Grifasi, Joe 1944-

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Grifasi, Joe 1944-


Full name, Joseph G. Grifasi; born June 14, 1944, in Buffalo, NY; son of Joseph J. (a skilled laborer) and Patricia (maiden name, Gaglione) Grifasi; married Jane Ira Bloom (a musician), 1974. Education: Yale University, School of Drama, M.F.A., 1975.


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Actor. Appeared in numerous television commercials. Military Service: Served in the U.S. Army, specialist fourth class, 1963-66.

Awards, Honors:

Drama Desk Award nomination, outstanding featured actor in a musical, 1980, for The 1940's Radio Hour; Drama Desk Award nomination, outstanding featured actor in a musical, 1986, for The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Drama Desk Award nomination, outstanding featured actor in a play, 1988, for The Boys Next Door.


Film Appearances:

(Film debut) Bandleader, The Deerhunter, Universal, 1978.

Morris, On the Yard, Midwest, 1978.

Barney Collins, Something Short of Paradise (also known as Perfect Love), American International Pictures, 1979.

Matty Stanke, Hide in Plain Sight, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1980.

Osvaldo, Honky Tonk Freeway, Universal, 1981.

Joseph Vitucci, Still of the Night, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1982.

Manny, Splash, Buena Vista, 1984.

Jimmy the Cheese Man, The Pope of Greenwich Village (also known as Village Dreams), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1984.

Mario Minetta, The Flamingo Kid, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984.

J. B. Donaldo, Brewster's Millions, Universal, 1985.

Gomez, Bad Medicine, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985.

Detective Mickey Galeau, F/X (also known as F/X—Murder by Illusion and Murder by Illusion), Thorne Emi, 1986.

Fausto, Matewan, Cinecom, 1987.

Shy waiter, Moonstruck, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1987.

Jack, Ironweed, Columbia, 1987.

Desk clerk, Big Business, Buena Vista, 1988.

Foreman, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (also known as The Naked Gun), Paramount, 1988.

Otto Titsling, Beaches (also known as Forever Friends), Buena Vista, 1988.

Bartender, The Appointments of Dennis Jennings, Schooner Productions, 1988.

Omar, Chances Are, TriStar, 1989.

Bud Bullard, The Feud, Castle Hill, 1989.

Tommy Molto, Presumed Innocent, Warner Bros., 1990.

Pauly, City of Hope, Samuel Goldwyn, 1991.

Paul Melton, Primary Motive, 1992.

Godfrey, Lift, 1992.

Mike, Benny & Joon, United International Pictures, 1993.

Frank Manzone, Household Saints, Fine Line Features, 1993.

Lou, The Hudsucker Proxy (also known as Hudsucker: der grosse sprung), Warner Bros., 1994.

Director, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult, Paramount, 1994.

Duncan Homolka, Natural Born Killers, Warner Bros., 1994.

Leo, Heavy, Columbia TriStar Home Video, 1995.

Man in top hat, Tall Tale (also known as Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill), Buena Vista, 1995.

Bank guard, Batman Forever (also known as Forever), Warner Bros., 1995.

Riley, Money Train, Columbia, 1995.

Uncle Joe, Two Bits (also known as A Day to Remember), Miramax, 1995.

Manny Feldstein, One Fine Day, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996.

Scottie Elster, Sunday, Prime Films, 1997.

Boular, The Deal, 1998.

Detective Lieutenant Albert Karski, The Naked Man, October Films, 1998.

Arresting cop, The Out-of-Towners, Paramount, 1999.

Vic Spidero, Looking for an Echo, Regent Entertainment, 1999.

(Uncredited) Vic, Looking for an Echo, Regent Entertainment, 2000.

Bertold, Queenie in Love, Pyramide, 2001.

Pete, Grasp, Exposure Studios, 2002.

Judge Cosell, Changing Lanes, Paramount, 2002.

Strip club emcee, Auto Focus, Sony, 2002.

Alphonso "Chunks" Colon, Bought & Sold (also known as A Jersey Tale), Pathfinder Pictures, 2003.

Mr. Flamhaff, 13 Going on 30 (also known as Suddenly 30), Sony, 2004.

Desk sergeant Drown, Slow Burn, Lionsgate, 2005.

Jerry, The Last New Yorker, 2006.

Bill, A Crime (also known as Un crime), 2006.

Prighorn, Creating Karma, 2006.

Colby, Dark Matter, First Independent Pictures, 2007.

Moinseugner Tranni, Under New Management, 2008.

Himself, Caris' Peace (documentary), 2008.

Television Appearances; Series:

Tony Pro, WIOU, CBS, 1990.

Mr. Gale, All My Children, ABC, 1997.

Joe Zito, Some of My Best Friends, CBS, 2001.

Lieutenant Scott Connor, Tarzan, The WB, 2003.

Hashi Horowitz, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2005-2007.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

George Evans, Sinatra, CBS, 1992.

Clem, Undue Influence (also known as Steve Martini's "Undue Influence"), CBS, 1996.

Yogi Berra, The Bronx Is Burning, ESPN, 2007.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Detective Esposito, The Gentleman Bandit (also known as The Bandit Priest), CBS, 1981.

Pinhead manager, The Elephant Man (also known as ABC Theatre of the Month: "The Elephant Man"), ABC, 1982.

Wyler, Will There Really Be a Morning?, CBS, 1983.

Inspector Nicolas Zambrano, One Police Plaza, CBS, 1986.

Breeze, Perfect Witness, HBO, 1989.

Lieutenant Rastelli, Kojak: Ariana (also known as Ariana), ABC, 1989.

Gerald Walpin, Citizen Cohn, HBO, 1992.

Lou Valentine, Taking the Heat, Showtime, 1993.

