Union City NJ Native Bobby Cannavale Wins an Emmy
Not only did the Emmy’s take on a Jersey flavor last night with the James Gandolfini tribute, but Union City’s Bobby Cannavale won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role of Gyp Rosetti in Boardwalk Empire.
Cannavale beat out 2 ‘Breaking Bad’ actors as well as Mandy Patinkin of ‘Homeland’ whom he said he looked up to in his acceptance speech, fellow Jersey guy Peter Dinklage in “Game of Thrones,” Jim Carter in “Downton Abbey” and both Aaron Paul and Jonathan Banks in “Breaking Bad”
Cannavale won an outstanding guest actor Emmy in 2005 for playing Vince on “Will & Grace, and also received another in the guest actor category for “Nurse Jackie.” He plays Mike Cruz on the show, a role for which he was also nominated for last year.
Cannavale was born in Union City, New Jersey, the son of Isabel and Sal Cannavale. His mother is Cuban, and moved to the U.S. in 1960, while his father is of Italian descent. Cannavale grew up in Margate, Florida. He was raised Catholic and attended St. Michael’s Catholic School, where he participated in a number of extracurricular activities, including being an altar boy and member of the chorus.
When he was eight, Cannavale secured the plum role of the lisping boy, Winthrop, in his school’s production of The Music Man, and later as a gangster in Guys and Dolls, which cemented his love for performing.
You may have seen Bobby in movies and television shows like “Cold Case”, “Modern Family”, “Nurse Jackie”, “Blue Bloods” and “Louie” but in Gyp Rosetti, he created one of the best TV villains ever. Who’s you all time favorite television villain?