra in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing."
Convinced of Nick's talent, Lee wrote a part for
him in his next film, "Mo' Better Blues," and, in a
case of art imitating life, Nick's real-life
brother, John Turturro ("Quiz Show"), played his
brother in that film. The pair again appeared
together in Lee's "Jungle Fever."
Turturro had a
featured role in "Malcolm X" and also appeared in
"Metropolitan," "Love Anyone," "Federal Hill" and
"Mac," the latter written and directed by brother
John as a tribute to their late father. Nick's most
recent films include "The Search for One-Eye
Jimmy," which he also co-produced, and the upcoming
"Excess Baggage," starring Alicia Silverstone and
television credits are guest-starring roles in "Law
and Order"; "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles,"
in which he played a young Al Capone; and the
telefilm, "Dead and Alive." Nick also had a leading
role in the Witt/Thomas pilot, "Better
On stage, he has
appeared in "Wild Goose," "The Resistible Rise of
Arturo Ui," "Lusting After Popino's Wife" and
"Siddown: Conversations With the Mob."