Joe Grifasi

Joe Grifasi

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    • June 14th, 1944
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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Acting (39 Credits)

2016Baked in Brooklyn as David's Dad
2016The American Side as The Serb
2014Julie Taymor's A Midsummer Night's Dream as Peter Quince
2010The Front as Mr. Zeffirelli
2006Lewis Black: Red, White and Screwed as Uncle Sam
2006A Crime as Bill
2005Slow Burn as Desk Sgt. Drown
200413 Going on 30 as Mr. Flamhaff
2002Changing Lanes as Judge Cosell
2002Auto Focus as Strip Club M.C.
200161* as Phil Rizzuto
2000The Other Me as Conrad
1999Switching Goals as Dave
1998The Naked Man as Koski
1997Sunday as Scottie Elster
1996One Fine Day as Manny Feldstein
1995Heavy as Leo
1995Money Train as Riley
1995Two Bits as Uncle Joe
1995Batman Forever as Bank Guard
1994The Hudsucker Proxy as Lou
1994Natural Born Killers as Deputy Sheriff Duncan Homolka
1993Benny & Joon as Mike
1993Household Saints as Frank Manzone
1992Citizen Cohn as Gerald Walpin
1991City of Hope as Pauly
1990Presumed Innocent as Tommy Molto
1989Chances Are as Omar
1988Big Business as Desk Clerk
1987Ironweed as Jack
1987Moonstruck as Shy Waiter
1986F/X as Mickey
1985Bad Medicine as Gómez
1985Brewster's Millions as J.B. Donaldo
1984The Pope of Greenwich Village as Jimmy the Cheese Man
1982Still of the Night as Joseph Vitucci
1981Honky Tonk Freeway as Osvaldo
1980Hide in Plain Sight as Matty Stanek
1978The Deer Hunter as Bandleader


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