The gorgeous Danny Pino turns 39 today, and we want to wish him a wonderful birthday! He may be considered “the replacement” on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit but the Cuban-American actor (who joined the cast after Chistopher Meloni left the show at the end of the 12th season) has managed to breathe new life into NBC’s long-running police procedural.
We decided to celebrate Pino's birthday with our readers and his gazillion fans by admiring his piercing eyes and killer smile in photos. 20 photos, to be exact. Check them out below and join us in wishing him a kick-ass bday!
Black & White
Danny Pino isn’t only handsome… He’s also quite stylish! Just look at him in a
black suit, black dress shirt and off-white tie. The star of The Burning Plain has us
burning up, burning up for his love.
He’s Not Coast-ing on His Looks
He’s almost always dressed to the nines in suits that fit him like a glove, like in this
image of Pino near the water. Now imagine how he’d look like in a Coast Guard
uniform. The former lifeguard considered joining the Coast Guard while growing up
Lap Up His Exquisiteness
Oh how we’d love to take a seat next to Pino on that sofa… or on his lap for that
matter! The three-time ALMA Award-nominee is oh-so-fine.
It’s In His Jeans
Even when he’s dressed in a blazer and jeans, Pino still manages to make our hearts
flutter every time we see him on and off screen.
Grin & Bear It!
Talk about a heart-melting smile… Every time Pino shows off his pearly whites, like
he’s doing in this photo, he just makes us derretir.
Tall, Dark & Handsome
Pino is one tall (dark and handsome) glass of water, as evidenced in this photo of the
former Cold Case star.
Sexy and I Know It…
Pino’s smoldering smirk in this photo makes us believe the soft-spoken actor knows
he’s one sexy specimen.
Suit & Tie
“And as long as I got my suit and tie, Imma leave it all on the floor tonight…” Every
time we see Pino dressed to the nines in his suit and tie, we can’t help but sing the
lyrics to Justin Timberlake’s latest single and daydream.
He Smart Too!
Before pursuing acting as a full-time career, Pino thought about becoming a lawyer.
He even studied engineering and pre-law at Florida International University and
graduated from the South Florida school in 1996.
He’s not only charming and debonair… Pino is also quite humble, especially when
talking about his big break on CBS’ Cold Case. “When you are welcomed into
people’s living rooms, it says not only a lot about the show and the quality of it and
the people you are working with, but hopefully it also says something about your
own work and where you are at and the all-star team you are surrounded by,” said
Pino in an interview.
He’s Not Afraid of a Challenge
Pino isn’t one to rest on his laurels, which makes him even sexier to us. The Law &
Order: SVU looks for roles that challenge him. “I’m always chasing roles that make
me nervous,” he says. “It’s always the role like, I wonder if I can pull this off. I just
played a police officer, so how do I play one different? What would be compelling
about that? That was a challenge. There’s not one specific role that jumps out at me,
but it’s always the challenge to play something new.”
He’s a Fireman…
Call him a fireman… Pino, who was born on April 15, is an Aries, a fire sign. People
born under the sign have an energy, vitality and enthusiasm that serve as an
inspiration to others.
The Man Can Cook!
Here’s another reason Pino is sexy… The man can cook! In an interview with Men’s
Health, Pino admitted to knowing how to cook. After some practice, that is. “I have
my great grandmother’s recipe for black beans, all the way from Cuba, and I know
how to make those. I’m actually pretty good at it now. But my first time, the beans
actually exploded in the pot, so I had black beans just dripping from the ceiling—
which is actually a dream come true for most Cubans. It was a nightmare to clean. It
looked like a crime scene: Who killed the beans?”
He Knows How to Stay Healthy
“You’ve gotta pick your battles, man. You choose what you’re going to jump into: the
lechon, the maduras, or the bistec,” says Pino in an interview with Men’s Health on
how he balances enjoying Cuban food with staying trim for the cameras. “You can’t
do them all. Choose wisely, then eat in moderation. When I know I’m going to Mom’s
for dinner, I throw an extra 20 minutes on the cardio machine so I can be ready to
He’s Proud to be Cubano
There’s nothing hotter than a man who embraces his cultura, just like Pino does.
“I’m certainly proud to be Cuban-American and it’s a fantastic opportunity for
anybody — regardless of their ethnicity or nationality,” Pino to Latina about
representing the community on Law & Order: SVU. “ It does carry a measure or pride
to know where you’re from and to know what your roots are.”
He’s Got Moves
During his Cold Case days, Pino served as a presenter at the Primetime Emmy
Awards with his co-star Kathryn Morris, where he showed off his killer dance
moves when he dipped Morris backstage. It was a swoon-worthy moment! He’d
later get his dancing groove on with his co-star Mariska Hargitay on the set of Law
& Order: SVU.
He’s a Baller
Growing up, Pino wanted to play professional baseball. And even though he decided
to pursue acting instead, the Law & Order: SVU star is still a baller. He’s participated
in charity baseball games and has even thrown out the first pitch at Miami’s Marlins
Park, with William Levy no less.
He’s Shared a Stage with Madonna
Back in 2002, Pino acted alongside Madonna in London in the play Up for Grabs.
And he’s got nothing but props for the pop icon. “What I can tell you is that she’s
incredibly professional. She works as hard as anyone I’ve ever worked with. I think
her approach is different given she’s a performer and been in front of an audience
probably more than any actor could hope for, whether it’s in concert or making
appearances or whatnot,” Pino told the Miami Herald. “She’s strong-willed, funny,
generous. I grew to respect her process very much and learned a lot from her. You
have to be on your toes; she never took a night off.” A man who has respect for the
ladies, he’s a winner in our book!
With his chiseled face and expressive eyes, Pino definitely looks like a Greek… err…
Cuban god. The producers of the Clash of the Titans remake totally missed their
chance to cast him as one of the gods in the film.
Pino made us weak in the knees when he portrayed Desi Arnaz in the 2003
television movie Lucy. Talk about perfect casting.