Nicholas Turturro

by Check7t on August 13, 2014

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Birth Name: Nicholas Turturro, Jr.

Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 29, 1962

Ethnicity: Italian

Nicholas Turturro is an American actor.

His father, Nicola/Nicholas Turturro, was from Giovinazzo, Apulia, Italy. His mother, Katherine/Catherine “Kate” Florence (Incerella), was born in the U.S., to Italian parents, from Campania and Sicily. His brother is actor John Turturro and his cousin is actress Aida Turturro. Nicholas has two children with his wife, Lissa Espinosa, and a daughter with his former wife, Jami Biunno.

Nicholas’s maternal grandfather, an Italian immigrant, re-married to a black woman, Nicholas’s step-grandmother Deborah M. L. Eld, in 1937.

Nicholas’s paternal grandfather was Raffaelle/Ralph Turturro (the son of Nicola Turturro and Teresa Rutigliano). Raffaelle was born in Giovinazzo. Nicola was the son of Michele Turturro and Anna Stufano. Teresa was the daughter of Raffaele Rutigliano and Maria Trapani.

Nicholas’s paternal grandmother was Angela/Angelina Michela Cortese (the daughter of Antonio Cortese and Vincenza Decicco). Angela was born in Giovinazzo. Antonio was the son of Giuseppe Cortese and Serafina Piscitelli. Vincenza was the daughter of Domenico Decicco and Angela D’Agostino.

Nicholas’s maternal grandfather was Giovanni/John Incerella/Inzerillo/Inzirillo/Inserillo (the son of Antonio Incerella and Margareta Lafala). Giovanni was born in Naples, Campania, Italy.

Nicholas’s maternal grandmother was named Rosa/Rosina/Rose Terrasi. Rosa was from Aragona, Province of Agrigento, Sicily.

Sources: Genealogy of Nicholas Turturro (focusing on his father’s side) –

Marriage record of Nicholas’s maternal grandfather, Giovanni/John Incerella/Inzerillo/Inzirillo/Inserillo, to Deborah M. L. Eld –

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Daron November 4, 2017 at 11:53 am

He kinda looks Black.

follers August 12, 2018 at 2:51 pm

Well, he plays a KKK member in BlacKkKlansman (along with Topher Grace and Ryan Eggold).

andrew July 5, 2016 at 1:00 pm


do you know who is the Turturro’s maternal grandfather?

follers July 5, 2016 at 3:29 pm
follers August 2, 2017 at 11:59 am

I do now.

andrew September 22, 2017 at 6:18 pm


The correct spelling is Giovanni Inzerillo. He was from Palermo, Sicily. Rosa Terrasi was from Aragona, Province of Agrigento, Sicily. They made John Turturro an honorary citizen of Aragona.

Giovinazzo-> Province of Bari, Apulia

Samsara November 18, 2015 at 4:09 pm

He looks very Sicilian. The moors were all over that Island.

loiro February 24, 2016 at 6:48 am

his appearance has nothing to do with moors.. you can find europeans with his apperance in just about any eastern/southern euro country lol

Capricious October 9, 2015 at 12:35 am

He looks 100% Sicilian. Get over it people…

andrew October 26, 2015 at 3:03 pm

LOL. Not even 1% of Sicilians (from Sicily) look like that, he is just atypical.

midori29 July 5, 2016 at 7:35 am

He looks about 20-35% West African black. There is proven West African dna in Siciliy . Also the Greek island of Cypres.

andrew July 5, 2016 at 12:53 pm

@ midori

Both islands don’t have any substantial SSA admixture, expecially Sicily. Cyprus is not a “Greek island” but a sovereign state. You are really owned by Afrocentrism.

midori29 July 6, 2016 at 11:35 am

@Andrew you are very incorrect. There is nothing like personal knowledge. I actually know two Sicilian white men personally who told me out of their own mouths that Siciliy has West African dna. People try to hide it.Its very obvious if you look at some of the people by plain site. Black people can tell who is mixed with African. Black people can see their own genes at work. I know Sicilian people and an ex coworker of mine actually lived in Sicily. Andrew you are ruled by white supremacy and you are racist against black people obviously. Your point is incorrect. Sicily has some West African dna.

