Is Nick Turturro related to John Turturro?

Ahead of Nick Turturro’s special guest appearance on Season 21 of SVU, which has already seen some excellent cameo appearances by the likes of Margaret Cho and Wentworth Miller, many fans of the NYPD Blue actor are wondering whether he’s related to The Big Lebowski‘s John Turturro.

As it turns out, the Italian-American actors are brothers, and Nick is younger by five years. Their third brother, Ralph, is a successful abstract painter. All three Turturros are also cousins of Aida Turturro’s, who is perhaps best known as Tony Soprano’s sister Janice, though she’s been playing Judge Felicia Catano on Law and Order: SVU since 2013, and will appear on the fall finale as well.

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