Joe Grisaffi

Actor - Director - Casting Director

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Me Me Me

My name is Joe Grisaffi and I'm from Houston, Texas.  My full name is Brazil Joseph Grisaffi, III, but my friends have always called me Joe.  Some still call me Joey.  I graduated from the University of Houston in 1993 with a Bachelors Degree in Radio and Television.  I was born in 1968, the Year of the Monkey.  I try to work in the movies as much as possible.  I'm an actor, director and writer, but we all know it's tough to pay the bills solely on that if you are not working in LA, so I do other things related to the industry, mainly working as a casting director for television and commercials.  My three favorite movies in no particular order are A Christmas Story, Creepshow and The Naked Gun.  Strange, but none of my favorite movies have monkeys in them.  My favorite television show is The Simpsons.   My favorite band of all time is Devo, which means Back to Monkeys.  My goals include working with a monkey on camera in a movie and making a movie that has nothing but Go-Go's hit songs on the soundtrack..

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What's New as of 7/21/2009

DEAD OF KNIGHT is nearing completion of post-production. Become a fan on Facebook and follow our progress!


What's New as of 4/22/2008

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS - I appeared as "Engineer" in episode 2.15 of NBC's Friday Night Lights.

I AM LEGEND - See my scene that was cut from the hit Will Smith movie: I Am Legend

PINBALL - Got a Revenge from Mars!  This was the last pinball machine released under the famous Bally name.  caveman lives!  Also finally added my all time favorite Twilight Zone to the collection.

DEAD OF KNIGHT - I am almost finished with the production of my little horror flick Dead of Knight.  Oh, the trials and tribulations of indie filmmaking.  The DVD will most certainly have an interesting commentary track!


What's New as of 6/27/2007

REVVER.COM - My vew videos available: Haunted Centipede Arcade Game, Vintage Caveman Pinball Machine, Fudge in Estes Park, and more at 


What's New as of 5/28/2007

REVVER.COM - I am putting most of my film and video projects on  Here you can watch Troublemakers: Round One, Unemployed Shopping Carts, the Laughing Boy trailer, Troublemakers: The Stanley Hotel is Haunted, My Dog Driving, my Acting Demo Reel, and Turtle Porn.  More to come.


What's New as of 1/03/2007

YOUTUBE I have been uploading a bunch of stuff to youtube.comYou can view some of my projects like scenes from Laughing Boy, Dead of Knight, Troublemakers, old college video projects and other assorted novelties.  Visit my youtube page at - I'd love to have you as a subscriber!

PINBALL I bought a 1981 Gottlieb Caveman pinball machine last year that I am trying to revive.  Any help would be appreciated.

EBAY I often have goodies on eBay.  Click here to see if I have any auctions currently running.  I often have vintage video game items for sale.  I am currently thinning out my collection of Atari 2600 items.  I have WAY too much stuff!

TROUBLEMAKERS My hidden camera/practical joke video project TROUBLEMAKERS is underway.  The first installment ROUND ONE is complete.  ROUND TWO began production Jan 2, 2006.


What's New as of 08/28/2004

CYBER TEAM IN AKIHABARA I am currently producing and directing the English dub of the anime Cyber Team in Akihabara for ADV Films.  ADR recording has wrapped for the first two volumes, and we begin recording volume three early September.  The Volume 1 DVD is due out in November.  The show stars voice actors Luci Christian, Tiffany Grant, Kira Vincent Davis, Monica Rial, Christine Auten and Jessica Boone, among others.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS has wrapped.  I was the Houston extras casting director for the Billy Bob Thornton movie FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, producer by Oscar-winner Brian Grazer, based on the book by H.G. Bissinger.  We successfully accomplished approximately 10,000 man days of extras for the shoot. 

