JOE MAN­TEGNA

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Ontv - BY JAY BOB­BIN

Joseph An­thony Man­tegna was born on Nov. 13, 1947, in Chicago – a city that has had great mean­ing for him through­out his ca­reer, right from the start when he played in two bands, one of which in­cluded mem­bers who went on to form the pop-mu­sic group Chicago.

After study­ing act­ing, Man­tegna made his stage de­but in “Hair.” His movie de­but would have been in the mu­si­cal “Xanadu,” but his role was cut, though he’s still listed in the cred­its. How­ever, he built his film cred in such pic­tures as “The Money Pit,” “Three Ami­gos,” “Weeds,” “Sus­pect” and (as part of his as­so­ci­a­tion with writer David Mamet) “House of Games.”

Man­tegna’s theater work has in­cluded “Glen­garry Glen Ross,” which earned him a Tony Award. “Speed-the-Plow” is among his other stage cred­its.

Films made by Man­tegna dur­ing the 1990s in­clude The God­fa­ther, Part III,“”Bugsy,“”Body of Ev­i­dence,“”Search­ing for Bobby Fis­cher,“”Baby’s Day Out,“”For­get Paris,“”Eye for an Eye“and ”Up Close and Per­sonal.“

Since 2007, Man­tegna has starred as BAU Agent David Rossi on the CBS drama se­ries “Crim­i­nal Minds,” also di­rect­ing episodes of the show each sea­son. He also has hosted the Out­door Chan­nel doc­u­men­tary show “Gun Sto­ries,” and he has an on­go­ing voice role as mob­ster Fat Tony on Fox’s “The Simp­sons.”

Lately, Man­tegna has been the di­rec­tor of the Off-Broad­way play “I’m Not a Co­me­dian ... I’m Lenny Bruce,” star­ring its writer, Ron­nie Marmo.

Man­tegna’s wife, Ar­lene, op­er­ates their Bur­bank, Calif., restau­rant Taste Chicago. They have two daugh­ters, makeup artist Mia and ac­tress Gia.

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