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VFT: LA Event ft. Actor Joe Mantegna, Criminal Minds

Wed 22 Apr

Joe Mantegna has received critical acclaim for his award-winning and highly praised performances on the stage and in numerous film and television productions.   He was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Awards for his role in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross.  His long-standing association with Mamet includes the premieres of A Life in the Theatre, The Disappearance of the Jews and Speed The Plow on Broadway. 

Mantegna has also directed a highly lauded production of Mamet's Lakeboat, which enjoyed a successful theatrical run in Los Angeles and he later directed the film version starring Peter Falk, Robert Forester, Andy Garcia, Charles Durning, Denis Leary and George Wendt.
In the world of film, he has starred in over 100 films. Among them The Godfather III, Alice, Celebrity, Liberty Heights, Bugsy, Forget Paris, Uncle Nino, Nine Lives, Searching for Bobby Fisher and Baby's Day Out.  He starred in the critically acclaimed Mamet films House of Games, Homicide, and Things Change, for which he received the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival.  In Always the baseball fan, Joe conceived and co-wrote the Off-Broadway play Bleacher Bums, which earned him an Emmy when it was subsequently produced for television.  Joe is a three-time Emmy nominee, first for his work in the HBO special The Rat Pack, where he was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Dean Martin. For his role of Pippi De Lena in the CBS mini-series, The Last Don and finally in 2007 for his work in the USA network series, The Starter Wife. In 2008 Joe won the Best Actor Award for his work in Elvis and Annabelle from the Newport Beach Film Festival.
In recent years Joe has stared in the critically acclaimed CBS series’ First Monday, Joan of Arcadia. For the last 22 years, he has been the voice of Fat Tony on the Fox series The Simpsons. Joe also lent his voice to Disney/Pixars 2011 smash hit CARS2. April 2011, Joe received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next to his childhood idol Errol Flynn.
In May of 2012, Joe was appointed the National Spokesperson for The U.S. Army Museum to lead the fundraising campaign to build the long-planned National Museum of the United States Army.

In 2014, Joe received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for his dedication to the community and craft of acting.
He currently stars as David Rossi in the 10th season on the CBS hit drama Criminal Minds as well as hosting and producing duties on “Gun Stories”  for the Outdoor Channel.

Current film projects include, Bronx Bull, Kill Me Deadly, and 10 Cent Pistol. 

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