Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Joe Mantegna receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Film and Television from The Riverside International Film Festival

Kirsten Vangsness as Analyst Penelope Garcia, Shemar Moore as Derek Morgan, A.J. Cook as SSA Jennifer

The cast of Criminal Minds: Kirsten Vangsness as Analyst Penelope Garcia, Shemar Moore as Derek Morgan, A.J. Cook as SSA Jennifer “JJ” Jareau, Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner, Jennifer Love Hewitt as SSA Kate Callahan and Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid, CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna

Congrats to Joe Mantegna, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Film and Television from The Riverside International Film Festival at its Annual Gala on Saturday April, 4th 2015, at the Box Theater in Riverside, CA.

Mantegna, 67, who stars in the CBS crime drama “Criminal Minds,” conducted a 25-minute Q&A in which he talked about the challenges of acting vs. directing, his professional acting debut in a 1969 stage production of Hair in Chicago and the genesis of his long-running play about Chicago Cubs fans called Bleacher Bums.

Chicagomag.com: The Audacity of Hope

During his 46-year career he has appeared in over 200 films and television shows from The Godfather: Part III to “The Simpsons.”

Joe Mantegna as Joey Zasa and the wiseguys in The Godfather Part III. © 1990 - Paramount Pictures

Joe Mantegna as Joey Zasa and the wiseguys in The Godfather Part III. © 1990 – Paramount Pictures

Click below to read the full article.

RIVERSIDE: Mantegna, no ‘bum,’ receives lifetime achievement award

Chicago native Joe Mantegna has a strong background in both theater and film. After making his Broadway debut in Stephen Schwartz’s musical of Studs Terkel’s Working, Mantegna was awarded the Tony and Joseph Jefferson Award for his acclaimed performance as cynical real-estate agent Richard Roma in David Mamet’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross.

Closely associated with Mamet’s work, Mantegna starred in the theatrical premiere of A Life in the Theatre, The Disappearance of the Jews at the Goodman Theatre, and in the Broadway production of Speed the Plow with Ron Silver and Madonna.

In addition, Mantegna directed a critically acclaimed stage production of Mamet’s Lakeboat, starring Ed O’Neil and George Wendt, in a successful Los Angeles theatrical run.

The cast of Bleacher Bums. Photo: Stuart Gordon/Chicago Tribune

The cast of Bleacher Bums. Photo: Stuart Gordon/Chicago Tribune

Always the baseball fan, Mantegna conceived and co-wrote the Off-Broadway play Bleacher Bums, inspired by countless afternoons watching the Chicago Cubs play in Wrigley Field. Once the Chicago PBS affiliate picked it up for production, the play both earned Mantegna an Emmy Award and gave him the opportunity to direct an updated version in a successful run at Chicago’s Organic Theater.

An Organic Theater Reunion at Meshach Taylor's 67th birthday in Toluca Lake, CA on April 12, 2014. From left to right: Joe Mantegna, Ina Jaffe, Arlene Mantegna, Jack Wallace, Meshach Taylor, Carolyn Gordon, John Heard, Lenny Kleinfeld, Keith Szarabajka, Josephine Paoletti, Vinny Guastaferro, Stuart Gordon, Dennis Franz, Roberta Custer. Photo by Lia Chang

An Organic Theater Reunion at Meshach Taylor’s 67th birthday in Toluca Lake, CA on April 12, 2014. From left to right: Joe Mantegna, Ina Jaffe, Arlene Mantegna, Jack Wallace, Meshach Taylor, Carolyn Gordon, John Heard, Lenny Kleinfeld, Keith Szarabajka, Josephine Paoletti, Vinny Guastaferro, Stuart Gordon, Dennis Franz, Roberta Custer. Photo by Lia Chang

Mantegna made his feature film debut in 1985 as the womanizing dentist in Frank Perry’s Compromising Positions, based on Susan Isaacs’ bestseller. His early films include co-starring roles in The Money Pit, Weeds and Suspect.

THINGS CHANGE, from left: Joe Mantegna, Don Ameche, 1988, © Columbia

THINGS CHANGE, from left: Joe Mantegna, Don Ameche, 1988, © Columbia

He also starred in the critically acclaimed David Mamet films House of Games (now a cult classic) and Things Change, for which he and co-star Don Ameche both received the coveted Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival. In 1991, Mantegna starred in the highly praised police thriller, Homicide.

BUGSY, Warren Beatty, Joe Mantegna, 1991, (c) TriStar

BUGSY, Warren Beatty, Joe Mantegna, 1991, (c) TriStar

Mantegna has also starred in Woody Allen’s Alice and Celebrity, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part III, Barry Levinson’s Liberty Heights and Bugsy, Steven Zaillian’s Searching for Bobby Fischer and Billy Crystal’s Forget Paris. Other standout roles include Up Close and Personal, Baby’s Day Out, Airheads, Queens Logic, Wait Until Spring Bandini, Eye for an Eye, The Runner, and Stephen King’s Thinner.

