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Joe Santos


Miami Vice Character
9 June 1931, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
18 March 2016, Santa Monica, California, U.S. (aged 84, heart attack)
Mary Montero (1958–2016; his death), two children

Joseph Minieri (9 June 1931 – 18 March 2016) was an American character actor known as Joe Santos, best known for his portrayal of Lt. Dennis Becker in the TV series The Rockford Files (1974-80), and all of it's follow-up TV movies. He also appeared as Oscar Carrera, head of the Carrera drug cartel in the episode "Hostile Takeover" of the series Miami Vice.

Selected Filmography

Year Film Notes MV Actors Appeared
1964 Warm Nights and Hot Pleasures First movie appearance
Carol for Another Christmas (TV movie) First TV appearance
1971 The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight Jack Kehoe
1973 Shamus John P. Ryan
Beeson Carroll
Kevin Conway
John Glover
The Friends of Eddie Coyle James Tolkan
Matthew Cowles
1983 Blue Thunder Paul Roebling
1984 Fear City Melanie Griffith
1989 Quantum Leap Dean Stockwell
1991 The Last Boy Scout Bruce Willis
Bruce McGill
Kim Coates
1994 Mo' Money John Diehl
1997 The Postman Stephanie Roth
2001 The Man from Elysian Fields Mick Jagger
Michael Des Barres
Sherman Howard
Xander Berkeley
2004 The Sopranos (TV series, seven episodes) Final TV appearance Tony Sirico
2015 Chronic Final movie appearance


Santos died of a heart attack on March 18, 2016, in Los Angeles, California at the age of 84.

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