Joe Mantegna

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Joe Mantegna
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Mantegna at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert
BornJoseph Anthony Mantegna, Jr.
(1947-11-13) November 13, 1947 (age 67)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
ResidenceNorth Hollywood, Los Angeles
EducationJ. Sterling Morton High School East
Alma materGoodman School of Drama
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter, executive producer
Years active1969–present
Home townCicero, Illinois
TelevisionThe Simpsons,
Criminal Minds
Spouse(s)Arlene Vrhel (1975–present)
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Joe Mantegna
Joe Mantegna 2011 (cropped).jpg
Mantegna at the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert
BornJoseph Anthony Mantegna, Jr.
(1947-11-13) November 13, 1947 (age 67)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
ResidenceNorth Hollywood, Los Angeles
EducationJ. Sterling Morton High School East
Alma materGoodman School of Drama
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter, executive producer
Years active1969–present
Home townCicero, Illinois
TelevisionThe Simpsons,
Criminal Minds
Spouse(s)Arlene Vrhel (1975–present)

Joseph Anthony "Joe" Mantegna, Jr. (/mænˈtnjɑː/,[1] Italian pronunciation: [manˈteɲɲa]; born November 13, 1947) is an American actor, producer, writer, director, and voice actor. He is best known for his roles in box office hits such as Three Amigos (1986), The Godfather Part III (1990), Forget Paris (1995), and Up Close & Personal (1996). He currently stars in the CBS television series Criminal Minds as FBI Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi.

Mantegna has gained 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.

For television, Mantegna has starred in the short lived series First Monday (2002) and Joan of Arcadia (2003–2005). Since the 1991 episode "Bart the Murderer," Mantegna has had a recurring role on the animated comedy series The Simpsons as mob boss Fat Tony, reprising the role in The Simpsons Movie (2007). Additionally, he played Robert B. Parker's fictional detective Spenser in three made-for-TV movies between 1999 and 2001.

Early life[edit]

An Italian American,[2] Mantegna was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1947 to Mary Anne (Novelli), a shipping clerk from Acquaviva delle Fonti, Italy, and Joseph Anthony Mantegna, Sr., an insurance salesman[3] from Calascibetta, Sicily[4] who died in 1971 of tuberculosis.[5] Mantegna was raised Catholic[6] and attended J. Sterling Morton High School East in Cicero, Illinois. Mantegna even has his own "honorary sign" by Austin Boulevard and 25th Street in Cicero, Il[5] He studied acting at the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University from 1967 to 1969.[7] While still a young man in Chicago, he played bass in a band called The Apocryphals,[8] 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 band mates as well.[8]


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 he had a small role which was cut, although since his name is in the film's credits, Mantegna gets residuals for the film.[9]

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). Joe starred in an episode of The Twilight Zone in 1985 called Shelter Skelter. Other early movies include co-starring roles 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.

A highly versatile actor, 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 and an Emmy-nominated performance as singer Dean Martin in HBO's 1998 film The Rat Pack.

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." In one instance, however, 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 in May 2008

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.[10][11]

Since 2006, he has co-narrated the National Memorial Day Concert on the Mall in Washington, D.C. with Gary Sinise.[12]

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.[13]

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

Personal life[edit]

Mantegna married Arlene Vrhel on December 3, 1975 and they have two daughters: Mia and Gia (née Gina). Arlene owns a Chicago-themed restaurant in Burbank, California named Taste Chicago.[14] Mia (born June 5, 1987) was delivered via emergency C-section after her umbilical cord became infected. At birth, she weighed one pound and 13 ounces and spent her first few months in intensive care. She was later diagnosed to be autistic[15] and works as a make-up artist.[16][17][15][15] 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.[15]

A native of the Chicago area, Mantegna is a Chicago Cubs fan and has led the Cubs' ritual of singing the anthem "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the 7th inning stretch multiple times.[18][19] This was referenced in the show Criminal Minds where his character David Rossi's office is decked with Cubs gear.


