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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Robert Forster: I heard stories about how this guy would rank up thousands of dollars in hotel and restaurant bills, yet during working on 'Vigilante' and 'Walking the Edge' he would complain to me about how everybody pays him not enough. Joe privately told me: "Everyone robs me. They use me on these movies for a couple of days and pay me short dough." Yet, this is a guy who spends money like there is no tomorrow. However in 1984, I flew Joe out here to Los Angeles where I told him about this little ...
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Spinell was more than just a "Maniac"
1 September 2002 | by (San Marcos, TX) – See all my reviews

Joe Spinell is best-known for writing, producing and starring in William Lustig's gritty, legendary horror movie "Maniac," the DVD of which showcases this documentary. "The Joe Spinell Story" plays like an A&E Biography, but more interesting because you really feel like you're unearthing something new here. A&E and the E! Network wouldn't even consider airing something on a "lowly" character actor. Too bad for them, but bully for you if you pick up the "Maniac" DVD. Spinell was an outstanding actor, who played all sorts of strange, diverse characters. His career is covered in this doc, but more importantly, you get a portrait of Spinell as a real person, with stories from Lustig, Jason Miller ("The Exorcist"), Robert Forster ("Jackie Brown"), plus other friends and family. The doc is funny, poignant and sometimes downright sad, but in the end you feel like you met the guy, perhaps even had a couple drinks with him. Watch it, then watch "Maniac" again. And then, search out Spinell's other work.


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