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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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Born:
Oct 28, 1936 In Manhattan, New York
Movie/TV Credits:
47
First Appeared:
In the movie The Godfather 1972-03-14
Latest Project:
Movie The Joe Spinell Story 2001-08-21
Known For
Poster of K.O. Kippers
Poster of The Undertaker
Poster of Losin' It
Poster of Brubaker
Filmography

The Joe Spinell Story (2001)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself
4.5 2 votes

Thriller Zone (1995)

Movie
as Vinny Durand (segment "Fanatical Extremes") (archive footage)

Rapid Fire (1989)

Adventure Action
Movie
as Hansen
4.8 3 votes

The Undertaker (1988)

Horror
Movie
as Uncle Roscoe
5 2 votes

Operation Warzone (1988)

Action
Movie
as Brig. Gen. George Delevane

Married to the Mob (1988)

Comedy Crime Romance
Movie
as Leonard 'Tiptoes' Mazzilli
5.8 67 votes

K.O. Kippers (1988)

Comedy
Movie
as Tony Larosa
8 1 votes

The Pick-up Artist (1987)

Romance Comedy Crime Drama
Movie
as Eddie
5.4 33 votes

Maniac 2: Mr. Robbie (1986)

Horror
Movie
as Mr. Robbie
8.0 1 votes

The Whoopee Boys (1986)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Guido Antonucci

The Messenger (1986)

Movie
as Rico

Hollywood Harry (1986)

Comedy Crime Thriller
Movie

Vigilante (1983)

Action Crime Thriller
Movie
as Eisenberg
7.1 15 votes

The Big Score (1983)

Drama Action Crime
Movie
as Mayfield
8 1 votes

Walking The Edge (1983)

Action Crime Drama
Movie
as Brusstar
6.0 1 votes

National Lampoon's Movie Madness (1983)

Comedy
Movie
as Agent / M.C. ("Success Wanters")
2.7 6 votes

The Last Fight (1983)

Drama
Movie
as Angelo

Eureka (1983)

Drama Action Thriller
Movie
5.8 13 votes

Losin' It (1983)

Comedy
Movie
as Border Patrolman
4.5 27 votes

Night Shift (1982)

Comedy
Movie
as Manetti
5.9 43 votes

The Last Horror Film (1982)

Horror Comedy
Movie
as Vinny Durand
5.6 9 votes

One Down, Two to Go (1982)

Action Crime
Movie
as Joe Spangler
5.5 2 votes

Nighthawks (1981)

Action Crime Thriller
Movie
as Lt. Munafo
6.5 75 votes

The Ninth Configuration (1980)

Comedy Drama Horror Thriller
Movie
as Lt. Spinell
7.1 31 votes

Brubaker (1980)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Floyd Birdwell
7.1 81 votes

Maniac (1980)

Horror
Movie
as Frank Zito
6.2 71 votes

The Little Dragons (1980)

Action Comedy Family
Movie
as Yancey
7 2 votes

Cruising (1980)

Action Drama Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Patrolman DiSimone
5.9 77 votes

Rocky II (1979)

Drama
Movie
as Tony Gazzo
6.9 770 votes

Winter Kills (1979)

Drama Thriller
Movie
as Arthur Fletcher
6.1 5 votes

Vampire (1979)

TV Movie Horror
Movie

Big Wednesday (1978)

Drama
Movie
as Psychologist
6.3 35 votes

Nunzio (1978)

Movie
as Angelo
7.5 1 votes

The One Man Jury (1978)

Movie
as Mike Abatino
7.5 1 votes

Starcrash (1978)

Fantasy Science Fiction
Movie
as Count Zartharn
4.2 31 votes

Paradise Alley (1978)

Action Adventure Drama
Movie
as Burp
5.5 25 votes

Sorcerer (1977)

Action Thriller Adventure
Movie
as Spider
7.4 95 votes

Rocky (1976)

Drama
Movie
as Gazzo
7.4 1683 votes

Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Cop at El Station
7.2 7 votes

Taxi Driver (1976)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Personell Officer
8.0 2211 votes

Stay Hungry (1976)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Jabo
5.9 14 votes

Rancho Deluxe (1975)

Action Comedy Western
Movie
as Mr. Colson
5.5 7 votes

Farewell, My Lovely (1975)

Crime Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Nick
6.7 24 votes

Strike Force (1975)

Drama Thriller Crime
Movie
as Sol Terranova
5.5 2 votes

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Willi Cicci
8.3 3137 votes

The Seven-Ups (1973)

Action Thriller Drama Crime
Movie
as Toredano
6.5 29 votes

The Godfather (1972)

Drama Crime
Movie
as Willi Cicci (uncredited)
8.4 5579 votes