Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Birth name: Joseph Anthony Mantegna
Born: November 13, 1947
Age: 76
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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Joseph Anthony Mantegna (/mænˈteɪnjɑː/, ; born November 13, 1947) is an American actor, producer, writer, and director.

Mantegna began his career on stage in 1969 with the musical Hair. He earned a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for portraying Richard Roma in the first American production of David Mamet's play Glengarry Glen Ross, the first of many collaborations with Mamet.[1] Mantegna was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Awards for his role in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross. His long-standing association with Mamet includes the premieres of A Life in the Theatre, The Disappearance of the Jews and Speed-the-Plow on Broadway.

Mantegna has also directed a highly lauded production of Mamet's Lakeboat, which enjoyed a successful theatrical run in Los Angeles, and he later directed the film version.[2] In addition to theatrical appearances directed by Mamet, Mantegna appeared in Mamet's films House of Games (1987), Things Change (1988), and Homicide (1991)

Expanding to film and television, Mantegna is best known for his roles in box office hits including Three Amigos (1986), The Godfather Part III (1990), Forget Paris (1995), and Up Close and Personal (1996). Since 2007, he has starred in the CBS television series Criminal Minds as FBI Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi. Beginning with the 1991 episode "Bart the Murderer", Mantegna has voiced the recurring role of mob boss Fat Tony on the animated series The Simpsons, as well as The Simpsons Movie (2007).

Mantegna has starred in the television series First Monday (2002) and Joan of Arcadia (2003-2005). He earned Emmy Award nominations for his roles in three different miniseries: The Last Don (1997), The Rat Pack (1998), and The Starter Wife (2007). He has also served as executive producer for various movies and television movies, including Corduroy (1984), Hoods (1998), and Lakeboat (2000), which he also directed. Additionally, he played Robert B. Parker's fictional detective Spenser in three made-for-TV movies between 1999 and 2001, and has narrated a number of audiobook readings of the Spenser novels.

An avid firearms enthusiast, he is the host of MidwayUSA's Gun Stories on the cable television Outdoor Channel.[3]

Of Italian, Apulian and Sicilian descendance,[4] Mantegna was born in 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. His parents were Mary Ann (Novelli), a shipping clerk from Acquaviva delle Fonti, Apulia, Italy who died in 2017 at the age of 101,[5] and Joseph Henry Mantegna, an insurance salesman[6] from Calascibetta, Sicily[7] who died in 1971 of tuberculosis.[8]

Mantegna was raised Catholic[9] and attended J. Sterling Morton High School East in Cicero, Illinois. He studied acting at the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University from 1967-69.[10]

As a young man in Chicago, he played bass in a band called The Apocryphals,[11] which later played with another local group, The Missing Links, who went on to form the band Chicago. Mantegna is still very close to the original members of Chicago and keeps in touch with his old bandmates as well.[11]



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Mantegna made his acting debut in the 1969 stage production of Hair and debuted on Broadway in Working (1978). He co-wrote Bleacher Bums, an award-winning play which was first performed at Chicago's Organic Theater Company, and was a member of its original cast. In the movie Xanadu (1980), he had a small role which was cut, although since his name is in the film's credits, Mantegna gets residuals for the film.[12]

Mantegna won a Tony award for his portrayal of Richard Roma in David Mamet's play Glengarry Glen Ross. He has had a long and successful association with Mamet, appearing in a number of his works.

Mantegna made his feature film debut in Medusa Challenger (1977). He played womanizing dentist Bruce Fleckstein in Compromising Positions (1985). He starred in an episode of The Twilight Zone in 1985 called Shelter Skelter. His other early film roles were supporting performances in The Money Pit (1986), Weeds (1987) and Suspect (1987).

Mantegna in 2009

He also starred in the critically acclaimed movies House of Games (1987) and Things Change (1988), both written by Mamet. He and Things Change co-star Don Ameche received the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival. In 1991, Mantegna starred in another Mamet story, the highly praised police thriller Homicide.

Mantegna has played a wide range of roles, from the comic, as a jaded disc jockey in Airheads and an inept kidnapper from Baby's Day Out, to the dramatic, in roles such as Joey Zasa, a treacherous mobster in The Godfather Part III (1990) and an Emmy-nominated performance as singer Dean Martin in HBO's film The Rat Pack (1998).

Mantegna has a recurring role in the animated series The Simpsons as the voice of mob boss Anthony "Fat Tony" D'Amico. He insists on voicing the character every time he appears, no matter how little dialogue he has. To quote: "If Fat Tony sneezes, I want to be there." However, in one instance, Phil Hartman voiced Fat Tony in the episode "A Fish Called Selma".

Mantegna spoofed himself when he hosted Saturday Night Live for the 1990-1991 season in which he calmly began his monologue by saying he did not wish to be typecast from his gangster roles. A disappointed little boy and his father leave, as they mistakenly believed the host would be Joe Montana (football player) due to the similar names. Mantegna then began speaking in a low, controlled voice to the little boy, telling him it was best to stay in the audience and respect his performance; he warned the boy that if he (Mantegna) made a call, then Montana would not play in his next game—an implication that Mantegna's true personality equaled his gangster roles.

