‘Blue Bloods’: One Character Actor Played a Small But Memorable Role on the Show

by Joe Rutland
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Some TV shows have memorable one-off appearances in their history. Blue Bloods had a character actor play one of those roles.

Let’s check this out with some help from Looper.

Bobby Cannavale appeared in three episodes of the CBS police drama. He played Charles Rossellini, the district attorney of New York County. This happens in the show’s first season and Rossellini happens to be the supervisor for Erin Reagan, played by Bridget Moynahan.

For current Blue Bloods fans, Reagan is now Assistant District Attorney of Manhattan. But this is about Cannavale so let’s return to our saga.

‘Blue Bloods’ Character Actor Ends Up Having Fling With Erin Reagan

So, Cannavale’s character has a little loving good time with Erin. Both share a humdinger of a kiss yet stop the affair. Why? Bobby had his eyes on becoming mayor of New York City.

What happens? Rossellini runs for mayor in 2011 but loses.

Then the Rossellini character disappears. Yep, Blue Bloods fans don’t see him on the show anymore.

Other performances in the Cannavale book include winning an Emmy for playing Police Chief Vincent D’Angelo on Will & Grace. His second Emmy was for playing Sicilian gangster Gyp Rosetti on Boardwalk Empire.

It seems that Cannavale gets cast as a stereotypical Italian American over and over again.

Two more Emmy nominations for Cannavale came through a guest role on the Edie Falco-starring Nurse Jackie. Then the actor got a Tony Award nomination for his leading role in the Broadway play The Motherf***er with the Hat. He starred in it alongside Chris Rock.

With all these roles, one might think his work on Blue Bloods would be standing out. But Cannavale put in the time on that show, then found success in both TV and stage work.

Blue Bloods is still rocking along, airing on Fridays at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 p.m. Central, on CBS.

Bridget Moynahan Reveals What She Thinks Fuels CBS Police Drama

When it comes to what fuels Blue Bloods week in and week out, well, it might have to do with the show’s stellar cast.

Bridget Moynahan shares her thoughts on this in an October interview with Glamour. 

From her point of view, it all stems from that cast fans have been watching for 12 seasons. She identifies one quality most cast members share.

“We also have a team of actors who really appreciate the job and each other,” Moynahan said. “We know how lucky we are to be on this show—and such a long-running show at that. It doesn’t come around that often, so when you’re working with people who express gratitude, it just fuels the show.

“Everybody wants to show up and do their best work,” she said.