The life and career of Joe Spinell. A great man. A great actor. Friend and all!

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Friends and colleagues from movie industry pay a tribute to the great late character actor Joe Spinell, known for his appearances in classics such as The Godfather (Part I and II), Rocky, Taxi Driver and the lead role in the slasher film Maniac. The documentary presents a little about Spinell as an actor and his performances and also tells about the man he was outside of the movie set. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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21 August 2001 (USA)  »

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William Lustig: Joe did not have a bank account because him and the IRS did not see eye-to-eye about finances. Up until the day he died, Joe would get these residual checks from his first movie role in The Godfather. During the mid 1970s, he would show up at my office downtown with these checks asking, "Bill, do you think when you have time, could you go down to your bank and cash this $16,000 check for me?" Every month I would see this huge residual checks he was getting from The Godfather. Finally one day I ...
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Fascinating piece on an underrated actor
6 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 49 minute documentary on the late great actor Joe Spinell, found as an extra on the Special Edition of "Maniac", is pretty comprehensive and very informative. Featuring interviews with those that were close to him in life, I found all the stories that were told in this documentary to be fascinating and it's very much worth watching. I've reviewed a good many documentaries made for Special Edition DVDs of various films and have found that the some of the best ones were all directed by David Gregory and somehow when reviews all of those previous documentaries I've always neglected to give him props for them. Well I wish to remedy that oversight here and now. David, you make great docs and mad thanks to you for that.

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