|Full Name Joseph Minieri|
Role Film actor
Spouse Mary Montero (m. 1958)
|Years active 1963-present|
Education Fordham University
Name Joe Santos
Children Perry Santos
|Born June 9, 1931 (age 84) (1931-06-09) Brooklyn, New York, U.S.|
Parents Rose Minieri, Joseph Minieri
Movies and TV shows The Rockford Files, The Last Boy Scout, Mo' Money, Blue Thunder, The Friends of Eddie Co
Similar People Stuart Margolin, Noah Beery - Jr, Gretchen Corbett, Stephen J Cannell, James Garner
Died March 18, 2016 (aged 84) Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Joe santos 1931 2016
Joe Santos (born Joseph John Minieri Jr.; June 9, 1931 – March 18, 2016) was an Italian-American film and television actor.
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- 1980 chrysler lebaron salon commercial with actor joe santos
- Life and career
- Television credits
1980 chrysler lebaron salon commercial with actor joe santos
Life and career
Born in Brooklyn on June 9, 1931, the same day his father died. His mother Rose (née Sarno), sold olive oil and eventually became a nightclub owner and singer in New York City and Havana. She later married Puerto Rican-born Daniel Santos, and Joe took his name.
Santos was a football player at Fordham University, and even turned semi-pro, before finding a new avenue in acting. He struggled in show business, and worked blue-collar jobs until his friend Al Pacino helped him get a role in the 1971 movie The Panic in Needle Park.
From 1974–1980, Santos played LAPD Sergeant (later Lieutenant) Dennis Becker, the friend of the easy going ex-convict-turned-private investigator Jim Rockford (played by James Garner) in The Rockford Files, and Lt. Frank Harper in the TV series Hardcastle and McCormick (1985–86).
He had brief parts in several lesser-known films, and made a number of guest appearances on television shows throughout his acting career, frequently in the stock character role of a police officer. He also appeared on The Sopranos as Angelo Garepe in seven 2004 episodes. From 1978-80 Santos appeared on the CBS game show The Match Game always sitting in the top left seat. He appeared in numerous episodes and was usually comic foil to Brett Somers.
Santos suffered a heart attack on March 14, 2016, according to his son, Perry Santos. He died four days later at the age of 84.