Joe Spano





7/7/1946 , San Francisco, CA

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Joe Spano went to Bishop Riordan High School and graduated from University of California-Berkeley. His original intention was to be a pre-med major but this dissipated with his growing interest in acting. While he was in San Francisco, Spano worked with the improv group, The Wing. He made his acting debut at college in 1967 as Paris in a production of "Romeo and Juliet". In 1968 he helped found the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and appeared in its very first first production of "Woyzek." For 10 years he stayed with the company, appearing in many of its plays including "Hamlet" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Spano decided to give Hollywood a try in the late 1970s and, in between guest shots on TV, he earned roles as hoodlums and other assorted urban troublemakers in the films American Graffiti (1973) and The Enforcer (1976). He also played a vampire in the musical "Dracula: A Musical Nightmare" in a small LA theatre. Spano is married to Joan, who is a therapist. They have two adopted daughters, Liana Clare Xiaohe Zerrien Spano and Meili Qing Zerrien Spano.