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Joe Spano

Sergent Detective Henry Goldblume in Hill Street Blues

Photos Joe Spano Birth name: Joe Spano
Birth date: 1946/07/07 (75 years old)
Birth place : San Francisco (USA)

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Biography for Joe Spano

Actor Joe Spano, best known for his Emmy-nominated detective role on "Hill Street Blues" (1981), was born in San Francisco, the son of a doctor, and a Bishop Riordan High School and University of California-Berkeley graduate. His intention to be a pre-med major dissipated with the growing interest of acting. While in San Francisco worked with the improv group The Wing. While at college he made his debut as Paris in a production of "Romeo and Juliet" in 1967 and the very next year helped founded the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, appearing in its very first first production of "Woyzek." He stayed with the company for 10 years and appeared in many of its plays including "Hamlet" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." In the late 1970s he decided to give Hollywood a try and in between guest shots on TV and earned bit roles as hoodlums and other assorted urban troublemakers in the films American Graffiti (1973) and The Enforcer (1976/I). He also played a seductive vampire in the cult musical "Dracula: A Musical NIghtmare" in a small LA theatre. After the success of his hit cop show in the 1980s, Spano appeared here, there and everywhere but to less notoriety. He's had recurring roles in "Murder One" (1995) and "NYPD Blue" (1993), again as a detective. He has appeared regularly in mini-movies and other television shows as well. He made his Broadway bow in 1992 as Walter in a revival of "The Price" by Arthur Miller. In films Spano worked alongside Tom Hanks in _Apollo 13 (1995)_ and Richard Gere and Edward Norton in Primal Fear (1996), among others. He and his wife Joan, a therapist, adopted two daughters. His credits are often confused with Australian actor Joseph Spano. They are not related.


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Title Role
Truth, Justice, and the American Way (2006) (post-production) Howard Strickling
Fortunate Son (2004) Robert
Hart's War (2002) Col. J.M. Lange
Ticker (2001) Captain Spano
Texas Rangers (2001) Mr. Dunnison
Blessed Art Thou (2000) Duncan
Batman Beyond: The Movie (1999) (TV) (voice) Sniper
A.T.F. (1999) (TV) Senator at Hearing
Logan's War: Bound by Honor (1998) (TV) Special Agent John Downing
Mercy Point (1998) TV Series Dr. DeMilla
Break Up (1998) Priest
From the Earth to the Moon (1998) (mini) TV Series NASA Deputy Administrator George Mueller
In Quiet Night (1998) Gold
A Call to Remember (1997) (TV) Dr. Green
Her Costly Affair (1996) (TV) Carl Weston
Primal Fear (1996) Capt. Abel Stenner
Rave Review (1995) Lou
Apollo 13 (1995) NASA Director
Amazing Grace (1995) TV Series Detective Dominick Corso
The Flood: Who Will Save Our Children? (1993) (TV) Richard Koons
Bloodlines: Murder in the Family (1993) (TV) Hal Leventhal
Fever (1991/I) (TV) Junkman
For the Very First Time (1991) (TV) Mr. Allen
The Summer My Father Grew Up (1991) (TV) Louis
The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990) (TV) Chad Spaulding
The Girl Who Came Between Them (1990) (TV) Jim
Blind Faith (1990) (TV) Sal Caccaro
Cast the First Stone (1989) (TV) Bill Spencer
The Easter Story (1989) (V) (voice) Jesus The Easter Story (USA)
Disaster at Silo 7 (1988) (TV) Sgt. Swofford
Deep Dark Secrets (1987) (TV) Eric Lloyd
Brotherhood of Justice (1986) (TV) Principal Bob Grootemat
Terminal Choice (1985) Dr. Frank Holt
The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) Guard
Hill Street Blues (1981) TV Series Sgt./Det. Henry Goldblume
Fighting Back (1980) (TV) Captain Murphy
Roadie (1980) Ace
Northern Lights (1978) John Sorensen
The Enforcer (1976/I) (uncredited) Mitch, Robber
Warlock Moon (1975) John Devers
American Graffiti (1973) Vic


Tom Hanks credits Joe Spano as his first serious role model and source of inspiration as an actor.

Attended Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco.

He and his wife adopted two daughters.

Returned to Berkeley Repertory Theatre after 25 years to co-star in "The Guys" opposite "NYPD Blue" star Sharon Lawrence in 2003.

In the early 1970s he appeared nude in a San Francisco production of "Oh, Calcutta!"


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  • Creation date: 01/07/2003 by abdest

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