Joe DeSantis

Actor
Prior to becoming a versatile character actor on television, Joe deSantis worked in theatre and was something of a radio star, lending his voice to a number of programs during the 1940s. A decade later, when television ... Read more »
Born: 06/15/1909

Filmography

Actor (27)

Suburban Beat 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Katherine 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Cigars 1973 (Movie)

Travers (Actor)

Blue 1968 (Movie)

Carlos (Actor)

The Brotherhood 1968 (Movie)

Pietro Rizzi (Actor)

An American Dream 1966 (Movie)

Eddie Ganucci (Actor)

And Now Miguel 1966 (Movie)

Padre DeChavez (Actor)

Beau Geste 1966 (Movie)

Beaujolais (Actor)

The Venetian Affair 1966 (Movie)

Jan Aarvan (Actor)

Madame X 1965 (Movie)

Carter (Actor)

The Professionals 1965 (Movie)

Ortega (Actor)

A Cold Wind in August 1961 (Movie)

Papa Perugino (Actor)

The George Raft Story 1961 (Movie)

Frankie Donatella (Actor)

Al Capone 1958 (Movie)

Big Jim Colosimo (Actor)

Buchanan Rides Alone 1958 (Movie)

Esteban Gomez (Actor)

I Want to Live! 1958 (Movie)

Al Matthews (Actor)

Dino 1957 (Movie)

Mr Minetta (Actor)

Full of Life 1957 (Movie)

Father Gondolfo (Actor)

Jeanne Eagels 1957 (Movie)

Frank Satori (Actor)

The Unholy Wife 1957 (Movie)

Gino Verdugo (Actor)

Tension at Table Rock 1956 (Movie)

Burrows (Actor)

The Last Hunt 1956 (Movie)

Ed Black (Actor)

Deadline U.S.A. 1952 (Movie)

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Contract on Cherry Street (TV Show)

Actor

Honor Thy Father (TV Show)

Actor

It's Good to Be Alive (TV Show)

Actor

Powderkeg (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Prior to becoming a versatile character actor on television, Joe deSantis worked in theatre and was something of a radio star, lending his voice to a number of programs during the 1940s. A decade later, when television became all the rage, he began appearing on anthology series like "The Motorola Television Hour", which showed his effectiveness in all kinds of genres and material. He also became a familiar face on crime and Western shows; thanks to deSantis's range--he could play thugs or suave leads, or adopt accents for comedic effect--he would appear on several episodes of a program such as "Rawhide", playing a different character each time. During the late '50s and early '60s, he frequently showed up in "The Untouchables" and "77 Sunset Strip", and would come back to playing Mafioso characters throughout his career. Along with television series, he appeared in a number of critically acclaimed films, including the 1958 drama "I Want to Live!" in which he had the pivotal role of Al Matthews, an attorney trying to prevent the execution of a convicted female murderer. Around the same time, he was cast as real-life mob boss Big Jim Colosimo in the biopic "Al Capone"--ideal casting, since both men were Italian-Americans.

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