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SpouseKim Delaney
FactHe and Kim Delaney had a son, Jack Cortese, born in 1990.

Joseph Cortese is an American actor, director, and producer. He is best known for his role as Tony DeVienazo in the HBO series The Sopranos.

Cortese was born on April 16, 1951 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA. He is the son of Josephine (née Rizzi) and Salvatore Cortese. He has two brothers, John and Salvatore Jr., and a sister, Carmela. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of Irish descent.

Cortese was educated at Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, New Jersey and at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.

He began his acting career in the early 1970s, appearing in such films as The Godfather Part II (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), and Raging Bull (1980). He has also appeared in television shows such as Kojak, Miami Vice, and Law & Order.

In 1999, Cortese began appearing in the HBO series The Sopranos as Tony DeVienazo, a close friend and associate of Tony Soprano. He appeared in a total of 46 episodes over the course of the show’s six seasons.

Since The Sopranos ended in 2007, Cortese has appeared in a number of films and television shows, including The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, and Boardwalk Empire. He has also directed episodes of The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire.

Cortese has been married to his wife, Nancy, since 1978. They have two children together.

As of 2020, Joseph Cortese’s net worth is $5 million.

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Full NameJoseph Cortese
Height1.88 m
EducationMidwestern College


SpouseKim Delaney
ChildrenJack Cortese


MoviesAmerican History X, Against the Ropes, Evilspeak, Illicit Dreams, The Death Collector, Go Go Tales, Monsignor, The Shipment, Deadly Illusion, The Bronx Bull, Windows, Shut Up and Shoot!, Ruby, To Protect And Serve, Young Hearts Unlimited, Rules Don't Apply, Letting Go, The Rat Pack, Born to Run, Ass...
TV ShowsSomething Is Out There

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1Started his career on the stage, with theater credits including "The Crucible," "Waiting for Godot," "Che Che" and "The Man With the Flower in His Mouth." More recently he was on stage in "True West" in Los Angeles.
2One of the founding members of the MET Theatre in Los Angeles where he produced and starred in the play "Cody Angelino's Coming".
3Studied acting with Milton Katselas, Julie Bovasso and 'Stella Adler'.
4He and Kim Delaney had a son, Jack Cortese, born in 1990.




Doobious Sources2017Magnus Martindale
Rules Don't Apply2016Mobster
The Bronx Bull2016Vito Lazio
General Hospital2015TV SeriesFrank Smith
Any Day2015Hipster Jack
Perception2014TV SeriesPaolo Genardi
Fairly Legal2011TV SeriesDanny Sabbatino
The Good Guys2010TV SeriesJimmy
The Deported2009Dr. Freelander
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia2007TV SeriesSal
Go Go Tales2007Danny Cash
Bones2006TV SeriesLou Mackey
Shut Up and Shoot!2006Spencer Spector
Las Vegas2005TV SeriesNick Calabrini
Against the Ropes2004Irving Abel
The Agency2003TV SeriesFrank First - Drug Dealer
You Got Nothin'2002Big Tommy (as Joseph Cortese)
The Shipment2001Vincent Florio
Game Day2000Colonel
18 Wheels of Justice2000TV SeriesMartin Greenwald
Nowhere Land2000Luke Santelli
Malevolence1999Billy Bob Jones
Young Hearts Unlimited1998TV MovieSardini
American History X1998Rasmussen
The Rat Pack1998TV MovieJohnny Roselli (uncredited)
Dellaventura1998TV SeriesMarty Stasski
Nash Bridges1997TV SeriesJimmy Ryshert
The Burning Zone1997TV SeriesWarden Crown
Pacific Blue1996TV SeriesGene Savage
Renegade1994-1996TV SeriesSgt. Jack Winslow / Luke Landry
The Sentinel1996TV SeriesJack Pendergrast
The Last Word1995Jimmy (as Joseph Cortese)
Silk Stalkings1995TV SeriesJudge Moyne
Illicit Dreams1994Daniel Davis (as Joseph Cortese)
The Commish1994TV SeriesVincent Rosetti
Bandit: Beauty and the Bandit1994TV MovieSlade (as Joseph Cortese)
Born to Run1993TV MoviePhil (as Joseph Cortese)
To Protect and Serve1992Kazinski (as Joseph Cortese)
Lady Boss1992TV MovieSantino Bonnatti (as Joseph Cortese)
Exclusive1992TV MovieOliver (as Joseph Cortese)
Ruby1992Louie Vitali
The Man in the Family1991TV SeriesVinnie
Murder, She Wrote1991TV SeriesLt. Jerry Marino
Dragonfight1990Baybington (as Joseph Cortese)
Object of Desire1990
The Closer1990John Morgan (as Joseph Cortese)
Just Life1990TV Movie
Something Is Out There1988-1989TV SeriesJack Breslin
Something Is Out There1988TV Mini-SeriesJack Breslin
C.A.T. Squad: Python Wolf1988TV MovieDoc Burkholder (as Joseph Cortese)
Deadly Illusion1987Detective Paul Lefferts (as Joseph Cortese)
Assault and Matrimony1987TV MovieSmith (as Joseph Cortese)
Rags to Riches1987TV SeriesFrankie
C.A.T. Squad1986TV MovieJohn 'Doc' Burkholder
Tales from the Darkside1986TV SeriesNicholas Casavin
If Tomorrow Comes1986TV Mini-SeriesJoe Romano
Hunter1986TV SeriesMarco Brokaw
Letting Go1985TV MovieNeil (as Joseph Cortese)
Brothers-in-Law1985TV MovieMickey Gubiacci (as Joseph Cortese)
Gone Are the Dayes1984TV MovieFrank Delgado
Monsignor1982Ludovico 'Lodo' Varese (as Joseph Cortese)
Computercide1981TV MovieMichael Stringer (as Joseph Cortese)
Evilspeak1981Reverend Jameson (as Joseph Cortese)
Windows1980Bob Luffrono (as Joseph Cortese)
Worlds Apart1979Ram
The Death Collector1976Jerry Bolanti (as Joseph Cortese)
Jessi's Girls1975Baldry (as Joseph Cortese)
Arizona Slim1974Reggie
Lotsa Luck1973TV SeriesMr. Smith


Shut Up and Shoot!2006executive producer - as Joseph Cortese


Shut Up and Shoot!2006the director wishes to thank


A War Hero2012DocumentaryHimself
Actors Entertainment2010TV SeriesHimself
Saravia2008DocumentaryHimself (as Joseph Cortese)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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