andrew July 6, 2016 at 1:02 pm

white supremacy? I am not racist at all. You’re a joke. Sicily is not Madeira or Canary Islands. No slave trade. No SSA.

ectag January 26, 2017 at 9:16 am

I sho nuff wishes da Sicilians would be considered blankly. Dat would sho nuff makes me feel mo betta bout whatses I sees in da mirror

My firstliest wish would be to be Eye-tayan. But ifin I cents be Eye-Tayan, we nextliest bestest thing to my self esteem would be fo Eye-tailyans to be considered blackly. Dat would sho nuff improves my self esteem!

legez August 29, 2015 at 7:12 am

he actually does look Moroccan/North African!

legez August 29, 2015 at 7:10 am

this dude looks about white as the Prince of Morocco


mony July 3, 2015 at 5:37 am

A Sicilian who descends from Arabs

Jello April 29, 2015 at 4:40 pm

He looks Hispanic or mixed with Black. Many Sicilians have darker complexions. I believe that their ancestry is also black from the moors of Europe.

thomas1987 April 30, 2015 at 3:18 am

Moors aren’t black though.They looked similar to lets say arabs(Osama bin laden type)

So this guy is a strange case.He doesn’t look Italian at all. Italian people can’t look like this.
Wonder what he actually is

fuzzybear44 April 30, 2015 at 8:52 am


Moors can be black, white and every skin color that combo can make. It’s. The same for Arabs, so bin laden was just one color out of many

loiro February 24, 2016 at 6:49 am

the moors were mostly berber, and would look more like zinadine zidane than osama LMAO, what a reach. also the moors had very little impact on sicily anyways.

fuzzybear44 February 25, 2016 at 12:41 am


Well yes, but up to about 150 yrs or so, berbers were still mostly black and mulattoes. Even during the slavery era here in the U.S, Berbers were clearly listed in the slave laws as N-word. Also as far as the impact the moors had, you’re basing on what you see today. Where either people have left, or the Dna contribution has been watered down

ectag January 26, 2017 at 9:20 am

Berbers were never considered black.

Y’all should be shamed o’ yoself fo being such a self hating blackity man dat you trying to pretend Berbers was blackly.

fuzzybear44 January 27, 2017 at 1:15 am


What you need to be ashamed of is your grammar.

Next the very word (Negro) was attached to the The ancient Berbers, it’s in the slave laws of 1740 to 1848. throughout most of their history, they were described as black . The Almoravids dynasty as without a doubt a black dynasty all experts agree on that one
I can’t help it if people like yourself don’t read

Also, I more than happy to say I am a black man

midori29 July 5, 2016 at 7:33 am

@Thomas YES many Moors were West African black. Look at the pics of the Moors many were black chocolate skin toned.

Also did you realize that many Arabs are part West African mixed?? West African women were concubines to Arab leaders and the rich Arab men had children for centuries with West and East African black women their offspring were called ” Arabs” instead of Africans. So some Middle Easterners are part Black. You can see this in Katar and Saudi Arabia, with their curly, kinky hair and darker skin tones as well as facial features. That is why some people refer to Arabs as “sand ni””ers”. This is the historical truth.

Check7t April 30, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Sicilians don’t have any “black” ancestry, this fallacy has been postulated multiple times due to fallacies promulgated by revisionist history.

Sicilians are (genotypically) Greeks with minor Arab/Berber and Norman ancestry.


Taken from Dienkes “Dodecad” genome studies, a guy whose work has been cited by Discover.

Nicholas Turturro, he’s a very atypical Italian, this is what typical Sicilians look like:

Nothing else needs to be said.

Check7t April 30, 2015 at 12:39 pm

Oh and Nicholas Turturro looks North African, which goes hand in hand with the ancestry of some European ethnic groups, although he doesn’t look anything like a typical Italian from anywhere in Italy or any European, just an exotic/atypical who happens to look North African from the Aghlabid Arab Muslim (“Moor”) settlement of Sicily centuries and centuries ago.

fuzzybear44 May 1, 2015 at 12:12 am


This is just for a clarification purpose. Could you show me where at on your chart, that the people who had contributed that North African/ Arab DNA weren’t black North Africans or Arabs?(because I don’t see it). IMO This sample group was also very small, so I don’t know how you came up with the conclusion you did.

Sicilians don’t have any “black” ancestry, this fallacy has been postulated multiple times due to fallacies promulgated by revisionist history.

Well go by your chart(Taken from Dienkes “Dodecad” genome studies, a guy whose work has been cited by Discover.), Sub-Sahara and East Africa both make a contribution to the Sicilian gene pool. Which means somebody up there was black. Did you even look at your own information?

Check7t May 1, 2015 at 12:54 am

If they were “black” North Africans (which I’m not even sure what this means) they would have Sub-Saharan admixture, significantly at that.

Obviously what I meant was there is no significant Black African ancestry in Sicily or anywhere else in Europe, the admixture in Italy (along with the rest) is negligible and would have no affect on anyone’s phenotype, which if you look at the information you can clearly see that.

Nicholas Turturro isn’t typical for Italy and he’s one of those exotic Italians who look in the MENA range, nonetheless his facial features look totally Caucasian.

Check7t May 1, 2015 at 2:11 am

Addendum: this will be my last response concerning this — especially since you (Fuzzybear) — have a history of promoting fringe beliefs on this account and other accounts of yours (such as that Midori account) it’s hard for me to take any of your comments with even a grain of earnest.

There is no significant “black” ancestry in Sicily (they have far more Arab ancestry) or in anywhere else in areas of Europe.

fuzzybear44 May 1, 2015 at 2:24 am


(If they were “black” North Africans (which I’m not even sure what this means) they would have Sub-Saharan admixture, significantly at that.)

It means that there were black people in north Africa. It had nothing to do with Admixture.The desert didn’t happen over night, it took thousands of years, there was nothing to keep them out. Now as the desert grow, some black went North, while others went West, some to the nile valley, while others back migrated from Eurasian

(Obviously what I meant was there is no significant Black African ancestry in Sicily or anywhere else in Europe, the admixture in Italy (along with the rest) is negligible and would have no affect on anyone’s phenotype)

No you stated (Sicilians don’t have any “black” ancestry).Also this is just a sample group of 23 people, so you can’t speak on what Sicilians don’t have. Also it doesn’t have to show up in your Phenotype for you to have a certain ancestry. I have given lots of examples during the time I’ve been coming to the site ,of white people with black ancestry that did show up in their phenotype at all.

(Nicholas Turturro isn’t typical for Italy )

Here might not be typical today, but who known how things were in the past. Sicilians weren’t allowed to marry white people in the U.S at one time, because they were seen as non-whites

fuzzybear44 May 1, 2015 at 2:35 am


promoting fringe beliefs you say. I always welcome you or anyone else to prove me wrong.

Secondly, I’m not Midori. You can ask Ethnic if you think otherwise.

midori29 July 5, 2016 at 7:44 am

@Check7t , I disagree with you All humans come from Africa as they originated there. Many Sicilians have West African dna, the actress Marisa Tomie had a recent dna test her Italian mother is 13% African, she found, through a DNA test, which would make Marisa 6.5 African

This girl is 20% West African black and she looks like Elizabeth Taylor
*This site seems to be full of anti -black or African ashamed mixed people, its sad.

andrew July 5, 2016 at 12:43 pm

@ midori

I doubt Marisa’s mother is 13% “African”:

I don’t forget that time you posted a Nigerian woman with clear Caucasian father, I showed you her English father and you still claimed she looked fully Nigerian. Ok…

mony August 24, 2014 at 9:37 am

He’s tanned i think

Check7t August 13, 2014 at 4:33 pm

He looks North African in my opinion.

Gurrl August 14, 2014 at 7:31 pm

yeah he looks like a typical Moroccan

Check7t August 14, 2014 at 7:51 pm

His brother looks Levantine.

midori29 July 5, 2016 at 8:05 am

@Check7t he looks like the average Puerto Rican he could be 20% black African as that’s what the average Puerto Rican is. He probably is that percentage.

She is 20 % black African dna tested on youtube .

She is 22% black African from Puerto Rico

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