Joe Mantegna

Joseph Anthony Mantegna (/mænˈteɪnjɑː/, Italian pronunciation: [manˈteɲɲa]; born November 13, 1947) is an American actor, producer, writer, and director.

Mantegna began his career on stage in 1969 with the musical Hair. He earned a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for portraying Richard Roma in the first American production of David Mamet's play Glengarry Glen Ross, the first of many collaborations with Mamet.[1] Mantegna was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Awards for his role in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize–winning play Glengarry Glen Ross. His long-standing association with Mamet includes the premieres of A Life in the Theatre, The Disappearance of the Jews and Speed-the-Plow on Broadway.

Mantegna has also directed a highly lauded production of Mamet's Lakeboat, which enjoyed a successful theatrical run in Los Angeles, and he later directed the film version.[2] In addition to theatrical appearances directed by Mamet, Mantegna appeared in Mamet's films House of Games (1987), Things Change (1988), Homicide (1991), and Redbelt (2008).

Expanding to film and television, Mantegna is best known for his roles in box office hits including Three Amigos (1986), The Godfather Part III (1990), Forget Paris (1995), and Up Close and Personal (1996). Since 2007, he has starred in the CBS television series Criminal Minds as FBI Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi. Beginning with the 1991 episode "Bart the Murderer", Mantegna has voiced the recurring role of mob boss Fat Tony on the animated series The Simpsons, as well as The Simpsons Movie (2007).

Mantegna has starred in the television series First Monday (2002) and Joan of Arcadia (2003–2005). He earned Emmy Award nominations for his roles in three different miniseries: The Last Don (1997), The Rat Pack (1998), and The Starter Wife (2007). He has also served as executive producer for various movies and television movies, including Corduroy (1984), Hoods (1998), and Lakeboat (2000), which he also directed. Additionally, he played Robert B. Parker's fictional detective Spenser in three made-for-TV movies between 1999 and 2001, and has narrated a number of audiobook readings of the Spenser novels.

An avid firearms enthusiast, he is the host of MidwayUSA's Gun Stories on the cable television Outdoor Channel.[3]

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Mantegna at a 2014 Evening Parade reception in Washington, D.C.
Joseph Anthony Mantegna

November 13, 1947 (age 71)
EducationJ. Sterling Morton High School East
Alma materGoodman School of Drama
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter, executive producer
Years active1969–present
Home townCicero, Illinois, U.S.
TelevisionThe Simpsons
Criminal Minds
Arlene Vrhel (m. 1975)

Early life

Of Italian, Apulian and Sicilian descent,[4] Mantegna was born in 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. His parents were Mary Ann (Novelli), a shipping clerk from Acquaviva delle Fonti, Apulia, Italy who died in 2017 at the age of 101,[5] and Joseph Henry Mantegna, an insurance salesman[6] from Calascibetta, Sicily[7] who died in 1971 of tuberculosis.[8]

Mantegna was raised Catholic[9] and attended J. Sterling Morton High School East in Cicero, Illinois. He studied acting at the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University from 1967–69.[10]

As a young man in Chicago, he played bass in a band called The Apocryphals,[11] which later played with another local group, The Missing Links, who went on to form the band Chicago. Mantegna is still very close to the original members of Chicago and keeps in touch with his old bandmates as well.[11]


Mantegna made his acting debut in the 1969 stage production of Hair and debuted on Broadway in Working (1978). He co-wrote Bleacher Bums, an award-winning play which was first performed at Chicago's Organic Theater Company, and was a member of its original cast. In the movie Xanadu (1980), he had a small role which was cut, although since his name is in the film's credits, Mantegna gets residuals for the film.[12]

Mantegna won a Tony award for his portrayal of Richard Roma in David Mamet's play Glengarry Glen Ross. He has had a long and successful association with Mamet, appearing in a number of his works.[1]

Mantegna made his feature film debut in Medusa Challenger (1977). He played womanizing dentist Bruce Fleckstein in Compromising Positions (1985). He starred in an episode of The Twilight Zone in 1985 called Shelter Skelter. His other early film roles were supporting performances in The Money Pit (1986), Weeds (1987) and Suspect (1987).

Joe Mantegna, 2009
Mantegna in 2009

He also starred in the critically acclaimed movies House of Games (1987) and Things Change (1988), both written by Mamet. He and Things Change co-star Don Ameche received the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival. In 1991, Mantegna starred in another Mamet story, the highly praised police thriller Homicide.

