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‘Law and Order: SVU’ star Danny Pino back home to help out first responders

 

You don’t get much more of a Miami boy than Danny Pino.

The Westchester native discovered his love of acting at Rockway Elementary School during choir class as well as the love of his life, schoolmate Lilly Bernal, now his wife and mother of his sons, 6 and 7.

The couple now lives in Los Angeles, where Pino, a Coral Park Senior High and FIU alum (who was Grand Marshal at Saturday’s homecoming game), costars as Detective Amaro on Law & Order: SVU.

“Every opportunity we have, we’re always drawn back home,” says Pino, 39. “Not only because Miami’s a beautiful city but because that’s where our family is. It has a sense of familiarity and camaraderie. It’s home.”

When Pino flies in, he makes sure his time is well spent. At a VIP ceremony Monday, he’ll present 40,000 Duracell Quantum batteries to both the Miami-Dade fire and police departments for their life-saving equipment.

Pino (whose brother is a detective in Miami) says he was impressed when he heard the battery company was donating 1 million of its new Quantum batteries to first responders across the country.

Since Pino plays a cop on TV and his brother is one in real life, does he think he could ever pull off being on the force?

“It’s all an act until bullets start to fly,” he says. “I tip my hat and have nothing but respect for people who do it in real life.”

Music man

Don’t ask Mike Deleasa why the Jonas Brothers just canceled their tour. The Too Damn Beautiful singer is neutral on his friends and Married to Jonas costars. But the New Jersey native will discuss what he was doing in town Thursday evening: performing for sick kids at Miami Children’s Hospital as part of Family Fun Night.

“I always wanted to do music since a young age because I loved writing and trying to connect with people,” said Deleasa, who said he is inspired by Bill Withers, Al Green and Jay Kay. “They’re all great storytellers.”

Madeleine Marr

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