Birthday: November 13, 1947 Birth
Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Height: 5' 1"
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The quiet yet dynamic screen presence of actor Joe Mantegna has made him one of the most powerful supporting actors in Hollywood. Born in Chicago, Mantegna made his acting debut in the 1969 production of Hair. He then joined Chicago's Organic Theatre Company. In 1978, he debuted on Broadway in Working; he also helped write Bleacher Bums, an award-winning play. Still, he did not become well-known until he played a recurring role on the TV show Soap. By 1983 he'd returned to Chicago, where he began working with playwright David Mamet. While playing the lead in Mamet's play Glengarry Glen Ross (1983), Mantegna won a Tony. When Mamet began making films, Mantegna became his actor of choice in works such as House of Games (1987) and Homicide (1991). Prior to that, the actor had played small roles in a number of other films. He also continues to play in a variety of movie genres, working with some of Hollywood's top directors. Mantegna turned producer in 1998 with the crime comedy Jerry and Tom.
Mantegna made his acting debut in the 1969 production of Hair.
Formerly an actor with an Chicago's Organic Theatre Company.
In 1978, he debuted on Broadway in Working; he also helped write "Bleacher Bums", an award-winning play. The Los Angeles production of "Bums" ran over five years.
His daughter, Mia, is autistic
He was a classmate of Walt Parazaider. His favorite band is Chicago.
Received the lifetime acheivment award at the Los Angeles Italian Film Festival April 26, 2004.
Will Girardi, Mantegna's character on "Joan of Arcadia" (2003), was ranked #40 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
As of May 15, 2005 has appeared on "The Simpsons" a record 16 times.
Father of Gina Mantegna.
His Simpsons character, Fat Tony, has been the subject of two inside jokes. One of Fat Tony's first appearances was in the episode where Bart becomes his errand boy. At the end of the episode, the events are turned into a TV movie, in which, we are told, Joe Mantegna is playing Fat Tony. On a much later episode, after a mafia stand-off is placated by the appearance of Maggie Simpson, everyone breaks down crying. Fat Tony remarks, "I haven't cried like this since I paid to see Godfather III."
Mantegna won Broadway's 1984 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for playing Richard ("Ricky") Roma in 'David Mamet 's "Glengarry Glen Ross." In 2005, Liev Schreiber won his own Tony for playing the part originated by Mantegna in a revival of the play. The third major actor to play the part of Ricky Roma (in the cinematic interpretation of the play) was Al Pacino.
Along with Elizabeth Taylor and Mark Hamill, he is one of only three actors to play both themselves and a fictional character in "The Simpsons" (1989). He played himself in the Season Three episode "Bart the Murderer" and portrayed Fat Tony in that and fourteen other episodes of the series.
His wife Arlene owns Taste Chicago a restaurant in Burbank, California
His character in the "The Simpsons" was originally intended to be a one-time guest appearance in the episode "Bart The Murderer". But it would become a recurring role later on in the series' run. According to the Season 3 DVD commentary track, Joe Mantegna liked the character and wanted to voice him again.
He attended Morton East High School in Cicero, Illinois.
He graduated from Morton East high school in 1965.
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