Joe Viterelli, character actor known for tough-guy mobster roles, died Jan. 29 of complications from heart surgery in Las Vegas. He was 66.
Viterelli, who didn’t start acting until he was in his 50s, starred as “Jelly” in the comedies “Analyze This” and “Analyze That” and appeared in more than 40 films.
Among his credits are “Bullets Over Broadway,” “Mobsters,” “Mickey Blue Eyes,” “Shallow Hal” and “Ruby.” He also can be seen in a Staples TV commercial that aired during the Super Bowl.
A former businessman who grew up on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Viterelli was introduced to acting by Sean Penn, who persuaded the family friend to do him a favor by appearing in “State of Grace.”
He is survived by his wife, Catherine, and five children, including film composer Joseph Vitarelli, who uses a different spelling than his father .