Mantegna has played a wide range of roles, from the comic, as a jaded disc jockey in Airheads and an inept kidnapper from Baby's Day Out, to the dramatic, in roles such as Joey Zasa, a treacherous mobster in The Godfather Part III (1990) and an Emmy-nominated performance as singer Dean Martin in HBO's film The Rat Pack (1998).

Mantegna has a recurring role in the animated series The Simpsons as the voice of mob boss Anthony "Fat Tony" D'Amico. He insists on voicing the character every time he appears, no matter how little dialogue he has. To quote: "If Fat Tony sneezes, I want to be there." However, in one instance, Phil Hartman voiced Fat Tony in the episode "A Fish Called Selma".

Mantegna spoofed himself when he hosted Saturday Night Live for the 1990–1991 season in which he calmly began his monologue by saying he did not wish to be typecast from his gangster roles. A disappointed little boy and his father leave, as they mistakenly believed the host would be Joe Montana (football player) due to the similar names. Mantegna then began speaking in a low, controlled voice to the little boy, telling him it was best to stay in the audience and respect his performance; he warned the boy that if he (Mantegna) made a call, then Montana would not play in his next game—an implication that Mantegna's true personality equaled his gangster roles.

In 2002, Mantegna starred as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, Justice Joseph Novelli, on the CBS midseason replacement drama First Monday.[13]

Mantegna received the Lifetime Achievement Award on April 26, 2004, at the Los Angeles Italian Film Festival.

On August 11, 2007, Mantegna signed on to replace departing star Mandy Patinkin on the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds.[14][15] Since season 9, he has directed several episodes as well.

Since 2006, he has co-narrated the National Memorial Day Concert on the Mall in Washington D.C. with Gary Sinise.

In 2016 he took part in an event at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art reading some of Gabriele Tinti's poems about Hercules.[16][17]


On April 29, 2011, Mantegna received the 2,438th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.[18]

On June 6, 2011, Mantegna's hometown of Cicero celebrated his body of work with an honorary street sign—Joe Mantegna Boulevard—on the northeast corner of Austin Boulevard and 25th Street, the location of his high school.

In 2014, Mantegna received a star on the Italian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[19]

On April 4, 2015, Mantegna received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Film and Television from The Riverside International Film Festival.[20]

On May 22, 2015, Mantegna received the Saint Pio Award from the Saint Pio Foundation, in recognition of his outstanding contribution in being an extraordinary individual in "providing relief from suffering to those in need".

On May 3, 2017, the city of Chicago dedicated Joe Mantegna Way, a section of Armitage Avenue where Mantegna lived during his early acting days.[21]

Personal life

Mantegna married Arlene Vrhel on October 3, 1975. He said in an interview on The Talk that the 300th episode of Criminal Minds aired on October 3, 2018, their 43rd wedding anniversary, and he apologized during that interview for working on their anniversary.

They have two daughters: Mia and Gia. Arlene owned a Chicago-themed restaurant in Burbank, California, named Taste Chicago, which closed on March 22, 2019, for personal reasons.[22] Mia, born 1987, is autistic[23] and works as a make-up artist.[24][25] She has also appeared with her father on KCAL-TV in support of Autism Awareness Month (April). Gina was born in 1990 and changed her name to Gia at age eighteen.[23]

Mantegna is a Chicago Cubs fan and has led the singing of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the 7th inning stretch multiple times.[26][27] This was referenced in the show Criminal Minds where his character David Rossi's office is decked with Cubs gear.

In 1988 during the play Speed the Plow, Mantegna was stricken with Bell's Palsy. Although considered temporary,[28] Mantegna still has persisting facial characteristices of the disease he considers a "stress-related illness",[29] but this has not affected his acting career.[30]



