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Joe Mantegna



Biography

Joe Mantegna has received critical acclaim for his award-winning and highly praised performances on the stage and in numerous film and television productions. He 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 the world of film, he has starred in over 80 films, among them The Godfather III, Alice, Celebrity, Liberty Heights, Bugsy, Forget Paris, Uncle Nino, Nine Lives, Searching for Bobby Fisher and Baby's Day Out. He starred in the critically acclaimed Mamet films House of Games, Homicide, and Things Change, for which he received the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival. Always the baseball fan, Joe conceived and co-wrote the Off-Broadway play Bleacher Bums, which earned him an Emmy when it was subsequently produced for television. For his work in the HBO special The Rat Pack, he was nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Dean Martin and received his second Emmy nomination for his role of Pippi De Lena in the CBS mini-series, The Last Don. His latest Emmy nomination was for his work in the miniseries The Starter Wife. Other television credits include starring roles in the CBS series First Monday and Joan of Arcadia, and of course his recurring role as Fat Tony in The Simpsons, for which he reprised in the recently released feature film of the animated comedy. In 2004, Mantegna was named Chairperson for the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This organization helps focus public attention on VA medical centers with the goal of increasing the number of VA volunteers. Born and raised in Chicago, he now lives in Los Angeles and currently stars as agent David Rossi on CBS's Criminal Minds. For more information, visit www.joemantegna.com.
Joe Mantegna