Nicholas Turturro, Jr. (born January 29, 1962) is an American film, television and prolific on-stage character actor, perhaps best known for his role as James Martinez, on NYPD Blue from 1993 to 2000.
He garnered an Emmy nomination for playing Officer/Det./Sgt. James Martinez on the TV program NYPD Blue, where he sparkled a wonderful on- and off-screen chemistry between both Franz & Clapp for his first seven seasons he stayed on the show, and became a favorite among younger viewers. He also was a guest ring announcer at Wrestlemania XI for the main event of Shawn Michaels vs. Diesel. His list of credits include portraying Al Capone in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and playing the role of "Brucie" in the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard and "Renaldo" in I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. He will star alongside Miko Hughes, David Proval, and Ruth Buzzi in the upcoming comedy film, City of Shoulders and Noses. The feature film is being produced by Tommy Ardolino, Sybil Danning, and George Parra, and will go into production in 2008. In July 2009, Turturro began co-starring in the comedy web series Dusty Peacock on Crackle.
Turturro was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Katherine, an amateur jazz singer who worked in a Navy yard during World War II, and Nicholas Turturro, Sr., a carpenter and shoemaker who immigrated from Giovinazzo, Italy at the age of six and fought as a Navy serviceman on D-Day. His brother, John Turturro, is also an actor. Their cousin, Aida Turturro, played Janice Soprano in The Sopranos.