Staff Sgt. Nicolas Perez, a recruiter with Recruiting Station Los Angeles, laughs with Joe Santos
|Born||Joseph John Minieri, Jr.
June 9, 1931
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||March 18, 2016
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Heart attack|
|Spouse(s)||Maria Montero (m. 1958–1988; her death)|
Joe Santos Junior
Joe Santos (born Joseph John Minieri, Jr.; June 9, 1931 – March 18, 2016) was an American film and television actor.
Life and career
Born in Brooklyn on June 9, 1931, the same day his father died. His mother, the former Rose Sarno, sold olive oil and eventually became a nightclub owner and singer in New York and Havana. She later married Puerto Rican-born Daniel Santos, and Joe took his name.
Santos was a football player at Fordham University, and even turned semi-pro, before finding a new avenue in acting. He struggled in show business, and worked blue-collar jobs until his friend Al Pacino helped him get a role in the 1971 movie The Panic in Needle Park.
From 1974–1980, Santos played LAPD Sergeant (later Lieutenant) Dennis Becker, the friend of the easy going ex-convict-turned-private investigator Jim Rockford (played by James Garner) in The Rockford Files, and Lt. Frank Harper in the TV series Hardcastle and McCormick from 1985–1986. He had brief parts in several lesser-known films, and made a number of guest appearances on television shows throughout his acting career, frequently in the stock character role of a police officer. He also appeared on The Sopranos as Angelo Garepe in seven 2004 episodes.
From 1978-1980 Santos appeared on the CBS game show The Match Game always sitting in the top left seat. He appeared in numerous episodes and was usually comic foil to Brett Somers.
|1964||Flesh and Lace||Julian shop owner|
|1966||Moonlighting Wives||Detective Hank|
|1967||The Tiger Makes Out||Uncredited|
|1971||The Panic in Needle Park||Detective DiBono|
|1971||The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight||Ezmo|
|1972||Shaft's Big Score!||Pascal|
|1973||The Friends of Eddie Coyle||Artie Van|
|The Blue Knight||Sgt. Cruz Segovia|
|1974||Zandy's Bride||Frank Gallo|
|1976||A Matter of Wife... And Death||Lieutenant Promuto|
|1986||The Education of Allison Tate||Detective Duncan|
|1989||Beverly Hills Brats||Spyder|
|1991||The Last Boy Scout||Bessalo|
|Mo' Money||Lt. Raymond Walsh|
|1993||The Right Way|
|1994||Trial by Jury||Johnny Verona|
|1997||The Postman||Colonel Getty|
|2000||Hammerlock||Warden Stan Cromwell|
|The Man from Elysian Fields||Domenico|
|2009||Baseline||Bashir Abu Ahmed|
- 1974–1980: The Rockford Files — Sergeant (later Lieutenant) Becker (recurring)
- 1978-1980: The Match Game — Himself (multiple episodes)
- 1974: Kung Fu Season 3 Episode 52 "A Lamb to the Slaughter" — Señor Sanjero
- 1985–1986: Hardcastle and McCormick — Lt. Frank Harper
- 1986–1987: MacGyver — Jimmy 'The Eraser' Kendall (two episodes)
- 1986–1988: Magnum, P.I. — Police Lieutenant Nolan (five episodes)
- 1988: Miami Vice — Oscar Carrere (one episode)
- 1993: NYPD Blue — Angelo Marino (2 episodes)
- 2004: The Sopranos — Consigliere Angelo Garepe (seven episodes)
- Weber, Bruce (March 18, 2016). "Joe Santos, a Mainstay of 'The Rockford Files,' Dies at 84". The New York Times. p. A22.
- Susan Doukas Brady (July 11, 2012). Tales, Observations and Notes: Bob an Actor's Mentor. Susan Doukas Brady. p. 36. ISBN 978-1-61927-060-2.