Joe Mantegna

Criminal Minds Meet the Cast

Joe Mantegna as
David Rossi

  • About David Rossi

    Rossi is the Senior Supervisory Special Agent at the BAU. Rossi was born and raised in Commack, NY and joined the Marines after high school. After being discharged, Rossi joined the BAU, and spent 20 years on the force. Rossi retired to go on book tours and lectures. In early 2007, shortly after his retirement, he voluntarily returned to the BAU in order to take care of some unfinished business and solve a heinous crime he was never able to crack. Following in his predecessor Gideon's shoes, Rossi is considered to be one of the best profilers on the BAU and acts as the team's personal and professional confidant and adviser.
    Scars remind us of where we've been. They don't have to dictate where we're going.
    - David

    About Joe Mantegna

    Joe Mantegna earned a Tony Award for his performance as Richard Roma in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Glengarry Glen Ross." His additional Broadway credits include the role of Bobby Gould in Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" and a role in the musical "Working," in which he made his Broadway debut. In his hometown of Chicago, Mantegna also starred in the Mamet plays "A Life in the Theatre" and "The Disappearance of the Jews," both at the Goodman Theatre. He directed Mamet's "Lakeboat" in Los Angeles and later made his feature-film directorial debut with "Lakeboat," based on Mamet's screenplay. Mantegna also conceived and co-authored the Off Broadway play "Bleacher Bums," which was subsequently produced for television and earned him an Emmy Award.

    Mantegna made his feature film debut in "Compromising Positions" and has since starred in the David Mamet films "House of Games," "Things Change" and "Homicide," in roles that Mamet specifically created for him, as well as "Alice," "Celebrity," "The Godfather III," "Bugsy," "Searching for Bobby Fischer," "Liberty Heights," "Forget Paris," "Suspect," "Up Close and Personal," "The Money Pit," "Weeds," "Baby's Day Out," "Airheads," "Queens Logic," "Wait Until Spring, Bandini," "Uncle Nino," "Eye for an Eye" and "Nine Lives." He also has starring roles in the upcoming films "Elvis and Annabelle," "Lonely Street," "Childless," "Cougar Club," "Hank and Mike," "Right Hand Man," "Witless Protection," and David Mamet's "Redbelt."

    His television credits include the miniseries "The Starter Wife" and the cable film "The Rat Pack," for which he was nominated for Emmy Awards, as well as "State of Emergency," "A Call to Remember," "My Little Assassin," "The Water Engine," "Boy Meets Girl," "Jerry and Tom" and a series of films based on Robert Parker's Spenser novels, including "Small Vices," "Thin Air" and "Walking Shadow." He earned an Emmy Award nomination for his role in the mini-series "The Last Don," based on Mario Puzo's best-selling novel, on CBS, and he also starred in its sequel, "The Last Don II," also on the Network. He also starred in the series "Joan of Arcadia" and "First Monday," on CBS, as well as the CBS holiday movie "Say When." His voice can be heard in his recurring role as Fat Tony in "The Simpsons," for which he reprised his role in the recently released feature film of the animated comedy. He also starred as the voice of the Boatman in the animated feature "The Trumpet of the Swan."

    Mantegna was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago and lives in Los Angeles. His birth date is Nov. 13.

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