Joe Spinell

Birth Name: Joseph Spagnuolo

Date of Birth: October 28, 1936

Place of Birth: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Death: January 13, 1989

Place of Death: Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.

Ethnicity: Italian

Joe Spinell was an American actor. He played supporting roles in the Hollywood films The Godfather, Cops and Robbers, The Seven-Ups, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, Rocky and its sequel Rocky II, Sorcerer, Nunzio, Big Wednesday, Winter Kills, Cruising, The Ninth Configuration, The First Deadly Sin, Nighthawks, and Night Shift, and the lead roles of the horror films Maniac (1980), which he also co-wrote; The Last Horror Film, and The Undertaker.

He was the son of Filomena/Philomena and Pellegrino Spagnuolo. His parents were Italian emigrants, from San Michele. His mother played minor roles in several films. After his father’s early death, Joe moved with his mother to Woodside, Queens. He was a cousin of professional football coach Steve Spagnuolo. Joe had a daughter with his former wife, adult film star Jean Jennings.

Joe’s paternal grandfather was named Carmine Spagnuolo.

Joe’s paternal grandmother was named Alvicso.

Joe’s maternal grandfather was named Antonio Spagnuolo.

Joe’s maternal grandmother was named Vincuya Salvatore.

Source: Marriage record of Joe’s parents –

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