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Joe Lala


Miami Vice Character
November 3, 1947, Ybor City, Florida
March 18, 2014, Tampa, Florida (age 66, cancer)

Joseph Anthony "Joe" Lala (November 3, 1947 - March 18, 2014) was an American musician and actor, who appeared as Anthony Acosta, drug dealer who would only work with Martin "Marty" Castillo because he "didn't trust Anglos" in the episode "Indian Wars" of the series Miami Vice.

Lala started out in music as a drummer/percussionist who worked with The Byrds, The Bee Gees (playing the congos on their 70s disco hit "You Should Be Dancing"), Andy Gibb, Whitney Houston, and others. In 1980 he provided the wide range of percussion on Barbra Streisand's Guilty album and performed on Houston's 1985 debut album. Lala was also a founding member of Blues Image, and he performed on the band's only Top 10 single, "Ride Captain Ride". He also delved into acting, with a selected filmography below:

Selected Filmography

Year Film Notes MV Actors Appeared
1977 Red Light in the White House First movie appearance
1978 Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band Aerosmith
Peter Allen
Nona Hendryx
Etta James
Anita Pointer
Tina Turner
1987 Hunter (TV movie) First TV appearance
1990 Havana Tony Plana
Tomas Milian
1991 Out For Justice John Toles-Bey
1994 On Deadly Ground R. Lee Ermey
Joan Chen
1995 Seinfeld (TV Series) Michael Richards
2001 Monsters, Inc. Steve Buscemi
2006 El Cantante Final movie appearance Antone Pagan
W.I.T.C.H. (TV series) Final TV appearance

Personal Life/Death

Lala stepped away from acting and music in 2006 to care for his mother, who was suffering from dementia. Lala died from complications of lung cancer on March 18, 2014 in Tampa, Florida at the age of 66.