71YXHPNVT5L._SS500_.gifMantegna had a starring role in the CBS miniseries of Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel The Last Don, which garnered him an Emmy Award nomination. He also enjoys appearing regularly as the voice of Fat Tony on “The Simpsons.” Mantegna’s original feature films for cable include starring roles in State of Emergency, A Call to Remember, My Little Assassin, The Water Engine, The Comrades of Summer, Persons Unknown, Boy Meets Girl, and The Rat Pack, for which he was nominated for both another Emmy and a Golden Globe Award. In later films like Hoods and Jerry and Tom, Mantegna both starred and served as Executive Producer.

During his career Mantegna has portrayed several real people, such as George Raft in Bugsy, Fidel Castro in My Little Assassin, and most notably, as Dean Martin in The Rat Pack. His role as Josh Waitzkin’s father in Searching for Bobby Fischer was based on Fred Waitzkin, who wrote the book upon which the film was based. In fact, Mantegna’s TV-movie debut was as Joe Esposito, Elvis’ road manager and close friend in the 1979 miniseries Elvis starring Kurt Russell.

Angus Macfadyen, Ray Liotta, Don Cheadle and Joe Mantegna in the 1998 TV movie 'The Rat Pack.' Image supplied by WENN.

Angus Macfadyen, Ray Liotta, Don Cheadle and Joe Mantegna in the 1998 TV movie ‘The Rat Pack.’ Image supplied by WENN.

MV5BMjE4MjU1NTQ3M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDMyNTAzMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR16,0,214,317_AL_
In 2000, Mantegna completed production on his feature film directorial debut, Lakeboat, written for the screen by David Mamet from his original play. Starring Charles Durning, Peter Falk, Robert Forster, Andy Garcia, Denis Leary and George Wendt, the film opened the L.A. Film Festival to critical acclaim last fall and made its theatrical release in June 2001.

Mantegna headlined a series of original films for the A&E Network, based on Robert Parker’s popular Spenser detective novels. The first, Small Vices, premiered in summer of 1999 with the second, Thin Air, following in fall 2000. His last entry to the Spenser series, Walking Shadow, continues to play on A&E.

Spring of 2001 found Mantegna staring as Justice Joseph Novelli in the CBS Supreme Court drama, First Monday with James Garner and Charles Durning.

Summer 2002 found Mantegna in his hometown of Chicago filming the classic family friendly film Uncle Nino.

SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER, Ben Kingsley, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen, Laurence Fishburne, 1993, (c)Paramount

SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER, Ben Kingsley, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen, Laurence Fishburne, 1993, (c)Paramount

Joe Mantegna received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April, 2011. Photo courtesy of the Joe Mantegna Website

Joe Mantegna received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in April, 2011. Photo courtesy of the Joe Mantegna Website

Mantegna starred for two seasons as police chief Will Girardi in “Joan of Arcadia.” Joan received several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations during its 2 season run. In 2005, Mantegna co-stared in the Rodrigo Garcia film Nine Lives with Kathy Baker. The film was accepted in Sundance in 2005 and also stars Glenn Close, Amy Brenneman, Holly Hunter, Dakota Fanning and Sissy Spacek. In 2006 Mantegna was as busy as ever with roles in Elvis and Anabelle, West of Brooklyn and the USA Network Mini Series “Starter Wife” with Debra Messing, which he was again nominated for an Emmy. In 2010 Mantegna lent his voice to the Disney/PIXAR film, CARS 2. and in April of 2011 Mantegna received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next to his childhood idol Errol Flynn.

Peter Jacobson, left, Debra Messing and Joe Mantegna in the USA mini-series, The Starter Wife. (2007) Paul A. Broben/USA Network

Peter Jacobson, left, Debra Messing and Joe Mantegna in the USA mini-series, The Starter Wife. (2007) Paul A. Broben/USA Network

He currently stars as David Rossi in the 10th season of the hit CBS drama “Criminal Minds” as well as hosting and producing duties on “Gun Stories” for the Outdoor Channel.

gun-stories-largeCharity Work
Since 2002 Mantegna has participated in the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington DC, and has been the co-host with Gary Sinise for most of that time. With a rich family history in the military, Mantegna has always been a supporter of our men and women who serve. In 2005 he was appointed the Honorary Chairman for The Salute to Hospitalized Veterans and has often lent his time to charities that benefit our military, their families and the USO.

