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Also Known As: Joseph Anthony Mantegna Jr. Died:
Born: November 13, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, playwright, director, photographer

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A versatile, seasoned player on both stage and screen, Joe Mantegna first garnered national prominence for his work with writer-director David Mamet, earning a Tony award for "Glengarry Glen Ross" in 1983 before appearing in Mamet films like "House of Games" (1987), "Homicide" (1991) and the slated 2008 release "Redbelt." The Italian Chicago native was often typecast in mafia and con man roles when he first transitioned to film and television, but as his career progressed, audiences were given the opportunity to appreciate his nuanced and realistic acting style. He shone on the screen in roles ranging from supportive father - "Searching for Bobby Fischer (1994), "Joan of Arcadia" (CBS, 2002-05) - to manipulative film producer - "The Starter Wife" (USA, 2007) - and even poked fun at the mafia genre with a long-running voice role as mob boss "Fat Tony" on "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ). In the fall of 2007, he joined the CBS prime time lineup by playing a retired FBI agent in the popular crime drama "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 2005- ).

A versatile, seasoned player on both stage and screen, Joe Mantegna first garnered national prominence for his work with writer-director David Mamet, earning a Tony award for "Glengarry Glen Ross" in 1983 before appearing in Mamet films like "House of Games" (1987), "Homicide" (1991) and the slated 2008 release "Redbelt." The Italian Chicago native was often typecast in mafia and con man roles when he first transitioned to film and television, but as his career progressed, audiences were given the opportunity to appreciate his nuanced and realistic acting style. He shone on the screen in roles ranging from supportive father - "Searching for Bobby Fischer (1994), "Joan of Arcadia" (CBS, 2002-05) - to manipulative film producer - "The Starter Wife" (USA, 2007) - and even poked fun at the mafia genre with a long-running voice role as mob boss "Fat Tony" on "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ). In the fall of 2007, he joined the CBS prime time lineup by playing a retired FBI agent in the popular crime drama "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 2005- ).

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Lakeboat (2000) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bronx Bull, The (2014)
2.
 Ten Cent Pistol (2013)
3.
 Compulsion (2013)
4.
 Cars 2 (2011)
6.
 Assistants, The (2010)
7.
 West of Brooklyn (2009)
9.
 We Believe (2009)
10.
 Lonely Street (2009)
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Milestones close milestones

