Carmine Giovinazzo


Carmine Giovinazzo Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Married Vanessa Marcil on July 11,2010.

    • Is the only cast member of any CSI program who appeared in an episode of another CSI program--CSI Revenge is Best Served Cold as a different character.

    • On May 15th 2009, Carmine received the Arts and Letters Award during the 26th Annual Neptune Ball in Staten Island.

    • Carmine appears in the 2008 movie This Is Not a Test alongside CSI: NY co-stars Hill Harper and Eddie Cahill.

    • In the behind the scenes of CSI:NY the game Carmine revealed that he is doing less of the stunts in the show as he has a herniated disk in his back from all the stunts he's done in the past.

    • Since the beginning of the fifth season of CSI: NY, his character Danny Messer has barely been wearing his glasses. This change was brought on by Carmine himself who felt that the character needed to 'feel different'.

    • On October 26th, 2008, Carmine took part in the Annual Love Ride in California among with 20,000 other participants. All of them helped raise $1,000,000 for Southern California charities.

    • Carmine went to Port Richmond High School and Wagner College in Staten Island.

    • Carmine supports the organization "Save Ellis Island" which goal is restore and preserve the island's buildings.

    • Carmine was the first vampire victim on the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He was bitten by Darla in the opening scene of the series opener "Welcome to the Hellmouth".

    • In episode 2x02 "Grand Murder at Central Station" of CSI: NY, Giovinazzo does an uncredited part as the public address announcer at the beginning of the episode.

    • Carmine is the lead singer and guitarist of the rock band CEESAU.

    • Carmine and Vanessa Marcil (Samantha Marquez in Las Vegas) dated for a year between 1998-1999.

    • Carmine went through two and a half years of college baseball before herniating his disk (which was the injury that put him on to being an actor).

    • In 1996 Carmine won the Grand Special Prize of the Deauville Film Festival for No Way Home.

    • Carmine is the cousin of Larry Romano who played his brother Louie on CSI: NY.

    • Carmine is a smoker.

    • Carmine is real-life friends with AJ Buckley, who plays Adam on CSI: NY.

    • Carmine is of Italian, Norwegian, English and Native American descent.

    • He can't drink caffeine.

    • The glasses that Carmine's character Danny wears on CSI: NY are prescription as Carmine himself is required to wear corrective lenses due to near-sightedness. In real life, Carmine often wears contact lenses rather than his glasses.

    • Carmine was one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive, 2006. He was named "Sexiest DNA Dude".

    • Chicago Sun-Times readers were asked which TV heart throbs make them swoon and do anything on earth just to catch them on the small screen each week. CSI: NY's Carmine Giovinazzo made the list of "TV boyfriends".

    • Carmine was named the Hot Guy from CSI:NY by TV Guide Magazine in 2006.

    • Carmine rides a Harley.

    • When Carmine Giovinazzo read for the part of Danny Messer he was given the wrong Sides!

      Sides are part of a script of the script. Anthony E. Zuiker had forgotten that Carmine Giovinazzo had done an episode of CSI!

    • His favorite baseball team is the New York Mets.

    • His favorite bands include Pixies, Velvet Underground, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and Mean Streets.

    • He cites filmmaker/actor John Cassavetes as an influence.

    • Carmine did some acting as a child.

    • Although most of his family are cops he never wanted to be a cop.

    • He has a tribal style tattoo on his right shoulder.

    • Played at Yankee Stadium twice during his senior year of high school.

    • He was voted one of the "Sexiest Men Alive" by People magazine in 2005.

    • Worked with CSI: NY co-star Melina Kanakaredes on an episode of Providence.

    • Carmine is 5' 9" (1.75 m).

    • Carmine Giovinazzo is one of the few actors to appear on all three CSI series. He made a guest appearance in the Vegas CSI second season episode "Revenge is Best Served Cold," his character was introduced in the Miami cross-over episode "MIA/NYC Nonstop," and is a series regular on NY.

    • One of Carmine Giovinazzo's paintings appeared in the season 1 episode of CSI: NY, 'Tri-Borough'.

  • Quotes

    • Carmine Giovinazzo: (on learning that he got the role of Danny Messer) I think I was cleaning up some leaves in my back yard and I'll never forget it; I got the call on my phone and I was so relieved to have a job. And a good one at that.

    • Carmine Giovinazzo: The best part [of playing Danny Messer] is getting to work with Gary Sinise every week and getting to act everyday. It's good, as an actor, to be able to do that.

    • Carmine Giovinazzo:: (about his band) [Our name] isn't definite yet. We're writing songs. We've got about eight or nine of them and when I get back we have to seal them up. So I'm really excited. That's what I ended up focusing on; I put aside business and decided this was what I was going to do. I've got a really good drummer and a really, really good lead guitar player. I'm playing guitar and vocals. It's going to be good.

    • Carmine Giovinazzo:: (Talking about an album from his or the band in the near future) We're at the point where we're just coming to terms with the songs ourselves as time allows. The next step then begins which is hopefully to play around town and then contemplate recording. As soon as we get to the point where we're happy with the music and we know the songs then we'll be able to do whatever we want, if we want to play or just record them.

    • Carmine Giovinazzo:: (On what city he likes to visit) Prague is a good place because it's calm there and everything is beautiful to look at. If you want to get caught up in just playing around at night and doing things, it has that, too. I like a nice balance of whatever it is that you want to do. Obviously, there are no beaches to lay out on, but as far as just roaming around, going at your own pace, it kind of felt easy there. I wasn't rushed and it didn't seem hectic like Paris might have been.

    • Carmine Giovinazzo: I'm just a tea guy, if it's a rainy day, I'm just gonna stay in, I like tea.

    • Carmine Giovinazzo: Even though I played college baseball, I'm not Johnny Sports Talker. But there's something hot about a girl at a game with a hat on just sitting there enjoying it.

    • Carmine Giovinazzo: (On what drew him to his CSI: NY character Danny Messer) When the character came through, it was first and foremost being a native New Yorker. You'd be surprised how rarely those parts come along for me. When that came through, it was very exciting to see it. I couldn't wait to meet for it after I saw the character description. You're rarely in a position to pick and choose [roles]. I was up for a couple things around that time, so I was just looking for a job and this one was the most appropriate.

    • Carmine Giovinazzo: Most of my family are cops and I've talked to them about things in the beginning, questions I might have had [about] the way things are done and how to approach certain suspects during an interrogation--things like that.

    • Carmine Giovinazzo: (The biggest change since getting the role of Danny on CSI: NY) The fact that I'm now waking up in the morning, putting on a suit and tie and grabbing the briefcase and going to work. That lifestyle--that's probably the biggest change I'm adjusting to. It's kind of a claustrophobic feeling for me, the idea of committing to [that lifestyle]. It's not even 9-5 when you're working [on a television show]; it's 6am to 6 at night, or 9am to 9 or 10 at night. So that's the biggest adjustment. There's a grind and it's a lot of waiting--sure, you get a day off here and there--but I have to be here [on set]. Then beyond that, there's delivering this kind of material, which is a real challenge itself, this style of acting, which is its own entity. For the most part, it's just the challenge of the schedule.

    • Carmine Giovinazzo: (About his character Danny in CSI: NY) Danny and I have just enough in common... we're very similar and also extremely different.

    • Carmine Giovinazzo: I've been drawing since I was a kid... I'm inspired by you and everybody else... The differences between all of us and where we come from... there's so much to be inspired by it could be anything... I did have a show in LA... in 97... but since I've only been painting sporadically... so I'm waiting for enough output before having a show.

    • Carmine Giovinazzo: I'm trying to figure out how to have balance rather than work, work, work.