NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 24:  Peter Scanavino attends the 2015 NBC New York Summer Press Day at Four Seasons Hotel New York on June 24, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
TV - Movies
The Transformation
Of Peter Scanavino
From Childhood To
Law & Order: SVU
Unlike many young actors, Peter Scanavino landed a slot at a summer program held at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theater Institute where he was mentored by Kathryn Grody. He then got one of his big breaks landing a role in the Broadway play "Shining City" in 2006.
After appearing twice on the NBC drama "Third Watch" he turned up in three different branches of the "Law & Order" franchise in fairly rapid succession. He appeared in "Trial By Jury" as Robert Hassel, "Criminal Intent" as Johnny Feist in 2005, and as murder suspect Jim Anderson on “Law & Order” in 2009.
Law & Order Spin-Offs
Scanavino trained to become a chef and left the world of acting for a period to pursue his culinary inclinations. When he got back in the acting coincidentally he played a chef in the 2012 film “Frances Ha” before finally becoming Assistant District Attorney Dominick Carisi Jr. on "Law & order: SVU."
Break And Frances Ha
When the role of Carisi was offered to the actor, Scanavino told E! Online that "I was sitting on my couch wondering what I was going to do next." He described his loyalty to "SVU" showrunner Warren Leight for offering him the role and added that the role “totally changed my life and I'll be forever grateful."
Grateful For Carisi