Starred in "Flesh", the first of Paul Morrissey's trilogy; cast as a male hustler
Had small supporting role as an actor in "Tapage Nocturne", directed by Catherine Breillat
Moved to Europe and made films primarily in Italy
Appeared as himself in the quasi-documentary "Beefcake"
Rounded out Morrissey's trilogy by playing a former child actor trying for a career as a rock star in "Heat"
Filmed cameo appearance as himself in Robert Altman's "The Player"; scene cut from released print but restored for the home video release
TV series debut as regular on the short-lived syndicated cop drama "Fortune Dane"
Cast as a fictionalized Dutch Schultz in Blake Edwards' "Sunset"
Played the stableboy in "Flesh for Frankenstein/Andy Warhol's Frankenstein", helmed by Morrissey
Acted in Tamra Davis' "Guncrazy" (aired on Showtime)
Raised in foster homes in Brooklyn and on Long Island
As a teenager, stole cars; shot in the knee during one car theft, was sent to reform school; ran away and headed to Florida to live with father
Cast in "The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart"; fired after clashing with an assistant director
Portrayed gangster Lucky Luciano in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Cotton Club"
Worked as a nude model, sometimes billed as Joe Catano
Appeared in first film, Andy Warhol's "The Loves of Ondine"
Played a rival mobster to Ray Sharkey's Sonny Steelgrave in a memorable arc of "Wiseguy" (CBS)
Acted opposite Maria Schneider in Jacques Rivette's "Merry Go Round"
Returned to NYC briefly before heading first to Mexico and then to L.A.
Portrayed a junkie in Morrissey's "Trash"
Co-starred with Whoopi Goldberg in the direct-to-video release "Theodore Rex"
Had supporting role of a dumb hitman in "The Limey"
Cast as a singing mute (with dubbed vocals) in Louis Malle's "Black Moon"
Played a devout evangelist in John Waters' "Cry-Baby"
Starred opposite Sylvia Kristel in Walerian Borowczyk's "La Marge/The Margin/The Streetwalker"
Appeared as a servant in "Blood for Dracula/Andy Warhol's Dracula", also directed by Morrissey
Appeared in an episode of "Miami Vice" (NBC)
First film not for Warhol or Morrissey, "The Gardener/Seeds of Evil", directed by James H Kay
Tall, androgynous leading man who made his name in several of director Paul Morrissey's collaborations with Andy Warhol.
Joseph A D'Allesandro Jr
was 20 at time of son's birth
had relationship in the mid-1970s
married in the 1960s
married at age 14; gave birth to son at age 16; jailed for auto theft for five years c. 1950-55
born c. 1966
born c. 1949
His official Web site is at www.joedallesandro.com
"After 'Flesh' came out, I got this script from Joe Levine--yeah, Joseph Levine! But I didn't think the script was good. I looked at it, and I thought, I can 'improve' the lines better myself. At least, my way would be more real. I mean, I appreciate it, sure--and if something really right came along, I'd take a look at it, and maybe do it. But I want to stick with Paul and Andy. Our stuff is getting bigger and bigger." --Joe Dallesandro in a 1969 interview