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 Posted:   Feb 24, 2004 - 8:37 PM   
 By:   Ed Kattak   (Member)

Damn. A funny actor. You will be missed.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) -- Joe Viterelli, a stocky actor whose pug face helped him land a series of roles as lovable mugs in mob flicks that included "Analyze This," its sequel, and a recent Staples ad, has died. He was 66.

Viterelli died of complications from heart surgery on January 29, said his son, film composer Joseph Vitarelli, who spells his last name differently than his father.

A jack-of-all-trades before embarking on an acting career in his 50s, Viterelli said in interviews that he once operated a string of music schools started by his family in Queens. He later ran bars, drove a truck and had a job drilling bowling-ball holes, he said.

A New York City native, Viterelli moved to Los Angeles in the late 1970s. He became friends with director Leo Penn, who thought Viterelli's tough-guy features would play well in movies and television.

Viterelli initially declined to get into acting, but years later, the director's son, Sean Penn, called about his 1990 gangster tale "State of Grace."

Viterelli accepted the role and established himself as a dependable character actor, appearing in several dozen movies, including "Bullets Over Broadway," "Mobsters" and "Shallow Hal."

 Posted:   Feb 25, 2004 - 12:59 AM   
 By:   Ford A. Thaxton   (Member)

Let put a face to the name.

Joe Viterelli is on the left, Hugh Grant is on the right

Ford A. Thaxton

 Posted:   Feb 25, 2004 - 9:53 AM   
 By:   Donna   (Member)

Thank you, Ed & Ford.

I really enjoyed this man's work, and will miss him. My condolences to his family and friends.

RIP, Joe

 Posted:   Feb 25, 2004 - 12:25 PM   
 By:   Ed Kattak   (Member)

Yes, My condolences also. Like JT Walsh (now gone 6 years Feb 27), this is truly a loss. I liked his presence in each of the films that I've seen. I especially liked him as Gweneth Paltrow's dad in SHALLOW HAL. If you look at many of the movies in his filmography, I suppose one might conclude he was typecast as these Italian mob kinda charcters. But, playing the loveable Irish dad of Gweneth Paltrow in SHALLOW HAL brought a smile to my face. As a movie and film fan, I will miss him.

I shall have to revisit all of his movies now.

Thanks Joe - For what you gave to us through the years.

Very Truly

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