Joe Santos is an Italian-American film and television actor who is known as Sergeant Dennis Becker in The Rockford Files.
Joe Santos' Early Life
Joseph John Minieri Jr. was born on 9th June 1931, in Brooklyn, New York, the United State. His father, unfortunately, died on the same day. His single-mother Rose was the one who took care of him as a child.
Later, his mother married singer and composer Daniel Santos and Joe took his last name. He belongs to Mixed ethnicity and his birth sign was Gemini.
Joe graduated from Fordham University. While he was in college, he was interested in football and was also in the University team. He also became a semi-pro footballer in his college days.
Joe Santos' Career
Joe Santos started his career in 1964 with the movie Warm Nights and Hot Pleasures & Flesh & Laces. He struggled in show business and got the role with the help of his friend Al Pachino in the 1971 movie The Panic in Needle Park. In 1972, he appeared in box office hit Shaft's Big.
Santos got his major role in the movie Shamus alongside Burt Reynolds. Later, he appeared in big and small roles in films. He worked with famous actors like Al Pachino, Kevin Costner, Bruce Willis, Jeff Goldblum, Marlon Wayans and many more.
The American actor's first television series was Police Story as detective Sally Pickel. His breakthrough role came from the 1974 series The Rockford Files. He remained the part of the series until 1980 and got to share the screen with actress Gretchen Corbett.
Joe Santos' Relationship History
Joe Santos married Maria Montero in 1958. He met Maria while he was in Cuba. The couple welcomed two children together, Joseph and Perry.
The couple lived together for 3 decades until his wife passed away in 1988.
Later, Joe had a living relationship with his partner Nancy Hobson. He also has a child from this relationship.
Nancy was the one who was there while Joe was admitted to the hospital in March 2016. He died two days after his admission in the hospital of a heart attack.
Joe Santos' Net Worth
Talking about Joe Santos' net worth, it was estimated to be around $1.2 million at the time of his death. His primary source of income is from his acting career in films.
His movie Shamus earned $3,300,000 at the box office and Shaft's Big Score collected $10 million at the box office against a budget of $1.97 million.