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Joe Spinell is a Actor, Scriptwriter and Executive Producer American born on 28 october 1936 at New York City (USA)

Joe Spinell

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Birth name Joseph J. Spagnuolo
Nationality USA
Birth 28 october 1936 at New York City (USA)
Death 13 january 1989 (at 52 years) at Queens (USA)

Joe Spinell (born Joseph J. Spagnuolo; October 28, 1936 – January 13, 1989) was an American character actor, who appeared in numerous films in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as various stage productions on and off Broadway. His notable roles included performances in The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974), Rocky (1976), Taxi Driver (1976), William Friedkin's Sorcerer (1977) and Cruising (1980), and the cult horror film Maniac (1980), which he also wrote.


Joe Spinell was born Joseph J. Spagnuolo ([spaˈɲɲwɔlo]) in Manhattan, New York of Italian immigrant parents, and the last of six children. His father, Pelegrino Spagnuolo (b. 1892, d. 1950), died from liver and kidney disease. His mother, Filomena Spagnuolo (b. 1903, d. 1987), was a bit-part actress who acted in a few movies, some of them alongside her son. Spinell stood 5 foot and 11 inches. He was born at his family's apartment on Second Avenue in Manhattan's Kip's Bay, an area then home to 10,000 Italian Americans. A few years after the death of his father, he moved with his mother and older siblings to Woodside, Queens, New York where he lived off-and-on for the remainder of his life. He was known to abuse drugs and alcohol heavily on and off throughout his career, especially during periods of unemployment. Spinell also suffered most of his life from hemophilia as well as chronic asthma.

Because of his large, heavyset frame and imposing looks, Spinell was often cast as criminals, thugs, or corrupt police officers. As a teenager and young adult, Spinell starred in various stage plays, both on and off Broadway. His most notable film roles were as mafioso Willie Cicci in The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, and as loan shark Tony Gazzo in Rocky and Rocky II. Although primarily known as a character actor, Spinell co-wrote and starred as a serial killer in the 1980 film, Maniac.

Maniac 2: Mr. Robbie was a 1986 horror short promotional film shot by Joe Spinell to raise financing for a sequel to Spinell's 1980 horror film Maniac. The short film was included with the 30th anniversary edition release of Maniac. The feature length version of the film was never shot after Spinell passed away in 1989.

Towards the end of his life, most of his appearances in films were small parts or cameo appearances. His very last film role was a supporting part in the low-budget 1989 action-thriller Rapid Fire (not to be confused with a similar titled film starring Brandon Lee), which was directed by David A. Prior and filmed on location in Mobile, Alabama a few weeks before his death.

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Filmography of Joe Spinell (50 films)

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Rapid Fire
Rapid Fire (1989)

