Joseph Anthony “Joe” Mantegna, Jr. (born November 13, 1947) is an American actor, producer, writer and director. He is best known for his roles in box-office hits such as Three Amigos (1986), The Godfather Part III (1990), Forget Paris (1995) and Up Close & Personal (1996). He currently stars in the CBS television series Criminal Minds as FBI Special Agent David Rossi.
Mantegna has gained Emmy Award nominations for his roles in three different miniseries, The Last Don (1997), The Rat Pack (1999) and The Starter Wife (2007). Mantegna served as executive producer for various movies and television movies, such as Corduroy (1984), Hoods (1998), and Lakeboat (2000), which he also directed.
On television, Mantegna starred in the short lived series First Monday (2002) and Joan of Arcadia (2003–2005). Since the 1991 episode "Bart the Murderer", Mantegna has had a recurring role on the animated comedy series The Simpsons as mob boss Fat Tony, reprising the role in The Simpsons Movie (2007). He also played Robert B. Parker's fictional detective Spenser in three made-for-TV movies between 1999 and 2001.
Mantegna, an Italian American, was born in 1947, Chicago, Illinois, the son of Maryann (née Novelli), a shipping clerk, and Joseph Anthony Mantegna, Sr., who worked in insurance sales and died in 1969 of tuberculosis. Mantegna was raised Catholic and attended J. Sterling Morton High School East in Cicero, Illinois, receiving much inspiration for acting from this small town with lots of character. He graduated with a degree in acting from the Goodman School of Drama (the Theatre School at DePaul University) in 1970. While still a young man in Chicago, he played bass in a band called The Apocryphals. His band played with another local group The Missing Links which 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 band mates as well.
Mantegna made his acting debut in the 1969 stage production of Hair. He debuted on Broadway in Working (1978). He also helped write Bleacher Bums, an award-winning play, which was first performed at Chicago's Organic Theater Company, and was a member of its original cast.
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.
Mantegna made his feature film debut in Medusa Challenger (1977). He played womanizing dentist Bruce Fleckstein in Compromising Positions (1985). Other early movies include co-starring roles 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, both received the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival. In 1991 he starred in another Mamet story, the highly praised police thriller Homicide.
A highly versatile actor, Mantegna has played a wide range of roles, from the comic — as a fed up shock jock in Airheads and the hilariously inept kidnapper from Baby's Day Out — to the dramatic, in roles such as Joey Zasa, a treacherous mobster in The Godfather Part III, and an Emmy-nominated performance as singer Dean Martin in HBO's 1998 film The Rat Pack.
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." In one instance, however, 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 begins his monologue saying he did not wish to be typecast as gangster roles. When he sees a disappointed little boy and his father leave as they mistakenly believe the host was Joe Montana due to the similar names, Mantegna then begins speaking in a low, controlled voice to the little boy it is best he stay in the audience to respect his performance, and warned that if he made a call, then Montana would not play in his next game, implying Mantegna's true personality is like his gangster roles.
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.
Mantegna was the keynote commencement speaker at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in June 2008.
Since 2006, he has co-narrated the National Memorial Day Concert on the Mall in Washington, D.C. with Gary Sinise.
On April 29, 2011, Mantenga received the 2,438th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Mantegna has been married to the former Arlene Vrhel since December 3, 1975. Mantegna is a parent of a child with autism and he and Arlene have two daughters, Mia and Gia. Arlene Mantegna owns a Chicago-themed restaurant in Burbank, California named Taste Chicago.
