After two years in the American territory, they settled in Margate, Florida.Cannavale returned to New Jersey after barely eking out a high school diploma in the late 1980s from Coconut Creek High School, in order to be closer to New York, to launch his acting career.Cannavale was hired by Ken Corday and portrayed the evil, charming, sometimes humorous and manipulative mobster, Rocky Lane on Days of our Lives in June 2002.
Award-winning actor Bobby Cannavale started performing as a child.
After high school, he worked to break into the New York theater world.
He also appeared in the film The Station Agent as a man who befriends a little person removed from society.
From 2004 to 2006, he had a recurring guest role on Will & Grace as Vince D'Angelo, the boyfriend (and eventual husband) of Will Truman (Eric Mc Cormack).
It was his performance in a Circle Repertory production that brought him to the attention of TV producer and writer John Wells.
Wells loved Cannavale and cast him in two of his series, , Cannavale played the violent and unpredictable bootlegger Gyp Rosetti.
By the end of 2004, Cannavale's airtime decreased heavily, and Rocky was a backburner character, with minor stories here and there.
Cannavale's contract ended in early 2005, and was not renewed and last aired in May 2005.
Following this, he starred with Yancey Arias and Sheryl Lee in the miniseries Kingpin.
In 2003, Cannavale briefly appeared on the last two episodes of Oz.
As he explained to the Determined to become an actor, Cannavale lived with his grandmother in New Jersey while he tried to get his first big break.