Vincent D'Onofrio

Vincent D'Onofrio

Life Story

Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio was born on June 30, 1959 in Brooklyn, New York, to Phyllis, a restaurant manager and server, and Gene D'Onofrio, a theater production assistant and interior designer. He is of Italian descent and has two older sisters. He studied at the Actors Studio and the American Stanislavski Theatre. Vincent D'Onofrio is known as an "actor's actor". The wide variety of roles he has played and the quality of his work have earned him a reputation as a versatile talent.


Carin van der Donk (22 March 1997 - present) (2 children)


Played the character of "Bill Newman" in both JFK (1991) and Malcolm X (1992).
Last name is pronounced Don-off-ree-o.
He bleached his hair blonde for his part in Adventures in Babysitting (1987).
Gained a world record 70 pounds for his role in Full Metal Jacket (1987).
Vincent's sister, actress Elizabeth D'Onofrio, teaches acting in Asheville, North Carolina.
Gained 45 pounds for his role in The Salton Sea (2002).
One of the founders of the River Run Film Festival (Winston-Salem, North Carolina), along with his sister, Elizabeth D'Onofrio, and their father, Gene D'Onofrio.

Personal Quotes 

[on acting] Some scenes you juggle two balls, some scenes you juggle three balls, some scenes you can juggle five balls. The key is always to speak in your own voice. Speak the truth. That's Acting 101. Then you start putting layers on top of that.
I took a route of acting, rather than starmaking, so it cost me a lot financially.
[on his career choices] It's something that I've been saying for years when people ask me how I pick the things that I do. I pick the things that scare me the most. You have to like the story first. I'm not gonna play a part that doesn't instill some kind of fear in me. If I read a part, and suddenly, I'm thinking halfway through, "I'm not sure I could get away with this", I think of everything I can think of to keep me from doing it, that's the one I should do.


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