Who is Danny Pino? His Wife, Body, Height, Net Worth, Why He Left SVU

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Danny Pino is an American actor of Hispanic descent who made a name for himself playing Detective Scotty Valens in the CBS TV series Cold Case which aired from 2003 to 2010. He moved on to NBC legal drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit where he played Detective Nick Amaro but quit after the 16th season in 2015. Everyone is asking: Why did he leave SVU? Find out!

Who is Danny Pino? – Bio

Daniel Gonzalo Pino was born and raised in Miami, Florida, USA. His birthdate is April 15, 1974, and there is no information available regarding parents. The only information about them is that his parents emigrated from Cuba to the United States and as regarding his siblings, there is only the mention of a brother, Paco.

Danny Pino had his high school education in two schools. First was in Rockway Middle School before he proceeded to Miami Coral Park High School where he graduated from in 1992. He attended the Florida International University and graduated in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in theatre. To hone his acting skills, he went to the New York University’s Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts where he graduated from in 2000. Pino is of Cuban ancestry, he is of the white ethnicity and his nationality is American.


Danny Pino became active in the movie industry in 2001, making his acting debut by appearing in a guest role in the movie Men, Women & Dogs as Clay in the same year. He appeared in the entire seasons of the show and also made appearances in some other movies and TV shows such as The Shield, BetweenPoint of Origin, and LucyHis role on the TV show Cold Case (2003-2010) was his launch pad in the industry. He interpreted the character, Detective Scotty Valens and that role brought him his first of several nominations for awards in the industry in 2005.

For his performance in Cold Case, Danny Pino got five nominations and went home with the award once.was nominated for Best Supporting Actor – Television in 2005, Best Actor – Television in 2006 (Imagen Award). He was nominated by ALMA awards for the Outstanding Actor in a Drama Television Series category in 2008 and 2009. He won the Imagen Award for Best Actor in a Television Series in 2010.

Following his outstanding role in Cold Case, Pino got a role in another TV show, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2011. He entered the show in its 13th season upon the departure of Christopher Meloni, who played Detective Stabler and had been a regular on the show. He joined the cast alongside Kelli Giddish. His character, Detective Nick Amaro earned him another look-in for an award as he was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Television Series by ALMA Awards in 2012 before he won Imagen Award for Best Supporting Actor (Television) in 2017.

He also features in the political drama series BrainDead as Luke Healy. Other works in which he has featured include NYPD 2069 (2004), CSI: NY (2007), The Burning Plain (2008), Burn Notice (2010), Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright (2010),  Metro (2011), Gone (2017), etc.

Why Danny Pino Left SVU?

Pino’s bromance with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (SVU) which started in 2011 (in the 13th season of the show) ended in the 16th season after being a regular for three solid seasons of the show. His exit is coming to fans of the show as a shock and they are left wondering why he is leaving the show at a point where he was becoming a focal point in the series.

In the series, he announces his exit to his partner and friend, Olivia Benson () when he attends the celebration of the successful adoption of her baby, Noah Porter Benson. It begins at the trial of sex trafficker Johnny D. as gunshots are fired in the courtroom by the criminal who snatches a weapon from an officer and shoots the judge. Amaro moves to stop Johnny D from shooting more people and ends up getting shot in the liver and on the knee.


After spending about two weeks at the hospital recuperating from the surgery, the next time he is seen is at Benson’s house during the celebrations. The reason he tells Benson is necessitating his retiring from the police department is that his ceilings over him, in terms of promotions, were sealed and there was no way up for him in the system with his record (citing the fact that he has been denied promotion to the rank of sergeant because of an incident involving the shooting of an unarmed boy in season 15 which he was responsible for). He also mentioned the fact that his family (daughter and son) were in California.

In real life, we can’t seem to find appropriate answers as to why he left the show. Speculations, however, have continued to grow as to the reason why the left. One explanation will be that he left so that he could pick up a regular spot on the already ongoing series Chicago P.D. in which he played the same character – Detective Nick Amaro.

Is Danny Pino Married? – Wife

Yes, Danny Pino is married and has been since 2002 to his high school sweetheart, Lily Pino Bernal after they dated for a long time. They tied the nuptial knots on 15 February 2002 and have remained married ever since (almost two decades). Their love relationship has produced two lovely kids. Their sons, Luca Daniel Pino and Julian Franco Pino were born on February 15, 2006, and on June 5, 2007, respectively.

Lily is an actress too but has managed to keep her affair and that of her family away from public eye. She has had no known past relationships and currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and children.

Quick Facts – Height, Body Measurements, Net Worth

Name: Daniel Gonzalo Pino

Known As: Danny Pino

Profession: Actor

Birth Date: April 15, 1974

Zodiac Sign: Aries

Birth Place: Miami, Florida

Nationality: American

Spouse: Lily Pino Bernal (m. 2002)

Children: 2 (Luca Daniel and Julian Franco)

Height: 6′ 0″ (1.83m)

Weight: 77 kg (170 lbs)

Eye Color: Brown

Hair Color: Black

Net Worth: $1 million

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