Joe De Santis

Joe De Santis

  • Born on
    • June 15th, 1909
  • Died on
    • August 30th, 1989
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.


Acting (13 Credits)

1968The Brotherhood as Pietro Rizzi
1966The Professionals as Ortega
1966Beau Geste as Maj. Beaujolais
1966Madame X as Harry Carter (as Joe DeSantis)
1959Al Capone as Big Jim Colosimo
1958Buchanan Rides Alone as Esteban Gomez
1958I Want to Live! as Al Matthews
1957The Unholy Wife as Gino Verdugo
1957Jeanne Eagels as Frank Satori
1956The Last Hunt as Ed Black
1956Tension at Table Rock as Ed Burrows (as Joe DeSantis)
1952Deadline - U.S.A. as Herman Schmidt
1951The Man with a Cloak as Martin, the butler

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