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Medusa Challenger Joe
1978 Towing Chris
1978 A Steady Rain N/A
1979 To Be Announced N/A
1979 Elvis Joe Esposito
1979 Bleacher Bums Decker
1980 Xanadu The Muses Scenes deleted
1983 Second Thoughts Orderly
1985 Compromising Positions Bruce Fleckstein
1986 The Money Pit Art Shirk
1986 Off Beat Pete Peterson
1986 Three Amigos Harry Flugleman
1987 Critical Condition Arthur Chambers
1987 House of Games Mike
1987 Weeds Carmine
1987 Suspect Charlie Stella
1988 Things Change Jerry
1989 Wait Until Spring, Bandini Bandini
1990 The Godfather Part III Joey Zasa
1990 Alice Joe
1991 Queens Logic Al
1991 Homicide Bobby Gold
1991 Bugsy George Raft
1993 Body of Evidence Robert Garrett
1993 Family Prayers Martin Jacobs
1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer Fred Waitzkin
1994 Baby's Day Out Eddie
1994 Airheads Ian
1995 Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys Joey Franelli
1995 For Better or Worse Stone
1995 Forget Paris Andy
1995 Above Suspicion Alan Rhinehart
1996 Eye for an Eye Det. Sgt. Denillo
1996 Up Close and Personal Bucky Terranova
1996 Underworld Frank Gavilan / Frank Cassady / Richard Essex
1996 Albino Alligator A.T.F. Agent G.D. Browning
1996 Thinner Richie Ginelli
1996 Persons Unknown Jim Holland
1998 Jerry and Tom Tom
1998 The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit Gomez
1998 For Hire Alan Webber
1998 Hoods Angelo Martinelli
1998 Celebrity Tony Gardella
1998 Boy Meets Girl Il Magnifico
1999 Airspeed Raymond Stone
1999 Error in Judgment Eric
1999 The Runner Rocco
1999 Liberty Heights Nate Kurtzman
2000 Lakeboat Guy at Gate Uncredited
2000 Body and Soul Alex Dumas
2000 More Dogs Than Bones Desalvo
2000 The Last Producer TBA
2001 Fall: The Price of Silence Agent Jim Danaher
2001 The Trumpet of the Swan Monty Voice role
2001 Laguna Nicola Pianon
2001 Off Key Ricardo Palacios
2001 Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal Frank Garner
2002 Mother Ghost Jerry
2003 Uncle Nino Robert Micelli
2004 First Flight Robert Sloan Voice role
2004 Stateside Gil Deloach
2004 Pontormo: A Heretical Love Pontormo
2004 A Very Married Christmas Frank Griffin
2005 Nine Lives Richard
2005 Edmond Man in Bar
2005 The Kid & I Davis Roman
2007 Elvis and Anabelle Charlie
2007 Naked Fear Sheriff Tom Benike
2007 Cougar Club Mr. Stack
2007 Stories USA Mike (segment "Club Soda")
2007 The Simpsons Movie Fat Tony Voice role; cameo
2008 Hank and Mike Mr. Pan
2008 West of Brooklyn Gaetano D'Amico
2008 Witless Protection Dr. Rondog 'Doc' Savage
2008 Redbelt Jerry Weiss
2008 Childless Richard
2008 Who's Wagging Who? Rudy Voice role
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Crooner Voice role
2008 The Last Hit Man Harry Tremayne
2009 Lonely Street Jerry Finkelman
2009 Archie's Final Project Indian Psychiatrist
2009 The Assistants Gary Greene
2009 The House That Jack Built Jack Jr.
2010 Pop Shock Billy
2010 Valentine's Day Angry Driver
2010 Hoods Angelo 'Ange' Martinelli
2010 Hannah Mantegna Hannah Mantegna Short film
2011 Cars 2 Grem Voice role
2011 Sacks West N/A Short film
2011 The Yule Tide Good Samaritan Tim O'Neill
2013 Compulsion Detective Reynolds
2014 10 Cent Pistol Punchy
2014 AirBurst: The Soda of Doom MM-Ci Voice role
2015 Kill Me, Deadly Bugsy Siegel
2016 The Bronx Bull Rick Rosselli


