Joe Santos
Joe Santos

Joe Santos guest stars as mafia capo Tony La Palma, father of hitman Frankie, whom Sam leaps into in 1965 Brooklyn, NY in "Double Identity" in Season 1 of "Quantum Leap" (ep.#6).

Personal Information
Gender: Male
Birth name: Joseph Mineri
Born: (1931-06-09)June 9, 1931
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Died March 18, 2016(2016-03-18) (aged 84) (heart attack)
Deathplace: Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Character actor
Years active: 1964–2005
Spouse(s): Mary Montero (1958–2016; his death), 2 children
Character information
Appeared on: Quantum Leap (TV series)
Character played: Tony La Palma in "Double Identity" (Season 1, episode #6)

Joe Santos(born Joseph Minieri June 9, 1931 – died March 18, 2016) guest starred on Quantum Leap as Tony La Palma, father of mafia hitman Frankie La Palma, whom Dr. Samuel Beckett leaps into in the Season 1 episode "Double Identity".

A revered TV/film character actor, Joe was best known for his recurring role as Lt. Dennis Becker in the TV series The Rockford Files (1974-80),[1] and all of it's follow-up TV movies. He also appeared as Oscar Carrera, head of the Carrera drug cartel in the episode "Hostile Takeover" of the NBC-TV series Miami Vice.

He also played the part of Lt. Frank Harper in the ABC-TV series Hardcastle and McCormick from 1985–1986. He had brief parts in several lesser-known films, and made a number of guest appearances on television shows throughout his acting career, frequently in the stock character role of a police officer. He also appeared on The Sopranos as Angelo Garepe in seven 2004 episodes.

From 1978-1980 Santos appeared on the CBS game show The Match Game always sitting in the top left seat. He appeared in numerous episodes and was usually comic foil to Brett Somers.


Santos suffered a heart attack on March 14, 2016, according to his son, Perry Santos. He died four days later at the age of 84.[2]

Selected FilmographyEdit

Year Credit Character Notes
1964 Warm Nights and Hot Pleasures Julian, the shop owner First movie appearance
Carol for Another Christmas (TV movie) #32 First TV appearance, uncredited
1971 The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight Ezmo Feature film
1973 Shamus Lt. Promuto Crime/Action Feature film
The Friends of Eddie Coyle Artie Doyle Feature Film
The Blue Knight Sgt. Cruz Segovia Crime/Action Feature film
1974-1980 The Rockford Files (TV series) Sergeant (later Lieutenant) Becker Recurring role, 123 episodes
1976-1979 Match Game 73 Himself Guest Panelist; 3 episodes
1983 Blue Thunder Montoya Action feature film
1984 Fear City Frank Action/Crime film
Remington Steele (TV series) Alf Nussman in episode "Let's Steele a Plot"
The A-Team (TV series) Rudy Garcia / Plant Foreman in episode "Trouble on Wheels"
1985 T.J. Hooker (TV series) Mr. Castle in episode "The Bribe"
1985-1986 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV series) lt. Frank Harper Recurring role, 9 episodes
1989 Quantum Leap Tony La Palma in episode "Double Identity"
1991 The Last Boy Scout Bessalo starring Damon Wayans, Bruce Willis, with Bruce McGill
1994 Mo' Money Lt. Raymond Walsh starring Damon and Marlon Wayans
1997 The Postman Colonel Getty
2001 The Man from Elysian Fields Domenico
2004 The Sopranos (TV series) Angelo Gaerpe Final TV appearance, 7 episodes
2015 Chronic Issac, Sr. Final movie appearance


External linksEdit