Gravedigger, Jack Reed: A Search for Justice, NBC, 1994.

Sydney Sherman, Shadow of a Doubt, NBC, 1995.

Detective, Blood on Her Hands, ABC, 1998.

Dave, Switching Goals, ABC, 1999.

Conrad, The Other Me, The Disney Channel, 2000.

Phil Rizzuto, 61* (also known as 61 and Home Run Race), HBO, 2001.

Father D'Argento, Rubout, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Steven Wright in "The Appointments of Dennis Jennings," HBO, 1989.

Uncle Sam, Lewis Black: Red, White and Screwed, 2006.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Joe Morrisey, Class of '96, 1993.

Joe Zito, Some of My Best Friends, CBS, 2001.

Judge Harrigan, Conviction, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Dr. Simon Locke (also known as Police Surgeon), 1974.

Tommy Lasorda as The Artful Dodger, "Oliver Grimley," SCTV Channel, 1984.

Ronnie Delacroce, "Sorry Wrong Number," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1987.

Timothy Winnegrew, "The Box," The Ellen Burstyn Show, 1987.

Hot dog vendor, "The Ambassador: Parts 1 & 2," Matlock, 1988.

Kapatkin, "Lunar Eclipse," Moonlighting, ABC, 1989.

Harry Manx, "Planes," Midnight Caller, NBC, 1990.

IRS office supervisor, "April Fool's Day," Roseanne, ABC, 1990.

Ezra Gould, "Out of Control," Law & Order, NBC, 1991.

Dominic Nuzzi, "That's Why the Lady Is a Stamp," L.A. Law, NBC, 1993.

Dominic Nuzzi, "Vindaloo in the Villows," L.A. Law, NBC, 1993.

Larry, "Careless Dentist Blues," Moon over Miami, ABC, 1993.

Joe Morrisey, "Parents Weekend," Class of '96, 1993.

Dominic Nuzzi, "McKenzie, Brackman, Barnum & Bailey," L.A. Law, NBC, 1994.

Dominic Nuzzi, "God Is My Co-Counsel," L.A. Law, NBC, 1994.

Dominic Nuzzi, "Finish Line," L.A. Law, NBC, 1994.

James Linde, "Corpus Delicti," Law & Order, NBC, 1996.

Larry Looper, "Armchair Detective," Remember WENN, AMC, 1996.

Harry Hawks, "The Paper," Early Edition, CBS, 1996.

Harry Hawks, "His Girl Thursday," Early Edition, CBS, 1996.

"Funeral," The High Life, 1996.

Larry Ruscetti, "Mummy Dearest," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1996.

Harry Hawks, "The Wall (Part 1)," Early Edition, CBS, 1997.

"Sex, Lies and Monkeys," The Practice, ABC, 1997.

Vince Bitterman, Michael Hayes, CBS, 1997.

Lieutenant Walter Neal, "Closet Cases," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as Homicide), NBC, 1998.

Warings attorney, "Cherished," Law & Order, NBC, 1998.

Nick, "Having Trouble with the Language," Trinity, 1999.

Vincent Marinelli, The Beat, UPN, 2000.

"Somebody's Fool," Deadline, NBC, 2001.

James Linde, "Deep Vote," Law & Order, NBC, 2001.

Mickey, "Bad Moon Rising," Thieves, ABC, 2001.

Larry, "The Pursuit of Happiness," The Education of Max Bickford, CBS, 2002.

Tom Williams, "Now What?," ER, NBC, 2003.

Leo, "The Diner Show," Hope & Faith, ABC, 2004.

Conviction, NBC, 2005.

"Words That Wound," Queens Supreme, CBS, 2007.

Judge David Martinez, "Sweet Sixteen," Canterbury's Law, Fox, 2008.

Stage Appearances:

(Stage debut) The Bourgeois Gentleman, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1972.

Frank, A Memory of Two Mondays, Phoenix Theatre, London, 1975, then Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1976.

Corporal Matson, Secret Service, Playhouse Theatre, 1976.

Green, Boy Meets Girl, Playhouse Theatre, 1976.

Captain Hannibal Jackson, Happy End, Theatre Four, New York City, 1977.

Mick Phelan, Says I, Says He, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City, 1979.

Neal Tilden, The 1940's Radio Hour, St. James Theatre, New York City, 1979-80.

Trumpet, Non Pasquale, Delacorte Theatre, New York City, 1983.

Clov, Endgame, Samuel Beckett Theatre, New York City, 1984.

Captain Pisani, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1984.

Servant/Philip Bax, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1985-87.

Ronald Wiggins, The Boys Next Door, Lamb's Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1987-88.

Man number two, "Break," Man, "Eulogy for Mister Hamm," and Jerry, "Lucky Nurse," Four Short Operas, Playwright Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1991.

Mansky, The Play's the Thing, Roundabout Theatre Company, Criterion Theatre, London, 1995.

Tokio, Golden Boy, 45th Street Theatre, New York City, 1995.

Alfredo, Filumena, Blue Light Theatre Company, Theatre Four, New York City, 1997.

Mr. Eichelberger, Promises, Promises, City Center Theatre, New York City, 1997.

Mario, Once Around the City, Second Stage Theatre, New York City, 2001.

Herman Glogauer, Once in a Lifetime, Adams Memorial Theatre, Williamstown, MA, 2002.

Max Kane, Dinner at Eight, Vivian Beaumont Theatre, New York City, 2002.

Hughie, Stratford Festival, Ontario, Canada, 2008.

Syrus, Conversations in Tusculum, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, Anspacher Theatre, New York City, 2008.

Also appeared in The Two Gentleman of Verona; Treasure Island; as Oglokov, Belle, Belle of Byeorussia.

Stage Work:

Director, Heaven Can Wait, Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, CT, 2001.

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