David Caruso

American actor

David Stephen Caruso (born January 7, 1956) is an American movie and television actor, who is especially known by his acting in NYPD Blue. He also performed in the 1995 movies Kiss of Death and Jade. From 2002 to 2012, he starred on the TV series CSI: Miami in the role of Lieutenant Horatio Caine.

David Caruso
Caruso at the 2008 Emmy Awards
David Stephen Caruso

(1956-01-07) January 7, 1956 (age 68)
Occupation(s)Actor, producer
Years active1975–2012
Cheri Maugans
(m. 1979⁠–⁠1984)
(m. 1984⁠–⁠1987)
Margaret Buckley
(m. 1996⁠–⁠2007)
PartnerLiza Marquez (separated)

Early life and career


Caruso's parents were Italian-Irish. His mother Joan, was a librarian. His father, Charles Caruso, was an editor. His father left the family when he was two years old. He went to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic School in Forest Hills and afterward to Archbishop Molloy High School. He graduated in 1974.

He worked as an usher in cinemas. His role models were Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson.

His first film appearance was in the film Getting Wasted in the role of Danny. Afterwards, he was in supporting roles like First Blood, An Officer and a Gentleman, Blue City, Thief of Hearts, China Girl and Twins.

His first main role was on the TV series NYPD Blue as Detective John Kelly in 1993. He received a Golden Globe Award for this role.[1]

Personal life


Caruso was married three times and has three children. His first wife was Cheri Maugans. He was married from 1979 to 1984 with her. He married the American actress Rachel Ticotin in 1984. They got a daughter Greta, who was born on June 1, 1984. They separated in 1991. His third wife was Magaret Buckley. They were married from 1996 to 2004. He has two more children with his former ex-girlfriend Liza Marquez. His son Marquez Antonio was born on September 15, 2005 and his daughter Paloma was born on October 16, 2007.

Television and movie roles

Year Movie/Program Role Notes
1980 Getting Wasted Danny
Without Warning Tom
1982 An Officer and a Gentleman Topper Daniels
First Blood Deputy Mitch
1981–1983 Hill Street Blues Tommy Mann
1983 T.J. Hooker Jennings
1984 Thief of Hearts Buddy Calamara
The First Olympics: Athens, 1896 James Connolly
1986 Blue City Joey Rayford
1987 China Girl Mercury
1988 Twins Al Greco
1990 King of New York Dennis Gilley
Rainbow Drive Larry Hammond
1991 Hudson Hawk Kit Kat
Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis Wilkes
1993 Mad Dog and Glory Mike
1993–1994 NYPD Blue Detective John Kelly Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
1995 Kiss of Death Jimmy Kilmartin
Jade David Corelli
1997 Michael Hayes Michael Hayes
1998 Body Count Hobbs
2000 Proof of Life Dino Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Awards
2001 Session 9 Phil
Black Point John Hawkins
2002–2012 CSI: Miami Lieutenant Horatio Caine
2005 CSI: NY Lieutenant Horatio Caine
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2010–2011 Rehab


  1. "David Caruso". Golden Globe Awards. Retrieved 16 November 2016.

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