Year Title Role Notes
1980–1981 Soap Juan One Recurring role, 7 episodes
1981 It's a Living Louis Allen Episode: "Of Mace and Men"
1981 Bosom Buddies The Shiek Episode: "The Road To Monte Carlo"
1981–1982 Open All Night Change / Arab Episodes: "Night Moves", "Centerfold", "A Visit from the Folks"
1982 The Greatest American Hero Juan Episode: "Now You See It"
1982 Archie Bunker's Place Joe Garver Episode: "Of Mice and Bunker"
1982 Simon & Simon Henry Episode: "Emeralds Are Not a Girl's Best Friend"
1984 Comedy Zone Various 2 episodes
1984 The Outlaws Yuri Television film
1985 Big Shots in America Jovan Joey Shagula Television film
1987 The Twilight Zone Harry Dobbs Episode: "Shelter Skelter"
1991 Saturday Night Live Host Episode: "Joe Mantegna"
1991–present The Simpsons Fat Tony Recurring voice role; 28 episodes
1992 The Comrades of Summer Sparky Smith Television film
1992 The Water Engine Lawrence Oberman Television film
1993 Fallen Angels Carl Streeter Episode: "The Quiet Room"
1993 Frasier Derek Mann Voice role; episode: "I Hate Frasier Crane"
1994 State of Emergency Dr. John Novelli Television film
1995 Favorite Deadly Sins Frank Musso Television film
1997 Duckman Rube Richter Voice role; episode: "A Star is Abhorred", "Love! Anger! Kvetching!"
1997 Rugrats Diner 2/Jack Montello Voice role; episode: "The Mattress/Looking for Jack"
1997 A Call to Remember Davis Tobias Television film
1997 Face Down Bob Signorelli Television film
1997 Merry Christmas, George Bailey Joseph/Nick Television film
1997–1998 The Last Don Pippi De Lena Miniseries
1998 The Great Empire: Rome Narrator Television film
1998 The Rat Pack Dean Martin Television film
1999 Spenser: Small Vices Spenser Television film
1999 My Little Assassin Fidel Castro Television film
2000 Thin Air Spenser Television film
2001 The Sopranos Mercedes ad voiceover Episode: "He Is Risen"; uncredited
2001 Walking Shadow Spenser Television film
2002 First Monday Justice Joseph Novelli Main role
2002 Women vs. Men Michael Television film
2002 And Thou Shalt Honor Host/Narrator Television film
2003–2005 Joan of Arcadia Will Girardi Main role
2006 Let Go Jack Rossati Unsold television pilot
2006 Kim Possible Jimmy Blamhammer Voice role; episode: "And the Mole Rat Will Be CGI"
2007–2008 The Starter Wife Lou Manahan Recurring role, 8 episodes
2007–present Criminal Minds David Rossi Main role
2011–2016 Gun Stories Himself Host
2016–2017 Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders David Rossi Special guest; episodes: "The Harmful One", "II Mostro"
2017 Hell's Kitchen Himself Episode: "Raising the Bar"

As a director

Year(s) Title Notes
2000 Lakeboat Drama
2011 QuickBites Episodes: "Faceless", "Sack Lunch"
2014–present Criminal Minds Episodes: "The Road Home", "Anonymous", "Til Death Do Us Part", "The Sandman", "Mirror Image", "True North", "False Flag", "The Dance of Love", "Luke"


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Working Emilio Hernandez / Dave McCormick
1984–1985 Glengarry Glen Ross Richard Roma
1988 Speed-the-Plow Bobby Gould

