Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Birthday: November 13
A Tony Award winner and Emmy and Golden Globe nominee, Joe Mantegna has been a force in film, television and theater for more than 40 years. He earned a Tony Award and a Joseph Jefferson Award for his performance as Richard Roma in David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Glengarry Glen Ross.” His additional Broadway credits include the role of Bobby Gould in Mamet’s “Speed-the-Plow” and a role in the musical “Working,” in which he made his Broadway debut. In his hometown of Chicago, Mantegna also starred in the Mamet plays “A Life in the Theatre” and “The Disappearance of the Jews,” both at the Goodman Theatre. He directed Mamet’s “Lakeboat” in Los Angeles and later made his feature-film directorial debut with “Lakeboat,” based on Mamet’s screenplay. Always the baseball fan, Mantegna also conceived and co-authored the off-Broadway play “Bleacher Bums,” which was subsequently produced for television and earned him an Emmy Award.
Mantegna has starred in more than 100 films, making his feature-film debut in “Compromising Positions.” Since then, he has starred in the David Mamet films “Redbelt,” “House of Games,” “Homicide” and “Things Change,” for which he received the Best Actor award at the Venice Film Festival. His other film credits include “The Godfather III,” “Alice,” “Celebrity,” “Bugsy,” “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” “Liberty Heights,” “Forget Paris,” “Suspect,” “Up Close and Personal,” “The Money Pit,” “Weeds,” “Baby’s Day Out,” “Airheads,” “Queens Logic,” “Wait Until Spring, Bandini,” “Uncle Nino,” “Eye for an Eye,” “Nine Lives,” “CARS 2” and “Elvis and Annabelle,” for which he won the 2008 Best Actor award from the Newport Beach Film Festival. His current film projects include “Bronx Bull,” “Kill Me, Deadly” (which is executive produced by and stars his CRIMINAL MINDS’ cast mate Kirsten Vangsness) and the independent film “10 Cent Pistol.”
On television, Mantegna earned an Emmy Award nomination for his role in the mini-series “The Last Don,” based on Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel, on CBS, and he starred in its sequel, “The Last Don II,” also on the Network. He also starred in the series “Joan of Arcadia” and “First Monday,” on CBS, as well as the CBS holiday movie “Say When.” Other television credits include the miniseries “The Starter Wife” and his role as Dean Martin in the cable film “The Rat Pack,” which both earned him Emmy Award nominations, as well as “State of Emergency,” “A Call to Remember,” “My Little Assassin,” “The Water Engine,” “Boy Meets Girl,” “Jerry and Tom” and a series of films based on Robert Parker’s Spenser novels, including “Small Vices,” “Thin Air” and “Walking Shadow.” For the past 21 years, Mantegna has been the voice of the recurring role of Fat Tony in “The Simpsons,” which he reprised in the 2007 feature film of the animated comedy. Currently, Mantegna is the host and producer of the series “Gun Stories.” In CRIMINAL MINDS’ ninth, 10th and 11th seasons, Mantegna took his turn behind the camera directing episodes of the series and will direct two more episodes in season 12.
Mantegna was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and lives in Los Angeles. In April 2011, he was honored for his work in live theater with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, next to his childhood idol Errol Flynn. Mantegna was appointed the national spokesperson for the U.S. Army Museum in May 2012, to lead the fundraising campaign to build the long-planned National Museum of the United States Army. In 2014, Mantegna received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for his dedication to the community and the craft of acting. He owns the restaurant Taste Chicago in Burbank with his wife, Arlene, where Chicago’s favorite foods can be found in the heart of Los Angeles. His birthday is Nov. 13. Follow him on Twitter @JoeMantegna and Instagram @real_JoeMantegna.