Actor Film actor Television actor

Joe Lisi

Quick Facts

IntroUnited States Marine
Is Actor
Television actor
Film actor
From United States of America
Type Film, TV, Stage, Radio
Birth 9 September 1950, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Age70 years


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

Lisi was born and raised in New York City, New York. 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 is best known for his television roles as Dick Barone in the The Sopranos and as Lt. Swersky on Third Watch.

Selected Filmography

  • Out of the Darkness (1985)
  • Forever Lulu (1987)
  • Family Business (1989)
  • Come See the Paradise (1990)
  • Traces of Red (1992)
  • Who’s the Man? (1993)
  • Quiz Show (1994)
  • Safe Passage (1994)
  • The Jerky Boys: The Movie (1995)
  • Kiss of Death (1995)
  • Trees Lounge (1996)
  • Marvin’s Room (1996)
  • His and Hers (1997)
  • Happiness (1998)
  • The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (1998)
  • Summer of Sam (1999)
  • For Love of the Game (1999)
  • The Yards (2000)
  • 15 Minutes (2001)
  • Ash Wednesday (2002)
  • Taxi (2004)
  • Synecdoche, New York (2008)
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)
  • Man on a Ledge (2012)