Television watch: Erik Palladino

On cable tv this morning, an episode of Law & Order: SVU (the disturbing “Damaged”, s4 e11 from 1/10/03) with Erik Palladino as the tough but sympathetic Det. Dave Deuthorn. Palladino’s another hard-working regular in both tv and movies.

From Wikipedia:

Erik Palladino (born May 10, 1968) is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of Dr. Dave Malucci in the NBC medical drama ER. He starred in the critically praised FX war drama Over There.

Palladino has been in over 20 feature films. He is also known for his work in television on shows such as Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Fringe, Burn Notice, and NCIS. He has starred in [the] movies U-571 alongside Matthew McConaughey and Harvey Keitel, Finders Fee opposite James Earl Jones and the teen comedy Can’t Hardly Wait.

Palladino in his medical guise:


A film role not listed in the Wikipedia entry is the character Keith in the gay romantic comedy / drama Latter Days (2003). From the website Everyday Heterosexism on 11/12/13:

Every gay-themed movie of the 1990s and early 2000s had to have a character dying of AIDS.  In Latter Days (2003), it was Keith (Erik Palladino), who had nothing much to do with the plot, except to demonstrate that partyboy Christian (Wes Ramsey) wasn’t entirely self-centered.

Erik Palladino was a bold casting choice for the sensitive, wounded Keith.  Growing up on the mean streets of Yonkers, arrested for assault at age 17, a heavy-metal rocker, the actor had previously played tough, no-nonsense,  working-class heterosexual Italian types, such as Michael Nardini on Love and Marriage (1996), Vinnie in The Day the Girl Died (1998), and Dr. Dave Malucci on ER (1999-2001).

A tough (he enjoys boxing), no-nonsense, working-class Italian (Palladino’s mother is of Armenian descent, his father of Italian descent) New Yorker.

On the movie, from Wikipedia:

Latter Days is a 2003 American romantic comedy-drama film about a gay relationship between a closeted Mormon missionary and his openly gay neighbor. The film was written and directed by C. Jay Cox and stars Steve Sandvoss as the missionary, Aaron, and Wes Ramsey as the neighbor, Christian. Joseph Gordon-Levitt appears as Elder Ryder, and Rebekah Johnson as Julie Taylor. Mary Kay Place, Erik Palladino, Amber Benson, and Jacqueline Bisset have supporting roles.


The film is funny, sexy, sweet, and distressing all at once, and it’s openly antagonistic to the LDS Church.

Back to Palladino, who’s proud of his body, displayed in boxing photos —


and just for fun —


(I don’t know where the deeply bronze color of this photo came from.)

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