Who is Joe Mantegna?

 Joe Mantegna is an actor from the United States who has appeared in over 200 films and television shows. He has also worked as a director, producer, and writer. 

Moreover, people recognize Mantegna for his appearances in box office blockbusters. Some of them are Three Amigos (1986), The Godfather Part III (1990), Forget Paris (1995), and Up Close and Personal (1995) in film and television (1996). Moreover, Mantegna has appeared in various roles, including comedic, tragic, and even animated series.

Joe Mantegna

Matenga has also directed and served as executive producer for several films and television shows. In addition, between 1999 and 2001, he starred as Robert B. Parker’s fictional detective Spenser.

He did that role in three made-for-TV movies and voiced several audiobook versions of the Spenser novels.

Quick facts

BirthdateNovember 13, 1947
Age74 years old
BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA
Birth nameJoseph Anthony Mantegna Jr.
EthnicityItalian 
ReligionChristian
EducationJ. Sterling Morton High School East
ProfessionActor, producer, and writer
NationalityAmerican
Zodiac SignScorpio
Father’s nameJoseph Anthony Mantegna, Sr
Mother’s nameMaryann Mantegna
BrotherRonald Mantegna
SisterN/A
Height5 feet 11 inches and 180 cm in Centimetres
Weight 71 Kg in kilograms and  156 lbs in pounds
Waist size89
Bust size108
Butt size101
Eye colorDark brown
Hair colorGray
Biceps32
Shoe size8.5
Marital statusMarried
SpouseArlene Vrhel
ChildrenMia Mantegna (daughter), Gia Mantegna (daughter)
Sexual orientationStraight
Net worthUSD 30 Million

early life

Joe was born on November 13, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, to Italian American parents. Similarly, his parents were Mary Ann (Novelli) and Joseph Henry Mantegna, shipping clerks and insurance salesman.

Joe Mantegna

His father was born to Italian parents in Oklahoma. His mother, like his father, was born in Illinois to Italian parents.

But unfortunately, Matenga’s father, Joseph Henry, died in 1971 due to tuberculosis, and his mother died at 101. He has a brother named Ronald Mantegna.

Mantegna grew up in Cicero, Illinois, and attended J. Sterling Morton High School East. Moreover, from 1967 to 1969, he studied acting at DePaul University’s Goodman School of Drama.

On June 13, 2008, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology awarded him an honorary degree in psychology. Additionally, he played bass in a band named The Apocryphal as a young man in Chicago.

He later switched to another local band called The Missing Links. Even today, Mantegna is still in touch with his old bandmates and remains close to the original members of Chicago.

Interestingly, his childhood friends were Johnny Mathis, Meshach Taylor, and Ringo Starr. Walter Parazaider of the rock band Chicago, a woodwind player, was also a childhood buddy.

Joe is also a die-hard supporter of the Chicago Cubs. He is a temporary patient with the disease’s permanent facial traits.

Joe Mantegna relationships

Joe Mantegna has been married to Arlene, for 50 years. The couple has a true love story in which they have supported and encouraged each other through difficult times.

Joe Mantegna with wife Arlene

According to People, Joe and Arlene are from the Chicago region, and they met in high school and began dating in 1969. In 1975, they married, but not before exchanging private, informal vows atop the Eiffel Tower. 

After they welcomed their first child Mia into the world in 1987, the pair continued to rely on each other. Similarly, Mia was born three months early due to an infection in the umbilical cord. However, she is currently 32 years old. As a baby, she battled, and Arlene and Joe had to deal with terrible times when she stopped breathing altogether.

He went so far as to make it easier for ambulances to find them. Sadly, Mia was diagnosed with autism at the age of two.

Joe began booking additional T.V. and film parts, such as The Godfather III, in 1990, when he gave birth to his second daughter, Gina. She is now 29 years old.

Moreover, from the beginning, she and her sister were close. Arlene was in charge of the family and was a big supporter of Joe’s acting profession.

 Additionally, Joe then backed Arlene’s desire to launch her restaurant in 2003. 

Before shutting in March 2019, they opened Taste Chicago in Burbank, California.

Similarly, their restaurant provided Chicago comfort foods such as Italian beef sandwiches, deep-dish pizza, and Vienna Beef hotdogs in a poppy seed bun.

However, Gina Mantegna, one of their two daughters, is an actress who also appeared on the hit sitcom The Middle.

Nevertheless, Arlene and Joe also support eight groups, including Autism Speaks, that help veteran and people with developmental impairments.

