Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Birth name
Joseph Anthony Mantegna, Jr.
November 13, 1947 ( age: 70 )
Chicago, Illinois, U.S
Education J. Sterling Morton High School East
Alma mater Goodman School of Drama
Occupation (s)

Actor, director, screenwriter, executive producer

Years active


Associated acts

The Simpsons,
Criminal Minds


Arlene Vrhel (1975–present)


Mia Mantegna (b. 1987)
Gia Mantegna



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 he had a small role which was cut, although since his name is in the film's credits, Mantegna gets residuals for the film. Joe Mantegna age is 68, but he looks perfect. Joe Mantegna "Criminal Minds" had a great success.

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). 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.

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 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.

Mantegna in May 2008

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. 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.

Mantegna was the keynote commencement speaker at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in June 2008.

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

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


Year    Title

1976  Medusa Challenger

1978  Towing

1978  A Steady Rain

1979  To Be Announced

1979  Elvis

1979  Bleacher Bums

1980  Xanadu

1983  Second Thoughts

1984  The Outlaws

1985  Compromising Positions

1985  Big Shots in America

1986  The Money Pit

1986  Off Beat

1986  Three Amigos

1987  Critical Condition

1987  House of Games

1987  Weeds

1987  Suspect

1988  Things Change

1989  Wait Until Spring, Bandini

1990  The Godfather Part III

1990  Alice

1991  Queens Logic

1991  Homicide

1991  Bugsy

1992  The Comrades of Summer

1992  The Water Engine

1993  Body of Evidence

1993  Family Prayers

1993  Searching for Bobby Fischer

1994  Baby's Day Out

1994  Airheads

1994  State of Emergency

1995  Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys

1995  For Better or Worse

1995  Forget Paris

1995  Above Suspicion

1995  Favorite Deadly Sins

1996  Eye for an Eye

1996  Up Close & Personal

1996  Underworld

1996  Albino Alligator

1996  Thinner

1996  Persons Unknown

1997  A Call to Remember

1997  Face Down

1997  Merry Christmas, George Bailey

1998  Jerry and Tom

1998  The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit

1998  For Hire

1998  Hoods

1998  Celebrity

1998  Boy Meets Girl

1998  The Great Empire: Rome

1998  The Rat Pack

1999  Airspeed

1999  Error in Judgment

1999  The Runner

1999  Liberty Heights

1999  Spenser: Small Vices

1999  My Little Assassin

2000  Lakeboat

2000  Body and Soul

2000  More Dogs Than Bones

2000  The Last Producer

2000  Thin Air

2001  Fall: The Price of Silence

2001  The Trumpet of the Swan

2001  Laguna

2001  Off Key

2001  Turbulence 3: Heavy Metal

2001  Walking Shadow

2002  Mother Ghost

2002  Women vs. Men

2002  And Thou Shalt Honor

2003  Uncle Nino

2004  First Flight

2004  Stateside

2004  Pontormo: A Heretical Love

2004  A Very Married Christmas

2005  Nine Lives

2005  Edmond

2005  The Kid & I

2007  Elvis and Anabelle

2007  Naked Fear

2007  Cougar Club

2007  Stories USA

2007  The Simpsons Movie

2008  Hank and Mike

2008  West of Brooklyn

2008  Witless Protection

2008  Redbelt

2008  Childless

2008  Who's Wagging Who?

2008  Justice League: The New Frontier

2008  The Last Hit Man

2009  Lonely Street

2009  Archie's Final Project

2009  The Assistants

2009  The House That Jack Built

2010  Pop Shock

2010  Valentine's Day

2010  Hannah Mantegna

2011  Cars 2

2011  Sacks West

2011  The Yule Tide Good Samaritan

2013  Compulsion

2014  AirBurst: The Soda of Doom


Year    Title

1980–1981   Soap

1981  It's a Living

1981  Bosom Buddies

1981  Open All Night

1982  The Greatest American Hero

1982  Archie Bunker's Place

1982  Simon & Simon

1984  Comedy Zone

1987  The Twilight Zone

1991  Saturday Night Live

1991–present          The Simpsons

1993  Fallen Angels

1993  Frasier

1997  Duckman

1997–1998   The Last Don

1997  Rugrats

2001  The Sopranos

2002  First Monday

2003–2005   Joan of Arcadia

2006  Let Go

2006  Kim Possible

2007–2008   The Starter Wife

2007–present          Criminal Minds

2016  Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders


Year    Title

1978  Working

1984–1985   Glengarry Glen Ross

1988  Speed-the-Plow


Year(s)          Title

2000  Lakeboat

2011  QuickBites

2014–present          Criminal Minds