Born in the Bronx, Joe Cirillo was a member
of the NYPD for 20 years.
He retired and entered the
world of film thanks to the help of director Mike
Nichols, who got Joe his first film role in The Godfather. Other films
include Ghostbusters, Splash, Harryand Tonto, and
Someone to Watch Over Me. Joe co-starred as Detective Malfitano in the TV
series Eischeid starring Joe Don Baker, and was also the assistant to the
show’s producer, Jay Daniel…and was the technical advisor and location scout.
history with the NYPD led him to become the technical advisor for the Kojak
TV series. His time on the set allowed Mr. Cirillo to develop a close friendship
with Telly Savalas, and he eventually became Savalas’ right hand man for many
years, both in his personal life and professionally, when Telly directed and
produced his own films. Joe contributed many story lines to Kojak then
later began developing and writing his own film scripts.
As a Location
Scout, Mr. Cirillo worked on many commercials and movies including They Call
Me Bruce. On the film NY COP, Joe was location manager, production
manager, and unaccredited writer (but was credited as Associate Producer). Mr.
Cirillo was simultaneously the President and co-owner of Film World Security and
Movie World Security – each providing security to film and television sets, and
to celebrities alike. Some clients included Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Tom
Hanks, Jackie Gleason, Robert DiNiro and Al Pacino. As a director, Mr. Cirillo
has also worked on commercials and TV pilots, including a cooking TV series. Mr. Cirillo
serves as a Board Trustee for the Long Island Motion Picture Arts Center and