Stories of a Sicilian Son: Joe Mantegna
Joe Mantegna, is well-known American actor who may be best known for role as David Rossi on the hit TV show Criminal Minds. He is a Chicago native who's paid his acting dues to fame on TV, stage and in films. His father Joseph Mantegna was born in Calascibetta, Sicily.
Mantegna has appeared in a number of films among them; Three Amigos (1986), House of Games (1987) and the Godfather III (190) to name a few.
There are many other famous people of Sicilian heritage that made a meaningful contribution to the Arts, Entertainment and Sports: Frank Sinatra, Al Pacino, Ben Gazzara, Joe Pass, Armand Assante, Frank Zappa, Jon Bon Jovi, Tony Danza, Joe DiMaggio and Roy Campanella and are a few that come to mind.
I'm an American who's grandparents were born in Sicily. I made my pilgrimage to Sicily in 1992 and got to meet all my remaining relatives who never left the island that many refer to as the "Jewel of the Mediterranean." I am a proud American and love the song “God Bless the USA" by Lee Greenwood. That song was so moving to many Americans post 9/11. However, your roots are your roots. It’s meaningful and interesting to discover them.