In 2002, Mantegna starred as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Justice Joseph Novelli, on the CBS midseason replacement drama First Monday.[13]

Mantegna received the Lifetime Achievement Award on April 26, 2004, at the Los Angeles Italian Film Festival.

On August 11, 2007, Mantegna signed on to replace departing star Mandy Patinkin on the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds.[14][15] Since season 9, he has directed several episodes as well.

Since 2006, he has co-narrated the National Memorial Day Concert on the Mall in Washington D.C. with Gary Sinise.

In 2016 he took part in an event at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art reading some of Gabriele Tinti's poems about Hercules.[16][17]


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On April 29, 2011, Mantegna received the 2,438th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[18]

On June 6, 2011, Mantegna's hometown of Cicero celebrated his body of work with an honorary street sign—Joe Mantegna Boulevard—on the northeast corner of Austin Boulevard and 25th Street, the location of his high school.

In 2014, Mantegna received a star on the Italian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[19]

On April 4, 2015, Mantegna received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Film and Television from The Riverside International Film Festival.[20]

On May 22, 2015, Mantegna received the Saint Pio Award from the Saint Pio Foundation, in recognition of his outstanding contribution in being an extraordinary individual in "providing relief from suffering to those in need."

On May 3, 2017, the city of Chicago dedicated Joe Mantegna Way, a section of Armitage Avenue where Mantegna lived during his early acting days.[21]

Personal life

Mantegna married Arlene Vrhel on October 3, 1975. Joe said in an interview on The View that the 300th episode of Criminal Minds aired on October 3, 2018, their 43 wedding anniversary and he apologized during that interview that he had to work on their anniversary.

They have two daughters: Mia and Gia. Arlene owns a Chicago-themed restaurant in Burbank, California named Taste Chicago.[22] Mia, born 1987, is autistic[23] and works as a make-up artist.[24][25] She has also appeared publicly with her father on KCAL-TV in support of Autism Awareness Month (April). Gina was born in 1990 and changed her name to Gia at age eighteen.[23]

Mantegna is a Chicago Cubs fan and has led the singing of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the 7th inning stretch multiple times.[26][27] This was referenced in the show Criminal Minds where his character David Rossi's office is decked with Cubs gear.

In 1988 during the play Speed the Plow Mantegna was stricken with Bell's Palsy. Although considered temporary,[28] Mantegna still has persisting facial characteristices of the disease he considers a "stress-related illness",[29] but this has not affected his acting career.[30]



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Medusa Challenger Joe
1978 Towing Chris
1978 A Steady Rain
1979 To Be Announced
1979 Elvis Joe Esposito
1979 Bleacher Bums Decker
1980 Xanadu The Muses Scenes deleted[citation needed]
1983 Second Thoughts Orderly
1985 Compromising Positions Bruce Fleckstein
1986 The Money Pit Art Shirk
1986 Off Beat Pete Peterson
1986 Three Amigos Harry Flugleman
1987 Critical Condition Arthur Chambers
1987 House of Games Mike
1987 Weeds Carmine
1987 Suspect Charlie Stella
1988 Things Change Jerry
1989 Wait Until Spring, Bandini Bandini
1990 The Godfather Part III Joey Zasa
1990 Alice Joe
1991 Queens Logic Al
1991 Homicide Bobby Gold
1991 Bugsy George Raft
1993 Body of Evidence Robert Garrett
1993 Family Prayers Martin Jacobs
1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer Fred Waitzkin
1994 Baby's Day Out Eddie
1994 Airheads Ian
1995 Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys Joey Franelli
1995 For Better or Worse Stone
1995 Forget Paris Andy
1995 Above Suspicion Alan Rhinehart
1996 Eye for an Eye Det. Sgt. Denillo
1996 Up Close and Personal Bucky Terranova
1996 Underworld Frank Gavilan / Frank Cassady / Richard Essex
1996 Albino Alligator A.T.F. Agent G.D. Browning
1996 Thinner Richie Ginelli
1996 Persons Unknown Jim Holland
1998 Jerry and Tom Tom
1998 The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit Gomez
1998 For Hire Alan Webber
1998 Hoods Angelo Martinelli
1998 Celebrity Tony Gardella
1998 Boy Meets Girl Il Magnifico
1999 Airspeed Raymond Stone
1999 Error in Judgment Eric
1999 The Runner Rocco
1999 Liberty Heights Nate Kurtzman
2000 Lakeboat Guy at Gate Uncredited[citation needed]
2000 Body and Soul Alex Dumas
2000 More Dogs Than Bones Desalvo
2000 The Last Producer
2001 Fall: The Price of Silence Agent Jim Danaher
2001 The Trumpet of the Swan Monty Voice role
2001 Laguna Nicola Pianon
2001 Off Key Ricardo Palacios
2001 Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal Frank Garner
2002 Mother Ghost Jerry
2003 Uncle Nino Robert Micelli
2004 First Flight Robert Sloan Voice role
2004 Stateside Gil Deloach
2004 Pontormo: A Heretical Love Pontormo
2004 A Very Married Christmas Frank Griffin
2005 Nine Lives Richard
2005 Edmond Man in Bar
2005 The Kid & I Davis Roman
2007 Elvis and Anabelle Charlie
2007 Naked Fear Sheriff Tom Benike
2007 Cougar Club Mr. Stack
2007 Stories USA Mike (segment "Club Soda")
2007 The Simpsons Movie Fat Tony Voice role; cameo
2008 Hank and Mike Mr. Pan
2008 West of Brooklyn Gaetano D'Amico
2008 Witless Protection Dr. Rondog 'Doc' Savage
2008 Redbelt Jerry Weiss
2008 Childless Richard
2008 Who's Wagging Who? Rudy Voice role
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Crooner Voice role
2008 The Last Hit Man Harry Tremayne
2009 Lonely Street Jerry Finkelman
2009 Archie's Final Project Indian Psychiatrist
2009 The Assistants Gary Greene
2009 The House That Jack Built Jack Jr.
2010 Pop Shock Billy
2010 Valentine's Day Angry Driver
2010 Hannah Mantegna Hannah Mantegna Short film
2011 Cars 2 Grem Voice role
2011 Sacks West Short film
2011 The Yule Tide Good Samaritan Tim O'Neill
2013 Compulsion Detective Reynolds
2014 10 Cent Pistol Punchy
2014 AirBurst: The Soda of Doom MM-Ci Voice role
2015 Kill Me, Deadly Bugsy Siegel
2016 The Bronx Bull Rick Rosselli


