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. 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. 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.
Mantegna at a 2014 Evening Parade reception in Washington, D.C.
Joseph Anthony Mantegna
November 13, 1947
|Education||J. Sterling Morton High School East|
|Alma mater||Goodman School of Drama|
|Occupation||Actor, director, screenwriter, executive producer|
|Home town||Cicero, Illinois, U.S.|
Arlene Vrhel (m. 1975)
Of Italian, Apulian and Sicilian descent, 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, and Joseph Henry Mantegna, an insurance salesman from Calascibetta, Sicily who died in 1971 of tuberculosis.
As a young man in Chicago, he played bass in a band called The Apocryphals, 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.
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.
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).
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.
Mantegna received the Lifetime Achievement Award on April 26, 2004, at the Los Angeles Italian Film Festival.
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.
On April 4, 2015, Mantegna received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Film and Television from The Riverside International Film Festival.
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.
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. Mia, born 1987, is autistic and works as a make-up artist. 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.
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. 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, Mantegna still has persisting facial characteristices of the disease he considers a "stress-related illness", but this has not affected his acting career.
|1978||A Steady Rain||N/A|
|1979||To Be Announced||N/A|
|1980||Xanadu||The Muses||Scenes deleted|
|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|
|1989||Wait Until Spring, Bandini||Bandini|
|1990||The Godfather Part III||Joey Zasa|
|1993||Body of Evidence||Robert Garrett|
|1993||Family Prayers||Martin Jacobs|
|1993||Searching for Bobby Fischer||Fred Waitzkin|
|1994||Baby's Day Out||Eddie|
|1995||Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys||Joey Franelli|
|1995||For Better or Worse||Stone|
|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||Persons Unknown||Jim Holland|
|1998||Jerry and Tom||Tom|
|1998||The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit||Gomez|
|1998||For Hire||Alan Webber|
|1998||Boy Meets Girl||Il Magnifico|
|1999||Error in Judgment||Eric|
|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||Off Key||Ricardo Palacios|
|2001||Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal||Frank Garner|
|2003||Uncle Nino||Robert Micelli|
|2004||First Flight||Robert Sloan||Voice role|
|2004||Pontormo: A Heretical Love||Pontormo|
|2004||A Very Married Christmas||Frank Griffin|
|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||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||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|
|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|
|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|
|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"|
|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"|
|1978||Working||Emilio Hernandez / Dave McCormick|
|1984–1985||Glengarry Glen Ross||Richard Roma|
"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