Joe Mantegna career

Moving towards his career, Mantegna made his Broadway debut in Working in 1969, following his theatrical debut in Hair in 1969. (1978). similarly, he was a member of the original cast of Bleacher Bums.

Interestingly, it was an award-winning production that premiered at Chicago’s Organic Theater Company. In addition, he briefly appeared in the 1980 film Xanadu, which did not work, even though his name appears in the credits.

Joe Mantegna with his family

In David Mamet’s play Glengarry Glen Ross, Mantegna earned a Tony Award for his portrayal of Richard Roma. Additionally, he has a long and fruitful relationship with Mamet, appearing in several of his works.

Moreover, in Medusa Challenger, Mantegna made his feature picture debut (1977). Furthermore, in Compromising Positions, he portrayed womanizing dentist Bruce Fleckstein (1985).

 Similarly, in 1985, he appeared in the Twilight Zone episode Shelter Skelter. However, his other early film roles were cameos in The Money Pit (1986), Weeds (1987), and Suspect (1988). 

He also starred in Mamet’s critically praised films, House of Games (1987) and Things Change (1988). At the Venice Film Festival, both he and his co-star Don Ameche won the Best Actor Award. Mantegna starred in another Mamet film, the widely praised police thriller Homicide, in 1991.

Furthermore, Mantegna’s performances have ranged from the comedic to the sad, including Joey Zasa, a treacherous mobster in The Godfather Part III (1990). Similarly, Emmy nominated performance as singer Dean Martin in HBO’s film The Rat Pack (1998).

Additionally, he portrayed Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, Justice Joseph Novelli, on the CBS midseason replacement drama First Monday in 2002.

 On April 26, 2004, Mantegna was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Los Angeles Italian Film Festival. Similarly, on August 11, 2007, Mantegna joined the CBS crime program Criminal Minds to replace departing star, Mandy Patinkin.

Since 2006, he and Gary Sinise have co-narrated the National Memorial Day Concert on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Similarly, in 2016, he read some of Gabriele Tinti’s Hercules poetry during an event at the County Museum of Art in Los Angeles.

Before his death, Mantegna assisted Verne Troyer in breaking into the profession and presented him with the Media Access Award.

Mantegna Legacy

Mantegna was honored with the 2,438th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in California on April 29, 2011. Similarly, Mantegna’s birthplace of Cicero, Illinois, marked him with an honorary street sign.

Moreover, Mantegna was honored with an Italian Walk of Fame star in Toronto in 2014. Finally, on 2017 May 3, Chicago dedicated Joe Mantegna Way, an Armitage Avenue section where Mantegna lived in his early days.

Nevertheless, The Riverside International Film Festival honored Mantegna with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Film and Television on April 4, 2015. Similarly, he was also presented with the Saint Pio Award on May 22, 2015, to appreciate his outstanding service as an extraordinary individual.

Controversies

Joe Mantegna, who plays Apu Nahasapeemapetilon on The Simpsons, has weighed in on the ongoing dispute about Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, arguing that the controversy is an example of political correctness gone “too far.”

However, in 2017, comedian Hari Kondabolu raised concerns over the portrayal of the famous Kwik-E-Mart proprietor, claiming that it fosters racial stereotypes.

 Following the outrage, voice actor Hank Azaria promised to “step down” from the role if necessary. However, in the end, the rumors suggested that The Simpsons were considering killing off the character entirely.

However, Mantegna, best known for playing Springfield gangster Fat Tony, believes the argument has gone too far. According to the report, Joe Mantegna smokes regularly, and it is like an addiction. 

However, there isn’t any tattoo on his body.

Net worth and income

Joe Mantegna has a net worth of USD 25 million as an actor, producer, writer, director, and voice actor in the United States. Similarly, Joe Mantegna rose to prominence as a result of his parts in box-office blockbusters.

As per the reports, his monthly salary is about USD 130 per episode. In February 2020, he put this house on the market for USD 4.15 million.

Similarly, in 2010, he paid USD 1.85 million for the second house in adjacent Studio City. Additionally, he paid USD 1.3 million for a property in the Hollywood Hills in 2017.

He listed his Toluca Lake property for USD 4.195 million in February 2020.

Social media

Being a renowned celebrity, he is pretty active on his social media. Similarly, he tries to update his life and his works through his social media accounts. Here are some of his social media profiles with their links. 

We can understand that Joe will never approach you directly via text, email, phone, or instant messaging to ask for money for a charity or other seemingly beneficial cause. Anyone who does so is not Joe; do not give money to them and immediately block them.

Twitter: 654.1 thousand people follows him on his Twitter account.

Instagram: 567 thousand people follows him on Instagram.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joemantegna/followers

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