David Caruso

Not to be confused with Dave Caruso.
David Caruso

Caruso at the 2008 Emmy Awards
Born David Stephen Caruso
(1956-01-07) January 7, 1956
Forest Hills, Queens, New York
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 1976–2012
Spouse(s) Cheri Maugans (m. 1979–84) (divorced)
Rachel Ticotin (m. 1984–87) (divorced)
Margaret Buckley (m. 1996–2007) (divorced)
Partner(s) Liza Marquez (separated)
Children 3

David Stephen Caruso (born January 7, 1956) is an American actor and producer. His most prominent roles are his portrayals of Lieutenant Horatio Caine on the TV series CSI: Miami and as Detective John Kelly on the ABC crime drama NYPD Blue. He also appeared in movies such as First Blood, Kiss of Death, Jade and Proof of Life and An Officer and a Gentleman.

Early life

David Caruso was born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York,[1] the son of Joan, a librarian, and Charles Caruso, a magazine and newspaper editor.[2] He is of Irish and Italian (Sicilian) descent.[3] His father left when he was two years of age, forcing him to "end up fathering myself", as he put it.[4]TV Week magazine, 5 February 1994, pp16-17. "An Officer and a Gentleman" by David Hochman.</ref> Raised as a Roman Catholic,[5] Caruso attended Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic School in Forest Hills.[6] He later attended Archbishop Molloy High School in nearby Briarwood, graduating in 1974.[7]

Caruso worked as a cinema usher, where he would see up to eighty movies a week.[8] He said that he and his coworkers would act out scenes from some of these movies while they were at the back of the theater. It was in this job he found his role models in Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, and Edward G. Robinson.[8] He said:

The ethics of certain actors certainly had a power over me. These guys taught me how to be what I call a stand up kind of guy.[8]



Caruso's first film appearance was in the 1980 film Getting Wasted as Danny. He then spent most of the next decade in film supporting roles, appearing in such films as First Blood, An Officer and a Gentleman, Blue City, Thief of Hearts and China Girl. He credits his role as Daniels, "the cadet who nearly drowned", in An Officer and a Gentleman as what got him noticed.[1] Caruso also appeared in Twins. On television, he had a recurring role as Tommy Mann, the leader of the street gang The Shamrocks on Hill Street Blues in the early 1980s. He made a two-episode appearance on the television series Crime Story which ran from 1986 to 1988 on NBC. In 1984, he portrayed U.S. Olympian James Brendan Connolly in the NBC miniseries The First Olympics: Athens, 1896. We can see him in the video clip of the French music Voyages Voyages by Desireless in 1986.


Caruso had supporting roles as police officers in the crime films King of New York (1990) and Mad Dog and Glory (1993). While filming 1991's Hudson Hawk, he employed method acting, refusing to talk to anyone on set because his character, Kit-Kat, was mute, having had his tongue bitten off.[9]

Caruso's first major role was in 1993 as Detective John Kelly on the series NYPD Blue, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. TV Guide named him as one of the six new stars to watch in the 1993–94 season. He made news by leaving the highly rated show the following year (only four episodes into the second season) after failing to obtain the raise he wanted.[10][11] He was unable to establish himself as a leading man in films despite starring in the crime thriller Kiss of Death, which was critically well-received but did not perform well financially. He also appeared in Jade (1995), which flopped critically and at the box office. In a 2010 issue of TV Guide, his decision to leave NYPD Blue was ranked #6 on a list of TV's 10 biggest "blunders".[12] In the first episode of South Park, ("Cartman Gets an Anal Probe") Kyle tells his brother, Ike, to "do your impersonation of David Caruso's career" to get Ike to jump out of a spaceship.

In 1997, Caruso returned to television as a New York City-based federal prosecutor in the short-lived CBS law drama series, Michael Hayes, which aired for one season.


Caruso returned to film with a supporting role as Russell Crowe's mercenary associate in the film Proof of Life in 2000. In 2001, he had a lead role in the cult psychological horror film Session 9.

David Caruso as Horatio Caine, November 2004

From 2002 to 2012, he starred as Lieutenant Horatio Caine in the popular CSI spin-off series CSI: Miami. He was the first actor in the franchise to appear as the same character on three of the four CSI programs. On CSI: Miami, he is known for frequently using one-liners at the beginning of each episode. Many of these include him putting on his trademark sunglasses mid-sentence, then walking off-screen just as the main theme starts (finishing move). On an episode of the Late Show with David Letterman that aired on March 8, 2007, comedian Jim Carrey professed to being a fan of the show and went on to satirically impersonate him. Carrey asked for an "intense close-up" from the camera, spoke in a deep voice and put sunglasses on. Caruso later said in an interview with CBS that he was impressed with the impersonation.[13]

