Joe Santos

Joe Santos

Age
84 (passed away Mar. 18th, 2016)
Birthday
Jun. 9th, 1931
Born in
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height

Joe Santos' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Rockford Files TV Show
The Rockford Files
A.K.A. Pablo TV Show
A.K.A. Pablo
Me and Maxx TV Show
Me and Maxx
 

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]



BIOGRAPHY:

Hispanic Brooklyn-born actor Joe Santos started out a football jock at Fordham University and turned semi-pro before finding a new avenue in acting. Success was long in coming, and he paid his dues for years in a number of blue-collar jobs including railroad worker, tree trimmer, cabbie and barkeep while taking acting classes. A soap opera job and work in his cousin Joseph W. Sarno's cheapjack film exploitations (Flesh and Lace (1965), Moonlighting Wives (1966) and My Body Hungers (1967)) in the '60s seemed to lead nowhere. His first real break came with the searing film downer The Panic in Needle Park (1971), getting a part at the urging of his friend and star of the film, the up-and-coming Al Pacino, who had played some softball with Santos. A prime role as a sympathetic sergeant in the acclaimed TV mini-series The Blue Knight (1973) (TV) led Santos in the direction of "good cop" parts, with a long-running role as James Garner's long-suffering friend Lt. Becker on the series "The Rockford Files" (1974) (1974-80). Other series roles in "Me and Maxx" (1980), "a.k.a. Pablo" (1984)--as Paul Rodriguez (I)'s dad--and Lt. Harper in the 1985-86 season of "Hardcastle and McCormick" (1983) kept him busy. Missing out on the one big role that might have put him on the map, the beefy and balding Santos remains a durable and reliable supporting player, getting some deserved notice in 2004 with his recurring role of "Consigliere Angelo Garepe" in the hit hitman series "The Sopranos" (1999). He has also dabbled in playwriting, having penned "Sunset Normandie", in which he also starred.


TRIVIA:
  • Cousin of director 'Joseph W. Sarno' (qv).
  • Father of producer/director/writer 'Perry Santos (I)' (qv).


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