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Joe Santos


Born - 9 June 1931, New York City, USA
Died - 18 March 2016

Stocky, dark-complexioned, round-faced Brooklynesque actor with receding dark hair, born Joseph Minieri and often seen as blue-collar cops, most notably the long-suffering Lt Becker from TV's The Rockford Files. Working as a cab driver while taking acting lessons, he broke into TV roles in the early 1960s, and films soon followed: Warm Nights and Hot Pleasures (1964), Flesh and Lace (1965), Moonlighting Wives (1966), The Tiger Makes Out (1967), The Detective (1968), The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1970), The Panic in Needle Park (1971), Shaft's Big Score! (1972), Shamus (1973), The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) and Zandy's Bride (1974) - then much TV before Blue Thunder (1983), Fear City (1984), The Education of Allison Tate (1986), Beverly Hills Brats (1989), Revenge (1990), The Last Boy Scout (1991), Mo' Money (1992), seven 'Rockford Files' TV movies (1994-97), The Postman (1997), The Right Way (1998), Auggie Rose (2000), The Man from Elysian Fields (2001) and Chronic (2015), his last. He died following a heart attack.