Thursday, July 15, 2010


Criminal Minds: Join American Tony Award-winning actor, producer, writer and director, Joe Mantegna, as he chats about acting, giving back, and his wife's restaurant, "Taste Chicago," with producer and veteran actor, Joe Sabatino, on "Interviews" at

Joseph Anthony “Joe” Mantegna, Jr. (born November 13, 1947) is an American Tony Award-winning actor, producer, writer and director. He is best known for his roles in box-office hits such as Three Amigos (1986), The Godfather Part III (1990), Forget Paris (1995), Up Close & Personal (1996), and The Simpsons Movie (2007).

Mantegna has gained Emmy Award nominations for his roles in three different miniseries, The Last Don (1997), The Rat Pack (1999) and The Starter Wife (2007). Mantegna served as executive producer for various movies and television movies, such as Corduroy (1984), Hoods (1998), and Lakeboat (2000), which he also directed.

On television, Mantegna stars in "Criminal Minds (2007 - 2010). He also starred in the short lived series First Monday (2002), Joan of Arcadia (2003–2005). Since the 1991 Simpsons episode “Bart the Murderer” Mantegna has had a recurring role on the animated comedy series The Simpsons as mob boss Fat Tony. In 2007 Mantegna replaced Mandy Patinkin as a main character of the hit drama series Criminal Minds.

Joe Mantegna earned a Tony Award for his performance as Richard Roma in David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Glengarry Glen Ross.” His additional Broadway credits include the role of Bobby Gould in Mamet’s “Speed-the-Plow” and a role in the musical “Working,” in which he made his Broadway debut. In his hometown of Chicago, Mantegna also starred in the Mamet plays “A Life in the Theatre” and “The Disappearance of the Jews,” both at the Goodman Theatre. He directed Mamet’s “Lakeboat” in Los Angeles and later made his feature-film directorial debut with “Lakeboat,” based on Mamet’s screenplay. Mantegna also conceived and co-authored the Off Broadway play “Bleacher Bums,” which was subsequently produced for television and earned him an Emmy Award.

Taste Chicago, fabulously located near Universal City, NBC and just down the street from Warner Bros. Studios, is owned by actor Joe Mantegna's wife, Arlene, and is the place to go in and around Los Angeles for Chicago's favorite foods. Go to Taste Chicago is located at: 603 North Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505 (818) 563-2800

"Interviews" is a show on Actors Reporter, a site of the Actors Podcast Network, a Pepper Jay Production.