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David Caruso

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David Caruso
Birth name David Stephen Caruso
Born January 7, 1956 in Queens, New York, USA
Notable Roles Det. John Kelly in NYPD Blue
Lt. Horatio Caine in 'CSI: Miami
Notable Episodes
Awards 1 Golden Globe Award, USA

David Caruso is an American actor best known for his roles in the crime drama NYPD Blue and the crime drama CSI: Miami.



Born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York to an Italian-American father and an Irish-American mother, David graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School, New York. His acting career started with small parts in movies such as Richard Gere's 1982 hit An Officer and a Gentleman, as well as supporting roles in TV series such as Hill Street Blues and Crime Story.

Caruso gave a memorable performance in the 1991 movie King of New York, where he played the Irish-American NYPD cop Dennis Gilley, who vows to defeat drug lord Frank White, played by star Christopher Walken. Two years later, in 1993, Caruso played another driven cop, the violent Mike, in Robert De Niro comedy-drama movie Mad Dog and Glory. In the same year, his breakthrough role came when he was cast as Det. John Kelly in hit crime drama series NYPD Blue, teaming him with Dennis Franz. The programme was immediately successful and built up a huge following, but Caruso controversially decided to leave early in the second season, to pursue a career in movies. The move upset fans of the show and he failed to make a success of his film career. His first movie after leaving NYPD Blue was Kiss of Death, also starring Nicolas Cage, which was much-mocked and even won Caruso a Razzie nomination as "worst new star".

In 1997 Caruso returned to television as the star of drama series Michael Hayes, where he played an ex-cop working in the US attorney's office in New York City. Although this role seemed tailor-made for him, the series ran for only one season. However, he returned to the TV big time via his role as Horatio Caine in CSI spin-off CSI: Miami, a highly successful crime drama which has been running since 2002.

Caruso has been married and divorced three times. With second wife Rachel Ticotin, he is the father of daughter Greta, born in 1984. He also has a son, Marquez Anthony, born on September 15, 2005, with girlfriend Liza Marquez. Caruso is co-owner of Steam, a clothing and furniture store in Miami.


Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
NYPD Blue John Kelly 1993–1995 1 2
Michael Hayes Michael Hayes 1997–1998 1
CSI: Miami Horatio Caine 2002–2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
Hill Street Blues Shamrock Leader Tommy Mann 1x01 - Presidential Fever January 17, 1981
Hill Street Blues Shamrock Leader Tommy Mann 1x02 - Politics as Usual January 21, 1981
Hill Street Blues Shamrock Leader Tommy Mann 1x03 - Can World War III Be an Attitude? January 24, 1981
Palmerstown, U.S.A. 2x09 - The Suitor June 2, 1981
Hill Street Blues Shamrock Tommy Tommy Mann 2x16 - Personal Foul March 25, 1982
Hill Street Blues Shamrock Leader Tommy Mann 3x03 - Heat Rash October 14, 1982
Hill Street Blues Shamrock Leader Tommy Mann 3x09 - A Hair of the Dog November 25, 1982
Hill Street Blues Shamrock Leader Tommy Mann 4x02 - Ba-bing, Ba-bing October 20, 1983
CHiPs Charlie 6x12 - Hot Date January 9, 1983
T.J. Hooker Russ Jennings 2x19 - Requiem for a Cop February 26, 1983
For Love and Honor Pvt. Rusty Burger 1x01 - Pilot September 23, 1983
Crime Story Johnny O'Donnell 1x01 & 02 - Pilot September 18, 1986
Crime Story Johnny O'Donnell 1x12 - Crime Pays December 5, 1986
Crime Story Johnny O'Donnell 2x19 - The Hearings April 5, 1988
CSI Lt. Horatio Caine 2x22 - Cross-Jurisdictions May 9, 2002
CSI: NY Lt. Horatio Caine 2x07 - Manhattan Manhunt (2) November 9, 2005


Series Year(s) Credit Season(s)
Michael Hayes 1997 –1998 Executive Producer 1

Awards and Accolades

Golden Globe Awards

  • Won: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama (1994)

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1994)


  • A CSI: Miami fan paid 710 dollars in an eBay auction last year to talk to David on the phone. Proceeds went to the L.A. Golden Retriever Rescue Fund.
  • Animated series South Park included a joke where Ike was told to do an impression of David Caruso's career, and promptly did a nose-dive.