Date of Birth: Feb 22, 1949
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, USA
Mr. Cortese, a Jersey boy, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater/ Communications from Midwestern College in Denison, Iowa, where he studied theatre, under the guidance of his acting teacher Alfred Rusico. While attending school on a drama scholarship, Joe did lead roles in many plays, many with seasoned New York and Hollywood actors. Some of his theatre credits include Lenny in Of Mice and Men, Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, and Patsy in Three Men on a Horse, to mention a few. After graduation he headed to New York and at 22 years of age he started his career in Journalism on Madison Ave.