Joe Cortese

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Joe Cortese
Joseph Cortese

(1948-02-22) February 22, 1948 (age 72)
Alma materMidwestern College
Years active1973–present
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
(m. 1989; div. 1994)

Joseph Cortese (born February 22, 1948) is an American actor who had major roles in films such as Windows (1980), Evilspeak (1981) and Monsignor (1982).

Early life[edit]

Cortese was born on February 22, 1948 in Paterson, New Jersey. He went to Midwestern College where he earned his BA in theatre. Cortese went to New York City and trained under Milton Katselas.


Cortese has had major roles in films such as Windows (1980), Evilspeak (1981) and Monsignor (1982). His other film appearances include roles in Arizona Slim (1974), Jessi's Girls (1975), The Death Collector (1976), Deadly Illusion (1987), Ruby (1992), Illicit Dreams (1994), American History X (1998) and Against the Ropes (2004).

Personal life[edit]

Cortese was married to actress Kim Delaney from 1989 until their divorce in 1994.[1] They have a son, Jack, born circa 1990.[2]



Year Title Role Notes ref
1974 Arizona Slim Reggie
1975 Jessi's Girls Baldry
1976 The Death Collector Jerry Bolanti
1980 Windows Bob Luffrono 1st Golden Raspberry Award
1981 Evilspeak Reverend Jameson Also known as Evilspeaks
1982 Monsignor Ludovico 'Lodo' Varese
1987 Deadly Illusion Detective Paul Lefferts
1992 Ruby Louis Vitali
1994 Illicit Dreams Daniel Davis
1995 The Last Word Jimmy
1998 American History X Rasmussen
2001 The Shipment Vincent Florio
2004 Against the Ropes Irving Abel
2018 Green Book Gio Loscudo


Year Title Role Notes ref
1973 Lotsa Luck Mr. Smith Episode: "The Belmont Connection" (S 1: Ep 12)
1980 Visions Architect Episode: "He Wants Her Back" (S 4: Ep 3)
1986 Hunter Marco Brokaw Episode: "Scrap Metal" (S 2: Ep 15)
C.A.T. Squad Richard "Doc" Burkholder TV film
Tales from the Darkside Nicholas Episode: "The Casavin Curse" (S 2: Ep 24)
1987 Rags to Riches Frankie Episode: "Bad Blood" (S 1: Ep 7)
1988 Something Is Out There Jack Breslin Main cast
C.A.T. Squad: Python Wolf Richard "Doc" Burkholder TV film
1991 Murder, She Wrote Carmine Abruzzi Episode: "Family Doctor" (S 7: Ep 11)
The Man in the Family Vinnie Episode: "Honor Bound" (S 1: Ep 1 - Pilot)
1994 Beauty and the Bandit Slade TV film
The Commish Rosetti Episode: "Who Do You Trust?" (S 4: Ep 5)
1995 Silk Stalkings Judge Moyne Episode: "Community Service" (S 4: Ep 20)
1996 Renegade Sergeant Jack Winslow Episode:"Self Defense" (S 5: Ep 2)
Pacific Blue Gene Savage Episode: "Deja Vu" (S 2: Ep 11)
The Sentinel Detective Jack Pendergrast Episode: "Deep Water" (S2: Ep3)
1997 Nash Bridges Jimmy Ryshert Episode: "Shake, Rattle and Roll" (S 3: Ep 3)
2000 18 Wheels of Justice Martin Greenwald (Credited as Joe Cortese) Episodes:
  • "Sleeping Dragons" (S 1: Ep 18)
  • "Legacy of Blood, part 1" (S 1: Ep 20)
  • "Caged, part 2" (S 1: Ep 21)
2003 The Agency Guest Star Episode: "Spy Finance" (S 2: Ep 18)
2005 Las Vegas Calabrini Episode: "Whatever Happened To Seymour Magoon?" (S 3: Ep 4)
2006 Bones Lou Mackey Episode: "The Woman in the Sand" (S 2: Ep 8)
2007 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Sal Episode: "The Gang Gets Whacked, part 2" (S 3: Ep 13)
2010 The Good Guys Jimmy Nichols Episode: "Partners" (S 1: Ep 20)
2011 Fairly Legal Danny Sabotino Episode: "Bridges" (S 1: Ep 10)
2014 Perception Paolo Genardi Episode: "Curveball" (S 2: Ep 11)
2015 General Hospital Frank Smith #3 Recurring


  1. ^ "Kim Delaney Biography (1961-)".
  2. ^ "Actress Kim Delaney loses custody of 15 year old son". People. September 1, 2005. Archived from the original on April 25, 2019. Retrieved May 1, 2018.

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