Personal life

Caruso is founder of DavidCarusoTelevision.tv and LexiconDigital.tv, as well as co-owner of Steam on Sunset, a clothing store in South Miami.[14][15]

Caruso has a daughter, Greta[5] with his second wife, Rachel Ticotin. He and former girlfriend, Liza Marquez, have two children together: a son Marquez and a daughter Paloma.[16]

In April 2009, Marquez filed papers against Caruso for fraud, breach of their settlement agreement and emotional distress.[17][18]

In March 2009, an Austrian woman was placed in custody in Tyrol, Austria, on charges of stalking Caruso; she had twice failed to appear in court to answer the charges before fleeing to Mexico; following her deportation from Mexico, Austrian officials took her into custody to await trial on the stalking charges.[19]

Awards and nominations

In 1994 Caruso won a Golden Globe Award for starring in NYPD Blue as Detective John Kelly, for which he was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. In 2001, he was nominated for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Suspense for starring in the film Proof of Life as Dino.



Year Title Role Notes
1980 Getting Wasted Danny
1980 Without Warning Tom
1982 An Officer and a Gentleman Topper Daniels
1982 First Blood Deputy Mitch
1984 Thief of Hearts Buddy Calamara
1986 Blue City Joey Rayford
1987 China Girl Mercury
1988 Twins Al Greco
1990 King of New York Dennis Gilley
1990 Rainbow Drive Larry Hammond Television movie
1991 Hudson Hawk Kit Kat
1991 Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis Wilkes Television movie
1993 Mad Dog and Glory Mike
1995 Kiss of Death Jimmy Kilmartin Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star
1995 Jade David Corelli Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star
1997 Cold Around the Heart Ned Tash
1998 Body Count Hobbs
2000 Proof of Life Dino Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor – Suspense
2001 Session 9 Phil
2001 Black Point John Hawkins


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Ryan's Hope Bellboy (uncredited) 1 episode nr 378
1981–1983 Hill Street Blues Shamrock Leader Tommy Mann 8 episodes
1983 CHiPs Charlie Episode: "Hot Date"
1983 T.J. Hooker Jennings Episode: "Requiem for a Cop"
1984 The First Olympics: Athens 1896 James Connolly Episode: "Part 1"
1986–1988 Crime Story Johnny O'Donnell 2 episodes
1990 Help Frank Sordoni 6 episodes
1993–1994 NYPD Blue John Kelly 26 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
1997–1998 Michael Hayes Michael Hayes 21 episodes
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lieutenant Horatio Caine Episode: "Cross Jurisdictions"
2002–2012 CSI: Miami 232 episodes
2005 CSI: NY Episode: "Manhattan Manhunt"

See also


  1. 1 2 Brady, James. "In Step With David Caruso (TV and film actor)", Parade, 6 March 2005. accessed June 2, 2009.
  2. "David Caruso Biography". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
  3. Farinordin, Faridul Anwar (28 August 2004). "Caruso's happy with 'CSI'". New Straits Times (Malaysia). Asia Africa Intelligence Wire via AccessMyLibrary. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
  4. 1 2 Lee, Luaine (11 October 1995). "'Jade' star David Caruso talks changes in his personal life". The Cedartown Standard. Cedartown, Georgia: Knight-Ridder News Service. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
  5. Yaniv, Oren (2005-10-30). "Astro orbits to his Alma mater". Daily News. Retrieved 2010-09-13.
  6. "Famous Stanners". Alumni.molloyhs.org. Retrieved 2009-10-16.
  7. 1 2 3 TV Week magazine, 5 February 1994, pp16-17. "An Officer and a Gentleman" by David Hochman.
  8. Grant, Richard E. With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E Grant, p.179
  9. "3.4. Why did David Caruso leave the show? (NYPD Blue)", NYPD Blue FAQ, The Ultimate Learn And Resource Center at Stason.org, retrieved 2012-04-04
  10. "David Caruso Will Quit 'NYPD Blue' Cast". Orlando Sentinel. 7 August 1994. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  11. Battaglio, Stephen. "The Blunder Years", TV Guide, 1 November 2010, pp. 20–21.
  12. Interview with Caruso and cast of CSI:Miami on YouTube
  13. "Prodigal Cop Tries S. Florida". 2002-05-09. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  14. "Miami Rocks with Designer's Opening". 2002-03-08. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  15. "David Caruso Sued by Ex-Girlfriend". 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  16. "David Caruso Sued by Ex-Girlfriend". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-04-09.
  17. "David Caruso's Ex-Girlfriend Sues For Money, House". Huffington Post. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2013-09-30.
  18. "Alleged Caruso Stalker in Custody", Yahoo News, 26 March 2009.

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