Bobby Cannavale

Bobby Cannavale


5/3/1970, Union City, New Jersey, USA

Birth Name

Roberto M. Cannavale


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A native of Union City, New Jersey, Bobby Cannavale has had varied film and stage experiences. Bobby lived in New Jersey until he was thirteen. After his parents divorced, Bobby and his mother moved for two years to Puerto Rico. Later on he moved to Coconut Creek, Florida,…more


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    • [On the parts he's being offered]
      Bobby Cannavale: I'm getting a lot of uninteresting romantic lead guys that look good and fall in love sort of garbage. I just want different parts, I wanna be that guy who people mention and they don't know who you're talking about until you say a few movies they've been in and then people are amazed that it's the same person.

    • [On his character from The Station Agent]
      Bobby Cannavale: The part was written for me by Tom McCarthy. For almost ten years we were really good friends and, when he started writing it, he called me and asked me little things like, you know, 'Give me the name of a Cuban dish. Tell me about the culture.' But I would say, one sort of thing we had in common is I'm very talky and inquisitive and sort of relentless that way. For me, the work part of it was trying to identify with this guy's loneliness. I was really impressed with how, sort of on the surface, he didn't seem like a lonely person at all. That's what I loved about it.

    • [On what happened to The Devil and Daniel Webster]
      Bobby Cannavale: I don't know what happened to that. We shot that like two years ago, and I don't know. Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Dan Aykroyd. It seemed like it had everything going for it, and it was fun to work on. That was just like a phone call. Alec called me and was like, "Hey, you want to do this scene?" And it was a funny scene and I said, "Sure," and went and shot it. I don't know what happened with it and I've never asked him. I run into him all the time, but if you know Alec, you don't touch anything that can set him off so I never ask about it.

    • [On awards]
      Bobby Cannavale: I've never won an award for anything, and I think it's weird. I mean, that's really cool but it's strange to think you could get an award for acting. I always thought that was strange.

  • The one with the googly eyes!

    Bobby is an excellent example of an under rated actor. His portrayal of Gyp Rossetti in season 3 of Boardwalk Empire was A+. I hope he is nominated for an Emmy for this role in 2013 as he was excellent. Love him.
  • No formal training is no surprise.

    I remember Bobby Cannavale back to the Ally McBeal days, though very few of those there were. Then I caught up with him on Third Watch, then Will & Grace, and caught him in really awful feature The Station Agent. Even the brilliance of Patricia Clarkson could make that movie rise above a yawn.

    In each role I have seen Bobby in, he has basically played the very same character, just with a different name and different writing. I guess he should be grateful by any means, as I am usually laughing at his performance, no matter how dramatic it is supposed to be.

    It is known he never took any formal acting training, big suprise...NOT.

    The biggest trouble, besides looking like a Brad Garrett knock-off without the talent, he just can not act. He can remember his lines, but he always ALWAYS looks like he is acting. Maybe he is just trying to hard, but if it does not come naturally after all these years, he should just thank his lucky stars that he still has a career in the business as there are a million others who rate well above his abilities, they are just yet to win celebrity lotto or come into vogue.

    His inabilities fit right in as one of the many love interests of Will on the series Will and Grace, because they both use the same no method acting, so no one is upstaged.

    This is one celeb whose career is based on luck and good management as opposed to any acting talent or ability.