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Joe Spano

Actor Joe Spano, best known for his Emmy-nominated detective role on Hill Street Blues (1981), was born in San Francisco, the son of a doctor, and a Bishop Riordan High School and University of California-Berkeley graduate. His intention to be a pre-med major dissipated with the growing interest of acting. While in San Francisco worked with the ... See full bio »
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Hill Street Blues
Hill Street Blues Lt. Henry Goldblume / Det. Henry Goldblume
Apollo 13
Apollo 13 NASA Director
Primal Fear
Primal Fear Abel Stenner
Fracture Judge Joseph Pincus


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 2015/II Skeletons (Short)
Harvey Diederich
 2014 Old Tricks (Short)
Samuel Borden
 2012 The Mentalist (TV Series)
Greg Relin
- War of the Roses (2012) ... Greg Relin
 2011 If I Did It (Short)
 2008 Frost/Nixon
Network Executive
 2008 Shark (TV Series)
Paul Faber
- Partners in Crime (2008) ... Paul Faber
 2007 Fracture
Judge Joseph Pincus
 2006 Standoff (TV Series)
Joe Suser
- Circling (2006) ... Joe Suser
 2006 The Closer (TV Series)
Dr. Rose
- Mom Duty (2006) ... Dr. Rose
 2006 Crossing Jordan (TV Series)
Captain Innis
- Blame Game (2006) ... Captain Innis
 2005 Eyes (TV Series)
Judge William Massey
- Trial (2005) ... Judge William Massey
 2004 Dragnet (TV Series)
Bill Kutler
- Riddance (2004) ... Bill Kutler
 2004 Fortunate Son (Short)
 2003 Boomtown (TV Series)
Henry Stein
- Home Invasion (2003) ... Henry Stein
 2002 Static Shock (TV Series)
Mr. Osgood
- Jimmy (2002) ... Mr. Osgood (voice)
 2002 Hart's War
Col. J.M. Lange
 2002 The Invisible Man (TV Series)
Father Tom Moore
- Possessed (2002) ... Father Tom Moore
 2001 Ticker
Captain Spano
 2001 Providence (TV Series)
Dr. Carroll
- Trial & Error (2001) ... Dr. Carroll
 2001 Texas Rangers
Mr. Dunnison
 2000 Strong Medicine (TV Series)
Jonathan Freid
- Brainchild (2000) ... Jonathan Freid
 1999-2000 Batman Beyond (TV Series)
Bennet / Boss / Sniper / ...
- Plague (2000) ... Bennet (voice)
- Zeta (2000) ... Bennet (voice)
- Eyewitness (2000) ... Boss (voice)
- Meltdown (1999) ... Sniper / Doctor #2 (voice)
 2000 A Question of Faith
 1999 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
James Cooper
- Such a Time as This (1999) ... James Cooper
 1999 ATF (TV Movie)
Senator at Hearing (uncredited)
 1998-1999 Mercy Point (TV Series)
Dr. DeMilla
- C.J. (1999) ... Dr. DeMilla
- Battle Scars (1999) ... Dr. DeMilla
- No Mercy (1999) ... Dr. DeMilla
- Last Resort (1998) ... Dr. DeMilla
 1999 Batman Beyond: The Movie (TV Movie)
Sniper (voice)
 1998 In Quiet Night
 1998 Nash Bridges (TV Series)
FBI Agent Langdon
- Mystery Dance (1998) ... FBI Agent Langdon
 1998 L.A. Doctors (TV Series)
Don Claybourne
- What About Bob? (1998) ... Don Claybourne
 1998 Break Up
 1998 JAG (TV Series)
Captain Jack Murphy
 1998 From the Earth to the Moon (TV Mini-Series)
George Mueller
- Apollo One (1998) ... George Mueller
 1997 A Call to Remember (TV Movie)
Dr. Green
 1997 The X-Files (TV Series)
Mike Millar
- Max (1997) ... Mike Millar
- Tempus Fugit (1997) ... Mike Millar
 1996 Her Costly Affair (TV Movie)
Carl Weston
 1996 Primal Fear
Abel Stenner
 1994 Rave Review
 1993 The Flood: Who Will Save Our Children? (TV Movie)
Richard Koons
 1993 Reasonable Doubts (TV Series)
Jimmy Cooper
- Diminished Capacity (1993) ... Jimmy Cooper
 1993 Bloodlines: Murder in the Family (TV Movie)
Hal Leventhal
 1992 Civil Wars (TV Series)
Carl Sherensky
- The Old Man and the 'C' (1992) ... Carl Sherensky
 1991 Fever (TV Movie)
 1991 For the Very First Time (TV Movie)
Mr. Allen
 1991 The Summer My Father Grew Up (TV Movie)
 1990 American Dreamer (TV Series)
 1990 The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (TV Movie)
Chad Spaulding
 1990 The Girl Who Came Between Them (TV Movie)
 1990 Blind Faith (TV Mini-Series)
Sal Caccaro
- Episode #1.2 (1990) ... Sal Caccaro
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... Sal Caccaro
 1989 The Easter Story (Video short)
Jesus (voice)
 1989 Midnight Caller (TV Series)
John Saringo
- The Execution of John Saringo (1989) ... John Saringo
 1988 Disaster at Silo 7 (TV Movie)
Sgt. Swofford
 1988 L.A. Law (TV Series)
George Ripley
- Hey, Lick Me Over (1988) ... George Ripley
 1987 Valerie (TV Series)
Mr. Cameron
- Poetic Injustice (1987) ... Mr. Cameron
 1987 Deep Dark Secrets (TV Movie)
Eric Lloyd
 1986 The Brotherhood of Justice (TV Movie)
Bob Grootemat
 1986 Greatest Adventure Stories from Bible (TV Series)
- The Easter Story (1986) ... Jesus
 1985 Terminal Choice
Dr. Frank Holt
 1981 Insight (TV Series)
Karl Rothman
- The Domino Effect (1981) ... Karl Rothman
 1980 Fighting Back: The Story of Rocky Bleier (TV Movie)
Captain Murphy
 1980 Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (TV Series)
Duff McCoy
- Diamonds Aren't Forever (1980) ... Duff McCoy
 1980 Roadie
 1979 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Dr. Gallant
- Pilot (1979) ... Dr. Gallant
 1979 Lou Grant (TV Series)
Jack Ridgeway / Larry
- Bomb (1979) ... Jack Ridgeway
- Vet (1979) ... Larry
 1978 Northern Lights
John Sorensen
 1976 The Enforcer
Mitch, Robber (uncredited)
 1974-1975 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Taxi Driver - Witness / Toomey
- Ten Dollar Murder (1975) ... Taxi Driver - Witness (uncredited)
- One Last Shot (1974) ... Toomey
 1973 Warlock Moon
John Devers
 1973 American Graffiti
 1972 Two Is a Happy Number
Earl of Kent (as Joseph Spano)
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He acted in David Mamet's play, "American Buffalo," in a Bonnie Franklin's Classic Contemporary American Play production at the Boston Court Performing Complex in Los Angeles, California with Bill Smitrovich and Michael Weston in the cast. James Eckhouse was director. See more »

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The real hopeful thing about theater and the arts in general is you take these painful experiences and you shape them, give them form -- and people can experience them together. You come out of an experience like this not devastated, not demolished by it, but hopefully healed or having experienced a catharsis.


He and his wife adopted two daughters. See more »

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