Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Nov. 13th, 1947
Born in
Chicago, Illinois, USA
5' 11

Joe Mantegna's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Criminal Minds TV Show
Criminal Minds
Joan of Arcadia TV Show
Joan of Arcadia
The Starter Wife TV Show
The Starter Wife
Fallen Angels TV Show
Fallen Angels
First Monday TV Show
First Monday
Emeril Live TV Show
Emeril Live

Main Movie Roles

2010 - Valentine's Day
2009 - Lonely Street
2008 - Witless Protection
2008 - Redbelt
2008 - Hank and Mike
2007 - Cougar Club
2007 - The Simpsons Movie
2007 - Heckler
2007 - Naked Fear
2007 - Elvis and Anabelle
2005 - Nine Lives
2004 - Stateside
1999 - Liberty Heights
1998 - Celebrity
1998 - Airspeed
1996 - Eye For An Eye
1996 - Thinner
1996 - Up Close & Personal
1995 - Above Suspicion
1995 - Forget Paris
1994 - Airheads
1994 - Baby's Day Out
1993 - Searching for Bobby Fischer
1993 - Body of Evidence
1991 - Homicide
1991 - Bugsy
1990 - Alice
1990 - The Godfather: Part III
1987 - Suspect
1987 - Critical Condition
1987 - House of Games
1986 - The Money Pit
1986 - Off Beat
1986 - Three Amigos
1980 - Xanadu

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Fat Tony (Voiced)
Rube Richter (Voiced)
Bill Swerski
Derek Mann (Voiced)
Harry Dobbs (segment "Shelter Skelter")
The Sheik
Jack Montello (Voiced)
[Complete List]


An Italian American, Mantegna was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1947 to Mary Anne (Novielli), a shipping clerk from Acquaviva delle Fonti Italy, 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 studied acting at the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University in 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 band mates as well.

  • Was 'Robert B. Parker' (qv)'s personal pick to play Spenser in _"Spenser: For Hire" (1985)_ (qv) (before 'Robert Urich (I)' (qv) was cast in the role).
  • Father of 'Gia Mantegna' (qv).
  • He was awarded the 1984 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for "Glengarry Glen Ross" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
  • His favourite food is Italian beef.
  • As of May 15, 2005 has appeared on _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv) a record 16 times.
  • Along with 'Elizabeth Taylor (I)' (qv) and 'Mark Hamill (I)' (qv), he is one of only three actors to play both themselves and a fictional character in _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv). He played himself in the Season Three episode "Bart the Murderer" and portrayed Fat Tony in that and fourteen other episodes of the series.
  • Good friend of Denis Leary.
  • His character in the _"The Simpsons" (1989)_ (qv) was originally intended to be a one-time guest appearance in the episode "Bart The Murderer", but it became a recurring role later on in the series' run. According to the Season 3 DVD commentary track, Mantegna liked the character and wanted to voice him again.

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