Joe Santos Biography

Updated On Jul 07, 2019 Published On Jul 05, 2019
Facts of Joe Santos
Date of Birth: 1931 , June-9
Date of Death: 2016 , March-18
Birth Nation: United States
Name Joe Santos
Birth Name Joseph John Minieri Jr.
Mother Rose
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Brooklyn, New York.
Ethnicity White
Profession Actor
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Brown
Girlfriend Nancy Hobson
Married Yes
Married to Maria Montero
Children 3
Education Fordham University
Online Presence No
Movies The Tiger Makes Out, Shaft's Big Score!, Shamus, The Blue Knight, The Don Is Dead, Revenge
TV Show The Rockford Files, Magnum, P.I., MacGyver
Died 18th March 2016
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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.

Scene CAPTION: Scene of Rockford Files SOURCE: Pinterest

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.

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Born in Brooklyn, New York

June 9 , 1931

The American actor was born on 9th June 1931 in Brooklyn, New York. Unfortunately, his father also died on the same day.

Debuted in Warm Nights


Actor Joe Santos debuted in 1964 from the movie Warm Night and in the same year, he appeared in Hot Pleasure and Flesh and Laces.

Estimated net worth $1.2 million


At the time of his death, Joe Santos had a net worth of around $1.2 million. 

Died of Heart Attack


Joe Santos was taken to hospital due to a heart attack in March 2016. He died two days later.