From the first two Godfather movies to the first two Rocky films, and from Taxi Driver to The Seven Ups, and many more too numerous to mention, Joe Spinell appeared in some of the most talked about movies of the Twentieth Century.
He gained some notoriety in 1980 when he had the starring role in the ultra-violent, Maniac, which then lead to another leading role in The Last Horror Film. It looks like he might had found his niche in horror films when he died in 1989 at the young age of 52, right before filming was to begin on Maniac 2.
The real legacy of Joe Spinell, though, lies with his brief work in so many wonderful films of the 1970's and 1980's. Once you spot him in one movie, you'll start noticing him more and more in others. And even though most of his roles were small, it's hard to watch one of his performances and not say to yourself, "what great casting."