Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna at the Peter Falk Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fam

Birth Name: Joseph Anthony Mantegna, Jr.

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 13, 1947

Ethnicity: Italian [including Sicilian]

Joe Mantegna is an American actor, writer, director, and producer. He is of Italian descent. He is married to restaurant owner Arlene Vrhel, with whom he has two children, make-up artist Mia and actress Gia Mantegna.

Joe’s paternal grandparents were Salvatore Mantegna (the son of Pietro Signorino Mantegna and Paula Costelli) and Angelina/Angela Fichera (the daughter of Frank Finchera and Lenora Tringali). Salvatore and Angela were Italian. Salvatore was born in Calascibetta, Sicily.

Joe’s maternal grandparents were Giuseppe/Joseph Novelli and Maria/Mary Leneimarri/Lucirnasai/Scuccimari (the daughter of Giacomo Scuccimari and Marianna Liddi). Giuseppe and Maria were Italian, from Città Metropolitana di Bari, Puglia.

Source: Genealogy of Joe’s mother (focusing on her mother’s side) –

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8 Responses

  1. Ardor says:

    Must be Sicilian.

  2. Capricious says:

    And they say Italians can’t be that dark…

    Even Ben Kingsley is more Italian looking than him…

  3. neiltennant says:


  4. M says:

    Looks Mexican, not Italian.

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