- Medusa Challenger (1977) ... Joe
- Elvis (1979) ... Joe Esposito
- Second Thoughts (1983) ... Orderly
- Compromising Positions (1985) ... Bruce Fleckstein
- The Money Pit (1986) ... Art Shirk
- Off Beat (1986) ... Pete Peterson
- ¡Three Amigos! (1986) ... Harry Flugleman
- Critical Condition (1987) ... Arthur Chambers
- House of Games (1987) ... Mike
- Weeds (1987) ... Carmine
- Suspect (1987) ... Charlie Stella
- Things Change (1988) ... Jerry
- Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989) ... Bandini
- Alice (1990) ... Joe
- The Godfather Part III (1990) ... Joey Zasa
- Queens Logic (1991) ... Al
- Homicide (1991) ... Detective Bobby Gold
- Bugsy (1991) ... George Raft
- The Comrades of Summer (1992) ... Sparky Smith
- Body of Evidence (1993) ... Robert Garrett
- Family Prayers (1993) ... Martin Jacobs
- Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) ... Fred Waitzkin
- Baby's Day Out (1994) ... Eddie the kidnapper
- State Of Emergency (1994) ... Dr. John Novelli
- Airheads (1994) ... Ian
- Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys (1995) ... Joey Franelli
- For Better or Worse (1995) ... Stone
- Forget Paris (1995) ... Andy
- Above Suspicion (1995) ... Alan Rhinehart
- Favorite Deadly Sins (1995) ... Frank Musso
- Eye for an Eye (1996) ... Det. Sgt. Denillo
- Up Close & Personal (1996) ... Bucky Terranova
- Underworld (1996) ... Frank Gavilan/Frank Cassady/Richard Essex
- Albino Alligator (1996) ... A.T.F. Agent G.D. Browning
- Thinner (1996) ... Richie Ginelli
- Persons Unknown (1996) ... Jim Holland
- For Hire (1997) ... Alan Webber
- A Call to Remember (1997) ... David Tobias
- Face Down (1997) ... Bob Signorelli
- Airspeed (1998) ... Raymond Stone
- Body and Soul (1998) ... Alex Dumas
- Error in Judgment (1998) ... Eric
- The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit (1998) ... Gomez
- Jerry and Tom (1998) ... Tom
- Hoods (1998) ... Angelo 'Ange' Martinelli
- Celebrity (1998) ... Tony Gardella
- Boy Meets Girl (1998) ... Il Magnifico
- Spenser: Small Vices (1999) ... Spenser
- My Little Assassin (1999) ... Fidel Castro
- Liberty Heights (1999) ... Nate
- The Runner (1999) ... Rocco
- Fall (2000) ... Agent Jim Danaher
- More Dogs Than Bones (2000) ... De Salvo
- Thin Air (2000) ... Spenser
- The Trumpet of the Swan (2001) (voice) ... Monty
- Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal (2001) ... Frank Garner
- Laguna (2001) ... Nicola Pianon
- Walking Shadow (2001) ... Spenser
- Off Key (2001) ... Ricardo Palacios
- Women vs. Men (2002) ... Michael
- Mother Ghost (2002) ... Jerry
- Uncle Nino (2003) ... Robert Micelli
- This Old Cub (2004) ... Narrator
- First Flight (2004) ... Robert Sloan
- Stateside (2004) ... Gil Deloach
- Pontormo (2004) ... Pontormo (Jacopo Carrucci)
- A Very Married Christmas (2004) ... Frank Griffin
- Edmond (2005) ... Man
- Nine Lives (2005) ... Richard
- The Kid & I (2005) ... Davis Roman
- Club Soda (2006) ... Mike
- Elvis and Anabelle (2007) ... Charlie
- Naked Fear (2007) ... Tom Benike
- Cougar Club (2007) ... Mr. Stack
- The Simpsons Movie (2007) (voice) ... Fat Tony
- Hank and Mike (2008) ... Mr. Pan
- West of Brooklyn (2008) ... Gaetano D'Amico
- Witless Protection (2008) ... Dr. Rondog 'Doc' Savage
- Justice League: The New Frontier (2008) (voice) ... Crooner
- The Last Hit Man (2008) ... Harry Tremayne
- Redbelt (2008) ... Jerry Weiss
- Childless (2008) ... Richard
- My Suicide (2009) ... Indian Psychiatrist
- The Assistants (2009) ... Gary Greene
- The House That Jack Built (2009) ... Jack Jr.
- Lonely Street (2009) ... Jerry Finkelman
- Valentine's Day (2010)... Man Driving a car
- Cars 2 (2011)...Grem
- Soap (TV series) (1980–1981) ... Juan One
- Simon & Simon (TV series) (1982) ... Henry in the episode "Emeralds Are Not a Girl's Best Friend (2)"
- Saturday Night Live (1991) ... Bill Swerski in the original Bill Swerski's Superfans sketch
- The Simpsons (1991–present) ... Voice of Fat Tony
- The Water Engine (1992) ... Lawrence Oberman
- The Comrades of Summer (1992) ... Sparky Smith
- Frasier (1993) ... Derek Mann in the episode "I Hate Frasier Crane"
- Duckman (1997) ... Voice of Rube Richter
- The Last Don (1997) ... Pippi De Lena
- Rugrats (1997) ... Voice of Jack Montello in the episode "Looking for Jack"
- The Rat Pack (1998) ... Dean Martin
- First Monday (2002) ... Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Joseph Novelli
- Joan of Arcadia (2003–2005) ... Will Girardi
- The Starter Wife (2007) ... Lou Manahan
- Criminal Minds (2007–present) ... FBI Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi
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