See also


  1. ^ "Mantegna's career took a major leap forward in 1974 when he met David Mamet. Hailed as one of the great playwrights of the modern era, Mamet saw Mantegna as the ideal vehicle for his work, partly because they had markedly similar backgrounds." Kristine McKenna. "Things Changing in the Acting Character of Joe Mantegna", Los Angeles Times, October 28, 1988
  2. ^ "Joe Mantegna - National Memorial Day Concert - PBS".
  3. ^ "Gun Stories presented by MidwayUSA – Hosts". Outdoor Channel.
  4. ^ Ryan, Maureen (October 30, 2007). "Joe Mantegna Replaces Mandy Patinkin in "Criminal Minds" 8 p.m. Wed. CBS". The Annotico Report, Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on January 4, 2009. Retrieved September 19, 2008.
  5. ^ Chicago Tribune, Death Notices, April 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "Joe Mantegna Biography". Filmreference. Retrieved September 19, 2008.
  7. ^ " Interview with Award-Winning Actor, Joe Mantegna" (PDF). CiaoDC. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 27, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  8. ^ "Joe Mantegna". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved September 19, 2008.
  9. ^ Sanello, Frank (October 6, 1991). "Casting change With thanks to David Mamet, actor Joe Mantegna is his own man". Chicago Tribune.
  10. ^ "Joe Mantegna". BuddyTV. Archived from the original on September 22, 2008. Retrieved September 19, 2008.
  11. ^ a b Liz (May 25, 2007). "Catching Up with Joe Mantegna". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 19, 2008.
  12. ^ Rabin, Nathan (April 21, 2009). "Joe Mantegna". A.V. Club. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  13. ^ "Joe Mantegna | TV Guide". Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  14. ^ Walton, Dawnie (August 11, 2008). "Mantegna Joins 'Criminal Minds' | The CBS series finds its replacement for Mandy Patinkin, after negotiations with Harvey Keitel fall apart". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 19, 2008.
  15. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (August 11, 2007). "Criminal Minds Trades Inigo Montoya for Joe Mantegna". TV Guide. Archived from the original on October 13, 2008. Retrieved September 19, 2008.
  16. ^ Los Angeles County Museum of Art (June 2, 2016). "Event /// Hercules: Dramatic Reading of Gabriele Tinti's poem by Joe Mantegna" – via YouTube.
  17. ^è-ercole-joe-mantegna-lacma-e-gabriele-tinti-gli-ingredienti/33315/default.aspx
  18. ^ "Chicago Actor Joe Mantegna Honored with a Star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame". 2011.
  19. ^ "Inductees 2014 - The Italian Walk of Fame".
  20. ^ "Riverside International Film Festival includes movie filmed at Edwards Mansion in Redlands". Redlands Daily Facts. April 2, 2015. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  21. ^ "Actor Joe Mantegna To Get Stretch Of Armitage Named For Him Wednesday". DNAinfo Chicago. Archived from the original on November 9, 2017.
  22. ^ "Authentic Chicago Style Italian food in California!". Taste Chicago. Retrieved September 19, 2008.
  23. ^ a b "Joe Mantegna – When Life Flips the Script". ABILITY Magazine. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  24. ^ "A Father's Love: Actor Joe Mantegna on his Daughter's Autism". Brain World Magazine. April 6, 2012.
  25. ^ Archived July 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine, writing "James Denton ... applauded hosts of the organization's autism awareness public service announcements, including celebrity parents of children with autism, Ed Asner, Gary Cole, Joe Mantegna, and John Schneider."
  26. ^ "Joe Mantegna explains the unusual origins of his 'Criminal Minds' character". Chicago Tribune. October 30, 2007.
  27. ^ "Cubs to tweak guest-singer rules". ESPN. February 28, 2013.
  28. ^ Hopkins Medicine- Retrieved 2018-07-02
  29. ^ LA Times" Things Changing in the Acting Character of Joe Mantegna (October 28, 1988)- Retrieved 2018-07-02
  30. ^ 2018-07-02

External links

Bart the Murderer

"Bart the Murderer" is the fourth episode of The Simpsons' third season. It originally aired on the Fox network in the United States on October 10, 1991. In the episode, Bart stumbles upon the Mafia bar, Legitimate Businessman's Social Club, after having a terrible day at school. The owner of the bar, mobster Fat Tony, hires Bart as a bartender. When Principal Skinner goes missing after having punished Bart at school, Bart is soon accused of murder and put on trial. As he is about to get convicted, Skinner arrives and explains that he had been accidentally trapped in his garage all week.

The episode was written by John Swartzwelder and directed by Rich Moore. Fat Tony (voiced by Joe Mantegna) and his henchmen, Legs and Louie, made their first appearances on The Simpsons. The episode features cultural references to songs such as "Witchcraft" and "One Fine Day", and the American television series MacGyver.

Since airing, the episode has received mostly positive reviews from television critics. It acquired a Nielsen rating of 13.4 and was the highest-rated show on Fox the week it aired.

Bleacher Bums

Bleacher Bums is a 1977 play written collaboratively by members of Chicago's Organic Theater Company, from an idea by actor Joe Mantegna. Its original Chicago production was directed by Stuart Gordon. A 1979 performance of the play was taped for PBS television, and in 2002 a made-for-TV movie adaptation was produced.

Fat Tony (The Simpsons)

Marion Anthony "Fat Tony" D'Amico is a recurring character in the animated sitcom The Simpsons. He is voiced by Joe Mantegna and first appeared in the third season episode "Bart the Murderer". Fat Tony is a gangster and the underboss of the Springfield Mafia. His henchmen include Legs, Louie, and Johnny Tightlips, and he answers to Don Vittorio DiMaggio. The character somewhat resembles real-life mobster "Fat Tony" Salerno. While serving his terms, Salerno died in a federal facility located in Springfield, Missouri.