Co-hosts Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise pose outside of the Capitol before the National Memorial Day Concert in 2009. Photo courtesy of PBS

Co-hosts Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise pose outside of the Capitol before the National Memorial Day Concert in 2009. Photo courtesy of PBS

In 2007 he was instrumental in raising thousands of dollars for Operation Iraqi Children. A charity formed by Gary Sinise to give school supplies to children in Iraq and Afghanistan delivered by US Military troops. When possible he visits wounded service men and women at the VA Hospital, taking the time to sit and talk with them and their families with hopes that he can briefly take their minds off the long road to recovery.

Over his career Mantegna has helped raise millions of dollars for charities all over the world, including Autism, The Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center, Pediatric Aids Research, The National Kidney Foundation, Easter Seals, Melanoma Research, The Tom Sullivan Blind Children’s Charity and Breast Cancer Awareness to name a few. It would be impossible to list them all, but it’s safe to say that Joe has had a very positive affect on the lives of thousands of people through his philanthropic endeavors.

May of 2012 Mantegna was appointed the National Spokesperson for The U.S. Army Museum, to lead the fundraising campaign to build the long-planned National Museum of the United States Army.

In March of 2013 Mantegna received the USO of Metropolitan Washington prestigious Merit award for his work in entertaining and supporting our troops and their families.

In 2014 Mantegna received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for his dedication to the community and craft of acting.

Gia Mantegna, Joe Mantegna, Mia Mantegna, Arlene Mantegna and the late Meshach Taylor at Taylor's 67th birthday in Toluca Lake, CA on April 12, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Gia Mantegna, Joe Mantegna, Mia Mantegna, Arlene Mantegna and the late Meshach Taylor at Taylor’s 67th birthday in Toluca Lake, CA on April 12, 2014. Photo by Lia Chang

Related articles:
Photos: Joe Mantegna and Danny Ramm Talk about ‘Criminal Minds’ Season 10 Episode Honoring Veterans and the late Meshach Taylor 
Jan. 21: Joe Mantegna Helmed ‘Criminal Minds’ Season 10 Episode to Honor the late Meshach Taylor 
Q & A with Danny Ramm, Co-writer of Joe Mantegna Helmed ‘Criminal Minds’ Season 10 Episode to Honor the late Meshach Taylor; Airs January 21, 2015
Joe Mantegna to Helm ‘Criminal Minds’ Season 10 Episode to Honor the late Meshach Taylor
Joe Mantegna, Delta Burke, Gerald McRaney, President Bill Clinton and More Remember Meshach Taylor
Photos: Meshach Taylor Celebrates 67th Birthday with Arlene and Joe Mantegna, Delta Burke, Gerald McRaney, Jean Smart, Dennis Franz, Ernie Hudson, John Heard, Keith Szarabajka, Stuart Gordon, Shadoe Stevens and More
goodmantheatre.com: Goodman Theatre Remembers Meshach Taylor (July 1, 2014)

