If you watched “Joan of Arcadia,” you saw Joe Mantegna starring as the father, Will Girardi, of Joan. It saddened me when the show ended. However, I do find “Joan of Arcadia” sometimes on the Scyfy channel and watch it then.
Since the show ended, Joe Mantegna has done the voice of Fat Tony on the “Simpsons,” several movies, and now the role of David Rossi after Mandy Patinkin left the series in 2007.
Joe Mantegna on “Criminal Minds”
I was kind of sad to see Mandy Patinkin leave “Criminal Minds.” However, I was happy to see one of my favorite male actors, Joe Mantegna, join the “Criminal Minds.”
I had watched “Joan of Arcadia” while it was running originally. The show had different stories each week where Joan would find herself talking with God and trying to help someone in need. Just like Joan, Will Girardi, Joe Mantegna’s character, would find himself in some crime solving problem as the Police Chief of Arcadia.
With Joe Mantegna in is third season of “Criminal Minds,” he has had visits from some of the former cast members of “Joan of Arcadia” during this seasons filming of the show. Michael Welch not only visited with Joe Mantegna while on the set, Michael will be appearing on “Criminal Minds” this season. Joe Mantegna playing David Rossi on Criminal Minds was caused by David Mamet’s characters.
Joe Mantegna on Twitter
I have been following Joe Mantegna on Twitter for the past few months. While following him, I have came to the decision he is as prolific in his tweets as he is on the screen. He has given kudos to the two young men, Michael Welch and Chris Marquette, who he starred with on “Joan of Arcadia.”
I think Joe Mantegna would be a great person to follow on Twitter if you were wanting to learn how to motivate people. Through the pictures he has tweeted, you can tell he is proud to know the people he does, proud of the work he does, and proud to be surrounded by the people he is surrounded with.
Joe Mantegna and Audio Books
Joe Mantegna not only acts, writes and directs, he also reads books for audio taping. His latest read for an audio book is a Spencer Novel. I am not sure how many of these audio books Joe Mantegna has done. I do think that who ever made this decision for Joe to read books for audio made a wise choice.
“Joan of Arcadia”; IMDb.com
“Criminal Minds; IMDb.com
Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist; Mantagna Talks About the Origins of His “Criminal Minds” Character; Buddytv.com
Joe Mantegna; Twitter.com