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Joe Grifasi

Joe Grifasi was born on June 14, 1944 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Joseph G. Grifasi. He is an actor, known for The Deer Hunter (1978), Batman Forever (1995) and 13 Going on 30 (2004). He has been married to Jane Ira Bloom since 1974. See full bio »
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The Deer Hunter
The Deer Hunter Bandleader
Batman Forever
Batman Forever Bank Guard
13 Going on 30
13 Going on 30 Mr. Flamhaff


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 2017 The Dreams of Rene Sendam (filming)
Dr. Bradley
 2016 The Good Wife (TV Series)
Judge John Mata
- Judged (2016) ... Judge John Mata
 2005-2015 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Hashi Horowitz / Judge Hashi Horowitz
- Depravity Standard (2015) ... Judge Hashi Horowitz
- Smoked (2011) ... Hashi Horowitz
- Pursuit (2011) ... Hashi Horowitz
 2015 The Mentors (TV Series)
 2015 No Pay, Nudity
Mr. Davenport
 2014 Elementary (TV Series)
Captain Moretti
- Rip Off (2014) ... Captain Moretti
 2010 The Front (TV Movie)
Mr. Zeffirelli
 2010 The Face (Short)
Theatre Owner
 2009 Marino's (Short)
Uncle Leo
 2008 Canterbury's Law (TV Series)
Judge David Martinez
- Sweet Sixteen (2008) ... Judge David Martinez (as Joseph Grifasi)
 2007 The Last New Yorker
 2007 Queens Supreme (TV Series)
- Words That Wound (2007)
 2007/I Dark Matter
Professor Colby
 2006 Creating Karma
 2006 A Crime
 2006 Conviction (TV Series)
Judge Harrigan
- Pilot (2006) ... Judge Harrigan
 2005 Slow Burn
Desk Sgt. Drown
 2004 13 Going on 30
Mr. Flamhaff
 2004 Hope & Faith (TV Series)
- The Diner Show (2004) ... Leo
 2003 ER (TV Series)
Tom Williams
- Now What? (2003) ... Tom Williams
 2003 Bought & Sold
Alphonso 'Chunks' Colon
 2003 Rubout (TV Movie)
Fr. D'Argento
 2002 Auto Focus
Strip Club M.C.
 2002 Grasp (Short)
 2002 The Education of Max Bickford (TV Series)
- The Pursuit of Happiness (2002) ... Larry
 2002 Changing Lanes
Judge Cosell
 2001 Thieves (TV Series)
- Bad Moon Rising (2001) ... Mickey
 1991-2001 Law & Order (TV Series)
James Linde / Ezra Gould
- Deep Vote (2001) ... James Linde
- Cherished (1998) ... James Linde
- Out of Control (1991) ... Ezra Gould
 2001 Queenie in Love
 2001 61* (TV Movie)
Phil Rizzuto
 2001 Deadline (TV Series)
- Somebody's Fool (2001)
 2000 Looking for an Echo
 2000 The Other Me (TV Movie)
 1999 Switching Goals (TV Movie)
 1999 The Out-of-Towners
Arresting Cop
 1999 Trinity (TV Series)
 1998/II The Deal (Short)
 1998 Blood on Her Hands (TV Movie)
Det. Larry Beers
 1998 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Lt. Walter Neal
- Closet Cases (1998) ... Lt. Walter Neal (uncredited)
 1997 The Practice (TV Series)
Harry Papp
- Sex, Lies and Monkeys (1997) ... Harry Papp
 1996-1997 Early Edition (TV Series)
Harry Hawks
- The Paper (1996) ... Harry Hawks
 1997 Sunday
Scottie Elster
 1996 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Larry Ruscetti
- Mummy Dearest (1996) ... Larry Ruscetti
 1996 The High Life (TV Series)
- Funeral (1996)
 1996 Undue Influence (TV Movie)
 1996 Remember WENN (TV Series)
Larry Looper
- Armchair Detective (1996) ... Larry Looper
 1995 Shadow of a Doubt (TV Movie)
Sidney Sherman
 1995 Money Train
 1995 Tall Tale
Man in Top Hat (as Joseph Grifasi)
 1995 Heavy
