Joe Mantell

Joe Mantell

Highest Rated: 100% Marty (1955)

Lowest Rated: 68% The Two Jakes (1990)

Birthday: Dec 21, 1920

Birthplace: Not Available

New York-based stage actor Joe Mantell made his 1949 film debut as a newsboy in Undercover Man. Four years later, Mantell rose to prominence by way of a catchphrase: as Angie in the original 1953 TV production of Paddy Chayefsky's Marty, the actor immortalized the Bronx-bachelor mantra "So waddya wanna do tonight, Marty?" That question was still on his lips when he repeated the role in the 1955 film version of Marty, earning an Academy Award nomination in the process. He went on to more conventional film and TV assignments, playing a surrogate Dean Martin to Jerry Lewis in The Sad Sack (1957) and a traditional next door neighbor on the weekly sitcom Pete and Gladys (1961). He showed up in several filmed TV anthologies of the 1950s and 1960s, most memorably as the literally two-faced protagonist in the 1960 Twilight Zone episode Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room. Hitchcock addicts will remember Mantell as the Travelling Salesman in the 1963 feature film The Birds. The best of Joe Mantell's latter-day film roles was Lawrence Walsh, partner and confidante to private eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) in Chinatown; it was Walsh who uttered the film's cryptic closing line "C'mon, Jake. It's....Chinatown." Joe Mantell repeated his Lawrence Walsh characterization in the 1990 Chinatown sequel The Two Jakes.

Highest Rated Movies



68% The Two Jakes Lawrence Walsh 1990
No Score Yet Movers & Shakers Larry 1985
No Score Yet Blame It On The Night Attorney 1984
99% Chinatown Walsh 1974
No Score Yet Mister Buddwing 1st Cabdriver 1966
95% The Birds Salesman 1963
No Score Yet The Crowded Sky Louis Capelli 1960
No Score Yet Onionhead `Doc' O'Neal 1958
No Score Yet Beau James Bernie Williams 1957
No Score Yet Storm Center George Slater 1956
100% Marty Angie 1955
No Score Yet The Undercover Man Newsboy 1949
No Score Yet Barbary Pirate Dexter Freeman 1949


No Score Yet All in the Family
Sidney Schwartz 1976
No Score Yet Ironside
Franklin Sid Leppich 1971
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Augie Gorman 1969
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Carson 1966
80% The Twilight Zone
Jackie Rhodes Pole 1963
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Brown Stanley 1957


Walsh says: Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown.

Walsh says: Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown

Walsh says: Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.

Walsh says: Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.

Salesman says: Wanna buy a monkey?

Angie says: What do you feel like doing tonight?

Marty Pilletti says: I don?t know, Ange. What do you feel like doing?

Walsh says: Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.