Mantegna made his acting debut in the 1969 stage production of Hair before joining Chicago's Organic Theatre Company.
He quickly become a mainstay of the fertile Chicago theater scene of the '70s and '80s, and while working with them he was nominated for a 1974 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor in a Principal Role for his performance in The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit and again for a 1977 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in Volpone, along with taking two European tours with them.
His band played with another local group, which went on to form the band Chicago.
Mantegna is still very close to the original members of Chicago and keeps in touch with his old band mates as well.
In 2000, Joe completed production on his feature film directorial debut, Lakeboat, written for the screen by David Mamet from his original play. His last venture production project was an original family feature called The King and Me.
He too headlined a series of original films based on Robert Parker's popular Spenser detective novels.
In 1978, he debuted on Broadway in Stephen Schwartz's musical of Studs Terkel's Working.
But by 1983 he had returned to Chicago and then a most successful association was born when he began working with playwright David Mamet; Mantegna starred in the theatrical premiere of A Life in the Theater and The Disappearance of the Jews at the Goodman Theater, and in the Broadway production of Speed the Plow.
He also voices the character Fat Tony on the animated television series The Simpsons.
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In addition to being the featured reader for numerous books-on-tape, Mantegna has narrated the Oscar-nominated documentary films Crack U. His star will be right next to his favorite actor Errol Flynn and is located in front of Skooby’s at 6654 Hollywood Boulevard.
Joe Mantegna is an American actor known for his roles in the films The Godfather Part III, Up Close & Personal, Baby's Day Out, Forget Paris and Three Amigos.
Mantegna did not become widely known until he played a recurring role on the TV show Soap.