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Name  Amy Aquino
Role  Television actress
Spouse  Drew McCoy (m. 1995)

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Born  March 20, 1957 (age 58) (1957-03-20) Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma mater  Harvard University (B.S., Biology)Yale University (M.F.A.)
Occupation  Television, film, stage actress
Parents  Adele Aquino, Salvatore Aquino
Education  Yale School of Drama, Yale University, Harvard University
Nominations  Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Movies and TV shows  The Lazarus Effect, Being Human, Working Girl, Brooklyn Bridge, Picket Fences
Similar People  Jamie Hector, Annie Wersching, Titus Welliver, Sarah Bolger, David Gelb

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Amy Aquino (born March 20, 1957) is an American television, film, and stage actress. A graduate of Harvard and Yale University, Aquino has appeared in television series such as Brooklyn Bridge, ER and Being Human. She was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in Picket Fences. She was co-Secretary/Treasurer of the SAG-AFTRA until August 2015. Aquino currently stars in Amazon Studios's Bosch as Lt. Grace Billets.


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Early life

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Aquino was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, to Adele Frances (née Mesiti) and Salvatore Aquino. She first acted in junior high school productions. She went on to Harvard University, studying pre-med with biology as a major. In her final year, she realised that she was spending more time acting than studying and so left to travel to New York to take acting classes while working at a law firm. She stayed there for three years without landing any acting jobs, before traveling to Minneapolis on a recommendation where she gained her first roles. She enrolled at Yale University School of Drama in 1986 after two years of rejections.


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After three years at Yale, she spent the following five years based in New York. Whilst there she appeared with Kevin Spacey at Playwrights Horizons and joined the Circle Repertory Company. She appeared in Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1989. During the same year she appeared in both Moonstruck (as Loretta's hairdresser) and Working Girl where she played Melanie Griffith's secretary at the end of the film, her first film roles.

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In 1991, she was cast as one of the leads in the CBS series Brooklyn Bridge. After the show was renewed for a second series, Aquino moved to California to be closer to where it was being filmed. After moving, she has primarily been in television roles, including ER, and Everybody Loves Raymond.

In 1995, Aquino was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for playing the part of Dr Joanna "Joey" Diamond in Picket Fences.

She appeared in another play of Wasserstein's, Third, in the off-Broadway production at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in 2005. Aquino also appeared off-Broadway at the 59E59 Theaters in Secrets of the Trade by Jonathan Tolins.

In 2013, Aquino was cast as the witch Donna in the second series of Being Human. Later that year, Aquino was cast in the ABC Television pilot Divorce: A Love Story. However, the role was recast when the producers decided that she looked too young to play Jason Jones's mother. The actor was sixteen years younger than her. Aquino played college President Dalley in The Lazarus Effect, also starring Sarah Bolger, Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde.

Aquino currently stars in Amazon's Bosch as Lt. Grace Billets, commanding officer of LAPD Homicide. The show was renewed for a third season on April 1, 2016.

Personal life

Aquino met Drew McCoy after moving to California. They were married in 1995 at Saint Malachy's Roman Catholic Church in Manhattan. Together they purchased the Villa Royale, an inn in Palm Springs, California, which they renovated over a two-year period.

She joined the Screen Actors Guild in 1987, and was named the co-secretary-treasurer on September 24, 2009. She was elected for a second term in 2011 without opposition. and was elected the first secretary-treasurer of the newly merged SAG-AFTRA, serving until August 2015. She previously served two terms as first vice president of the Screen Actors Guild.


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