Peter Scanavino is a well-known American actor for his involvement in the criminal drama series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” Since the sixteenth season of the series in 2014, he has portrayed ‘Detective Dominick Carisi, Jr.’ as a series regular. In 2005, he made his acting debut on the television show “Jonny Zero” in the episode “No Good Deed.” One year later, he made his film debut as the cult leader in “Under Surveillance.” During his decade-long film career, he has performed a variety of parts, and he has also starred in numerous television programs. In his early years as an actor, he largely portrayed minor characters. As his fame expanded over time, he began to receive increasingly prominent assignments. Recently, he acquired a contract for a recurring part on the television series “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
Peter Scanavino’s Career
In his career, Peter Scanavino has primarily played guest roles, appearing in select episodes of season-long television series. In 2005, he made his television debut with the part of ‘Travis’ in the episode ‘No Good Deed’ of the television series ‘Jonny Zero’.
In the same year, he also starred in three more episodes, including ‘Third Watch’ (Ep: ‘End of Tour’ and ‘How Do You Spell Belief? ‘), ‘Law & Order: Trial by Jury’ (Ep: ‘Boys Will Be Boys’), and ‘Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Ep: ‘Diamond Dogs’).
In 2006, he portrayed a cult leader in the film ‘Under Surveillance’ and ‘Gunther Halstead’ in two episodes of the television series ‘The Bedford Diaries’ titled ‘Risky Business’ and ‘Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder’ Between 2009 and 2013, Peter appeared in a number of television series, including ‘Royal Pains,’ ‘Law & Order,’ ‘Old Friends,’ ‘A Gifted Man,’ ‘The Good Wife,’ ‘Do No Harm,’ ‘Golden Boy,’ and ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.’
During this time, he also appeared in films such as Happythankyoumoreplease, Zenith, Javelina, Watching Television with the Red Chinese, Frances Ha, The Cold Lands, and Mutual Friends.
Even though he never had the opportunity to star in lead roles in film or television productions, he established his versatility as an actor by playing a variety of roles. In 2014, he made his television debut as Dominick Carisi, Jr., a new detective on the NBC crime-drama series ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ in its sixteenth season.
This was his first role as the main character. The show had been on the air for a long time, and Scanavino’s role gave it a fascinating new dimension. According to ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ executive producer Warren Leight, Peter’s role as Det. Carisi is “young” and “learning his craft over time.”
His Personal Life
Peter Scanavino was born on February 29, 1980, in Denver, Colorado, United States. He has an artist brother named David Scanavino. Scanavino’s life has always been quite discreet, and he enjoys a “non-celebrity” lifestyle.
He is married to Lisha Bai, whom he dated for many years prior to their marriage. The couple has two children, one of whom is a son named Leo.
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