 1994 Jack Reed: A Search for Justice (TV Movie)
Mike 'Gravedigger' Edwards
 1994 Natural Born Killers
Deputy Sheriff Duncan Homolka
 1994 The Hudsucker Proxy
 1993 Moon Over Miami (TV Series)
- Careless Dentist Blues (1993) ... Larry
 1993 Household Saints
Frank Manzone
 1993 Taking the Heat (TV Movie)
Lou Valentine
 1993 Benny & Joon
 1993 Class of '96 (TV Series)
Joe Morrisey
- Pilot (1993) ... Joe Morrisey
 1992 Lift (Short)
 1992 Citizen Cohn (TV Movie)
Gerald Walpin
 1992 Primary Motive
Paul Melton
 1992 Sinatra (TV Series)
George Evans
- Episode #1.4 (1992) ... George Evans
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... George Evans
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... George Evans
- Episode #1.1 (1992) ... George Evans
 1991 City of Hope
 1990 Down Home (TV Series)
Dr. Ort
 1990 Roseanne (TV Series)
IRS Office Supervisor
- April Fool's Day (1990) ... IRS Office Supervisor
 1990 Midnight Caller (TV Series)
Harry Manx
- Planes (1990) ... Harry Manx
 1989 Kojak: Ariana (TV Movie)
Lieutenant Rastelli
 1989 Perfect Witness (TV Movie)
 1989 The Feud
Bud Bullard
 1989 Moonlighting (TV Series)
- Lunar Eclipse (1989) ... Kapatkin
 1989 Men (TV Series)
Lt. Chibo
- The Trouble with Harvey (1989) ... Lt. Chibo
 1989 Chances Are
 1988 Beaches
Otto Titsling
 1988 The Appointments of Dennis Jennings (Short)
 1988 Big Business
Desk Clerk
 1987 Ironweed
 1987 Moonstruck
Shy Waiter
 1987 The Ellen Burstyn Show (TV Series)
Timothy Winnegrew
- The Box (1987) ... Timothy Winnegrew
 1987 Matewan
 1987 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Ronnie Delacroce
- Sorry Wrong Number (1987) ... Ronnie Delacroce
 1986 One Police Plaza (TV Movie)
Inspector Nicolas Zambrano
 1986 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Lt. Vocek
- The Line (1986) ... Lt. Vocek
 1986 F/X
 1984 The Flamingo Kid
Mario Minetta
 1984 The Pope of Greenwich Village
Jimmy the Cheese Man
 1984 SCTV Channel (TV Series)
Tommy Lasorda as The Artful Dodger
- Oliver Grimley (1984) ... Tommy Lasorda as The Artful Dodger
 1984 Splash
 1983 Will There Really Be a Morning? (TV Movie)
 1982 The Elephant Man (TV Movie)
Pinhead Manager
 1981 Honky Tonk Freeway
 1981 The Gentleman Bandit (TV Movie)
Detective Esposito
 1980 Hide in Plain Sight
Matty Stanek
 1979 Something Short of Paradise
Barney Collins
 1978 On the Yard
 1977 Great Performances (TV Series)
Cpl. Matson
- Secret Service (1977) ... Cpl. Matson
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: Plays Max Kane in "Dinner at Eight" play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber (Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City, New York, USA). See more »

Alternate Names:

Joseph Grifasi


5' 5¾" (1.67 m)

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Joe Grifasi has played two different New York Yankees ballplayers: Phil Rizzuto in "61*" and Yogi Berra in "The Bronx Is Burning". Ironically, on both occasions, he did not portray them during their playing careers. In "61*", he plays Rizzuto when he was the TV "color man" for the Yankee games. In "The Bronx Is Burning", he plays Berra when he was the bench coach for the Yankees. See more »


Usually plays bored or pessimist character close to the main characters or opposed to them.

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