Every episode of Criminal Minds leaves us wanting more. Each character brings something extraordinary to the table, especially David Rossi. Rossi, played by Joe Mantegna, has seen a lot in his time with the FBI, but he's not about to slow down any time soon.
We know a lot about Rossi, but how much do you know about the man behind the character?
1. Home, Sweet Home
Mantegna was born and raised in Chicago to Italian parents. He still loves the city, and even had a street named after him! Joe Mantegna Boulevard is located right near his old high school.
2. All About That Bass
When he was still living in Chicago, Mantegna was in a band called "The Apocryphals." He played the bass, and eventually his group teamed up with another group called "The Missing Links" to form the band Chicago. Mantegna is still close friends with all the members of the band, who even opened for Neil Diamond!
3. Joey and the Jets
Mantegna had never really thought about acting as a future. Then in high school, he signed up to audition for the musical West Side Story.
“I knew nothing about theater. On a dare, me and this other guy went in to the auditions. […] So I was young and had this high tenor voice. And I sang the song and, out of the blackness of the empty auditorium, there came this applause. Maybe nobody had ever applauded for me before, but this thing just washed over me. It was like a lightening bolt hit me in the chest. At that moment, I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my life,” he said.
4. Broadway, Baby!
Though many people will know Mantegna for his film and television work, the actor began his career on stage. In 1969, he appeared in the musical Hair, and later earned a Tony Award for his role in Glengarry Glen Ross on Broadway.