John Turturro studied at the Yale School of Drama and for his theatrical debut created the title role of John Patrick Shanley's Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, for which he won an OBIE Award and a Theater World Award. Most recently Turturro appeared as Lopakhin in the highly acclaimed CSC production of The Cherry Orchard.
Turturro was nominated for a SAG Award for his portrayal of Howard Cosell in Monday Night Mayhem and won an Emmy Award for his guest appearance on Monk. In 2007 he appeared in the miniseries The Bronx is Burning as notorious Yankee skipper Billy Martin, which garnered him a SAG Award nomination.
Turturro has performed in more than 60 films, including Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues, and Jungle Fever; Robert Redford’s Quiz Show; Francesco Rosi’s La Tregua; and Joel and Ethan Coen’s Miller’s Crossing, The Big Lebowski and O Brother, Where Art Thou? For his lead role in the Coen Brothers’ Barton Fink, Turturro won the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival. He also received the Cannes Camera D'Or Award for his directorial debut, Mac, in 1991. Other films he has directed include Illuminata, Romance & Cigarettes, and most recently Passione, a musical adventure film about the city of Naples.