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Joe Spinell

​Joe Spinell was born Joseph J. Spagnuolo in Manhattan, New York of Italian immigrant parents, and the last of six children. His father, Pelegrino Spagnuolo (b. 1892, d. 1950), died from liver and kidney disease. His mother Filomena Spagnuolo (b. 1903, d. 1987) was a bit-part actress who acted in a few movies, some of them alongside her son. Spinell stood 5 foot and 11 inches. He was born at his family's apartment in Manhattan's Little Italy on 2nd Avenue in Manhattan. A few years after the death of his father, he moved with his mother and older siblings to Woodside, Queens, New York where he lived off-and-on for the remainder of his life. Spinell suffered most of his life from hemophilia as well as chronic asthma. Because of his large, heavyset frame and imposing looks, Spinell was often cast as criminals, thugs, or corrupt police officers. His most notable roles were as mafioso Willi Cicci in The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, and as loan shark Tony Gazzo in Rocky and Rocky II. Although primarily known as a character actor, Spinell co-wrote and starred as a serial killer in the 1980 film, Maniac. Joe Spinell died in his apartment on January 13, 1989 at the age of 52. The cause of his untimely death is arguable to this day. Some say that his death was caused by sudden heart attack due to heavy drug use, drinking and emotional distress in light of his mother passing away two years earlier. It is also speculated that he may have died from asthma complications, or bled to death from hemophilia related causes. He was planning a sequel to Maniac before his death. He was buried in Calvary Cemetery, Queens near his home. He is the distant cousin of the American football team St. Louis Ram's Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo. Spinell was married to adult film star Jean Jennings from February 1977 to July 1979. Together they had one daughter, but they eventually divorced.

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Oct 28, 1936 No(a) Manhattan, New York
Filme / Créditos de TV:
Apareceu pela primeira vez:
No(a) movie O Poderoso Chefão 1972-03-14
Último projeto:
Filme De Caso com a Máfia 1988-08-19
Conhecido Por
Filme De Caso com a Máfia Leonard 'Tiptoes' Mazzilli 1988-08-19
Filme Operation Warzone Brig. Gen. George Delevane 1988-07-01
Filme The Messenger Rico 1986-01-01
Filme The Last Fight Angelo 1983-09-07
Filme Eureka 1983-05-01
Filme Losin' It Border Patrolman 1983-04-08
Filme Vigilante Eisenberg 1983-01-04
Filme One Down, Two to Go Joe Spangler 1982-11-19
Filme The Last Horror Film Vinny Durand 1982-10-09
Filme Melvin and Howard Go-Go Club Owner #2 1980-09-19
Filme The Little Dragons Yancey 1980-07-18
Filme Forbidden Zone Squeezit's Father 1980-03-21
Filme Winter Kills Arthur Fletcher 1979-05-11
Filme Starcrash Count Zartharn 1978-12-21
Filme The One Man Jury Mike Abatino 1978-09-29
Filme Big Wednesday Psychologist 1978-05-26
Filme O Comboio do Medo Spider 1977-06-24
Filme Rocky: Um Lutador Gazzo 1976-11-21
Filme Stay Hungry Jabo 1976-04-23
Filme Next Stop, Greenwich Village Cop at El Station 1976-02-04
Filme Farewell, My Lovely Nick 1975-08-08
Filme Rancho Deluxe Mr. Colson 1975-01-01
Filme O Poderoso Chefão: Parte II Willi Cicci 1974-12-20
Filme O Poderoso Chefão Willi Cicci (uncredited) 1972-03-14