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Birthdate :November 13, 1947
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Joe Mantegna Timeline
1965He attended Morton East High School in Cicero, IL, graduating in 1965.
19691969: Made his acting debut in a production of "Hair".
1974He was nominated for a 1974 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor in a Principal Role for his performance in "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit", at the Organic Theater Company in Chicago, Illinois.
1977He was nominated for a 1977 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in "Volpone", at the Organic Theater Company with Victory Gardens in Chicago, Illinois.
19781978: Debuted on Broadway in "Working". He also helped write "Bleacher Bums", an award-winning play. The Los Angeles production of "Bums" ran over five years.
1984He was awarded the 1984 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play for "Glengarry Glen Ross", at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
1985Was Robert B. Parker's personal pick to play Spenser in "Spenser: For Hire" (1985) (before Robert Urich was cast in the role).
1989As of May 15, 2005 has appeared on "The Simpsons" (1989) a record 16 times.
1989His character on "The Simpsons" (1989), Fat Tony, has been the subject of two inside jokes. One of Fat Tony's first appearances was in the episode where Bart becomes his errand boy. At the end of the episode, the events are turned into a TV movie, in which, we are told, Joe Mantegna is playing Fat Tony. On a much later episode, after a mafia stand-off is placated by the appearance of Maggie Simpson, everyone breaks down crying. Fat Tony remarks, "I haven't cried like this since I paid to see The Godfather: Part III (1990).".
1989Has been assured by "The Simpsons" (1989)' casting director that he will be the only person to voice the character Fat Tony - however, the character had a different actor for his short appearance in "A Fish Called Selma".
1989Along with Elizabeth Taylor and Mark Hamill, he is one of only three actors to play both themselves and a fictional character on "The Simpsons" (1989). He played himself in the Season Three episode, "The Simpsons: Bart the Murderer (#3.4)" (1991), and portrayed "Fat Tony" in that and fourteen other episodes of the series.
1989His character on the "The Simpsons" (1989) was originally intended to be a one-time guest appearance in the episode, "The Simpsons: Bart the Murderer (#3.4)" (1991), but it became a recurring role later on in the series' run. According to the Season 3 DVD commentary track, Mantegna liked the character and wanted to voice him again.
1990Was considered for the role of Det.Joe Fontana on "Law & Order" (1990).
1990His daughter, Gia Mantegna, was born in New York City during the filming of The Godfather: Part III (1990), five months into production.
19921984: Won the Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for playing Richard ("Ricky") Roma in David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross." In 2005, Liev Schreiber won his own Tony for playing the part originated by Mantegna in a revival of the play. The third major actor to play the part of Ricky Roma (in the film version of the play, Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)) was Al Pacino.
2003Will Girardi, Mantegna's character on "Joan of Arcadia" (2003), was ranked #40 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
2008Received Honorary Doctorate in Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology on June 13, 2008. He was the commencement speaker.