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Joe Dallesandro

Mostly Credited As: Joe Dallesandro
Sometimes Credited As: Joe Catano
Joe Dallessandro
Little Joe
JoeBoy

Date Of Birth: December 31, 1948 (Age 65)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Pensacola, Florida
Height: 5' 6" (1.67 m)

Joe Dallesandro


Joe Dallesandro (b.1948), the product of a broken home and a kid in trouble with the law as a teen, walked into a Greenwich Village apartment one day in 1967 to check out some guys who were shooting a movie and had left the door open. He was subsequently asked to peel down to his underwear and wrestle the film's male star, which he agreed to do, and before anyone could have grasped the implications, a Superstar was born. The filmmakers were Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey and they were so excited by what they saw on that single reel with this kid from off the streets that they asked him to be in their next film...and their next...and their next...

By 1968, he was the toast of the New York underground film scene, his beautiful face and form the center of all their advertising, effortlessly radiating male beauty off Warhol's silver screen while making you feel he didn't have a clue from where it was all coming.

The "Little Joe" of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" could be accused of bringing the underground "overground." As the enigmatic, often naked star of eight Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey films from out of the famed Factory between 1967 and 1972, Dallesandro simultaneously revolutionized the male as an overt sex object in the movies while luring audiences to turn a $1,500 film called Flesh (1968) into a $2,000,000 international arthouse hit that set the stage for Warhol's films being seen in commercial venues. Joe's appeal was almost iconic: the male as a thing of beauty, the actor as the anti-actor. A young man of few words, who rarely smiled, his image appealed to audiences because he seemed entirely without ego, as real as that gorgeous kid you saw getting on the bus yesterday. The initial attraction may have been soaked in sexual longing, but it resonated more deeply--with the possibility of attaining the fantasy. This was no Hollywood prettyboy pulling a stunt as an actor, this kid seemed genuine.

"He forever changed male sexuality in the cinema," says director John Waters without a whiff of his usual sarcasm.

Joe split with Warhol and Morrissey after completing Andy Warhol's Frankenstein and Dracula in Italy and stayed on in Europe for the next seven years making 18 films. He returned to the U.S in the early ‘80s and to the silver screen with an impressive performance as "Lucky" Luciano in Francis Coppola's The Cotton Club.

He continues his acting career to this day and enjoys a loyal following of fans.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Fortune Dane (1986)As: "Perfect" Tommy Nicautri
Episode Cast Credits 

Matlock (1986) 
  The Informer (2) 04x21: (Feb/27/1990) As Bobby Boyd 
  The Informer (1) 04x20: (Feb/20/1990) As Bobby Boyd 

The Hitchhiker (1983) 
  Fashion Exchange 04x15: (Aug/18/1989) As guest star 

Wiseguy (1987) 
  The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 01x09: (Nov/05/1987) As Paul "Pat the Cat" Patrice 
  A Deal's a Deal 01x08: (Oct/29/1987) As Paul "Pat the Cat" Patrice 
  The Loose Cannon 01x04: (Oct/01/1987) As Paul "Pat the Cat" Patrice 
  New Blood 01x03: (Sep/24/1987) As Paul "Pat the Cat" Patrice 

Miami Vice (1984) 
  Down for the Count (2) 03x13: (Jan/16/1987) As Alfredo Giulinni 
  One-Eyed Jack 01x05: (Nov/02/1984) As Vincent "Vinnie" DeMarco 
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Trivia

Joe is 5'6" tall.

At the age of 15, while driving a stolen vehicle Joe decided to crash the car in to the tollgate at the Holland Tunnel. A police chase ensued, resulting in Joe getting shot in the right leg, just above the kneecap

After Joe's mother went to jail, Joe and his brother Robert were put up for adoption in New York by their father, and then brought up in a series of foster homes.

Joe has one younger brother, named Robert.

Michael Ferguson released a book on Joe's films entitled LITTLE JOE, SUPERSTAR: The Films of Joe Dallesandro , it went in to reprint in 2005. It was a limited edition book.

Joe's first television appearance was in the Miami Vice (1984) episode One Eyed Jack.

Joe's first movie appearance was as a college wrestler in "****" aka The 24 Hour Movie (1967) directed and written by Andy Warhol

Joe has done extensive work as a model.

Steve Kokker released a documentary on Joe's screen work in 1998 called Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe

Joe's crotch was featured on the Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers album cover.

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