Joe Santos

Birthday: Jun 9, 1931
Birthplace: Not Available
When asked why he decided upon becoming an actor, Joe Santos tended to trot out the tried-and-true rationale "because I failed at everything else." While attending Fordham University, Santos excelled at football, but lost interest in the sport after a few semi-pro years. By the time he was 30, Santos had been remarkably unsuccessful in a variety of vocations, including railroad worker, tree cutter, automobile importer and tavern owner. While working a construction job in New York, Santos was invited by a friend to sit in on an acting class. This seemed like an easy way to make a living, so Santos began making the audition rounds, almost immediately landing a good part on a TV soap opera. This gig unfortunately led nowhere, and for the next year or so Santos drove a cab for 10 to 11 hours a day. The novice actor's first big break was a part in the 1971 film Panic in Needle Park, which he received at the recommendation of the film's star (and Santos' frequent softball partner) Al Pacino. With the plum part of Sergeant Cruz in the four-part TV drama The Blue Knight (1973), Santos inaugurated a fruitful, still-thriving career in "cop" roles, the best and longest-lasting of which was detective Dennis Becker on the James Garner series The Rockford Files (1974-80). Joe Santos' other series-TV credits include the top-billed part of deadbeat dad Norman Davis in Me and Maxx (1980), Hispanic nightclub comic Paul Rodriguez' disapproving father in AKA Pablo (1984), and Lieutenant Frank Harper in the 1985-86 episodes of Hardcastle and McCormick. One of his final roles was a recurring gig on The Sopranos. Santos died in 2016, at age 84.

Highest Rated Movies



51% The Man from Elysian Fields Domenico $1.3M 2001
No Score Yet Proximity Clive Plummer 2001
54% Auggie Rose Emanuel 2001
No Score Yet Hammerlock Warden Stan Cromwell 2000
9% The Postman Getty 1997
8% Trial by Jury Johnny Verona 1994
No Score Yet Sinatra Marty Sinatra 1992
13% Mo' Money Lt. Raymond Walsh 1992
No Score Yet The Education of Allison Tate Actor 1992
46% The Last Boy Scout Bessalo 1991
No Score Yet Deadly Desire Gus 1991
No Score Yet The Old Man and the Sea Lopez 1990
38% Revenge Ibarra 1990
No Score Yet Good Cops, Bad Cops Actor 1990
No Score Yet Beverly Hills Brats Spyder 1989
No Score Yet The Ratings Game Tony 1984
67% Fear City Frank 1984
80% Blue Thunder Montoya 1983
No Score Yet Zandy's Bride (For Better, for Worse) Frank 1974
No Score Yet Blade Spinelli 1973
No Score Yet The Don Is Dead Joe Lucci 1973
100% The Friends of Eddie Coyle Artie Van 1973
38% Shamus Lt. Promuto 1973
No Score Yet The Legend of Charley Reverend 1972
70% Shaft's Big Score! Pascal 1972
0% The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight Ezmo 1971
83% The Panic in Needle Park DiBono 1971
No Score Yet My Body Hungers Truck Driver 1967
No Score Yet Moonlighting Wives Actor 1966


92% The Sopranos
Angelo Garepe
  • 2004
84% NYPD Blue
Off. Joey Aiello Uniform Off. Aiello Angelo Marino
  • 1996
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  • 1993
No Score Yet Quantum Leap
  • 1989
No Score Yet Miami Vice
  • 1988
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Lt. Bert Alfano Joe Rinaldi
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
Lt. Nolan Page
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet MacGyver
Jimmy Kendall `The Eraser'
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet Remington Steele
Alf Nussman
  • 1984
No Score Yet The A-Team
Rudy Garcia
  • 1984
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
Det. Dennis Becker Sgt. Dennis Becker Becker
  • 1979
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No Score Yet Kung Fu
  • 1975


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