Bobby Cannavale is an American actor best known for his role as Roberto 'Bobby' Caffey in the television drama series Third Watch, from 1999-2001.
He also had starring roles in the television series Nurse Jackie and Boardwalk Empire, both in 2012.
He also had a leading role in the short-lived series Trinity (1998), and major recurring roles on 100 Centre Street, Ally McBeal, and Will & Grace.
Other television shows he has appeared in include Sex and the City, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order, Oz, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Six Feet Under and The Knights of Prosperity.
Born to an Italian father and a Cuban mother, Cannavale began his acting career in the theatre – with no official acting training – and gained early film roles in Night Falls on Manhattan (1997) and The Bone Collector (1999).
Cannavale became well-known when he starred as Bobby Caffey for two seasons on Third Watch. Following this, in 2001, he starred with Alan Arkin in 100 Centre Street – which was written and directed by Sidney Lumet, his then-father-in-law.
In 2002, he joined the cast of Ally McBeal for the last five episodes but the show was then cancelled. Following this, he starred with Yancey Arias and Sheryl Lee in the mini-series Kingpin.
In 2003, Cannavale briefly appeared on the last two episodes of Oz as a homosexual drug dealer named Alonzo Torquemada, who became sexually infatuated with fellow inmate Miguel Alvarez, played by Third Watch co-star Kirk Acevedo.
From 2004 to 2006, he had a recurring guest role on Will & Grace as Vince D'Angelo, the first long-term boyfriend for Will (Eric McCormack) on the show. For this role he won his first Emmy Award as "Best Guest Star in a Comedy Series".
He has also appeared in the films Snakes on a Plane, The Guru (as a closeted gay fireman), Shall We Dance? (as a closeted homosexual) and Romance & Cigarettes (2005), and guest starred in Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, Oz, Law & Order - and its spin-off series Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Because he often plays gay characters, many viewers have assumed that Cannavale is gay in real life as well. On the contrary, he was married to Jenny Lumet - Sidney Lumet's daughter and Lena Horne's granddaughter - from 1994 to 2003, and he currently dates actress Annabella Sciorra.