On This Day in History, February 28: Happy Birthday, John Turturro

John Turturro was born in Brooklyn on Feb. 28, 1957. He was educated at SUNY-New Paltz and Yale Drama School. He is a stage-trained actor with a dark intensity that has served him well in his more than 60 film roles.

His film debut was in Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull (1980), and since then he has consistently worked with some of Hollywood’s most talented directors. He starred in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Mo’ Better Blues and Summer of Sam. For the Coen brothers, he  starred in the cult favorite The Big Lebowski, Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink and O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Other films include Desperately Seeking Susan, To Live and Die in L.A., Hannah and Her Sisters, Quiz Show, Fearless, Being Human, State of Grace, Secret Window, The Good Shepherd, Transformers and Margot at the Wedding.

Turturro turned to directing with Mac (’92) in which he also starred alongside his wife Katherine Borowitz and his brother Nicholas. He has also directed the films Romance and Cigarettes, Illuminata and Passione.

In theater, Turturro has appeared right here in Brooklyn in recent years, starring in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame at BAM in 2008.