Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S
Joseph Anthony "Joe" Mantegna, Jr. (/mænˈteɪnjɑː/, ; born November 13, 1947) is an American actor, producer, writer, director, and voice actor.
Mantegna began his career on the stage in 1969 with the musical Hair. He later 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.
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 & Personal (1996). As of the 2015-2016 TV season, he stars in the CBS television series Criminal Minds as FBI Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi. Since the 1991 episode "Bart the Murderer", Mantegna has had a recurring role on the animated series The Simpsons as mob boss Fat Tony, reprising the role in The Simpsons Movie (2007). Mantegna has starred in the 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 (1999), 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 several audiobook readings of the Spenser novels.
An avid firearm enthusiast, he is the host of MidwayUSA's "Gun Stories" on the cable television Outdoor Channel. His daughter Gia Mantegna is also an actor.
Of Italian-Sicilian descent, Mantegna was born in 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, to Mary Anne (Novelli), a shipping clerk from Acquaviva delle Fonti, Italy, and Joseph Anthony Mantegna, Sr., an insurance salesman from Calascibetta, Sicily who died in 1971 of tuberculosis. Mantegna was raised Catholic 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 to 1969. While still a young man in Chicago, he played bass in a band called The Apocryphals, 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.
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.
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).
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 fed up shock jock in Airheads and the hilariously 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.
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. 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.
Mantegna was the keynote commencement speaker at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in June 2008.
On April 29, 2011, Mantegna received the 2,438th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
On June 6, 2011, Mantegna's hometown of Cicero, Illinois 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.
On April 4, 2015, Mantegna received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Film and Television from The Riverside International Film Festival.
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."
Mantegna married Arlene Vrhel on December 3, 1975 and they have two daughters: Mia and Gia. Arlene owns a Chicago-themed restaurant in Burbank, California named Taste Chicago. Mia (born June 5, 1987) is autistic and works as a make-up artist. She has also appeared publicly with her father on KCAL-TV in support of Autism Awareness Month (April). Gina was born two and a half years later and changed her name to Gia at age eighteen.
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. This was referenced in the show Criminal Minds where his character David Rossi's office is decked with Cubs gear.
In August 2015, Mantegna conducted an auction of two rifles donated by IWI US (an American subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries), at an event in Corona, California, in order to raise money for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, a group that provides educational and social services for Israeli soldiers.
|1976||Medusa Challenger||Joe||Main Role|
|A Steady Rain||Main Cast|
|1979||To Be Announced||Main Cast|
|Bleacher Bums||Decker||Main Role|
|1980||Xanadu||The Muses||Scenes deleted|
|1984||The Outlaws||Yuri||Main Cast|
|1985||Compromising Positions||Bruce Fleckstein||Main Cast|
|Big Shots in America||Jovan Joey Shagula||Main Role|
|1986||The Money Pit||Art Shirk||Main Cast|
|Off Beat||Pete Peterson||Main Cast|
|Three Amigos||Harry Flugleman||Recurring role|
|1987||Critical Condition||Arthur Chambers||Main Cast|
|House of Games||Mike||Main Cast|
|Suspect||Charlie Stella||Main Cast|
|1988||Things Change||Jerry||Main Role|
|1989||Wait Until Spring, Bandini||Bandini||Main Role|
|1990||The Godfather Part III||Joey Zasa||Main Cast|
|1991||Queens Logic||Al||Main Cast|
|Homicide||Bobby Gold||Main Role|
|Bugsy||George Raft||Recurring role|
|1992||The Comrades of Summer||Sparky Smith||Main Role|
|The Water Engine||Lawrence Oberman||Main Cast|
|1993||Body of Evidence||Robert Garrett||Main Cast|
|Family Prayers||Martin Jacobs||Main Role|
|Searching for Bobby Fischer||Fred Waitzkin||Main Cast|
|1994||Baby's Day Out||Eddie||Main Role|
|State of Emergency||Dr. John Novelli||Main Role|
|1995||Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys||Joey Franelli||Main Role|
|For Better or Worse||Stone||Recurring role|
|Forget Paris||Andy||Main Cast|
|Above Suspicion||Alan Rhinehart||Recurring role|
|Favorite Deadly Sins||Frank Musso||Main Cast|