1976Medusa ChallengerJoeMain Role
1978TowingChrisMain Cast
1978A Steady RainMain Cast
1979To Be AnnouncedMain Cast
1979ElvisJoe Esposito
1979Bleacher BumsDeckerMain Role
1980XanaduThe MusesScenes deleted
1983Second ThoughtsOrderly
1984The OutlawsYuriMain Cast
1985Compromising PositionsBruce FlecksteinMain Cast
1985Big Shots in AmericaJovan Joey ShagulaMain Role
1986The Money PitArt ShirkMain Cast
1986Off BeatPete PetersonMain Cast
1986Three AmigosHarry FluglemanRecurring role
1987Critical ConditionArthur ChambersMain Cast
1987House of GamesMikeMain Cast
1987WeedsCarmineMain Cast
1987SuspectCharlie StellaMain Cast
1988Things ChangeJerryMain Role
1989Wait Until Spring, BandiniBandiniMain Role
1990The Godfather Part IIIJoey ZasaMain Cast
1990AliceJoeMain Cast
1991Queens LogicAlMain Cast
1991HomicideBobby GoldMain Role
1991BugsyGeorgeRecurring role
1992The Comrades of SummerSparky SmithMain Role
1992The Water EngineLawrence ObermanMain Cast
1993Body of EvidenceRobert GarrettMain Cast
1993Family PrayersMartin JacobsMain Role
1993Searching for Bobby FischerFred WaitzkinMain Cast
1994Baby's Day OutEddieMain Role
1994AirheadsIanMain Cast
1994State of EmergencyDr. John NovelliMain Role
1995Captain Nuke and the Bomber BoysJoey FranelliMain Role
1995For Better or WorseStoneRecurring role
1995Forget ParisAndyMain Cast
1995Above SuspicionAlan RhinehartRecurring role
1995Favorite Deadly SinsFrank MussoMain Cast
1996Eye for an EyeDet. Sgt. DenilloMain Cast
1996Up Close & PersonalBucky TerranovaMain Cast
1996UnderworldFrank Gavilan / Frank Cassady / Richard EssexMain Cast
1996Albino AlligatorA.T.F. Agent G.D. BrowningSupporting Cast
1996ThinnerRichie Ginelli
1996Persons UnknownJim HollandMain Role
1997A Call to RememberDavis TobiasMain Cast
1997Face DownBob SignorelliMain Role
1997Merry Christmas, George BaileyJoseph/NickMain Cast
1998Jerry and TomTomMain Role
1998The Wonderful Ice Cream SuitGomezMain Role
1998For HireAlan WebberMain Cast
1998HoodsAngelo MartinelliMain Cast
1998CelebrityTony GardellaMain Cast
1998Boy Meets GirlIl MagnificoMain Cast
1998The Great Empire: RomeNarratorMain Cast
1998The Rat PackDean MartinMain Cast
1999AirspeedRaymond StoneMain Cast
1999Error in JudgmentEricMain Cast
1999The RunnerRoccoMain Cast
1999Liberty HeightsNate KurtzmanMain Cast
1999Spenser: Small VicesSpenserMain Role
1999My Little AssassinFidel CastroMain Cast
2000LakeboatGuy at Gate (uncredited)
2000Body and SoulAlex DumasMain Cast
2000More Dogs Than BonesDesalvoMain Role
2000The Last Producer
2000Thin AirSpenserMain Role
2001Fall: The Price of SilenceAgent Jim DanaherMain Cast
2001The Trumpet of the SwanMonty (voice)Main Cast
2001LagunaNicola PianonMain Role
2001Off KeyRicardo PalaciosMain Role
2001Turbulence 3: Heavy MetalFrank Garner
2001Walking ShadowSpenserMain Role
2002Mother GhostJerryRecurring Role
2002Women vs. MenMichaelMain Cast
2002And Thou Shalt HonorHost/NarratorMain Role
2003Uncle NinoRobert MicelliMain Role
2004First FlightRobert Sloan (Voice)
2004StatesideGil DeloachMain Cast
2004Pontormo: A Heretical LovePontormoMain Role
2004A Very Married ChristmasFrank GriffinMain Cast
2005Nine LivesRichardMain Cast
2005EdmondMan in BarMain Cast
2005The Kid & IDavis RomanMain Cast
2006Club Soda (2006 film)MikeMain Cast
2007Elvis and AnabelleCharlieMain Cast
2007Naked FearSheriff Tom BenikeMain Cast
2007Cougar ClubMr. StackMain Cast
2007The Simpsons MovieFat Tony (voice)Recurring Role
2008Hank and MikeMr. PanMain Cast
