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Joe Spinell

​Joe Spinell was born Joseph J. Spagnuolo in Manhattan, New York of Italian immigrant parents, and the last of six children. His father, Pelegrino Spagnuolo (b. 1892, d. 1950), died from liver and kidney disease. His mother Filomena Spagnuolo (b. 1903, d. 1987) was a bit-part actress who acted in a few movies, some of them alongside her son. Spinell stood 5 foot and 11 inches. He was born at his family's apartment in Manhattan's Little Italy on 2nd Avenue in Manhattan. A few years after the death of his father, he moved with his mother and older siblings to Woodside, Queens, New York where he lived off-and-on for the remainder of his life. Spinell suffered most of his life from hemophilia as well as chronic asthma. Because of his large, heavyset frame and imposing looks, Spinell was often cast as criminals, thugs, or corrupt police officers. His most notable roles were as mafioso Willi Cicci in The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, and as loan shark Tony Gazzo in Rocky and Rocky II. Although primarily known as a character actor, Spinell co-wrote and starred as a serial killer in the 1980 film, Maniac. Joe Spinell died in his apartment on January 13, 1989 at the age of 52. The cause of his untimely death is arguable to this day. Some say that his death was caused by sudden heart attack due to heavy drug use, drinking and emotional distress in light of his mother passing away two years earlier. It is also speculated that he may have died from asthma complications, or bled to death from hemophilia related causes. He was planning a sequel to Maniac before his death. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Queens near his home. He is the distant cousin of the American football team St. Louis Ram's Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo. Spinell was married to adult film star Jean Jennings from February 1977 to July 1979. Together they had one daughter, but they eventually divorced.

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Oct 28, 1936 В Manhattan, New York
Впервые появился:
В movie The Godfather 1972-03-14
Последний проект:
Фильм FantastiCozzi 2016-05-21
Известен по
Poster of FantastiCozzi
Poster of Monsignor
Poster of Vampire
Poster of 92 in the Shade
Фильм FantastiCozzi Count Zarth Arn (archive footage) 2016-05-21
Фильм The Joe Spinell Story Himself 2001-08-21
Фильм Thriller Zone Vinny Durand (segment "Fanatical Extremes") (archive footage) 1995-01-01
Фильм Rapid Fire Hansen 1989-01-01
Фильм Married to the Mob Leonard 'Tiptoes' Mazzilli 1988-08-19
Фильм K.O. Kippers Tony Larosa 1988-08-13
Фильм Operation Warzone Brig. Gen. George Delevane 1988-07-01
Фильм The Undertaker Uncle Roscoe 1988-01-01
Фильм The Pick-up Artist Eddie 1987-09-18
Фильм Maniac 2: Mr. Robbie Mr. Robbie 1986-11-01
Фильм Hollywood Harry 1986-10-03
Фильм The Whoopee Boys Guido Antonucci 1986-08-22
Фильм The Children of Times Square Street Vendor 1986-03-03
Фильм The Messenger Rico 1986-01-01
Фильм The Big Score Mayfield 1983-03-17
Фильм Walking the Edge Brusstar 1983-01-01
Фильм Vigilante Eisenberg 1983-01-04
Фильм The Last Fight Angelo 1983-09-07
Фильм Losin' It Border Patrolman 1983-04-08
Фильм Eureka Pete 1983-05-01
Фильм Trackdown: Finding the Goodbar Killer Escobar 1983-10-15
Фильм One Down, Two to Go Joe Spangler 1982-11-19
Фильм Monsignor Bride's Father 1982-10-22
Фильм The Last Horror Film Vinny Durand 1982-10-09
Фильм Night Shift Manetti 1982-07-30
Фильм National Lampoon's Movie Madness Agent / M.C. ("Success Wanters") 1982-04-23
Фильм Nighthawks Lt. Munafo 1981-03-17
Фильм Cruising Patrolman DiSimone 1980-05-06
Фильм The Ninth Configuration Lt. Spinell 1980-02-29
Фильм Forbidden Zone Squeezit's Father 1980-03-21
Фильм The First Deadly Sin Charles Lipsky 1980-10-03
Фильм Brubaker Floyd Birdwell 1980-06-20
Фильм The Little Dragons Yancey 1980-07-18
Фильм Melvin and Howard Go-Go Club Owner #2 1980-09-19
Фильм Maniac Frank Zito 1980-11-07
Фильм Vampire 1979-10-07
Фильм Rocky II Tony Gazzo 1979-06-15
Фильм Winter Kills Arthur Fletcher 1979-05-11
Фильм Last Embrace Man in Cantina 1979-05-04
Фильм Starcrash Count Zartharn 1978-12-21
Фильм The One Man Jury Mike Abatino 1978-09-29
Фильм Paradise Alley Burp 1978-09-22
Фильм Big Wednesday Psychologist 1978-05-26
Фильм Nunzio Angelo 1978-05-12
Фильм Sorcerer Spider 1977-06-24
Фильм Rocky Gazzo 1976-11-21
Фильм Stay Hungry Jabo 1976-04-23
Фильм Taxi Driver Personell Officer 1976-02-07
Фильм Next Stop, Greenwich Village Cop at El Station 1976-02-04
Фильм 92 in the Shade Ollie Slatt 1975-08-22
Фильм Farewell, My Lovely Nick 1975-08-08
Фильм Strike Force Sol Terranova 1975-04-12
Фильм Rancho Deluxe Mr. Colson 1975-01-01
Фильм The Godfather: Part II Willi Cicci 1974-12-20
Фильм The Seven-Ups Toredano 1973-12-14
Фильм Cops and Robbers Marty 1973-08-17
Фильм The Godfather Willi Cicci (uncredited) 1972-03-14