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Joe Spinell (Joseph J. Spagnuolo)

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Biography

New York City, New York, USA
Joseph J. Spagnuolo was born on October 28, 1936 in Manhattan, New York City at his family's apartment on 2nd Avenue. Spinell was a tough guy on and off screen all his life. During his teen years, while still in high school, he acted in various plays on the New York stage, on and off Broadway, eventually earning a place in Joe Papp's Shakespeare Festival Theater. In 1960, he parlayed his stage work into a performing contract for MGM where it was suggested that he change his name to Joe Spinell to make his name easier to pronounce. Read more...

Actor

Character: Gazzo

Rocky 1976

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Character: Patrolman DiSimone

Cruising 1980

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Character: Frank Zito

Maniac 1980

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Character: Floyd Birdwell

Brubaker 1980

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Character: Lt. Spinell

The Ninth Configuration 1980

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Character: Squeezit's Father

Forbidden Zone 1980

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Character: Go-Go Club Owner #2

Melvin and Howard 1980

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Character: Lt. Munafo

Nighthawks 1981

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Character: Leonard 'Tiptoes' Mazzilli

Married to the Mob 1988

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Character: Brig. Gen. George Delevane

Operation Warzone 1988

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Character: Guido Antonucci

The Whoopee Boys 1986

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Character: Vinny Durand

Thriller Zone 1995

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Character: Cop at El Station

Next Stop, Greenwich Village 1976

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Character: Charles Lipsky

The First Deadly Sin 1980

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Character: Joey, New York Goon #1

Il cugino americano 1986

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Character: Bride's Father

Monsignor 1982

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Writing

Character: Frank Zito

Maniac 1980

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