Crushing On...Danny Pino

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Actor Danny Pino retired his role as Detective Scotty Valens on Cold Case, but he's back and ready to add some diversity to the primetime fall line-up on Law & Order: SVU. The 38-year-old will be replacing Chris Meloni's role for the 13th season premiere this September.

Why we love him:

- He has acting skills and Madonna's reference to prove it! Danny worked with the Material Girl on a London play titled "Up For Grabs."

- Besides being SVU's newest star and Latino lead, the Miami native also played the iconic role of Desi Arnaz for the 2003 made-for-tv film Lucy, based on comedian Lucille Ball's life. A couple of years later, Danny received plenty of buzz for his role as a Mexican druglord on FX's The Shield.

- He may be playing a bad ass detective solving gruesome sex crimes, but Danny is a family man in real life. Danny got hitched to his (lucky) wife Lily in 2002, and they have two sons Luca Daniel and Julian Franco.

Are you excited to see Danny Pino on SVU?

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