John Turturro is an actor from Brooklyn New York, who besides appearing in many motion pictures, directs, produces and writes for Hollywood. Turturro studied drama at a State University in New York, and he earned a Masters of Fine Arts at the Yale School of Drama. His film debut is an unaccredited part in Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull, a part which led to minor film roles for the actor throughout the 80s. During the 90s, Turturro caught director Spike Lee's attention, who called on the star to work on nine of his films, including Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Girl 6 and Summer of Sam. His work in the film Quiz Show gained Turturro his first Golden Globe nomination along with international notoriety. In 1999, Turturro made his directorial debut in a film called Illuminata, which he also produced. He went on to direct his original screenplay, Romance and Cigarettes, in 2005. The actor made a few TV appearances later in his career, which won him an Emmy award for work performed in the hit TV series Monk. Turturro has made more than sixty films and TV appearance in his short thirty-year career in the entertainment industry.