9 Things You Didn’t Know About Criminal Minds Star Joe Mantegna

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Joe Mantegna is a veteran actor with tons of experience under his belt in everything from musicals, to films, starring in hit television series and even directing! He’s currently best known for co-starring in Criminal Minds as Special Agent David Rossi, a role he’s held for the past decade, but some of his other well known roles were in box office hits like The Godfather Part III, Three Amigos and Up Close & Personal. In honor of his ever-growing success, here’s a look at 9 things you didn’t know about Tony Award winning actor, Joe Mantegna!

9. Chicago Native

The 69-year-old actor was born in 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. His mother, Mary Anne, was a shipping clerk from Acquaviva dell Fonti in Italy while his father, Joseph Antony Mantegna Sr., was an insurance salesman from Calascibetta, Sicily. His native city honored the star by giving him an honorary street sign. “Joe Mantegna Boulevard” near his high school, Morton East High School in Cicero. Naturally, he’s also a huge Chicago cubs fan!

I’ve waited my entire life. Go Cubs!

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8. Musician

When he was younger and still living in Chicago, he played bass in a band called The Apocryphals, who later teamed up with another local group called The Missing Links to form the band Chicago. The band once opened up for Neil Diamond! He’s still very close friends with the original members of the band and keeps in touch with all his former bandmates.

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