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Joe Grifasi

Actor
Born June 14, 1944 (80 years)
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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.
Movies & Shows on Plex
  • Baked in Brooklyn
  • Dark Matter
  • Remember WENN
  • Julie Taymor's A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Looking for an Echo
  • The Elephant Man
Known For
  • Benny & Joon
  • Money Train
  • Presumed Innocent
  • One Fine Day
  • Brewster's Millions
  • F/X
  • Chances Are
  • Still of the Night
  • Heavy
  • Two Bits
  • Lewis Black: Red, White and Screwed
  • Switching Goals
  • A Crime
  • Baked in Brooklyn
  • Tall Tale
  • The Other Me
  • Hide in Plain Sight
  • Radium Girls
  • Sinatra
  • Bad Medicine
  • The Naked Man
  • The Bronx is Burning
  • The Front
  • Looking for an Echo

Filmography

2024
Tornado · as Rich
2022
The Dreams of Rene Sendam · as Dr. Bradley
2020
I Know This Much Is True (TV Series) · as Steve Falice
2019
Evil (TV Series) · as Lombino
2018
Radium Girls · as Grandpa
2018
New Amsterdam (2018) (TV Series) · as Lilo Steinhauser
2018
Lodge 49 (TV Series)
2017
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (TV Series) · as Judge Hackett
2017
The Good Fight (TV Series) · as Judge John Mata
2016
No Pay, Nudity · as Mr. Davenport
2016
Baked in Brooklyn · as David's Dad
2016
Bull (2016) (TV Series) · as Judge Rand
2016
The American Side · as The Serb
2014
2012
Elementary (TV Series) · as Captain Moretti
2010
The Front · as Mr. Zeffirelli
2009
The Good Wife (TV Series) · as Judge John Mata
2009
Under New Management · as Msgr. Tranni
2008
Canterbury's Law (TV Series)
2007
2007
Dark Matter · as Professor Colby
2007
The Bronx is Burning (TV Series) · as Yogi Berra
2006
A Crime · as Bill
2006
2006
Conviction (TV Series) · as Judge Harrigan
2006
Creating Karma · as Prighorn
2005
Slow Burn · as Desk Sgt. Drown
2004
13 Going on 30 · as Mr. Flamhaff
2003
Bought & Sold · as Alphonso "chunks" Colon
2003
Tarzan (TV Series) · as Lieutenant Scott Connor
2003
Hope & Faith (TV Series) · as Leo
2003
Queens Supreme (TV Series) · as Cast
2002
Auto Focus · as Strip Club M.c.
2002
Changing Lanes · as Judge Cosell
2001
Thieves (TV Series) · as Mickey
2001
The Education of Max Bickford (TV Series) · as Larry
2001
Queenie in Love · as Berthold
2001
61* · as Phil Rizzuto
2001
Some of My Best Friends (TV Series) · as Joe Zito
2000
2000
Deadline (TV Series)
2000
The Other Me · as Conrad
2000
The Beat (TV Series) · as Vince Marinelli
1999
Switching Goals · as Dave
1999
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series) · as Hashi Horowitz
1999
The Naked Man · as Koski
1999
The Out-of-Towners · as Arresting Cop
1998
Trinity (TV Series) · as Nick
1998
Blood on Her Hands · as Det. Larry Beers
1997
Sunday · as Scottie Elster
1997
The Practice (TV Series) · as Harry Papp
1996
One Fine Day · as Manny Feldstein
1996
Early Edition (TV Series)
1996
Undue Influence · as Clem
1996
The Daily Show (TV Series) · as Ad Parody Husband
1996
Remember WENN (TV Series) · as Larry Looper
1995
Heavy · as Leo
1995
Shadow of a Doubt · as Sidney Sherman
1995
Two Bits · as Uncle Joe
1995
Money Train · as Riley
1995
Batman Forever · as Bank Guard
1995
Tall Tale · as Man In Top Hat
1994
Jack Reed: A Search for Justice · as Mike 'gravedigger' Edwards
1994
ER (TV Series) · as Tom Williams
1994
Chicago Hope (TV Series)
1994
Natural Born Killers · as Deputy Sheriff Duncan Homolka
1994
1994
1993
Household Saints · as Frank Manzone
1993
Moon Over Miami (TV Series)
1993
Taking the Heat · as Lou Valentine
1993
Benny & Joon · as Mike
1993
Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series) · as Lt. Walter Neal
1993
Class of '96 (TV Series) · as Joe Morrisey
1992
Sinatra (TV Series) · as George Evans
1992
Citizen Cohn · as Gerald Walpin
1992
Primary Motive · as Paul Melton
1991
City of Hope · as Pauly
1990
W.I.O.U. (TV Series) · as Tony Pro
1990
Law & Order (TV Series) · as Defense Attorney James Linde
1990
Presumed Innocent · as Tommy Molto
1989
Kojak: Ariana · as Lieutenant Rastelli
1989
Perfect Witness · as Breeze
1989
The Feud · as Bud Bullard
1989
Chances Are · as Omar
1988
Beaches · as Otto Titsling
1988
1988
Midnight Caller (TV Series) · as Harry Manx
1988
Roseanne (TV Series) · as Irs Office Supervisor
1988
1988
Big Business · as Desk Clerk
1987
Ironweed · as Jack
1987
Moonstruck · as Shy Waiter
1987
Matewan · as Fausto
1986
One Police Plaza · as Insp. Nicolas Zambrano
1986
The Ellen Burstyn Show (TV Series) · as Timothy Winnegrew
1986
L.A. Law (TV Series) · as Dominic Nuzzi
1986
Matlock (TV Series) · as Hot Dog Vendor
1986
F/X · as Mickey
1985
Bad Medicine · as Gómez
1985
The Equalizer (TV Series) · as Lt. Vocek
1985
Brewster's Millions · as J.b. Donaldo
1985
Moonlighting (TV Series) · as Kapatkin
1984
The Flamingo Kid · as Mario Minetta
1984
The Pope of Greenwich Village · as Jimmy The Cheese Man
1983
Splash · as Manny
1983
SCTV Channel (TV Series) · as Tommy Lasorda As The Artful Dodger
1983
1982
Still of the Night · as Joseph Vitucci
1982
Fighting Back · as Detective
1982
The Elephant Man · as Pinhead Manager
1981
Honky Tonk Freeway · as Osvaldo
1981
The Gentleman Bandit · as Det. Esposito
1981
Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
1980
Hide in Plain Sight · as Matty Stanek
1979
Something Short of Paradise · as Barney Collins
1978
On the Yard · as Morris
1978
The Deer Hunter · as Bandleader
1971
Police Surgeon (1971) (TV Series) · as Jerry Shields
1971
Great Performances (TV Series) · as Cpl. Matson
1955
Camera Three (TV Series) · as Louis: Suicide In B Flat
1951
Search for Tomorrow (TV Series) · as Landlord

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