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David Stephen Caruso (born January 7, 1956) is an American film and television actor and producer, known for his role of Lieutenant Horatio Caine on the TV series CSI: Miami.

Early life

Caruso was born in Posh Forest Hills Gardens, Queens, New Yorkmarker, the son of Joan, a librarian, and Charles Caruso, a magazine and newspaper editor. He is of Italian and Irish descent and was raised as a Roman Catholic. Caruso attended Our lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic School, in Forest Hills. He later attended Archbishop Molloy High Schoolmarker in Briarwood, Queens, New York, graduating in 1974.



His first film appearance was in the 1980 film Getting Wasted, in which he played the part of Danny. Caruso then spent most of the next decade in film supporting roles, appearing in such films as First Blood, also known as Rambo: First Blood, An Officer and a Gentleman, Blue City, Thief of Hearts, and China Girl. Caruso also appeared in Twins and Hudson Hawk (1991).

In television he had a recurring role as Tommy Mann, the gang leader of "The Shamrocks", on Hill Street Blues in the early 1980s. He also had a two-episode appearance on the television series Crime Story, which ran from 1986 to 1988 on NBC.


Caruso had supporting roles in the crime films King of New York (1990) and Mad Dog and Glory (1992). In both films his characters were cynical streetwise cops.

His first significant role was in 1993 as Detective John Kelly on the series NYPD Blue. (TV Guide listed him as one of the six new stars to watch in the '93-'94 season and he received award nominations for his work.) He made news by leaving the highly rated show the following year (only four episodes into the second season) to pursue a career in film, but he was unable to establish himself as a leading-man despite starring in the crime thriller Kiss of Death, which was critically well-received but did not perform well financially. He also appeared in Jade (1995), which was panned and flopped outright.

In 1997, Caruso returned to television as the star of the short-lived CBS law drama series Michael Hayes, in which he played a New York Citymarker-based federal prosecutor. It ran for only one season.


Caruso returned to film with a supporting role as Russell Crowe's mercenary associate in the movie Proof of Life in 2000. In 2001, he had a lead role in the horror film, Session 9.

Since 2002, he has starred as Lt. Horatio Caine in the popular CSI spin-off series CSI: Miami. He has the distinction of being the first actor involved in the franchise to appear as the same character on all three CSI programs. On CSI: Miami, Caruso is known for frequently using one-liners which are highly appropriate to the present situation, many of which include him putting on his trademark sunglasses mid-sentence. A comical compilation has been available on YouTube. Caruso's sunglasses and one-liners are constantly ridiculed on the television program The Soup by host Joel McHale. On an episode of the Late Show with David Letterman that aired on March 8, 2007, comedian Jim Carrey satirically impersonated Caruso. Carrey asked for an “intense close-up” from the camera, spoke in a deep voice and put sunglasses on. Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra played the CSI: Miami theme and Carrey ran off screen. David later said in an interview with CBS that he was impressed with the impersonation. In the twentieth episode of the fifth season of the TV series House, Simple Explanation, Dr. House says to Dr. Cameron "Did you deduce that by taking off your sunglasses to the strains of a Who song?".

Personal life

Caruso is founder of and, as well as co-owner of Steam, a clothing store in South Miami. He has a daughter, Greta (born June 1, 1984), with his second wife, Rachel Ticotin. In 1994, (according to court record) ex-girlfriend Paris Papiro filed a palimony suit. Caruso paid an undisclosed sum in early 1995. He and former girlfriend Liza Marquez have two children together: a son, Marquez Anthony (born September 15, 2005), and daughter, Paloma Raquel (born October 16, 2007). In April of 2009, Marquez filed papers suing Caruso for fraud, breach of their settlement agreement and emotional distress. He currently lives in Los Angeles and Miami with his girlfriend, aspiring actress Amina Islam.

In March of 2009 an Austrianmarker woman was placed in custody in Tyrol, Austriamarker on charges of stalking Caruso; she had twice failed to appear in court to answer the charges before fleeing to Mexicomarker; following her deportation from Mexico, Austrian officials took her into custody to await trial on the stalking charges.



  1. Brady, James. In Step With David Caruso (TV and film actor), Parade , March 6, 2005. Accessed June 2, 2009. "The redheaded David Caruso grew up in Forest Hills, N.Y."
  2. YouTube video of Jim Carrey's impersonation
  3. Interview with Caruso and cast of CSI:Miami
  4. Alleged Caruso Stalker in Custody Yahoo News, March 26, 2009

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