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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 in Manhattan, New York
Всего фильмов:
Впервые появился:
movie Part Time Wife 1930-12-27
Последний проект:
movie Starship: Rising 2014-08-08
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Poster of K.O. Kippers
Poster of The Undertaker
Poster of Maniac
Poster of Крестный отец 2
movie Starship: Rising Mr. Robbie 2014-08-08
movie The Joe Spinell Story Himself 2001-08-21
movie Thriller Zone Vinny Durand (segment "Fanatical Extremes") (archive footage) 1995-01-01
movie Rapid Fire Hansen 1989-01-01
movie Operation Warzone Brig. Gen. George Delevane 1988-07-01
movie The Undertaker Uncle Roscoe 1988-01-01
movie K.O. Kippers Tony Larosa 1988-08-13
movie Замужем за мафией Leonard 'Tiptoes' Mazzilli 1988-08-19
movie The Messenger Rico 1986-01-01
movie The Whoopee Boys Guido Antonucci 1986-08-22
movie Hollywood Harry 1986-10-03
movie Maniac 2: Mr. Robbie Mr. Robbie 1986-11-01
movie Vigilante Eisenberg 1983-01-04
movie The Big Score Mayfield 1983-03-17
movie Walking The Edge Brusstar 1983-01-01
movie National Lampoon's Movie Madness Agent / M.C. ("Success Wanters") 1983-11-02
movie The Last Fight Angelo 1983-09-07
movie Эврика 1983-05-01
movie Теряя это Border Patrolman 1983-04-08
movie Ночная смена Manetti 1982-07-30
movie Последний фильм ужасов Vinny Durand 1982-10-09
movie One Down, Two to Go Joe Spangler 1982-11-19
movie Ночные ястребы Lt. Munafo 1981-03-17
movie Brubaker Floyd Birdwell 1980-06-20
movie The Ninth Configuration Lt. Spinell 1980-02-29
movie Разыскивающий Patrolman DiSimone 1980-09-23
movie The Little Dragons Yancey 1980-07-18
movie Maniac Frank Zito 1980-12-26
movie Winter Kills Arthur Fletcher 1979-05-11
movie Рокки 2 Tony Gazzo 1979-06-15
movie Всё решается в среду Psychologist 1978-05-02
movie Nunzio Angelo 1978-05-12
movie The One Man Jury Mike Abatino 1978-09-29
movie Starcrash Count Zartharn 1978-12-21
movie Адская Кухня Burp 1978-09-22
movie Колдун Spider 1977-06-24
movie Таксист Personell Officer 1976-02-08
movie Next Stop, Greenwich Village Cop at El Station 1976-02-04
movie Оставайся голодным Jabo 1976-04-23
movie Рокки Gazzo 1976-11-21
movie Rancho Deluxe Mr. Colson 1975-01-01
movie Crack Sol Terranova 1975-04-12
movie Прощай, моя красавица Nick 1975-08-08
movie Крестный отец 2 Willi Cicci 1974-12-20
movie The Seven-Ups Toredano 1973-01-01
movie Крестный отец Willi Cicci (uncredited) 1972-03-14
movie Meet Boston Blackie Burp 1941-02-20
movie Young Fugitives Agent / M.C. ("Success Wanters") 1938-06-29
movie København, Kalundborg og -? Sol Terranova 1934-08-20
movie Part Time Wife Mayfield 1930-12-27