Joe Spano Biography (1946-)

Born July 7, 1946, in San Francisco, CA; son of Vincent Dante (a physician) and Virginia Jean (maiden name, Carpenter) Spano; married Joan Zerrien (a ceramic artist); children: Liana Clare Xiaohe. EDUCATION: University of California, Berkeley, B.A., drama, 1967. Addresses: Office: c/o Gilbertson/Kincaid, 73 Market St., Venice, CA 90291-3603.; Agent: Innovative ArtistsTalent, 1999 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067-6022.

Actor, director, producer
Birth Details
July 7, 1946
San Francisco, California, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • Paris, Romeo and Juliet, Alumni Repertory Theatre, University of California, Berkeley, 1967
  • Title role, Hamlet, Brick, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Duke Mantee, The Petrified Forest, Marchbanks, Candida, Theseus, Oberon,A Midsummer Night's Dream, Dick Dudgeon, The Devil's Disciple, Philip, The Philanthropist, Benedick, Much Ado about Nothing, Rocky, The Iceman Cometh, Antipholi, Comedy of Errors,all Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA, 1968-78
  • We Won't Pay! We Can't Pay!, Los Angeles Actors Theatre, Los Angeles, 1981
  • Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down, The Last Song of John Proffit, Loose Ends, Ring Around the Moon, Our Town, Cyrano de Bergerac, Measure for Measure, Cloud 9, and Curse of the Starving Class, all Playmakers Repertory Company, Chapel Hill, NC, 1984-85
  • The Little Threepenny Cafe, Los Angeles, 1984
  • Welcome to Transylvania, San Francisco, CA, 1984
  • School for Scandal, 1988
  • American Buffalo, 1989
  • Chorus of Disapproval, 1989
  • Speed the Plow, 1990
  • The Price, 1992
  • Also appeared as Strangeweed's man, Sheriff Bill, Magic Theatre, San Francisco, CA; Nichols, J.B., American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco, CA; Luke Lovello, Halloween, One Act Theatre, San Francisco, CA; Maffuchi, No Place to Be Somebody, San Francisco, CA; ChaunceyDeVille, Dracula, Dracula: A Musical Nightmare, title role, Bullshot Crummond, Vincent, The Gingham Dog, Zoot, The Prisoner of Venice: A Hollywood Lullabye, all Los Angeles; in Blessed Art Thou; Texas Rangers. Toured with The Wing (improvisational comedy group), U.K. andU.S. cities, 1974.
  • Stage Work
  • Producer, Welcome to Transylvania, San Francisco, CA, 1984
  • Also directed Servant of Two Masters, Berkeley Repertory Theatre;productions of The Wing; also producer of Dracula, A Musical Nightmare, Los Angeles, Chapel Hill, NC, and San Francisco, CA.
  • Film Appearances
  • Shakespearean actor, One Is a Lonely Number, 1972
  • Vic Lozier, American Graffiti, Universal, 1974
  • The Enforcer, Warner Bros., 1975
  • Warlock Moon, 1975
  • Guard, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Universal, 1979
  • John Sorenson, Northern Lights, Cine-Manifest, 1979
  • Ace, Roadie, United Artists, 1980
  • Dr. Frank Holt, Terminal Choice (also known as Critical List, Death Bed, Death List, and Trauma), Magder Films, 1982
  • Alexander Engelhardt, The Dunera Boys, 1985
  • Lovestruck, Rainy Day Films, 1987
  • Nick, Luigi's Ladies, 1989
  • Sharkskin, 1991
  • NASA Director, Apollo 13, 1995
  • Lou, Rave Review, 1995
  • Captain Abel Stenner, Primal Fear, Paramount, 1996
  • Priest, The Break Up, Breakstreet Productions, 1998
  • A Question of Faith,1999
  • Duncan, Blessed Art Thou, First Look Pictures, 2000
  • Also appeared in Over, Under, Sideways, Down; The Miller'sTale; and with The Wing in Storm Signals and One Is a Lonely Number.
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Captain Murphy, Fighting Back: The Rocky Bleir Story, ABC, 1980
  • Principal Bob Grootemat, Brotherhood of Justice, ABC, 1986
  • Eric Lloyd, Deep Dark Secrets (also known as Intimate Betrayal), 1987
  • Sergeant Swaford, Disaster at Silo 7, ABC, 1988
  • Midnight Caller, 1988
  • Bill Spencer, Cast the First Stone (also known as Cast the First Stone: The Diane Martin Story), NBC, 1989
  • Jum, The Girl Who Came between Them (also known as Victim of Innocence), NBC, 1990
  • Mr. Allen, For the Very First Time (also known as Til I KissedYa), NBC, 1991
  • Junkman, Fever, HBO, 1991
  • Louis, The Summer My Father Grew Up, NBC, 1991
  • Richard Koons, The Flood: Who Will Save Our Children?, NBC,1993
  • Hal Leventhal, Bloodlines: Murder in the Family, NBC, 1993
  • Carl Weston, Her Costly Affair, NBC, 1996
  • Dr. Green, A Call to Remember, Encore Starz!, 1997
  • Agent Downing, Logan's War: Bound by Honor, CBS, 1998
  • Gold, In Quiet Night (also known as You Belong to Me Forever), Lifetime, 1998
  • Voice of Sniper, Batman Beyond: The Movie, 1999
  • Series
  • Coroner Lavell, Paris, CBS, 1979
  • Henry Goldblume, Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1981-87
  • Detective Dominick Corso, Amazing Grace (also known as Wing anda Prayer), NBC, 1995
  • Detective Raymond Velachek, a recurring role, Murder One, ABC, 1995
  • Dr. Harris DeMilla, a recurring role, Mercy Point, UPN, 1998-
  • Miniseries
  • Sal Coccaro, Blind Faith, NBC, 1990
  • Chad Spaulding, The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (also known as The Great Los Angeles Earthquake), NBC, 1990
  • George Mueller, From the Earth to the Moon, HBO, 1998
  • Episodic
  • Toomey, "One Last Shot," The Streets of San Francisco, 1974
  • Jack Ridgeway, "Bomb," Lou Grant, CBS, 1979
  • Tenspeed and Brownshoe, ABC, 1980
  • George Ripley, "Hey, Lick Me Over," L.A. Law, NBC, 1988
  • Dream On, HBO, 1990
  • Jimmy Cooper, Reasonable Doubts, NBC, 1991
  • Carl Sherensky, "The Old Man and the "C"," Civil Wars, ABC, 1992
  • "The Taking of Pablum 1-2-3: Parts 1 and 2," Dream On, HBO, 1994
  • Daniel Strebin, Michael Hayes, CBS, 1997
  • Mike Millar, "Tempus Fugit," The X-Files,Fox, 1997
  • Mike Millar, "Max," The-X Files,Fox, 1997
  • Ramdak, "Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Quick," Profiler, NBC, 1998
  • Don Metzger, L.A. Doctors, CBS, 1998
  • FBI Agent Langdon, Nash Bridges, CBS, 1998
  • Captain Murphy, "Clipped Wings," JAG, CBS, 1998
  • Voice of Sniper, "Meltdown," Batman Beyond, 1999
  • James, "Such a Time as This," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1999
  • Voice of boss, "Eyewitness," Batman Beyond, 2000
  • (Uncredited) Voice of Bennett, "Zeta," Batman Beyond, 2000
  • Voice of Bennett, "Plague," Batman Beyond, 2000
  • Also appeared in Trapper John, M.D., CBS; A Child's Christmas in Wales, KTVU-San Francisco.
  • Taped Readings
  • Recorded Ed McBain novels for Simon Schuster.

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