2008West of BrooklynGaetano D'AmicoMain Cast
2008Witless ProtectionDr. Rondog 'Doc' SavageMain Cast
2008RedbeltJerry WeissMain Cast
2008Who's Wagging Who?Rudy (voice)Main Cast
2008Justice League: The New FrontierCrooner (voice)
2008The Last Hit ManHarry TremayneMain Role
2009Lonely StreetJerry FinkelmanMain Cast
2009Archie's Final ProjectIndian PsychiatristRecurring Role
2009The AssistantsGary GreeneMain Cast
2009The House That Jack BuiltJack Jr.Main Role
2010Pop ShockBilly
2010Valentine's DayAngry DriverRecurring Role
2010Hannah MantegnaHannah MantegnaMain Role
2011Cars 2Grem (voice)
2011Sacks WestRecurring Role
2011Yule Tide Good Samaritan, TheThe Yule Tide Good SamaritanTim O'Neill
2013CompulsionDetective ReynoldsMain Cast
2014AirBurst: The Soda of DoomMM-Ci (Voice)Main Cast
1980–1981SoapJuan One7 episodes
1981It's a LivingLouis AllenSeason 2 Episode 3
1981Bosom BuddiesThe ShiekSeason 2 Episode 4
1981Open All NightChange
Season 1 Episode 1
Season 1 Episode 3
1982The Greatest American HeroJuanSeason 2 Episode 3
1982Archie Bunker's PlaceJoe GarverSeason 3 Episode 20
1982Simon & SimonHenrySeason 2 Episode 1
1984Comedy ZoneVarious2 episodes
1987The Twilight ZoneHarry DobbsSeason 2 Episode: "Shelter Skelter"
1991Saturday Night LiveHostSeason 16, Episode 10
1991–presentThe SimpsonsFat Tony (voice)25 episodes
1993Fallen AngelsCarl StreeterSeason 1 Episode 3
1993FrasierDerek Mann (voice)Season 1 Episode 4
1997DuckmanRube Richter (voice)Season 4 Episode 11
Season 4 Episode 13
1997–1998The Last DonPippi De LenaMiniseries
1997RugratsDiner 2/Jack Montello (voice)Season 4 Episode 13
2001The SopranosMercedes ad voiceoverSeason 3 Episode 8
2002First MondayJustice Joseph NovelliMain Role (13 episodes)
2003–2005Joan of ArcadiaWill GirardiMain Cast (45 episodes)
2006Let GoJack RossatiUnaired pilot for a series starring Bonnie Hunt
2006Kim PossibleJimmy Blamhammer (voice)Season 3 Episode 11
2007–2008The Starter WifeLou ManahanRecurring Role (8 episodes)
2007–presentCriminal MindsDavid RossiMain Role (159 episodes)
1978WorkingEmilio Hernandez / Dave McCormick
1984–1985Glengarry Glen RossRichard Roma
1988Speed-the-PlowBobby Gould

Narrator in Audiobook Judge & Jury by James Patterson & Andrew Gross


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  2. ^ Ryan, Maureen (October 30, 2007). "Joe Mantegna Replaces Mandy Patinkin in "Criminal Minds" 8 p.m. Wed. CBS". The Annotico Report, Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 19, 2008. 
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  13. ^ "Chicago Actor Joe Mantegna Honored with a Star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame". 2011. 
  14. ^ "Authentic Chicago Style Italian food in California!". Taste Chicago. Retrieved September 19, 2008. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Joe Mantegna — When Life Flips the Script". ABILITY Magazine. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "A Father's Love: Actor Joe Mantegna on his Daughter's Autism". Brain World Magazine. April 6, 2012. 
  17. ^, writing "James Denton ... applauded hosts of the organization's autism awareness public service announcements, including celebrity parents of children with autism, Ed Asner, Gary Cole, Joe Mantegna, and John Schneider."
  18. ^ "Joe Mantegna explains the unusual origins of his 'Criminal Minds' character". Chicago Tribune. October 30, 2007. 
  19. ^ "Cubs to tweak guest-singer rules". ESPN. February 28, 2013. 

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