Joe Grifasi

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Joe Grifasi
Born Joseph G. Grifasi
(1944-06-14) June 14, 1944 (age 73)
Buffalo, New York, United States
Other names Joseph Grifasi
Alma mater Canisius College
Yale School of Drama
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Jane Ira Bloom

Joseph G. Grifasi (born June 14, 1944) is an American character actor of film, stage and television.[1]

Grifasi was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Patricia (née Gaglione) and Joseph J. Grifasi, a skilled laborer.[1] Grifasi graduated from Bishop Fallon High School, a now-defunct Roman Catholic high school in Buffalo. He played football and acted in many of the school's plays. Grifasi briefly attended Canisius College in Buffalo before joining the United States Army. He went on to study at the Yale School of Drama. While at the Yale School of Drama, he met his future wife, jazz soprano-saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom.[citation needed]

Grifasi has played two separate members of the Baseball Hall of Fame who played for the New York Yankees. In 61*, set in 1961, he played Phil Rizzuto; in The Bronx Is Burning, set in 1977, he played Yogi Berra. Paul Borghese played Berra in 61*, while actual 1977 broadcast recordings of Rizzuto were used in The Bronx Is Burning. Grifasi has played defense attorney, now Superior Court Judge, Heshy Horowitz on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit since 2005.[citation needed]


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  1. ^ a b "Joe Grifasi Biography (1944–)". Film Reference. Retrieved 2015-01-21.

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