A native of Chicago, his association with David Mamet includes the premiere of A Life in the Theater and The Disappearance of the Jews at the Goodman Theatre. He directed a critically acclaimed production of Mamet's Lakeboat which enjoyed a successful theatrical run in Los Angeles. He originated the role of Dalton Trumbo in the highly acclaimed Los Angeles premiere of Trumbo: Red White and Blacklisted.
Mr. Mantegna made his feature film debut in Frank Perry's Compromising Positions.
His early films include co-starring roles in The Money Pit, Weeds, and Suspect. Mr. Mantegna starred in the critically acclaimed David Mamet film, House of Games. He also starred in Mr. Mamet's films, Things Change, for which he received the coveted Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival, and the highly praised police thriller, Homocide.
Mr. Mantegna can also be seen starring in Woody Allen's Alice and Celebrity, Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather III, Barry Levinson's Liberty Heights and Bugsy, Steven Zaillian's Searching for Bobby Fischer and Billy Crystal's Forget Paris. Other starring roles include Up Close and Personal, Baby's Day Out, Airheads, Queens Logic, and Eye for an Eye.
Upcoming films include starring roles opposite Max Minghella and Mary Steenburgen in Elvis and Annabelle, Lonely Street with Jay Mohr and Robert Patrick, Childless with Barbara Hershey, Cougar Club, Hank and Mike, Right Hand Man, Hunted, and the feature film of The Simpsons. Presently, he is filming David Mamet's new film Witless Protection.
His original feature films for cable include starring roles in State of Emergency, A Call to Remember, My Little Assassin, The Water Engine, Boy Meets Girl, Jerry and Tom and The Rat Pack for which he was nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award. He also starred in a series of original films based upon Robert Parker's Spenser novels on the A&E Network. These included Small Vices, Thin Air, and Walking Shadow.
On television, Mr. Mantegna starred in the Emmy nominated series, Joan of Arcadia.
Prior to that, he also starred in the CBS series, First Monday. He also starred in the mini-series of Mario Puzo's best-selling novel, The Last Don, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award, and its sequel "The Last Don II. He co-stars opposite Debra Messing in the USA network miniseries The Starter Wife.
Mr. Mantegna made his feature film directorial debut with Lakeboat, which has a screenplay by David Mamet based on his original play. He also serves as producer on the film which stars Robert Forster, Andy Garcia, Denis Leary, Charles Durning, and Peter Falk.
He starred as the voice of the Boatman in the animated feature, The Trumpet of the Swan. He will be the voice of Flagg in the upcoming animated film Justice League: The New Frontier. Over the past decade he has also been heard as the recurring role of Fat Tony on the FOX series, The Simpsons.
Mr. Mantegna is the narrator of the Oscar-nominated documentary films, Crack U.S.A.: County Under Siege and Death on the Job.
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Joe Mantegna Facts
|Birth Name||Joseph Anthony Mantegna Jr.|
|Birthday||November 13, 1947 (72)|
|Birthplace||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Searching for Bobby Fischer|
|The Godfather Part III|
|Baby's Day Out|
|The Bronx Bull|
|The Money Pit|
|Eye for an Eye|