Directed by David A. Prior
Origin USA
Genres Action, Adventure
Actors Joe Spinell, Tim Abell, Michael Wayne
Roles Hansen
Rating47% 2.386152.386152.386152.386152.38615
A United States agent goes up against some violent terrorists.
Married to the Mob, 1h43
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Action, Crime, Romance
Themes Mafia films, Films about sexuality, Gangster films
Actors Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Modine, Dean Stockwell, Mercedes Ruehl, Alec Baldwin, Charles Napier
Roles Leonard 'Tiptoes' Mazzilli
Rating61% 3.0987553.0987553.0987553.0987553.098755
Angela de Marco (Michelle Pfeiffer) is the wife of mafia up-and-comer Frank "The Cucumber" de Marco (Alec Baldwin), who gets violently dispatched by Mob boss Tony "The Tiger" Russo (Dean Stockwell) when he is discovered in a compromising situation with the latter's mistress Karen (Nancy Travis). Angela wants to escape the mafia scene with her son, but is harassed by Tony who puts the moves on her at Frank's funeral. This clinch earns her the suspicion of FBI agents Mike Downey (Matthew Modine) and Ed Benitez (Oliver Platt), and also of Tony's wife Connie (Mercedes Ruehl), who repeatedly confronts Angela with accusations of stealing her husband. To further complicate things, Mike Downey is assigned to monitor all of Angela's movements as part of an undercover surveillance operation, but cannot resist becoming romantically involved with Angela himself. Angela's attempts to break away from the Mob result in comic mayhem and a climactic showdown in a honeymoon suite in Miami.
The Undertaker, 1h29
Origin USA
Genres Horror, Slasher
Actors Joe Spinell
Roles Uncle Roscoe
Rating50% 2.527512.527512.527512.527512.52751
A mortician named Uncle Roscoe (Joe Spinell) attends community college by day and murders women for his personal use. His nephew Nicky (Patrick Askin), his professor Pam (Rebeca Yaron) and her roommate Mandy (Susan Bachli) begin to suspect Roscoe, but little do they know that the undertaker has now taken a special interest in them.
Operation Warzone, 1h26
Directed by David A. Prior
Origin USA
Genres Action
Themes Political films
Actors Joe Spinell
Roles Brig. Gen. George Delevane
Rating43% 2.1850952.1850952.1850952.1850952.185095
During the Vietnam War, a courier gets lost in the jungle with classified documents. Soldiers are sent in after him and upon finding the missing courier they discover the documents are a plan for selling weapons to the enemy to prolong the war.
Deadly Illusion, 1h27
Directed by Larry Cohen, William Tannen, William Tannen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Billy Dee Williams, Vanity, Morgan Fairchild, John Beck, Joseph Cortese, Joe Spinell
Roles Crazy Man in Gun Bureau (as Joe Spinnel)
Rating48% 2.426022.426022.426022.426022.42602
Homicide à Wall Street : Hamberger, un détective privé New-Yorkais notoirement connu pour les nombreuses victimes laissées au terme de ses missions, a été engagé par l'homme d'affaires Alex Burton, qui désire assassiner sa femme. En tentant de prévenir l'épouse du risque qu'elle encourt, il se retrouve nez à nez avec son cadavre. Il ne disposera que de quelques heures pour prouver son innocence...
The Pick-up Artist, 1h21
Directed by James Toback
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Crime, Romance
Themes Children's films
Actors Molly Ringwald, Robert Downey Jr., Dennis Hopper, Danny Aiello, Harvey Keitel, Vanessa Williams
Roles Eddie
Rating53% 2.652752.652752.652752.652752.65275
Randy Jensen is a smart, independent tour guide who beats womanizer Jack Jericho at his own game. After a quick fling, her indifference only causes him to become smitten with her.
The Whoopee Boys, 1h28
Directed by John Byrum
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Michael O'Keefe, Paul Rodriguez, Denholm Elliott, Carole Shelley, Eddie Deezen, Marsha Warfield
Roles Guido Antonucci
Rating62% 3.100353.100353.100353.100353.10035
Two dim-witted street peddlers, Jack and Barney, arrive in Palm Beach, Florida looking for a better and wealthy lifestyle when Jack falls for Olivia, a young heiress running a shelter for orphaned children which is threatened with foreclosure. Jack, at Barney's insistence, enrolls both of them at a finishing school to learn the ways of the upper classes in order to fit in and hope Oliva's uncle will approve of Jack wanting to marry her and help her obtain an inheritance to save the orphanage
Hollywood Harry
Directed by Robert Forster
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Crime
Actors Robert Forster, Joe Spinell, Read Morgan, Redmond Gleeson
Roles Max Caldwell
Rating52% 2.6297052.6297052.6297052.6297052.629705
A private detective who is drinking himself to death is rescued by his niece and a new client who needs help.
Walking the Edge, 1h33
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Crime
Actors Robert Forster, Nancy Kwan, Joe Spinell, A Martinez, Wayne Woodson, Luis Contreras
Roles Brusstar
Rating55% 2.7618152.7618152.7618152.7618152.761815
In the opening scene, a criminal gang led by Brusstar (Joe Spinell) enters a home with the intention of killing a man. A housewife, Christine (Nancy Kwan), survives the hit that kills her husband and young son. Shocked, she discovers that her upstanding citizen of a husband (played by Phil H. Fravel) was a drug dealer. She decides to take revenge on the criminal gang that has murdered her husband and son.
Vigilante (1983)
, 1h30
Directed by William Lustig
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Auto-justice
Actors Robert Forster, Fred Williamson, Richard Bright, Rutanya Alda, Joe Spinell, Carol Lynley
Roles Eisenberg
Rating64% 3.2499653.2499653.2499653.2499653.249965
Eddie Marino (Robert Forster) is a factory worker in New York City. He has a wife named Vickie (Rutanya Alda) and an eight-year-old son named Scott. Eddie's friend and co-worker, Nick (Fred Williamson), and two other co-workers, Burke and Ramon, have formed a secret vigilante group because Nick and the group are fed up with the crime in their neighborhoods. Nick and his group are also tired of the police, because the police always fail to protect people. Nick's "group" has support of various residents of the neighborhood who indirectly help them. In one example, a local thug stalks and chases a young woman to a rooftop of an apartment building where the thug robs and then kills her. An old lady who witnesses the thug says nothing to the police, but points out the thug to Nick and his group the next day. Nick and his friends forcibly grab the thug off the streets and place him in their van and drive away. The thug is later found dead in a vacant lot with all of his arms and legs broken and his head bashed in.
Eureka (1983)
, 2h10
Directed by Nicolas Roeg
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Actors Gene Hackman, Theresa Russell, Rutger Hauer, Mickey Rourke, Joe Pesci, Jane Lapotaire
Roles Pete
Rating60% 3.000373.000373.000373.000373.00037
Au Canada, en 1925, Jack McCann, perturbé par le désespoir et entouré par la mort, devient subitement un homme riche en découvrant un filon d'or. 20 ans plus tard, désabusé et installé sur une île jamaïcaine, il vit reclus avec sa femme alcoolique, sa fille mariée à un homme qu'il déteste, et son associé qui essaie à son insu, via la mafia, de construire un casino.
Losin' It
Losin' It (1983)
, 1h40
Directed by Curtis Hanson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Transport films, Erotic films, Films about automobiles, Road movies, Films about virginity
Actors Tom Cruise, Shelley Long, John Stockwell, John P. Navin, Jr., Jackie Earle Haley, Henry Darrow
Roles Border Patrolman
Rating49% 2.4541052.4541052.4541052.4541052.454105
Four teenagers from late 1950s Los Angeles are on their way to Tijuana, Mexico: Dave, Woody, Spider, and Dave's brother Wendell. Dave, Spider, and Woody are there to lose their virginity, while Wendell came along with them to buy fireworks. They end up picking up a woman named Kathy, who goes with them because she wants a fast divorce from her husband, and they get into a series of misadventures south of the border.
National Lampoon's Movie Madness, 1h29
Directed by Bob Giraldi, Henry Jaglom
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Peter Riegert, Diane Lane, Ann Dusenberry, Robert Culp, Candy Clark, Robby Benson
Roles Agent / M.C. ("Success Wanters")
Rating30% 1.524261.524261.524261.524261.52426