is an actor's actor who has achieved great success in film, television and theater. His recent performances include American History X
, with Edward Norton
, and The Shipment
, with Matthew Modine
. Cortese received rave reviews in Paramount's Malevolence
where ,he played Billy Bob Jones, a character loosely based on James Earl Ray. He also received kudos for his role as Johnny Roselli in HBO's critically acclaimed movie The Rat Pack
.Cortese started his career on the stage, and his theater credits include Arthur .Miller's The Crucible
, Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot
and Luigi Pirandello's Che Che
and The Man With the Flower in His Mouth
. He was most recently seen on stage in Sam Shepard
's True West
in Los Angeles. His early stage work led to his first leading film role in the cult classic The Death Collector
, with Joe Pesci
. Cortese's other films include Monsignor
, with Christopher Reeve
for director Frank Perry, Gordon Willis' directorial debut, Windows
, with Talia Shire
and Elizabeth Ashley
, and Ruby
, with Danny Aiello
for director John Mackenzie.
Cortese has received acclaim for his numerous television projects, including The C.A.T. Squad, a trilogy of movies for NBC and producer/director William Friedkin, the highly rated miniseries Something's Out There, with Kim Delaney for NBC, Exclusive (ABC), Assault and Matrimony (NBC), Just Life (ABC), Letting Go (ABC), Born to Run (FOX), Sidney Sheldon's miniseries If Tomorrow Comes (CBS) and Jackie Collins' Lady Boss (NBC). Cortese also starred in the PBS special He Wants Her Back, written and directed by Stanton Kaye.
In addition to acting on stage and screen, Cortese was one of the founding members of the MET Theatre in Los Angeles. He produced A Night With Robert Duvall, and he also produced and starred in the original play Cody Angelino's Coming.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
Joe Cortese Facts
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