Favorite Deadly Sins

National Lampoon's Favorite Deadly Sins is a 1995 comedy TV-film. It is a trilogy of short episodes about the foundation of show business; Lust Greed and Anger. It stars Andrew Clay, Denis Leary and Joe Mantegna. Lust was written by Leary's wife, Ann Lembeck. It is the directorial debut of Denis Leary. It was nominated for Best Casting for TV Nighttime Special: Artios award in Casting Society of America. The movie was shot in Los Angeles, California and New York City. Denis Leary won Best Directing in Comedy CableACE Award for this film.

Glengarry Glen Ross

Glengarry Glen Ross is a play by David Mamet that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. The play shows parts of two days in the lives of four desperate Chicago real estate agents who are prepared to engage in any number of unethical, illegal acts—from lies and flattery to bribery, threats, intimidation and burglary—to sell undesirable real estate to unwitting prospective buyers. It is based on Mamet's experience having previously worked in a similar office.The title comes from two real estate developments mentioned in the play. Glengarry Highlands is the prime real estate everyone is attempting to sell now; Glen Ross Farms is mentioned by several characters as having been very lucrative for those selling it several years ago.

The world premiere was at the National Theatre in London on 21 September 1983, where Bill Bryden's production in the Cottesloe Theatre was acclaimed as a triumph of ensemble acting.The play opened on Broadway on 25 March 1984, at the John Golden Theatre, and closed on 17 February 1985 after 378 performances. The production was directed by Gregory Mosher, and starred Joe Mantegna, Mike Nussbaum, Robert Prosky, Lane Smith, James Tolkan, Jack Wallace and J. T. Walsh. It was nominated for four Tony awards including Best Play, Best Director, and two Best Featured Actor nominations for Robert Prosky and Joe Mantegna, who won the production's one Tony.

Homicide (1991 film)

Homicide is an American neo-noir crime film written and directed by David Mamet, and released in 1991. The film's cast includes Joe Mantegna, William H. Macy, and Ving Rhames. It was entered in the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.

House of Games

House of Games is a 1987 American neo-noir heist-thriller film directed by David Mamet, his directorial debut. He also wrote the screenplay, based on a story he co-wrote with Jonathan Katz. The film's cast includes Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Ricky Jay, and J. T. Walsh.

Joey Zasa

Joey Zasa is a fictional character and antagonist appearing in The Godfather Part III. He was portrayed by Joe Mantegna. He is based on a composite of three real Mafia members: Joseph Colombo, Joe Gallo and John Gotti.

Lakeboat (film)

Lakeboat is a 2000 American drama film, adapted by David Mamet from his 1970 play of the same name, directed by Joe Mantegna and starring Charles Durning, Peter Falk, Denis Leary and Andy García.

Queens Logic

Queens Logic is a 1991 American comedy film from Seven Arts Pictures starring Kevin Bacon, Linda Fiorentino, Joe Mantegna, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Malkovich, Ken Olin, Chloe Webb and Tom Waits. It was directed by Steve Rash.

Spenser (film series)

Joe Mantegna portrayed Robert B. Parker's detective "Spenser" in three TV films on the A&E cable network between 1999 and 2001.

The Rat Pack (film)

The Rat Pack is a 1998 HBO television film about the Rat Pack. The movie stars Ray Liotta as Frank Sinatra, Joe Mantegna as Dean Martin, Don Cheadle as Sammy Davis, Jr., and Angus Macfadyen as Peter Lawford. Despite his membership in the Pack, Joey Bishop (played by Bobby Slayton) is given minimal screen time, while John F. Kennedy (played by William L. Petersen), depicted as an on-and-off friend of Sinatra's, is given a more central role.

Also featured in supporting roles are Željko Ivanek as Bobby Kennedy, Veronica Cartwright as Rocky Cooper (wife of Gary Cooper), Deborah Kara Unger as Ava Gardner, Megan Dodds as May Britt, Dan O'Herlihy as Joseph Kennedy, Robert Miranda as Sam Giancana, John Diehl as Joe DiMaggio and Barbara Niven as Marilyn Monroe.

