Joe Viterelli

Age: 77
Birthplace: New York, U.S.

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Joseph "Joe" Viterelli (March 10, 1937 – January 28, 2004) was an Italian American actor known for his mafioso-orientated personality endorsements.

Joe Viterelli was born to Italian immigrants in Bronx, New York. Before Viterelli became an actor, he was a successful businessman in New York City. He had befriended director Leo Penn (actor Sean Penn's father), who initially tried but failed to persuade Viterelli to pursue acting because of his unique and typically Italian looks. Some years later, Sean Penn approached Viterelli and asked him to try out for a part as a favor: Viterelli did and went on to appear in State of Grace and then in over 40 movies. Joe Viterelli became an icon of Mafia-Movies.

Viterelli died on January 28, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada due to a severe stomach hemorrhage, a complication of just-completed heart surgery. He was 66 years old. His last role was as a mobster in a 2004 Super Bowl ad for Staples, Inc. and his last movie role was as Jelly in Harold Ramis’ Analyze That.

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Movie Character Year
Fdqa86is0knco4xvb1ayjfsqc8j State of Grace Borelli 1990
Gqnrgzhvmfzc0tuxp8ngh4by912 Bullets Over Broadway Nick Valenti 1994
Slbzeaguko6c9varoh25okmxkqm Heaven's Prisoners Didi Giancano 1996
Bmog5k07nrns8t49nvpm1lnrof1 Eraser Tony Two-Toes 1996
Ijtckwgpanyrtu2gffdeocqxuye American Strays Gene 1996
Vmve6jrbyegqsoxjytvkwm0ozoy Analyze This Jelly 1999
L6pbody95olhlyfcktjrrq3ofir Shallow Hal Steve Shanahan 2001