Joe Lisi

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Joe Lisi
Born (1950-09-09) September 9, 1950 (age 68)
Other namesJoe Lissi
OccupationActor, retired police captain
Years active1983–present

Joe Lisi (born September 9, 1950), also credited as Joe Lissi, is an American television actor. He appeared in the NBC television show Third Watch as NYPD Lieutenant Swersky from 2000 to 2005. He also appeared on the NBC television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Craig Lennon, a parole officer and briefly appeared in the 1995 comedy/crime film The Jerky Boys: The Movie as a construction worker.

Life and career[edit]

Lisi was born and raised in New York City, New York. His father was Sicilian (from Giarre, Sicily) and his mother was of Irish descent.[1] He spent 24 years in the New York Police Department (NYPD), retiring in the rank of captain. While already employed by the police department (1969), Joe Lisi enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He was honorably discharged as a corporal.

Lisi took his first acting lesson at age 29 and made his Broadway debut (Take Me Out, 2003 Tony Winner, Best Play) at age 52. He studied theatre at HB Studio[2] in New York City.

He is best known for his television roles as Dick Barone in The Sopranos and as Lt. Swersky on Third Watch.

Selected filmography[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "An interview with Joe Lisi". Soprano Sue's Sightings. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  2. ^ HB Studio Alumni

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