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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