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Joe Grifasi

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.

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Jun 14, 1944 In Buffalo - New York - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Great Performances 1971-01-28
Latest Project:
Movie Me To Play 2021-02-16
Known For
Poster of Lewis Black: Red, White & Screwed
Poster of 13 Going on 30
Poster of The Hudsucker Proxy
Poster of The Deer Hunter
Movie Me To Play Himself 2021-02-16
Series I Know This Much Is True Steve Falice 2020-05-09
Series Lodge 49 Unknown 2018-08-06
Movie The American Side The Serb 2016-04-14
Movie Baked in Brooklyn David's Dad 2016-10-14
Series Bull Judge Rand 2016-09-20
Movie A Midsummer Night's Dream Peter Quince 2014-09-08
Series Elementary Captain Moretti 2012-09-27
Movie The Front Mr. Zeffirelli 2010-05-26
Series Canterbury's Law Unknown 2008-03-10
Movie Lewis Black: Red, White & Screwed Uncle Sam 2006-06-10
Movie A Crime Bill 2006-09-11
Movie Slow Burn Desk Sgt. Drown 2005-09-12
Movie 13 Going on 30 Mr. Flamhaff 2004-04-13
Series Hope & Faith Leo 2003-09-26
Movie Changing Lanes Judge Cosell 2002-04-07
Movie Auto Focus Strip Club M.C. 2002-10-18
Series Some of My Best Friends Joe Zito 2001-02-28
Movie 61* Phil Rizzuto 2001-04-28
Movie The Other Me Conrad 2000-09-08
Series Deadline Unknown 2000-10-02
Movie Looking for an Echo Vic 2000-11-10
Series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Judge Hashi Horowitz 1999-09-20
Movie Switching Goals Dave 1999-12-12
Movie The Deal Boular 1998-01-01
Movie The Naked Man Koski 1998-08-02
Movie Sunday Scottie Elster 1997-05-01
Movie Undue Influence Clem 1996-09-15
Movie One Fine Day Manny Feldstein 1996-12-20
Series Early Edition Unknown 1996-09-28
Movie Heavy Leo 1995-01-20
Movie Batman Forever Bank Guard 1995-06-16
Movie Two Bits Uncle Joe 1995-10-22
Movie Money Train Riley 1995-11-21
Movie Jack Reed: A Search for Justice Mike 'Gravedigger' Edwards 1994-04-25
Movie The Hudsucker Proxy Lou 1994-03-11
Movie Natural Born Killers Deputy Sheriff Duncan Homolka 1994-08-25
Series Chicago Hope Unknown 1994-09-18
Series ER Unknown 1994-09-19
Movie Benny & Joon Mike 1993-04-16
Series Class of '96 Unknown 1993-01-19
Movie Household Saints Frank Manzone 1993-09-15
Movie Taking the Heat Lou Valentine 1993-06-06
Series Moon Over Miami Unknown 1993-09-15
Movie Primary Motive Paul Melton 1992-08-02
Movie Citizen Cohn Gerald Walpin 1992-08-22
Series Sinatra George Evans 1992-11-08
Movie Presumed Innocent Tommy Molto 1990-07-26
Series Law & Order Ezra Gould 1990-09-13
Series WIOU Tony Pro 1990-10-24
Movie Chances Are Omar 1989-03-10
Movie Perfect Witness Breeze 1989-10-28
Movie The Appointments of Dennis Jennings Bartender 1988-01-01
Movie Big Business Desk Clerk 1988-06-10
Series Roseanne Unknown 1988-10-18
Movie Moonstruck Shy Waiter 1987-12-16
Movie One Police Plaza Insp. Nicolas Zambrano 1986-11-29
Movie F/X Mickey 1986-02-07
Series L.A. Law Unknown 1986-09-15
Series Moonlighting Unknown 1985-03-03
Movie Brewster's Millions J.B. Donaldo 1985-05-22
Movie Bad Medicine Gómez 1985-11-22
Series The Equalizer Lt. Vocek 1985-09-18
Movie The Pope of Greenwich Village Jimmy the Cheese Man 1984-06-22
Movie Still of the Night Joseph Vitucci 1982-11-19
Series Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Movie The Gentleman Bandit Detective Esposito 1981-05-06
Movie Honky Tonk Freeway Osvaldo 1981-08-21
Movie Hide in Plain Sight Matty Stanek 1980-03-21
Movie Something Short of Paradise Barney Collins 1979-09-14
Movie On the Yard Morris 1978-09-16
Movie The Deer Hunter Bandleader 1978-03-09
Movie Secret Service Cpl. Matson 1977-01-12
Series Great Performances Cpl. Matson 1971-01-28