Who is Danny Pino?
Danny is an American actor known for his roles in “Cold Case” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (SVU), in addition to numerous other notable appearances he’s had in his career.
Why Danny Pino left SVU?
Danny Pino left “Law & Order: SVU” in 2015 to pursue other career opportunities. After spending four seasons in the show as Detective Nick Amaro, he decided to move on and explore different acting projects. Pino’s departure from “SVU” was amicable, and the character of Nick Amaro was written out of the show in a way that allowed for potential future appearances.
Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
Daniel Gonzalo Pino was born on 15 April 1974, in Miami, Florida, USA; of Cuban ancestry, his middle name is a tribute to his maternal grandfather, Pedro Gonzalo de Armas. Fluent in Spanish, Pino attended Rockway Middle School, then matriculated from Miami Coral Park High School in 1992. In 1996, he completed his education at Florida International University., then Pino further pursued his acting studies at New York University’s Graduate Acting Program at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts ,and graduated in 2000.
Danny Pino began his career with the role of Clay in the television series “Men, Women & Dogs” (2001-2002), with Bill Bellamy in the lead role. The show explored the humorous and often complicated relationships between men and women, focusing on various romantic and social situations.
He then secured his first major role as Desi Arnaz, the legendary Cuban-born American actor, bandleader, and film and TV producer in the film “Lucy”. Co-starring Rachel York, the movie depicted the life and career of legendary American actress and comedienne Lucille Ball, and her relationship with her husband Desi Arnaz,
Rise to Stardom
Nevertheless, it was the role of Detective Scotty Valens in the procedural crime-drama series “Cold Case” that propelled him to stardom. As Detective Scotty Valens, Danny Pino starred in 151 episodes of the acclaimed series, solving older crimes that were left without a trail, with an ensemble of actors that comprised Kathryn Morris, John Finn, Jeremy Ratchford and Tracie Thomas, among many others. The series is set in Philadelphia, and follows Lily and her team, with Danny’s character being her partner in the department. His success in the series helped propel his career forward, opening doors to further opportunities in television and film.
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Concurrently, Danny featured in a number of popular projects – he starred as Terry in the neo-noir horror film “Across the Hall” (2009) alongside Mike Vogel and Brittany Murphy. The movie is a psychological thriller that centers around a man named Julian who discovers his fiancée’s infidelity. Pino’s Terry is Julian’s best friend who becomes embroiled in the escalating tension and suspense.
Following the end of “Cold Case,” Pino continued his career rather successfully with the role of Detective Nick Amaro in another crime procedural drama series, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”. From 2011 to 2015 and again in 2021, Danny Pino achieved notable success as Detective Nick Amaro in the long-running television series. Pino portrayed Amaro as a dedicated and complex detective involved in investigating sexually-based offenses in New York City, appearing as a main cast member in 94 episodes of the show.
Throughout his tenure on SVU, Pino worked alongside a talented cast, including Mariska Hargitay as Captain Olivia Benson, Ice-T as Detective Fin Tutuola, and Kelli Giddish as Detective Amanda Rollins, among others. The show follows the members of the Special Victims Unit as they navigate the challenging cases they encounter, while providing support to the survivors of sexual crimes. Pino’s portrayal of Amaro earned him recognition and praise for his compelling performance, which further solidified his presence in the world of television crime dramas.
In 2016, Pino starred in the short-lived political satirical science fiction comedy-drama series “BrainDead”, about alien bugs that infect members of US Congress, co-starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Tony Shalhoub, among others.
Next, from 2017 to 2018, he portrayed John Bishop in another procedural crime-drama series, “Gone”. Starring Leven Rambon as Kick and Chris Noth as Frank Novak, the series tells the story of Kit ‘Kick’ Lannigan, who was abducted as a child and kept by her captors for five years before FBI agent Frank Novak rescued her. As a grown-up, she joins the special FBI force focused on solving abductions and missing person cases,
Danny continued with another long-running role, this time in the crime-drama series “Mayans M.C.” From 2018 to 2023, he held the main role of Miguel Galindo in the television series, featuring a talented ensemble, including JD Pardo as Ezekiel “EZ” Reyes, Clayton Cardenas as Angel Reyes, Sarah Bolger as Emily Thomas, and Edward James Olmos as Felipe Reyes. Set in a post-Jax Teller world, the show serves as a spin-off and sequel to the popular series “Sons of Anarchy.” Pino’s Miguel Galindo is the son of the Galindo Cartel founder and a prominent figure in the motorcycle club’s criminal operations.
To speak further of his accomplishments, in 2019, Danny Pino portrayed Tito in two episodes of the Netflix-produced TV series “One Day at a Time”. In 2020, Danny played the role of Carter Heywood in the film “Fatale”, a thriller that follows a successful sports agent, played by Michael Ealy, whose life takes a dangerous turn after a one-night stand with a mysterious woman, portrayed by Hilary Swank. Pino’s Carter Heywood is a detective who becomes involved in the investigation surrounding the events that unfold.
In 2021, Danny Pino lent his voice to the character of a Bus Passenger in the animated musical film “Vivo.” The movie follows the journey of a musically talented kinkajou named Vivo, who embarks on an adventure from Havana to Miami in pursuit of fulfilling his owner’s musical dream.
Pino also portrayed Larry Mora in the 2021 film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical “Dear Evan Hansen.” Larry a concerned father whose son becomes intertwined in the story surrounding the titular character, Evan Hansen, played by Ben Platt. The film delves into themes of identity, mental health and the power of connection.
He is currently working on the upcoming crime-thriller series “Hotel Cocaine”, co-starring Michael Chiklis and Mark Feuerstein, which is about Roman Compte, a Cuban exile, CIA operative, and general manager of the Hotel Mutiny, which was the center of the Miami cocaine scene during the late ’70s and early ’80s. The series is currently in production and without a premiere date set yet.
According to authoritative sources, Danny Pino’s net worth is estimated at $3 million, as of mid-2023.
Personal Life, Dating, Married, Wife, Children
Danny Pino has been married to Lilly Pino Bernal since 15 February 2002. The couple has two sons together, Luca Daniel and Julian Franco.
Appearance and Body Measurements
Danny Pino has dark brown hair and brown eyes. He stands at a height of 6ft (1.83m). while he weighs approximately 175lbs (79kgs). His vital statistics are unknown, but he has an average build.