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    Det. Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio)

    Vincent
    D'Onofrio
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    Vincent D’Onofrio (“Men in Black”) headlines the NBC drama “Law & Order: Criminal Intent ” as the smoothly intuitive New York Det. Robert Goren.

    “Bobby Goren takes you through a different story every week,” says D’Onofrio. “Sometimes it’s a ‘who-dunnit’ or sometimes a ‘why-dunnit.’ The fun and interesting thing about our show is that the audience knows things my character doesn’t and, as the story moves along, will realize that I know things that they don’t. The whole story is a game and we all get to play.”

    Born in Brooklyn, New York, D’Onofrio grew up in Hawaii, Colorado and Florida. He eventually returned to New York to study acting at the American Stanislavsky Theatre, with Sharon Catten of the Actors Studio. While honing his craft, he appeared in several films at New York University and worked as a bouncer at dance clubs in the city. In 1984, he became a full-fledged member of the American Stanislavsky Theatre, appearing in “The Petrified Forest,” “Of Mice and Men,” “Sexual Perversity in Chicago,” and “The Indian Wants the Bronx.” That same year, he made his Broadway debut in “Open Admissions.” He recently starred off-Broadway in Sam Shepard’s “Tooth of Crime (Second Dance)”.

    With a haunting portrayal of an unstable Vietnam War recruit in Stanley Kubrick’s gritty “Full Metal Jacket” in 1987, D’Onofrio gained attention for his intense and compelling talent on the screen. His other early film appearances include “Mystic Pizza” and “Adventures in Babysitting.”

    Recently, D’Onofrio executive-produced and portrayed 1960s counterculture icon Abbie Hoffman in the film “Steal This Movie,” opposite Janeane Garofalo, and starred opposite Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn in the science-fiction noir film “The Cell.” He recently starred in: “The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys” as an Irish priest opposite Jodie Foster; “The Salton Sea,” as a methamphetamine dealer opposite Val Kilmer; “Impostor,” with Gary Sinise; “Chelsea Walls,” directed by Ethan Hawke, and “Happy Accidents” co- starring Marisa Tomei.

    D’Onofrio’s other film credits also include Robert Altman’s “The Player,” Joel Schumacher’s “Dying Young,” Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood” (in which he played a young Orson Welles), Nancy Savoca’s “Household Saints,” Kathryn Bigalow’s “Strange Days” (opposite Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett), Harold Ramis’ “Stuart Saves His Family,” Barry Sonnenfeld’s “Men in Black” (as an intergalactic villain opposite Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones), “The Velocity of Gary” opposite Salma Hayek, “The Thirteenth Floor” opposite Craig Bierko, “The Whole Wide World” (which he produced and starred in opposite Renee Zellweger), and Oliver Stone’s “JFK.” D’Onofrio received an Emmy Award nomination in 1998 for his riveting guest appearance in the “Homicide: Life on the Street” episode, “The Subway.”

    Away from the set, D’Onofrio enjoys spending time in New York with his family.

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    I think he belongs in the "I'm strangely attracted to" thread
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    Oh dear, cali!! That is strange....

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    Every time I see him, I picture him crashing around in the back of the van in "Men in Black" as the alien. No matter what else he does in life, he'll always be that guy to me.

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    John that is SO funny!
    I see him and still call him Eggers (I swear that's how his wife pronounced it... "It's not Eggers, it's like someone wearing an Eggers suit"
    He is great in this role though
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    Men in Black mustn't have made much impression on me, b/c I don't even remember that he was there...
    Anyway, I can't help liking this somewhat quirky character he plays! (Although, I do agree with what I've read elsewhere that his "6:th sense" seems a bit far fetched sometimes...)

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    He reminds me of the same type of character as Grissom in CSI.

    He knows a little about just about everything, and is pretty eccentric.

    I happen to like kind of character though.
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    He reminds me of the same type of character as Grissom in CSI.
    He knows a little about just about everything, and is pretty eccentric.
    I've never thought about that - but you are perfectly right, I think!
    (Although, in CSI, I like all the other guys on the team as well...)

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    Mr. LG really likes this character, but I find him a wee bit pretentious. I love his partner though, the understated member of the team. She's a great Ed McMahon.
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    I like this character too, but I get annoyed with the excessive 5 o'clock shadow he always sports.

    I know they are shooting for the Columbo/Eccentric approach here, but this is a meticulous guy who wears about $1000 worth of clothes every day on the show, but can't seem to remember to shave?
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