Played by Vincent D'Onofrio
Vincent D'Onofrio stars as the Wizard, a man who has accidentally arrived in the fabled Land of Oz and has made the calculated choice to reinvent himself, on NBC's epic new drama series "Emerald City."
Most recently, D'Onofrio co-starred in "The Magnificent Seven," as one of the Magnificent Seven along with Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington. He also has starred in "Jurassic World," while simultaneously appearing as Wilson Fisk (a.k.a. Kingpin) on the Netflix series "Daredevil," opposite Charlie Cox. Next up, he will star in the film adaption of "CHiPs," alongside Michael Pena, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell. D'Onofrio will also be directing and starring in "The Kid," alongside James Franco and Ethan Hawke.
D'Onofrio was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Hawaii, Colorado and Florida. He eventually returned to New York to study acting at the American Stanislavsky Theatre with Sharon Chatten of The Actors Studio. While honing his craft, he appeared in several films at New York University and worked as a bouncer at dance clubs in the city.
In 1984, he appeared in "The Petrified Forest," "Of Mice and Men," "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" and "The Indian Wants the Bronx," while also making his Broadway debut in "Open Admissions." Later on he would also star off-Broadway in Sam Shepard's "The Tooth of Crime (Second Dance)."
D'Onofrio gained attention for his intense and haunting portrayal of an unstable Vietnam War recruit in Stanley Kubrick's gritty 1987 film "Full Metal Jacket." His other early film appearances include "Mystic Pizza" and "Adventures in Babysitting." He also executive produced the film "Steal This Movie," in which he portrayed 1960s counterculture icon Abbie Hoffman opposite Janeane Garofalo, and he starred opposite Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn in the science-fiction noir film "The Cell."
His other film credits include "The Judge," opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall; "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys," opposite Jodie Foster; "The Salton Sea," opposite Val Kilmer; "Imposter," with Gary Sinise; "Chelsea Walls," directed by Ethan Hawke; "Happy Accidents," co-starring Marisa Tomei; Robert Altman's "The Player"; Joel Schumacher's "Dying Young"; Tim Burton's "Ed Wood"; Kathryn Bigelow's "Strange Days," opposite Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett; Harold Ramis' "Stuart Saves His Family"; Barry Sonnenfeld's "Men in Black," opposite Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones; "The Thirteenth Floor," opposite Craig Bierko; "The Whole Wide World," which he produced and starred in, opposite Renée Zellweger; and Oliver Stone's "JFK." More recently, D'Onofrio appeared in the sci-fi thriller "Escape Plan," featuring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and also recently finished "Fire with Fire," opposite Bruce Willis and Josh Duhamel.
On the small screen, D'Onofrio starred as Detective Robert Goren in more than 100 episodes of the NBC series "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." He received an Emmy Award nomination in 1998 for his riveting guest appearance on NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street," "The Subway" episode. D'Onofrio directed, produced and starred in the short film "Five Minutes, Mr. Welles," and recently appeared in the Academy Award-winning short "The New Tenants."