He played Detective Nick Amaro in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Starring as Detective Scotty Valens in Cold Case from 2003 to 2010 earned him additional fame.
His career was triggered by his acting role on The Shield. In the show, he portrayed druglord and rapist Armadillo Quintero.
Though a Florida native, he went to school in New York.
He has two children named Luca Daniel and Julian Franco with his wife Lilly.
He was interviewed by Sharon Osbourne on The Sharon Osbourne Show.