Keith Szarabajka, Lia Chang and Joe Mantegna

Keith Szarabajka, Lia Chang and Joe Mantegna

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

Other Articles by Lia Chang:
Photos: Traveling through the mouth of the Dragon with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA’s James Hong, Peter Kwong, Lia Chang, Gerald Okamura, George Cheung, Al Leong, Jeff Imada, James Lew, Gary Goldman, Eric Lee, Joycelyne Lew
Hamilton tops Lucille Lortel Award Nominations along with Into the Woods, Between Riverside and Crazy, The Invisible Hand, The Nether and The Fortress of Solitude
Lia Chang, James Hong, Peter Kwong, George Cheung, Al Leong, Gerald Okamura, Jeff Imada and James Lew to attend BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA Screening at JANM on April 8
The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition, Inc.: 2015 Collaboration Award recognizing Women Working with Women Open Call
Sinatra: An American Icon Exhibit on View through September 4 at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
“Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men” on view at Museum of the Moving Image through June 14; Required Viewing: Mad Men’s Movie Influences Film Series Screenings through April 26
Disney Developing Live-Action ‘Mulan’
Kenny Leon Helmed ‘The Wiz’ Set as NBC’s Next Live Musical to air on Dec. 3; Broadway Revival Slated for 2016-17
Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion Exhibition on view at New-York Historical Society through April 19; Photos of An Evening with Amy Tan
“Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong,” – Retrospective of Disney Legend at MOCA through September 13
Award Winning Actor Raul Aranas Talks THE BLACKLIST, NAAP’S OLIVER!, Songwriting and the Zen of Cycling
Tony Award Winners Chita Rivera and Roger Rees, Jason Danieley, Mary Beth Peil, David Garrison & More in Terrence McNally’s THE VISIT 
Vanity Fair: Ken Watanabe, Kelli O’Hara, Jon Viktor Corpuz and More of Lincoln Center’s Revival of The King and I
Photos: David Byrne, Alex Timbers, Jaygee Macapugay, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Adam Guettel, Sarah Saltzberg and More Celebrate Jose Llana’s Lincoln Center American Songbook Debut
Signature Theatre Company’s Founding Artistic Director James Houghton To Step Down After 2015-16 25th Anniversary Season
Photos: Hudson Yang, Randall Park, Eddie Huang, Richard Lui, Lori Tan Chinn and More at #FreshOffTheBoat Viewing Party at The Circle NYC
Photo: Stan Egi, Ellen Crawford, Paige Lindsey White, Bruce Turk, Greg Watanabe and More in Jessica Kubzansky helmed PYGMALION at The Pasadena Playhouse through April 12; PYGMALION Themed Activities
LA Times Critic’s Choice FIGARO at A Noise Within; April 4, 5, 9, 10, 19, 30, May 1 and 10
Jon Tenney, Tessa Auberjonois, John de Lancie, Emily Ruth James and Kwana Martinez Set for World Premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s MR. WOLF at South Coast Repertory, April 12-May 3
Apr. 13:THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE Original Cast Album Release Party at Joe’s Pub will feature André De Shields, Adam Chanler-Berat, Kevin Mambo, Kyle Beltran, Ken Barnett, Britton Smith, Akron Watson and Juson Williams
Rebecca Naomi Jones kicks off run as Yitzhak in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH on April 14
11th annual 72 Hour Shootout™ Filmmaking How-To Workshop: Writing the Best Script on April 16; Enter to Win a Free 72 Hour Shootout Registration
Apr. 20: Garth Kravits joins Laura Benanti, Lena Hall, Scott Alan and more for BROADWAY SINGS TORI Concert to Benefit RAINN at (le) poisson rouge
East West Players’ Honors Paula Madison of Madison Media Management LLC and “Fresh Off The Boat” Executive Producers Nahnatchka Khan and Melvin Mar on April 20
April 23-30: The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) Lineup includes EVERYTHING BEFORE US, KTOWN COWBOYS, Shonali Bose’s MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW, Jennifer Phang’s ADVANTAGEOUS, Arthur Dong’s FORBIDDEN CITY, U.S.A. and THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR
The 31st Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) presents Jennifer Phang’s ADVANTAGEOUS Featuring Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim, Jeanne Sakata, Jennifer Ikeda and Matthew Kim at the Aratani Theatre on April 24
April 26: The 31st Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF) Artist Spotlight- Arthur Dong’s FORBIDDEN CITY, U.S.A. and THE KILLING FIELDS OF DR. HAING S. NGOR
May 1: A/P/A Institute at NYU presents Remembering SlutForArt: Tseng Kwong Chi with Muna Tseng, Ping Chong, and Bill T. Jones
15th Annual New York Indian Film Festival (NYIFF) Lineup includes Shonali Bose’s MARGARITA WITH A STRAW & Aparna Sen’s SAARI RAAT; May 4-9
Photos: Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Spring Exhibition, CHINA: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, May 7–August 16
Tony Award® Nominees Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed to star in Rajiv Joseph’s GUARDS AT THE TAJ, helmed by Amy Morton, at Atlantic Theater Company, May 20-June 28
World Premiere Musical HAMILTON Transfers to Broadway; Previews begin July 13
Photos: National Black Theatre Festival 2013; NBTF runs August 3-8, 2015 and will include Act III – A Celebration of Life Reception saluting the late theatre icon Garland Lee Thompson, Sr.
Suzan-Lori Parks’ FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS, PARTS 1, 2 & 3 is the 2015 Winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History 
Variety.com: Ken Jeong to Star in ABC Medical Comedy Pilot ‘Dr. Ken’
Photos: Tony Award Winning Playwright David Henry Hwang, NEFA, Graham Sheffield CBE and Susan Stockton Receive 2015 ISPA Awards
Photos: Late Night at HERE LIES LOVE with Jaygee Macapugay, David Byrne, Jose Llana, Conrad Ricamora, Melody Butiu and More
Photos: Ellen Burstyn, Baz Luhrmann, John Leguizamo, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Stephen McKinley Henderson, John Patrick Shanley, David Henry Hwang, Liza Colón-Zayas, Kenneth Lonergan and More Celebrate Stephen Adly Guirgis at The Mimi Awards
Crafting a Career
Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2015 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

One comment on “Joe Mantegna receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Film and Television from The Riverside International Film Festival

  1. Carmen
    April 6, 2015

    congrats Job well done

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on April 5, 2015 by in Awards, Entertainment, Film, Television, Theater and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .