Image of Joe Viterelli

Joe Viterelli

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Joseph "Joe" Viterelli (March 10, 1937 – January 28, 2004) was an Italian American actor known for his mafioso-orientated personality endorsements. Joe Viterelli was born to Italian immigrants in Bronx, New York. Before Viterelli became an actor, he was a successful businessman in New York City. He had befriended director Leo Penn (actor Sean Penn's father), who initially tried but failed to persuade Viterelli to pursue acting because of his unique and typically Italian looks. Some years later, Sean Penn approached Viterelli and asked him to try out for a part as a favor: Viterelli did and went on to appear in State of Grace and then in over 40 movies. Joe Viterelli became an icon of Mafia-Movies. Viterelli died on January 28, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada due to a severe stomach hemorrhage, a complication of just-completed heart surgery. He was 66 years old. His last role was as a mobster in a 2004 Super Bowl ad for Staples, Inc. and his last movie role was as Jelly in Harold Ramis’ Analyze That. Description above from the Wikipedia article Joe Viterelli, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Read bio at tmdb | Read bio at Wikipedia
Born:
Mar 10, 1937 In New York, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
20
First Appeared:
In the movie State of Grace 1990-09-14
Latest Project:
Movie Analyze That 2002-12-06
Known For
Poster of Wannabes
Poster of Facade
Poster of Black Rose of Harlem
Filmography
Movie Analyze That Jelly 2002-12-06
Movie See Spot Run Gino 2001-03-02
Movie Shallow Hal Steve Shanahan 2001-11-01
Movie Wannabes Santo 2000-06-29
Movie Analyze This Jelly 1999-03-05
Movie Mickey Blue Eyes Vinnie D'Agostino 1999-08-16
Movie Facade Max 1999-06-15
Movie Jane Austen's Mafia! Dominick Clamato 1998-07-24
Movie Heaven's Prisoners Didi Giancano 1996-05-17
Movie Black Rose of Harlem Costanza 1996-03-01
Movie Eraser Tony Two-Toes 1996-06-21
Movie American Strays Gene 1996-09-12
Movie The Crossing Guard Joe 1995-11-15
Movie Bullets Over Broadway Nick Valenti 1994-10-14
Movie The Firm Joey Morolto 1993-06-30
Series Fallen Angels Unknown 1993-08-01
Movie Ruby Joseph Valachi 1992-03-27
Movie Mobsters Joe Profaci 1991-07-26
Series The Commish Unknown 1991-09-28
Movie State of Grace Borelli 1990-09-14