|1996||Eye for an Eye||Det. Sgt. Denillo||Main Cast|
|Up Close & Personal||Bucky Terranova||Main Cast|
|Underworld||Frank Gavilan / Frank Cassady / Richard Essex||Main Cast|
|Albino Alligator||A.T.F. Agent G.D. Browning||Supporting Cast|
|Persons Unknown||Jim Holland||Main Role|
|1997||A Call to Remember||Davis Tobias||Main Cast|
|Face Down||Bob Signorelli||Main Role|
|Merry Christmas, George Bailey||Joseph/Nick||Main Cast|
|1998||Jerry and Tom||Tom||Main Role|
|The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit||Gomez||Main Role|
|For Hire||Alan Webber||Main Cast|
|Hoods||Angelo Martinelli||Main Cast|
|Celebrity||Tony Gardella||Main Cast|
|Boy Meets Girl||Il Magnifico||Main Cast|
|The Great Empire: Rome||Narrator||Main Cast|
|The Rat Pack||Dean Martin||Main Cast|
|1999||Airspeed||Raymond Stone||Main Cast|
|Error in Judgment||Eric||Main Cast|
|The Runner||Rocco||Main Cast|
|Liberty Heights||Nate Kurtzman||Main Cast|
|Spenser: Small Vices||Spenser||Main Role|
|My Little Assassin||Fidel Castro||Main Cast|
|2000||Lakeboat||Guy at Gate (uncredited)|
|Body and Soul||Alex Dumas||Main Cast|
|More Dogs Than Bones||Desalvo||Main Role|
|The Last Producer|
|Thin Air||Spenser||Main Role|
|2001||Fall: The Price of Silence||Agent Jim Danaher||Main Cast|
|The Trumpet of the Swan||Monty (voice)||Main Cast|
|Laguna||Nicola Pianon||Main Role|
|Off Key||Ricardo Palacios||Main Role|
|Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal||Frank Garner|
|Walking Shadow||Spenser||Main Role|
|2002||Mother Ghost||Jerry||Recurring Role|
|Women vs. Men||Michael||Main Cast|
|And Thou Shalt Honor||Host/Narrator||Main Role|
|2003||Uncle Nino||Robert Micelli||Main Role|
|2004||First Flight||Robert Sloan (Voice)|
|Stateside||Gil Deloach||Main Cast|
|Pontormo: A Heretical Love||Pontormo||Main Role|
|A Very Married Christmas||Frank Griffin||Main Cast|
|2005||Nine Lives||Richard||Main Cast|
|Edmond||Man in Bar||Main Cast|
|The Kid & I||Davis Roman||Main Cast|
|2007||Elvis and Anabelle||Charlie||Main Cast|
|Naked Fear||Sheriff Tom Benike||Main Cast|
|Cougar Club||Mr. Stack||Main Cast|
|Stories USA||Mike (segment "Club Soda")||Main Cast|
|The Simpsons Movie||Fat Tony (voice)||Recurring Cameo Role|
|2008||Hank and Mike||Mr. Pan||Main Cast|
|West of Brooklyn||Gaetano D'Amico||Main Cast|
|Witless Protection||Dr. Rondog 'Doc' Savage||Main Cast|
|Redbelt||Jerry Weiss||Main Cast|
|Who's Wagging Who?||Rudy (voice)||Main Cast|
|Justice League: The New Frontier||Crooner (voice)|
|The Last Hit Man||Harry Tremayne||Main Role|
|2009||Lonely Street||Jerry Finkelman||Main Cast|
|Archie's Final Project||Indian Psychiatrist||Recurring Role|
|The Assistants||Gary Greene||Main Cast|
|The House That Jack Built||Jack Jr.||Main Role|
|Valentine's Day||Angry Driver||Recurring Role|
|Hannah Mantegna||Hannah Mantegna||Main Role|
|2011||Cars 2||Grem (voice)|
|Sacks West||Recurring Role|
|Yule Tide Good Samaritan, TheThe Yule Tide Good Samaritan||Tim O'Neill|
|2013||Compulsion||Detective Reynolds||Main Cast|
|2014||AirBurst: The Soda of Doom||MM-Ci (Voice)||Main Cast|
|1980-1981||Soap||Juan One||7 episodes|
|1981||It's a Living||Louis Allen||Season 2 Episode 3|
|Bosom Buddies||The Shiek||Season 2 Episode 4|
|Open All Night||Change
|Season 1 Episode 1
Season 1 Episode 3
|1982||The Greatest American Hero||Juan||Season 2 Episode 3|
|Archie Bunker's Place||Joe Garver||Season 3 Episode 20|
|Simon & Simon||Henry||Season 2 Episode 1|
|1984||Comedy Zone||Various||2 episodes|
|1987||The Twilight Zone||Harry Dobbs||Season 2 Episode: "Shelter Skelter"|
|1991||Saturday Night Live||Host||Season 16, Episode 10|
|1991-present||The Simpsons||Fat Tony (voice)||25 episodes|
|1993||Fallen Angels||Carl Streeter||Season 1 Episode 3|
|Frasier||Derek Mann (voice)||Season 1 Episode 4|
|1997||Duckman||Rube Richter (voice)||Season 4 Episode 11
Season 4 Episode 13
|Rugrats||Diner 2/Jack Montello (voice)||Season 4 Episode 13|
|1997-1998||The Last Don||Pippi De Lena||Miniseries|
|2001||The Sopranos||Mercedes ad voiceover||Season 3 Episode 8|
|2002||First Monday||Justice Joseph Novelli||Main Role (13 episodes)|
|2003-2005||Joan of Arcadia||Will Girardi||Main Cast (45 episodes)|
|2006||Let Go||Jack Rossati||Unaired pilot for a series starring Bonnie Hunt|
|Kim Possible||Jimmy Blamhammer (voice)||Season 3 Episode 11|
|2007-2008||The Starter Wife||Lou Manahan||Recurring Role (8 episodes)|
|2007-present||Criminal Minds||David Rossi||Main Role (207 episodes)|
|2015||The Making of the Mob: New York||Himself|
|2016-2017||Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders||David Rossi||Special Guest (2 episodes)|
|1978||Working||Emilio Hernandez / Dave McCormick|
|1984-1985||Glengarry Glen Ross||Richard Roma|
|2011||QuickBites||Episodes: "Faceless", "Sack Lunch"|
|2014-present||Criminal Minds||Episodes: "The Road Home", "Anonymous", "Til Death Do Us Part", "The Sandman", "Mirror Image"|
Joe Mantegna supports the following charitable cause: Autism.