Danny Pino is an actor of Cuban descent. In May 2003, Pino played Desi Arnaz in a CBS special on the life of Lucille Ball, Lucy: The Lucille Ball Story. Pino was born in Miami, Florida. He graduated from Miami Coral Park High School in 1992 and from Florida International University in 1996, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Pino is known for his critically acclaimed performance as Mexican druglord and serial rapist Armadillo Quintero on FX’s The Shield. He has also appeared in The Lost City and Flicka which featured Tim McGraw. Pino also starred in the hit CBS series Cold Case. It was announced on June 27, 2011 that Pino would join the cast of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for its thirteenth season along with Chase actress Kelli Giddish coinciding with the departing Christopher Meloni.