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Joseph Mantello (born December 27, 1962) is an American actor.


Joseph 'Joe' Mantello was born in Rockford, 27 December 1962 from parents of Italian ancestry. Mantello is an American actor and theatre director, best known for his work in Broadway theatre – Wicked, Take Me Out and Assassins to name a few. He has replaced his original activity as an actor (although never permanently) with that of theatre director of musicals, dramas and operas.

Arriving in New York in the 1980s in the midst of the AIDS crisis, Mantello struggled to fit in while trying to avoid homophobic prejudice associated to the theatre. Mantello is openly gay and was in a relationship with Jon Robin Baitz from 1990 to 2002.

In 2018, he directed the first Broadway production of The Boys in the Band, running at the Booth Theatre from 28 April to 11 August. Produced by Ryan Murphy, this production celebrates the 50th anniversary of The Boys in the Band and the cast includes Jim Parsons (Michael), Zachary Quinto (Harold), Andrew Rannells (Larry), Charlie Carver (Cowboy), Tuc Watkins (Hank) and Matt Bomer (Donald). Mantello directed the same cast in the 2020 film adaptation of the same name released on Netflix.

Work on American Horror Story[]

Mantello joins the cast of the eleventh installation of American Horror Story, titled AHS: NYC in a storyline very close to his own experience – the New York scene of the 1980s. He stars as Gino Barelli.

Joe Mantello received an Honorable Mention on TVLine's Performer of The Week list for his performance as Gino Barelli in the American Horror Story: NYC finale:

"Gino Barelli's relentless pursuit of the truth never wavered during American Horror Story: NYC's five week run, nor did the work of Joe Mantello, whose gripping turn as a gay Manhattan reporter at the dawn of the AIDS crisis anchored the hauntingly true-to-life season. [...] Gino was given an extended spotlight in Wednesday’s heartbreaking finale, giving Mantello one last chance to command the screen with another revelatory performance. That powerful montage of Gino fighting through the years, both for his own life and for the future of his community, will remain with us for a long time." [1]



Episode appearances for Joe Mantello
Story or Series Character Episodes
NYC Gino Barelli