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Also Known As: Joseph Minieri Died:
Born: June 9, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, construction worker

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A street-edged character player of TV and movies, often cast as an urban detective or crook, Joe Santos is perhaps best remembered as Detective Dennis Becker, cop pal who respects James Garner's Jim Rockford, on "The Rockford Files" (NBC, 1974-80) and its numerous TV-movies.Santos began his on-screen career with a bit part in "My Body Hungers", a low-budget 1967 film. Subsequent roles included DiBono in "The Panic in Needle Park" and Ezmo in "The Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight" (both 1971). He was a little known working actor when cast in "The Rockford Files", which triggered much additional work, including TV-movies such as "A Matter of Wife . . . and Death (NBC, 1976). When film work remained sporadic, even after the demise of "Rockford", Santos tried, unsuccessfully, to hook onto another top series. Instead, he weathered flops such as "Me and Maxx" (NBC, 1980), "a.k.a. Pablo" (ABC, 1984) and "Hardcastle and McCormick" (ABC, 1985-86). He had a recurring role as a cop during the 1986-87 season of "Magnum, P.I." (CBS). By the late 80s, Santos was a familiar face in numerous episodic guest appearances, including several as a detective who doesn't like Jessica's meddling on "Murder, She Wrote". His...

A street-edged character player of TV and movies, often cast as an urban detective or crook, Joe Santos is perhaps best remembered as Detective Dennis Becker, cop pal who respects James Garner's Jim Rockford, on "The Rockford Files" (NBC, 1974-80) and its numerous TV-movies.

Santos began his on-screen career with a bit part in "My Body Hungers", a low-budget 1967 film. Subsequent roles included DiBono in "The Panic in Needle Park" and Ezmo in "The Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight" (both 1971). He was a little known working actor when cast in "The Rockford Files", which triggered much additional work, including TV-movies such as "A Matter of Wife . . . and Death (NBC, 1976). When film work remained sporadic, even after the demise of "Rockford", Santos tried, unsuccessfully, to hook onto another top series. Instead, he weathered flops such as "Me and Maxx" (NBC, 1980), "a.k.a. Pablo" (ABC, 1984) and "Hardcastle and McCormick" (ABC, 1985-86). He had a recurring role as a cop during the 1986-87 season of "Magnum, P.I." (CBS). By the late 80s, Santos was a familiar face in numerous episodic guest appearances, including several as a detective who doesn't like Jessica's meddling on "Murder, She Wrote". His fortunes were revived in 1992 when Santos was cast in a key role in "Sinatra", the CBS miniseries based on the life of the singer. Work in the features "The Last Boy Scout" (1991), "Mo' Money" (1992) and "Trial By Jury" (1994) followed. The revival of "The Rockford Files", which became a once or twice-a-year TV event after 1994, also brought Santos back into the public eye, as did a strong supporting role in HBO's "Tyson" miniseries.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Auggie Rose (2000) Emanuel
2.
 Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads, The (1999) Lieutenant Dennis Becker
3.
 Postman, The (1997) Getty
4.
 Rockford Files: Murder and Misdemeanors, The (1997) Lieutenant Dennis Becker
5.
 Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play, The (1996) Lieutenant Dennis Becker
6.
 Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best, The (1996) Lieutenant Dennis Becker
7.
8.
 Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime, The (1996) Lieutenant Dennis Becker
9.
 Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise, The (1995) Lieutenant Dennis Becker
10.
 Art Deco Detective (1994) Detective Guy Lean
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1952:
Served in US Army Medical Corps
1967:
Film debut "My Body Hungers"
1973:
TV-movie debut, "The Blue Knight" (NBC)
:
TV series debut as Detective Dennis Becker on "The Rockford Files" (NBC)
1980:
Starred on short-lived sitcom "Me and Maxx" (NBC)
1984:
Played the father on the short-lived sitcom "a.k.a. Pablo" (ABC)
:
Featured as Lt. Frank Harper on "Hardcastle & McCormick" (ABC)
1985:
Co-starred in feature film, "Fear City"
:
Played recurring role of Lt. Page on "Magnum, P.I." (CBS)
1990:
Played Lopez in TV version "Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea"
1992:
Appeared as Marty Sinatra, "Sinatra" miniseries (CBS)
1992:
Co-starred in the film "Mo' Money"
1994:
Reprised role of Det. Becker on "Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A." TV-movie and subsequent revivals
1994:
Co-starred on big screen in "Art Deco Detective" and "Trial By Jury"
1995:
Appeared in "Tyson" (HBO)
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Education

Fordham University: Bronx , New York - 1949 - 1950
Miami University: Oxford , Ohio - 1950 - 1951

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wife:
Mary Montero. Married on March 31, 1958.

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father:
Joseph Minieri.
mother:
Rose Minieri.
son:
Joseph Santos.
son:
Perry Santos.
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