Joe Viterelli

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Joe Viterelli
Born Joseph Viterelli
(1937-03-10)March 10, 1937
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Died January 28, 2004(2004-01-28) (aged 66)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990-2004
Spouse(s) Catherine Brennan (19??–2004; his death)

Joseph "Joe" Viterelli (March 10, 1937 – January 28, 2004) was an American actor.

Joe Viterelli was born to Italian immigrants in the Bronx, New York. Before Viterelli became an actor, he had befriended director Leo Penn (actor Sean Penn's father), who initially tried but failed to encourage Viterelli to pursue acting because of his unique and stereotypically Italian[citation needed] looks. Some years later, Sean Penn approached Viterelli and asked him to try out for a part as a favor; Viterelli did so and went on to appear in State of Grace and then in over 40 other movies.


Viterelli died on January 28, 2004, aged 66, in Las Vegas, Nevada due to a severe stomach hemorrhage, a complication of just-completed heart surgery. His last film role was as "Jelly" in Harold Ramis's Analyze That, the 2002 sequel to 1999's Analyze This; his final acting credit was as a mobster in a 2004 Super Bowl ad for Staples, Inc.

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