|Date of Birth
||24 August 1973
|Place of Birth
||Staten Island, New York, USA
A college baseball star, Carmen Giovinazzo turned into acting after a serious back injury abruptly ended his sport career. He then took drama classes both at college and H.B studios in Manhattan, and was soon discovered participating in local NYU student movies as well as other independent productions, including 1996’s No Way Home. For his brilliant performance in the Tim Roth starring vehicle, Giovinazzo was handed the 1996 Deauville Film Festival for Grand Special Prize. In 1997, the lively young man decided to move to Los Angeles to further establish his career.
Shortly after arriving in L.A, Giovinazzo found a manager and got his first TV role as Darla’s victim in an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997). He subsequently landed small roles in the independent features writer/director Riccardo DiLoreto’s Locomotive (1997), the comedy Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss (1998), Fallen Arches (1998) and The Big Brass Ring (1999), as well as appeared as Ken Strout in the Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston baseball movie For the Love of the Game (1999), directed by Sam Raimi. He also made one-episodic performances in “Pacific Blue” (1997) and the NBC series “Providence” (1999), and starred in the brief UPN comedy “Shasta McNasty” (1999), along side Jake Busey, Dale Godboldo and Jolie Jenkins.
Some more smaller projects followed in the new millennium, including the movies Terror Tract (2000) and The Learning Curve (2001), and an episode of the NBC serial “UC: Undercover” (2001), before Giovinazzo secured a small part, as Sgt. Mike Goodale, in the war-themed film Black Hawk Down (2001), which was directed by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Ridley Scott and starred Josh Hartnett and Ewan McGregor. His first TV film arrived the next year when he was cast in the supporting role of T-Bone in the Ernest R. Dickerson-helmed drama Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie.
He also guest starred in an episode of the 2000 “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” playing a character named Thumpy G in 2002, and revisited the spin off series, “CSI: Miami,” two years later, this time portrayed detective Danny Messer in an episode of “MIA/NYC Nonstop.” However, Giovinazzo’s big break arrived when he was asked to reprise his role of Det. Danny Messer in the third development project “CSI: NY” (2004-?), making him one of the not many actors to appear on all three series. In the acclaimed show, which cast him opposite Gary Sinese and Melina Kanakaredes, he portrayed a kid from the streets who learned and made good as a detective.
In between his “CSI” assignments, Giovinazzo had bit parts in television movies Platonically Incorrect (2003) and Columbo: Columbo Likes the Nightlife (2003), appeared in a 2003 episode of the CBS series “The Guardian,” as well as found himself acting opposite William H. Macy and Jeremy Sisto in the WW II film In Enemy Hands (2004). In 2005, he played the role of Frankie in the Lee Madsen film Pledge of Allegiance, starring Rena Owen and Freddy Rodríguez.