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Also Known As: Joseph Peter Spano Died:
Born: July 7, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: San Francisco, California, USA Profession: actor

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The often soft-spoken, slightly built Joe Spano came into the public eye after more than a decade as a stage player in the San Francisco Bay Area when he was cast as Det. Henry Goldblume on the acclaimed NBC police drama "Hill Street Blues". The detective eventually romanced the ex-wife of his boss (Daniel J Travanti), who was played by Barbara Bosson, the wife of "Blues" executive producer Steve Bochco. Spano was back with Bochco starting in 1995 as Ray Velachek, a private investigator working for Teddy Hoffman (Daniel Benzali) on the low-rated, but highly regarded ABC series "Murder One".

The often soft-spoken, slightly built Joe Spano came into the public eye after more than a decade as a stage player in the San Francisco Bay Area when he was cast as Det. Henry Goldblume on the acclaimed NBC police drama "Hill Street Blues". The detective eventually romanced the ex-wife of his boss (Daniel J Travanti), who was played by Barbara Bosson, the wife of "Blues" executive producer Steve Bochco. Spano was back with Bochco starting in 1995 as Ray Velachek, a private investigator working for Teddy Hoffman (Daniel Benzali) on the low-rated, but highly regarded ABC series "Murder One".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Frost/Nixon (2008)
2.
 Fracture (2007)
3.
 Hollywoodland (2006) Cast
4.
 Hart's War (2002) Colonel J M Lange
5.
 Texas Rangers (2001) Mr Dunnison
6.
7.
 You Belong to Me Forever (2000) Gold
8.
 Logan's War: Bound By Honor (1998) Agent Downing
9.
 Primal Fear (1996) Abel Stenner
10.
 Her Costly Affair (1996) Carl Weston
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Milestones close milestones

1967:
Stage debut as Paris in "Romeo and Juliet", Berkeley, California
1968:
Member Berkeley Repertory Theatre; roles included leads in "Hamlet" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
:
Founding member, "The Wing", an improvisational theatre group in San Francisco
1972:
First film appearance, "One Is a Lonely Number"
1973:
Played bit role in "American Graffiti"
1974:
TV debut, episode of "The Streets of San Francisco"
1980:
TV-movie debut, "Fighting Back: The Rocky Bleir Story"
:
TV series debut as regular, played Henry Goldblume on NBC police drama "Hill Street Blues"
1989:
Appeared in an acclaimed episode of NBC series "Midnight Caller"; won Emmy as Best Guest Actor
1995:
Cast as Dominic Corso in short-lived NBC series "Amazing Grace", starring Patty Duke
:
Joined cast of "Murder One" in recurring role of Ray Velachek
1996:
Had featured role in "Primal Fear", directed by Gregory Hoblit
2002:
Made cameo appearance in the Hoblit-directed "Hart's War"
2006:
Cast as Howard Strickling, a 'fixer' for MGM studio boss Eddie Mannix (Bob Hoskins) in "Hollywoodland"
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Education

University of California at Berkeley: Berkeley , California -

Notes

Not to be confused with Australian actor of the same name.

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wife:
Joan Zerrie. Ceramic artist.

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father:
Vincent Dante Spano. Physician.
mother:
Virginia Jean Spano.

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