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Joe Mantegna (1947)

Joseph Anthony Mantegna, Jr.

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Joseph Anthony "Joe" Mantegna, Jr. 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 , The Godfather Part III , Forget Paris , and Up Close & Personal . He currently stars in the CBS television series Criminal Minds as FBI Special Agent David Rossi.

Mantegna has gained Emmy Award nominations for his roles in three different miniseries: The Last Don , The Rat Pack , and The Starter Wife . He has also served as executive producer for various movies and television movies, including Corduroy , Hoods , and Lakeboat which he also directed.

For television, Mantegna has starred in the short lived series First Monday 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 . Additionally, he played Robert B. Parker's fictional detective Spenser in three made-for-TV movies between 1999 and 2001.

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 early life
An Italian American, Mantegna was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1947 to Maryann (née Novelli), a shipping clerk, and Joseph Anthony Mantegna, Sr., who worked in insurance sales and died in 1969 of tuberculosis. Mantegna was raised Catholic and attended J. Sterling Morton High School East in Cicero, Illinois. He graduated with a degree in acting from the Goodman School of Drama in 1970. 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 band mates as well.

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Mantegna made his acting debut in the 1969 stage production of "Hair" and debuted on Broadway in "Working" . He also helped write "Bleacher Bums," an award-winning play which was first performed at Chicago's Organic Theater Company, and was a member of its original cast.

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" . He played womanizing dentist Bruce Fleckstein in "Compromising Positions" . Other early movies include co-starring roles in "The Money Pit" , "Weeds" , and "Suspect" .

He also starred in the critically acclaimed movies "House of Games" and "Things Change" , 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 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 made a call, then Montana would not play in his next game--an implication that Mantegna's true personality equaled his gangster roles.


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 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, Mantenga received the 2,438th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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
Mantegna has been married to Arlene Vrhel since December 3, 1975. Mantegna is a parent of a child with autism and he and Arlene have two daughters, Mia and Gia. Gia, an actress, appeared alongside her father in Criminal Minds as one of the victims in the Season 3 episode "3rd Life." Arlene owns a Chicago-themed restaurant in Burbank, California named Taste Chicago.

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