Year Title Role Notes
1980-1981 Soap Juan One Recurring role (7 episodes)
1981 It's a Living Louis Allen Episode: "Of Mace and Men"
1981 Bosom Buddies The Shiek Episode: "The Road To Monte Carlo"
1981-1982 Open All Night Change / Arab Episodes: "Night Moves", "Centerfold", "A Visit from the Folks"
1982 The Greatest American Hero Juan Episode: "Now You See It"
1982 Archie Bunker's Place Joe Garver Episode: "Of Mice and Bunker"
1982 Simon & Simon Henry Episode: "Emeralds Are Not a Girl's Best Friend"
1984 Comedy Zone Various 2 episodes
1984 The Outlaws Yuri Television film
1985 Big Shots in America Jovan Joey Shagula Television film
1987 The Twilight Zone Harry Dobbs Episode: "Shelter Skelter"
1991 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Joe Mantegna"
1991-present The Simpsons Fat Tony Voice role; 25 episodes
1992 The Comrades of Summer Sparky Smith Television film
1992 The Water Engine Lawrence Oberman Television film
1993 Fallen Angels Carl Streeter Episode: "The Quiet Room"
1993 Frasier Derek Mann Voice role; Episode: "I Hate Frasier Crane"
1994 State of Emergency Dr. John Novelli Television film
1995 Favorite Deadly Sins Frank Musso Television film
1997 Duckman Rube Richter Voice role; Episode: "A Star is Abhorred", "Love! Anger! Kvetching!"
1997 Rugrats Diner 2/Jack Montello Voice role; episode: "The Mattress/Looking for Jack"
1997 A Call to Remember Davis Tobias Television film
1997 Face Down Bob Signorelli Television film
1997 Merry Christmas, George Bailey Joseph/Nick Television film
1997-1998 The Last Don Pippi De Lena Miniseries
1998 The Great Empire: Rome Narrator Television film
1998 The Rat Pack Dean Martin Television film
1999 Spenser: Small Vices Spenser Television film
1999 My Little Assassin Fidel Castro Television film
2000 Thin Air Spenser Television film
2001 The Sopranos Mercedes ad voiceover Episode: "He Is Risen"; uncredited[citation needed]
2001 Walking Shadow Spenser Television film
2002 First Monday Justice Joseph Novelli Main role (13 episodes)
2002 Women vs. Men Michael Television film
2002 And Thou Shalt Honor Host/Narrator Television film
2003-2005 Joan of Arcadia Will Girardi Main role (45 episodes)
2006 Let Go Jack Rossati Unsold television pilot
2006 Kim Possible Jimmy Blamhammer Voice role; episode: "And the Mole Rat Will Be CGI"
2007-2008 The Starter Wife Lou Manahan Recurring role (8 episodes)
2007-present Criminal Minds David Rossi Main role
2011-2016 Gun Stories Himself Host (69 episodes)
2016-2017 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders David Rossi Special guest; episodes: "The Harmful One", "II Mostro"
2017 Hell's Kitchen Himself Episode: "Raising the Bar"

As a director

Year(s) Title Notes
2000 Lakeboat Drama
2011 QuickBites Episodes: "Faceless", "Sack Lunch"
2014-present Criminal Minds Episodes: "The Road Home", "Anonymous", "Til Death Do Us Part", "The Sandman", "Mirror Image", "True North", "False Flag", "The Dance of Love"


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Working Emilio Hernandez / Dave McCormick
1984-1985 Glengarry Glen Ross Richard Roma
1988 Speed-the-Plow Bobby Gould

Joe Mantegna supports the following charitable cause: Autism.

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