Don Cheadle won a Golden Globe for his performance as Sammy Davis Jr. The Rat Pack won three Emmy awards and earned several more nominations, including acting ones for Cheadle and Mantegna.

The Starter Wife (miniseries)

The Starter Wife is a 2007 USA Network television miniseries, based on the novel of the same name by Gigi Levangie Grazer. Its title is derived from the concept of a starter marriage. Filmed over four months in Queensland, Australia, the plot focuses on Molly Kagan (Debra Messing) who, after years of marriage to a Hollywood film mogul, is forced to redefine herself and her role in society when her husband leaves her for a younger woman.

The mini-series premiered with a two-hour presentation on May 31, 2007 at 9:00 pm ET. The premiere attracted 5.4 million viewers, with 2.8 million of them being adults aged 25–54 (the network's target demographic). Ratings steadily decreased as the series progressed. The series is available for purchase on iTunes (to American customers only) and was available for DVD purchase starting September 11, 2007.

The miniseries was nominated for ten Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Miniseries, Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Debra Messing), Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (Joe Mantegna), Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Judy Davis), and Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special (Josann McGibbon & Sara Parriott). Davis was the sole winner, while Messing was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie.

Although initially intended as a one-shot miniseries, USA subsequently ordered The Starter Wife as a new series for the 2008 spring season. Production on the series first ten-episode season was delayed due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, and began airing October 10, 2008.

The Water Engine (film)

The Water Engine is a 1992 television film directed by Steven Schachter and starring Joe Mantegna, John Mahoney, and William H. Macy. It is based on David Mamet's play of the same name.

The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit

The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit is a 1998 comedy film directed by Stuart Gordon, written by Ray Bradbury and starring Edward James Olmos, Joe Mantegna, Esai Morales, Clifton Collins Jr. (credited as Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez), Sid Caesar, Howard Morris and Gregory Sierra. It is set in East Los Angeles. Despite some well-known actors and the writing credit of Bradbury, the film was released direct-to-video by Touchstone Pictures.

Things Change (film)

Things Change is a 1988 comedy and drama film directed by David Mamet and starring Joe Mantegna and Don Ameche. It was co-written by Mamet and Shel Silverstein.

Thinner (film)

Thinner (marketed as Stephen King's Thinner) is a 1996 American body horror film directed by Tom Holland and written by Michael McDowell and Holland. The film is based on Stephen King's 1984 novel of the same name and stars Robert John Burke, Joe Mantegna, Lucinda Jenney, Michael Constantine, Kari Wuhrer, and Bethany Joy Lenz.

This Old Cub

This Old Cub is a 2004 documentary film. The film is centered on former Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo and both his playing days and his battle against diabetes. The film was written, co-produced, and directed by Santo's son Jeff. It is often mentioned during Cub game broadcasts by Pat Hughes, who was Santo's partner in the WGN Radio booth. The film was a gift from Jeff to his father as a part of the "Ron Santo Day" celebration that season after Santo had both his legs amputated and had just missed induction into the MLB Hall of Fame a few months earlier. A portion of all proceeds from the release of This Old Cub are donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The film has raised over a half-million dollars for the JDRF. Cub shortstop Ernie Banks, Gary Sinise, Bill Murray, former Chicago Bears linebacker Doug Buffone, and many others are interviewed in the film, which is narrated by actor Joe Mantegna.

The documentary inspired an Arizona teacher and lifelong Cub fan named Bill Holden to engage a 2100-mile walk from Arizona to Wrigley Field to raise funds for the JDRF. Holden covered at least 12 miles each day, crossed six states, and battled his arthritis during the nearly seven-month trek. Followed by the media, Holden arrived at Wrigley on July 1, 2005 where he threw out the first pitch and joined Santo in singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game". The venture raised over $250,000 for the charity, and caused a dramatic spike in sales of the DVD. Derek Schaul, the leader of Chicago Cubs Bleacher Bums, wears a shirt to every game stating, "I walk for the cure because Ronnie can't! Go Cubbies!"

This Old Cub was co-produced by Walgreens Drug Stores and the Chicago Tribune, both heavy sponsors of the JDRF.

Underworld (1996 film)

Underworld is a 1996 neo-noir action comedy film directed by Roger Christian and starring Denis Leary, Joe Mantegna and Annabella Sciorra.

Awards for Joe Mantegna


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