Who is John Turturro?

John Turturro is a well-known American-Italian actor, writer, and filmmaker who was actively working from 1980 to now.

Quick Info
Full nameJohn Michael Turturro
Date of BirthFebruary 28, 1957
Birth PlaceNew York City, U.S.
Parent(s)Nicholas Turturro and Katherine Florence
OccupationActor, writer, filmmaker
Spouse(s)Katherine Borowitz ​(m. 1985)
Net worthUS $24 million

Personal Life

John Turturro was born on 28 February 1957 in New York City, U.S. as a father, Nicholas Turturro, and mother, Katherine Florence. His mother used to be an amateur jazz singer, and his father used to be a carpenter and construction worker, where later, he joined in the U.S. Navy. As siblings, he had two brothers: Nicholas Turturro and Ralph Turturro; where Nicholas is an actor, and Ralph Turturro is a painter. 


John Turturro got married to an actress Katherine Borowitz where they gave birth to their two sons. Their son, Amedeo, was born in 1990, and Diego was born in 2000.

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Nationality and Physical Stats

John Turturro had Italian and American citizenship, so; he holds both an American and Italian nationality. Turturro belongs to Italian ethnic background. He is currently 63 years old, with a height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) and 82 kg. He had got dark brown hair with dark brown eyes. As he was born on 28 February, his zodiac sign is Pisces.

Early Life and Education

When John Turturro was six years old, his father moved to the United States, and he was raised a Roman Catholic. At the age of six, he moved to the Rosedale section of Queens, New York, with his family, joined the State University of New with his family, and joined the State University of New York at New Paltz. He had taken major subjects as Theatre Arts, and later, from the Yale School of Drama, he completed his MFA (Master of Fine Arts).


John Turturro started his career after showing himself as a non-speaking extra role in an American biographical sports drama movie “Raging Bull” by Martin Scorsese in 1980. After that, he created the title role in “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” of John Patrick Shanley in 1983, where the Playwrights Conference is done at the Eugene ONeill Theatre Center. After that, he was able to win an Obie Award. He was also seen playing the supporting role in the movie “To Live and Die in L.A.,” which is a neo-noir action thriller movie broadcasted in 1985.

Spike Lee liked his performance in the independent crime drama movie “Five Corners,” so he immediately cast Turturro into his film “Do the Right Things” in 1989. After that, he was seen cooperating with the director for an extended period where they were seen working together in nine movies which consist of “Mo’ Better Blues” in 1990, “Jungle Fever” in 1991, “Clockers” in 1995, “Girl 6” in 1996, “He Got Game” in 1998, “Summer of Sam” in 1999, “She Hates Me” in 2004. The last one is “Miracle at St. Anna in 2008.

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Further, John Turturro played a role in the movie “Miller’s Crossing” in 1990, which an American neo-noir gangster movie by Coen Brothers.

 In 1991, he played the lead role in a comedy psychological thriller movie “Barton Fink,” and in 1998, he appeared in the film “The Big Lebowski,” a crime comedy film. Also, he was seen playing a crime comedy-drama movie, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” in 2000. Furthermore, he was seen playing the different roles in Adam Sandler’s films, where the movies are “Mr. Deed,” which a romantic comedy movie of 2002, and another one is “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan,” which is an action black comedy movie of 2008.

After that, he played a role in a comedy movie of an America by Peter Segal in 2003. Later, in the movie “Secret Window,” a psychological horror thriller movie, he was seen playing as the antagonist of Johnny Deep.

In 1994 he was seen hosting Saturday Night Live, where he spoofed his movie “Quiz Show.” Turturro became able to win an Emmy award for his outstanding role in the series “Monk,” which is known as a comedy-drama detective mystery television series where he had also reprised his role in more movies. He established his career so that he was nominal as won several at that include crude Screen Actor Guild, Cannes Film Festival, Golden, Globes, and more.  

In 1999, Turturro was seen playing into the movie “Illuminata,” where the film was produced and directed by himself. He led the movie “Romance and Cigarettes,” which is an American musical romantic comedy movie where John Turturro wrote it in 2005. Further, he played a role in Robert De Niro’s movie “The Good Shepherd,” which is a spy film of 2006. Later, he was cast in the film “Transformers,” a science fiction action movie. He was seen directing the documentary movie “Passione,” where it was released in 2010.

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For the first time, Turturro was seen guiding the Broadway play “Relatively Speaking,” known as an anthology. After that, another directorial movie was “Fading Gigolo,” where it was premiered in mid-September 2013 at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Later, he became successful in won the Career Achievement tribute and award in March 2014. He can also be seen in the miniseries of 2016, “The Night Of,” where he became nominated for the Prime Emmy Award.

Net Worth

The estimated net worth of John Turturro is $24 million.