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Joe De Santis

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Joseph Vito DeSantis (June 15, 1909 - August 30, 1989) was an American radio, television, movie and theatrical actor and sculptor. Joe De Santis was born Joseph Vito Marcello De Santis to Italian immigrant parents in New York City. De Santis played in numerous films; the high point of his career came in 1962 with A Cold Wind in August. He was also featured in I Want to Live! and The Brotherhood. With the advent of television, Joe became known as a skilled character actor who could play convincing dialect characters, mugs, suave heavies and emotional leads. He was active in such early television series as Playhouse 90, Studio One, Sheriff of Cochise, and he appeared regularly on the programs of Red Buttons, Martha Raye and Sid Caesar shows. In addition to many single performances on other series like Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Joe had a recurring presence in such shows as The Untouchables, 77 Sunset Strip, Perry Mason, Mission: Impossible, and in the westerns such as Sugarfoot, Daniel Boone, Gunsmoke, Sara, and Bonanza. De Santis retired to Provo, Utah in 1978 to be close to family, and resided there until his death in 1989. He died in 1989 at the age of eighty of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Jun 15, 1909 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Lights Out 1949-07-19
Latest Project:
Movie How Rare a Possession: The Book of Mormon 1987-11-08
Known For
Poster of Hawaii Five-O
Poster of The Last Hunt
Poster of Matinee Theater
Poster of The Trap
Movie How Rare a Possession: The Book of Mormon Leader, Council of Peace 1987-11-08
Movie Contract on Cherry Street Vincenzo Seruto 1977-11-19
Movie It's Good to Be Alive Roy Campanella's Father 1974-02-22
Movie Honor Thy Father Joe Magliocco 1973-03-01
Series Toma Unknown 1973-03-21
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Movie Powderkeg Col. Delgado 1971-04-16
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Movie The Brotherhood Pietro Rizzi (as Joe DeSantis) 1968-12-01
Series Lancer Unknown 1968-09-24
Movie The Venetian Affair Jan Aarvan 1967-01-18
Movie Chubasco Benito 1967-06-30
Series The High Chaparral Unknown 1967-09-10
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Movie And Now Miguel Padre de Chavez 1966-05-17
Movie An American Dream Eddie Ganucci 1966-08-31
Movie Madame X Harry Carter (as Joe DeSantis) 1966-01-01
Movie Beau Geste Maj. Beaujolais 1966-09-07
Movie The Professionals Ortega 1966-11-01
Series Mission: Impossible Unknown 1966-09-17
Series Branded Unknown 1965-01-24
Series Run for Your Life Unknown 1965-09-13
Series Laredo Unknown 1965-09-16
Series Daniel Boone Unknown 1964-09-24
Series The Munsters Unknown 1964-09-24
Series Arrest and Trial Unknown 1963-09-15
Series The Fugitive Vardez 1963-09-17
Series The Outer Limits Unknown 1963-09-16
Series The Great Adventure Unknown 1963-09-27
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series Sam Benedict Unknown 1962-09-15
Series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown 1962-09-20
Series The Lucy Show Unknown 1962-10-01
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Movie A Cold Wind in August Papa Perugino 1961-07-26
Series Ben Casey Unknown 1961-10-02
Movie The George Raft Story Frankie Donatella 1961-11-22
Series Thriller Unknown 1960-09-13
Series Checkmate Joe Angelo 1960-09-17
Series The Tall Man Unknown 1960-09-10
Series The Roaring 20's Unknown 1960-10-15
Series Surfside 6 Unknown 1960-10-06
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Series Riverboat Unknown 1959-09-13
Series Tightrope Unknown 1959-09-08
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Series Law of the Plainsman Unknown 1959-10-01
Movie Cry Tough Juan Antonio Hernando Cortez 1959-08-01
Movie Al Capone Big Jim Colosimo 1959-03-25
Series The Third Man Unknown 1959-10-02
Series The Detectives Unknown 1959-10-16
Movie The Flying Fontaines Roberto Rias 1959-12-01
Series Bourbon Street Beat Unknown 1959-10-05
Series Philip Marlowe Unknown 1959-10-06
Movie Buchanan Rides Alone Esteban Gomez 1958-08-01
Series Sea Hunt Unknown 1958-01-04
Series Wanted: Dead or Alive Unknown 1958-09-06
Series Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse Unknown 1958-10-06
Series Naked City Unknown 1958-09-30
Movie I Want to Live! Al Matthews 1958-11-18
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Movie Dino Mr. Minetta 1957-07-21
Movie Jeanne Eagels Frank Satori 1957-08-02
Series Official Detective Unknown 1957-01-01
Movie The Unholy Wife Gino Verdugo 1957-06-24
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series Have Gun, Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series The Walter Winchell File Unknown 1957-10-02
Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Series Sugarfoot Unknown 1957-09-17
Movie The Last Hunt Ed Black 1956-04-30
Movie Tension at Table Rock Ed Burrows (as Joe DeSantis) 1956-10-03
Movie Full of Life Father Gondolfo 1956-12-25
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Series Gunsmoke Mr. Hawtree 1955-09-10
Series Cheyenne Unknown 1955-09-20
Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Series Inner Sanctum Unknown 1954-01-09
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Deadline - U.S.A. Herman Schmidt 1952-03-14
Movie The Man with a Cloak Martin, the butler 1951-11-27
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Series Robert Montgomery Presents Unknown 1950-01-30
Series The Trap Narrator (voice) 1950-04-29
Series Lights Out Unknown 1949-07-19
Movie Slattery's Hurricane Gregory (as Joseph De Santis) 1949-08-11