Birth Date: June 30, 1959 / Age: 53
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York
Biography: D'Onofrio's family moved around in his youth, and he grew up in Hawaii, Florida, and Colorado. He graduated from high school in Florida in 1977 and then attended a Colorado university for about 18 months. He then dropped out of college to pursue acting. He was accepted for study with the American Stanislavsky Theatre in New York City. His sister Elizabeth D'Onofrio, also studied with the same group.
1984 was an important year for the young D'Onofrio. He became a full member of the American Stanislavsky Theatre and appeared in a number of its productions, including Of Mice and Men and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. He also made his Broadway debut as Nick Rizzoli in Open Admissions. Before this breakthrough, he had been acting in NYU student films and was working as a bouncer.
It was his turn as the disturbed and bullied Private Leonard "Gomer Pyle" Lawrence in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film, Full Metal Jacket, which was the role that first brought him to the film world's attention. In gaining 70 pounds for the role, he showed his commitment to the craft. He was nominated for an Oscar for this role. Since then, he has played a wide variety of roles, including iconic director Orson Welles in Tim Burton's Ed Wood and Yippie founder Abbie Hoffman in Steal This Movie.
He also has dabbled in film production and to date has produced two movies, The Whole Wide World and Guy in 1996 and 1997 respectively and executive produced two others, The Velocity of Gary in 1998 and Steal This Movie in 2000.
Recently he has moved to the small screen where he has been no less appreciated. He now plays Detective Robert Goren, a principal character, on the NBC television show Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
He received an Emmy nomination in 1998 for his appearance as John Lange, the doomed accident/murder victim in the acclaimed "Subway" episode of Homicide: Life on the Street.
On 9 February 2005, NBC announced that Chris Noth, who played Detective Mike Logan in Law & Order from 1990 to 1995, will join the cast of Law & Order: Criminal Intent as Detective Mike Logan in the 2005-2006 season. D'Onofrio and Noth will share the lead role, alternating being the lead detective from week to week.
According to a June 16, 2005 interview with the Australian newspaper The Age, D'Onofrio will do, in cooperation with Channel Ten, a yet unrevealed show in Australia.