JOE CORTESE

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Cortese first came on the scene in the 1976 cult classic gangster film The Death Collector costarring Joe Pesci. Over the next 4 decades Cortese has established himself as an actor/writer. As an actor, Joe Cortese has achieved success in film, television, and theatre.

Some of his films included starring roles in Windows (1980) with Talia Shire for Director Gordon Willis from United Artists, Monsignor (1982) which he starred with Christopher Reeve for Director Frank Perry at 20th Century Fox, and American History X (1998) with Director Tony Kaye starring Edward Norton from Warner Brothers. Cortese also starred in Paramount’s Against The Ropes (2004) with Meg Ryan and Kerry Washington, and Ruby (1992) with Danny Aiello.

Cortese starred in Go Go Tales (2007) for Director Abel Ferrara, with actors Willem Dafoe and Bob Hoskins while having its World Premiere at The Cannes Film Festival and later that year it had its American Premiere at the New York Film Festival at the Lincoln Center. Cortese won The Best Actor Award from The New York Hip Hop Film Festival for his starring role as Spencer Spector in the comedy,

Cortese first came on the scene in the 1976 cult classic gangster film The Death Collector costarring Joe Pesci. Over the next 4 decades Cortese has established himself as an actor/writer. As an actor, Joe Cortese has achieved success in film, television, and theatre.

Some of his films included starring roles in Windows (1980) with Talia Shire for Director Gordon Willis from United Artists, Monsignor (1982) which he starred with Christopher Reeve for Director Frank Perry at 20th Century Fox, and American History X (1998) with Director Tony Kaye starring Edward Norton from Warner Brothers. Cortese also starred in Paramount’s Against The Ropes (2004) with Meg Ryan and Kerry Washington, and Ruby (1992) with Danny Aiello.

Cortese starred in Go Go Tales (2007) for Director Abel Ferrara, with actors Willem Dafoe and Bob Hoskins while having its World Premiere at The Cannes Film Festival and later that year it had its American Premiere at the New York Film Festival at the Lincoln Center. Cortese won The Best Actor Award from The New York Hip Hop Film Festival for his starring role as Spencer Spector in the comedy, Shut Up And Shoot (2006) and also starred in You Got Nothin’ (2002) as Big Tommy for Director Philip Angelotti.

Other outstanding performances include starring roles in Paramount’s Malevolence (1999) portraying a character based on James Earl Ray, Lucky Town (2000) with James Cann and Kirsten Dunst, and The Shipment (2001) with Matthew Modine and Elizabeth Berkley. He also received kudos for his role as Johnny Roselli in HBO’s critically acclaimed movie The Rat Pack (1998). Also starred as Vito Lazio in the Independent film The Bronx Bull (2016) with Director Martin Guigui.

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