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Joe Mantegna Biography

Birth Name:
Joseph Anthony Mantegna Jr.
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Fast Facts

  • Sang and played bass for a Chicago-area rock band called the Apochryphals from 1964 to '69
  • Met his wife, Arlene, in high school; both appeared in a touring company of Hair in 1969, which was Mantegna's professional stage debut
  • In 1978, while with Chicago's Organic Theater Company, cowrote Bleacher Bums, which later played off-Broadway and was adapted for television by the Chicago PBS station (it won a local Emmy)
  • Has appeared in six plays and movies written by fellow Chicagoan David Mamet, most notably Glengarry Glen Ross, for which he won a Tony
  • Has set a record for guest appearances on The Simpsons, as Springfield mob chieftain Fat Tony
  • Joined Criminal Minds at the beginning of the show's third season to replace departing star Mandy Patinkin
  • Daughter Gia was Miss Golden Globe 2011


  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 1999Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special: nominated


  • Ronald Mantegna -- Brother
  • Mia Mantegna -- Daughter
  • Joseph Anthony Mantegna -- Father
  • Mary Ann Novelli Mantegna -- Mother
  • Arlene Vrhel -- Wife