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Acted in several high school plays
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Sang in a rock band, Apocryphals, while in high school
1969:
First professional stage job cast as Berger in a touring production of "Hair"
1971:
Returned to Chicago
1973:
Joined Organic Theatre Company (remained six years) acting in such productions as "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit"
1976:
Worked as teacher at Columbia College, Chicago
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Acted in David Mamet's "A Life in the Theater"
1977:
Staged and co-scripted (with Organic Theater associates) "Bleacher Bums"
1978:
Broadway debut in the musical "Working"
1978:
Moved to Los Angeles with wife; actor Dennis Franz traveled with them
:
Started a business taking head shots of actors
1979:
Primetime TV debut in the ABC biopic "Elvis"
1984:
Breakthrough stage role as Ricky Roma in Mamet's Pulitzer-winning "Glengarry Glen Ross"; won Tony Award
1985:
First major feature acting role, "Compromising Positions" portraying a womanizing dentist who is murdered
1987:
Played first leading role in a film, "House of Games"; written and directed by David Mamet
1988:
Starred opposite Don Ameche in Mamet's "Things Change"
1988:
Returned to Broadway in Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow"; co-starring with Madonna and Ron Silver
1990:
Starred opposite Mia Farrow in Woody Allen's "Alice"
1990:
Cast as a small-time hood named Joey Zasa in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather, Part III"
1991:
Provided the voice of the recurring character Fat Tony in episodes of the Fox animated series "The Simpsons"
1991:
Portrayed Hollywood veteran George Raft in Barry Levinson's "Bugsy"
1992:
Had the leading role of a genius inventor in the TV adaptation of Mamet's "The Water Engine" (TNT)
1993:
Co-starred with Madonna in the film "Body of Evidence"
1993:
Offered a fine change-of-pace turn as the father of a chess prodigy in "Searching for Bobby Fischer"
1994:
Received strong notices as an emergency room physician in the "HBO Showcase" production "State of Emergency"
1994:
Directed Mamet's play "Lifeboat" at the Tiffany Theater in West Hollywood
1996:
Played an agent in "Up Close and Personal"
1997:
Portrayed yet another mafiosa in the CBS miniseries "Mario Puzo's The Last Don"; received an Emmy nomination
1997:
Starred opposite Blythe Danner as Holocaust survivors in "A Call to Remember" (Starz!)
1998:
Recreated stage role of Gomez who covets the titular "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit"; screened at the Sundance Film Festival before becoming a direct-to-video release
1998:
Reprised role in the sequel "Mario Puzo's The Last Don II" (CBS)
1998:
Cast as Dean Martin in the HBO biopic "The Rat Pack"
1999:
Executive produced and starred in "Hoods" (Starz!)
1999:
Appeared as Robert Parker's private investigator Spenser in the A&E telefilm "Small Vices"
1999:
Had supporting role in Barry Levinson's semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale "Liberty Heights"
2000:
Again played Spenser in "Thin Air" (A&E)
2000:
Feature directorial debut, "Lakeboat"
2001:
Reprised role as Parker's PI Spenser in the A&E original "Walking Shadows"
2002:
Co-starred as a US Supreme Court Justice in the CBS series "First Monday"
2004:
Cast as the father of Jonathan Tucker's character in the drama "Stateside"
2005:
Co-starred with Anne Archer in "Uncle Nino" a film about a dysfunctional family brought closer by a visiting relative
2005:
Cast in the ensemble "Nine Lives"; Rodrigo GarcĂ­a directs a series of vignettes, offering glimpses into the lives of nine women
2007:
Portrayed studio head 'Lou Manahan' in USA Network's "The Starter Wife"; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
2007:
Reprised the character of Fat Tony in "The Simpsons Movie"
2007:
Joined the cast of CBS' drama "Criminal Minds," replacing Mandy Patinkin
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Education

Morton East High School: Cicero , Illinois -
Morton Junior College: Cicero , Illinois - 1965 - 1967
The Goodman School of Drama: Chicago , Illinois - 1970

Notes

"Bleacher Bums" has played in the same Los Angeles theater for over 10 years.

Mantegna toured Europe twice with The Organic Theater Company.

"My attitude was always, 'Why isn't it happening sooner?' Not 'Will it ever happen?' You have to have that kind of ego or cockiness. This business is not for the faint of heart. I never felt intimidated and I never felt I didn't belong, even when I was struggling.

"I think everybody should be an actor for one day. You can use your character to vent the frustrations you're feeling in your own life. I can be a cop, a robber, the butcher, the baker, the Indian chief, whatever. There's a certain kind of escapism from yourself in playing somebody else." --Joe Mantegna offering his philosophy on his career, quoted in DAILY NEWS, March 3, 1996

"I never lose sight of the fact that I'm in a line of work that is, essentially, other people's fantasies." --Mantegna quoted in DAILY NEWS, May 6, 1997

"I've always thought of myself as a character man. That's what I did in the theater for 15 years before films." --Joe Mantegna quoted in MOVIELINE, July 1999

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Arlene Mantegna. Actor. Born c. 1949; met in high school; renewed acquaintance and began dating in 1969 when both were cast in a production of the musical "Hair"; married on December 3, 1975; owns Fabulous Fortune Brownies company in the San Fernando Valley.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Joseph Anthony Mantegna Sr. Insurance salesman. Died in June 1969 of tuberculosis.
mother:
Mary Ann Mantegna. Shipping clerk.
brother:
Ronald Mantegna. Marketing executive. Born c. 1940.
daughter:
Mia Marie Mantegna. Born prematurely on June 5, 1987 after doctors identified an infection in the umbilical cord; weighed only 1 pound, 15 ounces and was reportedly one of the smallest babies born in California that year; at age 2 1/2 was diagnosed as autistic.
daughter:
Gina Mantegna. Born c. 1991.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Bleacher Bums" Samuel French
"Leonardo"

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