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Joseph G. "Joe" Grifasi (born June 14, 1944) is an American character actor of film, stage and television. Grifasi was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Patricia (née Gaglione) and Joseph J. Grifasi, a skilled laborer. Grifasi graduated from Bishop Fallon High School, a now defunct 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, the jazz soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom. 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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Joseph G. "Joe" Grifasi (born June 14, 1944) is an American character actor of film, stage and television. Grifasi was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Patricia (née Gaglione) and Joseph J. Grifasi, a skilled laborer. Grifasi graduated from Bishop Fallon High School, a now defunct 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, the jazz soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom. 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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 61

Birthday 1944-06-14

Place of Birth Buffalo - New York - USA

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Also Known As

  • Joseph G. Grifasi
  • Joseph Grifasi

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 Baked in Brooklyn as David's Dad
2016 The American Side as The Serb
2014 A Midsummer Night's Dream as Peter Quince
2012 Elementary (1 episode) as Captain Moretti
2010 The Front as Mr. Zeffirelli
2008 Canterbury's Law (1 episode)
2006 A Crime as Bill
2006 Lewis Black: Red, White & Screwed as Uncle Sam
2005 Slow Burn as Desk Sgt. Drown
2004 13 Going on 30 as Mr. Flamhaff
2003 Hope & Faith (1 episode) as Leo
2002 Auto Focus as Strip Club M.C.
2001 61* as Phil Rizzuto
2000 Looking for an Echo as Vic
2000 Deadline (1 episode)
2000 The Other Me as Conrad
1999 Switching Goals as Dave
1999 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1 episode) as Hashi Horowitz (5 episodes)
1998 The Deal as Boular
1997 Sunday as Scottie Elster
1996 One Fine Day as Manny Feldstein
1996 Early Edition (3 episodes)
1996 Undue Influence as Clem
1995 Money Train as Riley
1995 Two Bits as Uncle Joe
1995 Batman Forever as Bank Guard
1995 Heavy as Leo
1994 ER (1 episode)
1994 Chicago Hope (1 episode)
1994 Natural Born Killers as Deputy Sheriff Duncan Homolka
1994 The Hudsucker Proxy as Lou
1993 Moon Over Miami (1 episode)
1993 Household Saints as Frank Manzone
1993 Benny & Joon as Mike
1993 Class of '96 (1 episode)
1992 Sinatra (2 episodes) as George Evans
1992 Primary Motive as Paul Melton
1990 WIOU (20 episodes) as Tony Pro
1990 Law & Order (3 episodes)
1990 Presumed Innocent as Tommy Molto
1989 Perfect Witness as Breeze
1989 Chances Are as Omar
1988 Roseanne (1 episode)
1988 Big Business as Desk Clerk
1988 The Appointments of Dennis Jennings as Bartender
1987 Moonstruck as Shy Waiter
1986 One Police Plaza as Inspector Nicolas Zambrano
1986 L.A. Law (5 episodes)
1986 F/X as Mickey
1985 Brewster's Millions as J.B. Donaldo
1985 Moonlighting (1 episode)
1984 The Pope of Greenwich Village as Jimmy the Cheese Man
1982 Still of the Night as Joseph Vitucci
1981 Honky Tonk Freeway as Osvaldo
1981 The Gentleman Bandit as Detective Esposito
1981 Hill Street Blues (1 episode)
1980 Hide in Plain Sight as Matty Stanek
1979 Something Short of Paradise as Barney Collins
1978 The Deer Hunter as Bandleader
1978 On the Yard
1977 Secret Service as Cpl. Matson

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