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      Joe Santos

      Joe Santos

      Highest Rated: 98% The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)

      Lowest Rated: 8% Trial by Jury (1994)

      Birthday: Jun 9, 1931

      Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

      A street-edged character player of TV and movies, often cast as an urban detective or crook, Joe Santos is perhaps best remembered as Detective Dennis Becker, cop pal who respects James Garner's Jim Rockford, on "The Rockford Files" (NBC, 1974-80) and its numerous TV-movies. Santos began his on-screen career with a bit part in "My Body Hungers," a low-budget 1967 film. Subsequent roles included DiBono in "The Panic in Needle Park" and Ezmo in "The Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight" (both 1971). He was a little known working actor when cast in "The Rockford Files," which triggered much additional work, including TV-movies such as "A Matter of Wife . . . and Death (NBC, 1976). When film work remained sporadic, even after the demise of "Rockford," Santos tried, unsuccessfully, to hook onto another top series. Instead, he weathered flops such as "Me and Maxx" (NBC, 1980), "a.k.a. Pablo" (ABC, 1984) and "Hardcastle and McCormick" (ABC, 1985-86). He had a recurring role as a cop during the 1986-87 season of "Magnum, P.I." (CBS). By the late 80s, Santos was a familiar face in numerous episodic guest appearances, including several as a detective who doesn't like Jessica's meddling on "Murder, She Wrote." His fortunes were revived in 1992 when Santos was cast in a key role in "Sinatra," the CBS miniseries based on the life of the singer. Work in the features "The Last Boy Scout" (1991), "Mo' Money" (1992) and "Trial By Jury" (1994) followed. The revival of "The Rockford Files," which became a once or twice-a-year TV event between 1994 and 1999, also brought Santos back into the public eye, as did roles in Kevin Costner's "The Postman" (1997) and George Hickenlooper's "The Man from Elysian Fields" (2001). A seven-episode arc on "The Sopranos" (HBO 1999-2007) as Angelo Garepe proved to be Santos' final major role. Joe Santos died on March 18, 2016 at the age of 84.

      Highest rated movies

      The Friends of Eddie Coyle poster
      The Friends of Eddie Coyle
      Panic in Needle Park poster
      Panic in Needle Park
      Blue Thunder poster
      Blue Thunder
      Fear City poster
      Fear City
      The Don Is Dead poster
      The Don Is Dead
      Shaft's Big Score! poster
      Shaft's Big Score!
      Auggie Rose poster
      Auggie Rose
      Shamus poster
      Shamus

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hammerlock Warden Stan Cromwell (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 16% Proximity Clive Plummer (Character) - 2000
      54% 46% Auggie Rose Emanuel (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files: If It Bleeds... It Leads Lt. Dennis Becker (Character) - 1999
      8% 50% The Postman Col. Getty (Character) $17.6M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files: Murder and Misdemeanors Lieutenant Dennis Becker (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files: Godfather Knows Best Lt. Dennis Becker (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files: Punishment and Crime Lt. Dennis Becker (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits Lt. Dennis Becker (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files: Friends and Foul Play Lt. Dennis Becker (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files: A Blessing in Disguise Lt. Becker (Character) - 1995
      8% 28% Trial by Jury Johnny Verona (Character) $6.8M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Art Deco Detective Detective Guy Lean (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. Dennis Becker (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 62% Sinatra Marty Sinatra (Character) - 1992
      16% 51% Mo' Money Lt. Raymond Walsh (Character) $39.5M 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadly Desire Gus (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadline: Madrid Jake Gilbert (Character) - 1988
      64% 33% Fear City Frank (Character) - 1984
      78% 52% Blue Thunder Montoya (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet River of Promises Sgt. Cordelia (Character) - 1978
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Matter of Wife... and Death Lieutenant Vince Promuto (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 58% Zandy's Bride Frank Gallo (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Girl on the Late, Late Show Lieutenant Scott (Character) - 1974
      25% 38% Shamus Lieutenant Promuto (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blade Spinelli (Character) - 1973
      60% 23% The Don Is Dead Joe Lucci (Character) - 1973
      98% 87% The Friends of Eddie Coyle Artie Van (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Knight Sergeant Cruz Segovia (Character) - 1973
      58% 47% Shaft's Big Score! Pascal (Character) - 1972
      80% 75% Panic in Needle Park Detective DiBono (Character) - 1971

      TV

      Credit
      92% 96% The Sopranos Angelo Garepe (Guest Star) 2004
      83% 83% NYPD Blue Angelo Marino (Guest Star) 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sinatra Unknown (Character) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Ernesto Delgado (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet 85% Quantum Leap Tony La Palma (Guest Star) 1989
      71% 91% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet 75% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 1986-1987
      No Score Yet 61% The A-Team Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      97% 100% Hill Street Blues Lastarza (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet a.k.a. Pablo Unknown (Character) 1984
      No Score Yet 100% Greatest American Hero Henry Fetchner (Guest Star) 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet 100% The Rockford Files Det. Dennis Becker (Character) 1974-1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Joe Forrester Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Officer John Fernandez (Character) 1974 1976
      No Score Yet 100% Kung Fu Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Frank Perez (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby Jones Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 222 Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gibbsville Unknown (Guest Star)