Joe Mantegna

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

Mantegna in 2013, photo by s_bukley/

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.

Joe is the son of Mary Anne/Ann/Maryann/Marianna (Novelli) and Joseph Anthony Mantegna. He is married to restaurant owner Arlene Vrhel, with whom he has two children, make-up artist Mia and actress Gia Mantegna.

His father was born in Oklahoma, to Italian parents. His mother was born in Illinois, also to Italian parents.

Joe’s paternal grandfather was Salvatore/Samuel Mantegna (the son of Pietro Signorino Mantegna and Paula Costelli). Salvatore was born in Calascibetta, Sicily.

Joe’s paternal grandmother was Angelina/Angeline/Angela/Nora Fichera (the daughter of Frank/Francesco Finchera and Lenora/Leonarda Tringali). Lenora was the daughter of Vincenzo/Vencenzo Tringali and Sebastiana Vinci/Venci.

Joe’s maternal grandfather was named Giuseppe/Joseph Novelli. Giuseppe was from Città Metropolitana di Bari, Puglia.

Joe’s maternal grandmother was Maria/Mary Leneimarri/Lucirnasai/Scuccimari (the daughter of Giacomo Scuccimari and Marianna Liddi). Maria was from Città Metropolitana di Bari, Puglia.

Joe is a third cousin, once removed, of actress and beauty pageant contestant Jennifer Gareis. His paternal great-grandmother Lenora/Leonarda Tringali was the sister of Jennifer’s maternal great-great-grandfather Salvatore Tringali.

Sources: Death record of Joe’s father –

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

8 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Related to Jennifer Gareis

    Lenora/Leonarda Tringali was the sister of Jennifer’s great-great-grandfather Salvatore Tringali

  2. Ardor says:

    Must be Sicilian.

  3. Capricious says:

    And they say Italians can’t be that dark…

    Even Ben Kingsley is more Italian looking than him…

  4. M says:

    Looks Mexican, not Italian.

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