Danny Pino is an American actor best known for his starring role as Scotty Valens on the police procedural television drama series Cold Case, from 2003-2010.
He also starred as Detective Nick Amaro in the police procedural series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Pino's television credits include the made-for-TV movie Lucy (2003), in which he starred as Desi Arnaz, and one of his most riveting performances was a four-episode recurring role as Mexican drug lord, rapist, and gang leader Armadillo Quintero on the drama series The Shield.
The character is notorious for the rape of a pretty blonde, blue-eyed rival gang leader's girlfriend, the rape of the child sister of someone who was going to testify, burning his victims to death, and dealing heroin samples to grade school kids.
Pino also appeared in the feature films The Lost City (2005), which was directed by Andy Garcia and featured Dustin Hoffman and Bill Murray; and Flicka (2006) which featured Tim McGraw.
In 2007 he reprised his role as Scotty Valens in a cross-over episode with CSI: NY, in the episode entitled "Cold Reveal" (Season 3, Episode 22).
Pino was born in Miami and lives in Los Angeles.