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Also Known As: Joe Catano, Joseph Angelo D'Allesandro Iii, Joe D'Allesandro Died:
Born: December 31, 1948 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pensacola, Florida, USA Profession: actor, nude model

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Tall, androgynous leading man who made his name in several of director Paul Morrissey's collaborations with Andy Warhol.

Tall, androgynous leading man who made his name in several of director Paul Morrissey's collaborations with Andy Warhol.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Little Joe (2009)
3.
 Limey, The (1999) Uncle John
4.
 L.A. Without a Map (1998) Michael
5.
 Sugar Hill (1993) Tony Adamo
6.
 Guncrazy (1992) Rooney
7.
 Andy Warhol's Dracula (1992) Mario
8.
 Bad Love (1992) Boss
10.
 Andy Warhol's Frankenstein (1992) Nicholas
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in foster homes in Brooklyn and on Long Island
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As a teenager, stole cars; shot in the knee during one car theft, was sent to reform school; ran away and headed to Florida to live with father
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Returned to NYC briefly before heading first to Mexico and then to L.A.
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Worked as a nude model, sometimes billed as Joe Catano
1967:
Appeared in first film, Andy Warhol's "The Loves of Ondine"
1968:
Starred in "Flesh", the first of Paul Morrissey's trilogy; cast as a male hustler
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Cast in "The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart"; fired after clashing with an assistant director
1970:
Portrayed a junkie in Morrissey's "Trash"
1972:
Rounded out Morrissey's trilogy by playing a former child actor trying for a career as a rock star in "Heat"
1974:
Played the stableboy in "Flesh for Frankenstein/Andy Warhol's Frankenstein", helmed by Morrissey
1974:
Appeared as a servant in "Blood for Dracula/Andy Warhol's Dracula", also directed by Morrissey
1974:
First film not for Warhol or Morrissey, "The Gardener/Seeds of Evil", directed by James H Kay
1974:
Moved to Europe and made films primarily in Italy
1975:
Cast as a singing mute (with dubbed vocals) in Louis Malle's "Black Moon"
1976:
Starred opposite Sylvia Kristel in Walerian Borowczyk's "La Marge/The Margin/The Streetwalker"
1978:
Acted opposite Maria Schneider in Jacques Rivette's "Merry Go Round"
1979:
Had small supporting role as an actor in "Tapage Nocturne", directed by Catherine Breillat
1984:
Portrayed gangster Lucky Luciano in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club"
1984:
Appeared in an episode of "Miami Vice" (NBC)
1986:
TV series debut as regular on the short-lived syndicated cop drama "Fortune Dane"
1987:
Played a rival mobster to Ray Sharkey's Sonny Steelgrave in a memorable arc of "Wiseguy" (CBS)
1988:
Cast as a fictionalized Dutch Schultz in Blake Edwards' "Sunset"
1990:
Played a devout evangelist in John Waters' "Cry-Baby"
1992:
Acted in Tamra Davis' "Guncrazy" (aired on Showtime)
1992:
Filmed cameo appearance as himself in Robert Altman's "The Player"; scene cut from released print but restored for the home video release
1995:
Co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg in the direct-to-video release "Theodore Rex"
1999:
Appeared as himself in the quasi-documentary "Beefcake"
1999:
Had supporting role of a dumb hitman in "The Limey"
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Notes

His official Web site is at www.joedallesandro.com

"After 'Flesh' came out, I got this script from Joe Levine--yeah, Joseph Levine! But I didn't think the script was good. I looked at it, and I thought, I can 'improve' the lines better myself. At least, my way would be more real. I mean, I appreciate it, sure--and if something really right came along, I'd take a look at it, and maybe do it. But I want to stick with Paul and Andy. Our stuff is getting bigger and bigger." --Joe Dallesandro in a 1969 interview

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Leslie D'Allesandro. Married in the 1960s.
companion:
Stefania Cassini. Actor. Had relationship in the mid-1970s.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Joseph A D'Allesandro Jr. Sailor. Was 20 at time of son's birth.
mother:
Thelma D'Allesandro. Married at age 14; gave birth to son at age 16; jailed for auto theft for five years c. 1950-55.
brother:
Robert D'Allesandro. Born c. 1949.
son:
Michael D'Allesandro. Born c. 1966.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Little Joe, Superstar: The Films of Joe Dallesandro" Companion Press

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