Joe Santos

Actor, Construction worker
A street-edged character player of TV and movies, often cast as an urban detective or crook, Joe Santos is perhaps best remembered as Detective Dennis Becker, cop pal who respects James Garner's Jim Rockford, on "The ... Read more »
Born: 06/09/1931 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

The Sopranos 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Auggie Rose 2001 (Movie)

Emanuel (Actor)

The Postman 1997 (Movie)

Getty (Actor)

The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Art Deco Detective 1994 (Movie)

Detective Guy Lean (Actor)

Bakersfield P.D. 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Trial By Jury 1994 (Movie)

Johnny Verona (Actor)

NYPD Blue 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mo' Money 1992 (Movie)

Lieutenant Raymond Walsh (Actor)

The Last Boy Scout 1991 (Movie)

Bessalo (Actor)

Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Revenge 1990 (Movie)

Ibarra (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

Quantum Leap 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fear City 1985 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

The Ratings Game 1984 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

a.k.a. Pablo 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Thunder 1983 (Movie)

Montoya (Actor)

Me and Maxx 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Power 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rockford Files 1974 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rockford Files 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Zandy's Bride 1974 (Movie)

Frank Gallo (Actor)

A Knife For the Ladies 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shamus 1973 (Movie)

Lieutenant Promuto (Actor)

The Friends of Eddie Coyle 1973 (Movie)

Artie Van (Actor)

Blade 1972 (Movie)

Spinelli (Actor)

The Don Is Dead 1972 (Movie)

Joe Lucci (Actor)

Shaft's Big Score 1971 (Movie)

Pascal (Actor)

The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight 1971 (Movie)

Ezmo (Actor)

The Legend of Nigger Charley 1971 (Movie)

Reverend (Actor)

The Panic in Needle Park 1971 (Movie)

DiBono (Actor)

Deadline: Madrid (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Desire (TV Show)

Actor

Nightside (TV Show)

Actor

Proximity (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra (TV Show)

Actor

The Blue Knight (TV Show)

Actor

The Hustler of Muscle Beach (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A street-edged character player of TV and movies, often cast as an urban detective or crook, Joe Santos is perhaps best remembered as Detective Dennis Becker, cop pal who respects James Garner's Jim Rockford, on "The Rockford Files" (NBC, 1974-80) and its numerous TV-movies. Santos began his on-screen career with a bit part in "My Body Hungers," a low-budget 1967 film. Subsequent roles included DiBono in "The Panic in Needle Park" and Ezmo in "The Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight" (both 1971). He was a little known working actor when cast in "The Rockford Files," which triggered much additional work, including TV-movies such as "A Matter of Wife . . . and Death (NBC, 1976). When film work remained sporadic, even after the demise of "Rockford," Santos tried, unsuccessfully, to hook onto another top series. Instead, he weathered flops such as "Me and Maxx" (NBC, 1980), "a.k.a. Pablo" (ABC, 1984) and "Hardcastle and McCormick" (ABC, 1985-86). He had a recurring role as a cop during the 1986-87 season of "Magnum, P.I." (CBS). By the late 80s, Santos was a familiar face in numerous episodic guest appearances, including several as a detective who doesn't like Jessica's meddling on "Murder, She Wrote." His fortunes were revived in 1992 when Santos was cast in a key role in "Sinatra," the CBS miniseries based on the life of the singer. Work in the features "The Last Boy Scout" (1991), "Mo' Money" (1992) and "Trial By Jury" (1994) followed. The revival of "The Rockford Files," which became a once or twice-a-year TV event between 1994 and 1999, also brought Santos back into the public eye, as did roles in Kevin Costner's "The Postman" (1997) and George Hickenlooper's "The Man from Elysian Fields" (2001). A seven-episode arc on "The Sopranos" (HBO 1999-2007) as Angelo Garepe proved to be Santos' final major role. Joe Santos died on March 18, 2016 at the age of 84.

Relationships

Joseph Minieri

Father

Rose Minieri

Mother

Joseph Santos

Son

Perry Santos

Son

Mary Montero

Wife
married on March 31, 1958

EDUCATION

Fordham University

Bronx, New York 1949 - 1950

Miami University

Oxford, Ohio 1950 - 1951

Milestones

1995

Appeared in "Tyson" (HBO)

1994

Reprised role of Det. Becker on "Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A." TV-movie and subsequent revivals

1994

Co-starred on big screen in "Art Deco Detective" and "Trial By Jury"

1992

Co-starred in the film "Mo' Money"

1992

Appeared as Marty Sinatra, "Sinatra" miniseries (CBS)

1990

Played Lopez in TV version "Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea"

1985

Co-starred in feature film, "Fear City"

1984

Played the father on the short-lived sitcom "a.k.a. Pablo" (ABC)

1980

Starred on short-lived sitcom "Me and Maxx" (NBC)

1973

TV-movie debut, "The Blue Knight" (NBC)

1967

Film debut "My Body Hungers"

1952

Served in US Army Medical Corps

TV series debut as Detective Dennis Becker on "The Rockford Files" (NBC)

Featured as Lt. Frank Harper on "Hardcastle & McCormick" (ABC)

Played recurring role of Lt. Page on "Magnum, P.I." (CBS)

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