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Joe Dallesandro

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Miami Vice Characters
Vincent "Vinnie" DeMarco "One Eyed Jack"
Alfredo Gilluini "Down for the Count (Part II)"
Born
December 31, 1948
Active
1970-present
Children
Michael (born 1968), Joe Jr. (born 1970).


Joseph Angelo D'Allesandro III (born July 24, 1940) is an American actor. He appeared in the show Miami Vice as Vincent "Vinnie" DeMarco, racketeer working with Albert "Al" Lombard in the episode "One Eyed Jack" and Alfredo Gilluini, mobster trying to stop Guzman's expanding boxing action in the episode "Down for the Count (Part II)".

Early LifeEdit

Dallesandro was born in Pensacola, Florida, the son of a sailor and his teenaged wife. After a troubled childhood, which included his mother being incarcarated, his father moving Dallesandro & his brother to New York, where he went from a guardian home to a foster home, eventually ending up with his paternal grandparents.

Early CareerEdit

After getting kicked out of school for assaulting the principal (for insulting his father), Dallesandro earned money through prostitution, one instance of gay pornography, and nude modeling. In 1967, Dallesandro met Andy Warhol, who cast him in his movie The Loves of Ondine in 1968, followed by Flesh, in which he did several nude scenes, earning him praise for his physique. Lou Reed's 1972 hit "Walk On The Wild Side" references Dallesandro, in the lines talking about "Little Joe", and the original album cover for The Rolling Stones album Sticky Fingers (with the large crotch bulge in the tight blue jeans, a photo taken by Warhol). The Smiths would use a still image of Dallesandro from Flesh as the cover art for their debut album. After appearing in several more Warhol films, the last of which was Andy Warhol's Dracula, he stayed in France making more movies. In 1984 he returned to the United States and appeared as a mobster in The Cotton Club (with Lonette McKee, James Remar, Laurence Fishburne, and Giancarlo Esposito).

Miami ViceEdit

Dallesandro was cast as Vincent DeMarco, racketeer working in Albert "Al" Lombard's organization in the Miami Vice episode "One Eyed Jack". Dallesandro would return in the third season, this time as mobster Alfredo Gilluini, who was after the boxing mogul Oswaldo Guzman (played by Pepe Serna) for fixing his fights, causing Gilluini huge gambling losses in the episode "Down for the Count (Part II)".

After ViceEdit

Dallesandro made several other TV appearances, including in the series Wiseguy in a recurring role as "Paul "Pat the Cat" Patrice and in Matlock before returning to the movies in Cry-Baby (with Iggy Pop) and Sugar Hill (with Clarence Williams III and Wesley Snipes). In 2009 he wrote and produced a documentary about himself, Little Joe, which goes through his experiences with Warhol, and also addresses disparaging remarks Lou Reed made about him in a 1978 concert.

Personal LifeEdit

Dallesandro has one brother, Robert. He has been married three times, once to Leslie (the daughter of his father's then-girlfriend) from 1967-69, with whom he has a son, Michael (who appeared in a photo with his father in 1996). His second marriage was to a woman named Terry "Theresa" with whom he had another son, Joe Jr. His third wife was named Kimberly and they also divorced with no children. He currently manages a hotel in Hollywood.

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