NCPA February 27, 2024

TurturroToday, raise a glass to the actor and director John Turturro, who was born on this day in 1957. His first role as an extra was in Martin Scorsese's “Raging Bull” (not a bad start), but his real jump-start came from the director Spike Lee, who cast him in 1987’s “Five Corners,” as well as eight other films including 1989’s pivotal “Do the Right Thing,” 1998’s “He Got Game,” and 1999’s “Summer of Sam.” Turturro has also found a home with the directors Joel and Ethan Cohen, starring in their breakout film, 1990’s Miller’s Crossing, not to mention titles you probably know like 1998’s “The Big Lebowski” and 2000’s “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” The Brooklyn native has won numerous awards from the Screen Actors Guild, the Cannes Film Festival, and the Golden Globes, and many feel that an Academy Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is only a matter of time, if not also long past due. Photo by Georges Baird via Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED.