Nicholas Turturro

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Turturro in 2007, photo by

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. He is known for his roles on the shows Blue Bloods and NYPD Blue, and in the film Do the Right Thing, as well as numerous Adam Sandler productions.

His father, Nicola/Nicholas Turturro, was from Giovinazzo, Apulia, Italy. His mother, Katherine/Catherine Florence “Kate” (Incerella), was born in the U.S., to Italian parents, from Campania and Sicily. His father was with the D-Day fleet supporting the landing operations of Allied troops in Normandy in 1944.

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 –

43 Responses

  1. Daron says:

    He kinda looks Black.

  2. andrew says:


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

  3. Samsara says:

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

  4. Capricious says:

    He looks 100% Sicilian. Get over it people…

    • andrew says:

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

    • midori29 says:

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

      • andrew says:

        @ 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 says:

          @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 says:

            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 says:

            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!

  5. legez says:

    he actually does look Moroccan/North African!

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