Joe Santos Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Anusuya Mukherjee
Jan 31, 2024 By Anusuya Mukherjee
Originally Published on May 26, 2022
Edited by Ashima Jain
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About Joe Santos

Joe Santos or Joseph John Minieri Jr. was born on June 9, 1931.
Joe Santos was born in Brooklyn, United States of America. According to astrologers, his zodiac sign is Gemini, and he is of Italian descent.
Joe Santos is an American film and television actor. Joe is known for playing Sgt. Dennis Becker (later Lieutenant), the friend of James Garner's character on NBC crime drama 'The Rockford Files'. In 1973, he starred as Sergeant Cruz Segovia in 'The Blue Knight'. He was cast as Frank Harper in 'Hardcastle And McCormick'.
Joe Santos died in Santa Monica in March 2016. At the time of his death, he was 84 years old. He suffered an acute heart attack two days before his death, leading to his demise.

Joe Santos Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Joe Santos's net worth?

Joe Santos had a net worth of approximately $1.5 million at the time of his death in March 2016.

How much did Joe Santos earn per year?

The per-year income of Joe Santos is not known.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall was Joe Santos?

Joe Santos had a height of 5 ft 9 in (175 cm).

How old was Joe Santos?

At the time of his death in March 2016 in Santa Monica, the actor Joe Santos was 84 years old.

Childhood And Education

Santos was born on June 9, 1931. This was the same day his father died in Brooklyn. Rose, his mother, initially sold olive oil and later went on to own a nightclub and sing in New York City and Havana. Joe took the name of her mom's second husband, Daniel Santos, who was born in Puerto Rico.
Santos played soccer at Fordham University and even went semi-pro before deciding to pursue a career in acting. This led Santos to the TV movies industry. He struggled in the show business and took blue-collar jobs while taking acting classes until he was cast in the 1971 film 'The Panic In Needle Park'. This was the beginning of his acting career, thanks to his buddy Al Pacino who helped him get the role.
Santos served in the US Army during the Korean War.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Joe Santos's partner?

Joe Santos married Mary Montero in 1958. They married in Cuba. At the time of her death in 1988, they had been married for 30 years. Mary Montero and Joe have three children named Perry Santos, Lilli Santos, and Joey Santos.
Santos is survived by his partner Nancy Hobson.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Santos appeared in several famous films in the early '70s, including 'The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight' (1971), 'The Panic In Needle Park' (1971), 'Shamus' (1973), 'Shaft's Big Score!' (1972), 'Blade' (1973), 'The Don Is Dead' (1973), and 'Zandy's Bride' (1973). He reappeared on the screen more than two decades later in the big-budget Kevin Costner failure 'The Postman' (1997).
During the '70s and '80s, Santos marked his presence in several television movies, including 'Nightside' (1973), 'The Girl On the Late', 'Late Show' (1974), 'The Blue Knight' (1973), 'A Matter of Wife... and Death' (1975), 'The Hustler Of Muscle Beach' (1980), 'Power' (1980), 'The Selling Of Vince D'Angelo' (1983), and 'The Rating Game' (1984). He was frequently cast as a police detective or lieutenant. In the four-part 1992 television miniseries 'Sinatra', he played Frank's father, Marty Sinatra.
Santos starred as Norman Davis in the NBC comedy 'Me And Maxx', which aired for only 10 episodes in 1980. He played Domingo Rivera in the ABC sitcom, 'A.k.a. Pablo' in 1984, but the show was canceled after six episodes.
Santos made many guest appearances on TV shows throughout his acting career, which include 'Room 222', 'Barnaby Jones', 'Toma', 'The Streets Of San Francisco', 'Police Story' (for eight episodes), 'Lou Grant', and 'Black Sheep Squadron'.

What awards did Joe Santos win?

The famous TV actor was nominated for an Emmy (1979) in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series for playing the role of Dennis Becker in 'The Rockford Files'.

Other Interesting Joe Santos Facts And Trivia

  • Joe Santos is deemed one of the most popular TV actors in the US.
  • Joe Santos is well known for his roles in 'The Panic in Needle Park' (1971), 'The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight' (1971), and the TV series' 'Hardcastle And McCormick' (1985–86) and 'Remington Steele'(1982).
  • He appeared in three episodes of the show 'Hill Street Blues'.

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Joe Santos Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Joseph Anthony Minieri Santos

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178 cm

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Fordham University

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Nancy Hobson


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Bachelor of Arts and Law specializing in Political Science and Intellectual Property Rights

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