I am starting a small comic book company.  Visit for more details.  The website is currently under construction.  My goal is to publish my unproduced screenplays in comic book form, including ALLIGATOR MAN and THE BARBER.  Our first title is WHEN THE DEAD GO BOWLING, which will be a horror anthology series much like TALES FROM THE CRYPT and the original HOUSE OF SECRETS.  The first story in WDGB will be FREEZER BURN and is currently being illustrated by Doug Smith.  The preliminary cover art for the first issue can now be viewed at 

was a huge success. Visit for more details.

IMDB.COM Look up my credits on the Internet Movie Database.

My independent film Laughing Boy is available on DVD!   LAUGHING BOY won MOST ORIGINAL FEATURE at the New York Int'l Independent Film & Video Festival, a Grand Jury Award at the Bare Bones Intl Film Festival, and Honorable Mention for the Indie Spirit award at the Planet Indie Film Festival in Toronto as well as Best Filmmaker in an Acting Role at the Bare Bones Film Festival.  Please consider buying a copy - the DVD has lots of cool features, like more music, actors' auditions and storyboards.  People seem to really dig the DVD. Get it at or buy it directly from us. -- if you've already seen Laughing Boy, please rate it at

Death and a Salesman My short film Death and a Salesman is available on DVD!  My film, along with 21 other short films and videos, can be found on The Collection of Short Films, Volume 1.  Go to for a list of films and ordering instruction.  Thank you for supporting independent filmmaking!

I often have goodies on eBay.  Click here to see if I have any auctions currently running.  I often have vintage video game items for sale.

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FEATURE FILMS - Principal Roles

Walking Distance Daniel Dir. Mel House
Zombiefied Joshua Dir. Todd Cook
Warning: Parental Advisory (VH-1) Rock Fan Dir. Mark S. Waters
Too Legit: The M.C. Hammer Story (VH-1) Video Director Dir. Artie Mandelberg
Hell Swarm (aka MK Ultra) Head in the Bag (Featured) Dir. Tim Matheson
Jack Everyman Larry (co-star) Dir. Larry Czach
Dreams in the Attic Uncle Herb Dir. Bob Willems
Laughing Boy Cody MacKenzie  Dir. Brazil J. Grisaffi
Armadillo! Comedian  Dir. Soodabeh Babcock
Scandalous Behavior Obnoxious  Man Dir. James Hong
Who Killed Johnny Love? Bar Man Dir. Randy Salazar
The Kangaroo Lt. Alfred Caldoroni Dir. Don Okolo
Gravely Speaking Brian Stevens (Lead) Dir. Brian Simon
Someone Special Attorney Dir. Soodabeh Babcock
Fine Line Paramedic #2  Dir. Tony Lopresti
Lethal Orbit Militia Soldier #3 Dir. Paul Glickler

SHORT FILMS - Partial List

Jon Wuz Here Graffiti Addict Dir. Eddie Rodriguez   
Director's Cut Filmmaker (Lead) Dir. Clayton Miller Visionary Films, LLC
The Scream Orderly (Featured) Dir. Trudy Davis University of Southern California
The Queue Four-Up (Lead) Dir. Allan Jackson University of St. Thomas
Date with Death Co-Star Dir. Alex Saenz Houston Media Source
Redemption Marc (Lead) Dir. Mark Whitecar Emerson College
The Sex Maniac The Doctor (Featured) Dir. Michelle Baker Cal State Long Beach

FEATURES - Behind the Camera - Partial List

Dead of Knight Producer/Director Starship Films LLC 2007
Love and Mary Extras Casting Director Ranch House Productions 2006
Friday Night Lights Extras Casting Director Universal Studios 2004
Paradise, Texas Extras Casting Director On the Rocks, LP 2004
The Way She Moves Extras Casting Director Charter Films/VH-1 2001
Beyond the Prairie, Part 2 Extras Casting Director CBS Productions 2001
Lone Star State of Mind Extras Casting Director Mind State Productions/SONY 2001
At Any Cost Extras Casting Director Charter Films/VH-1 2000
Hell Swarm Extras Casting Director Charter Films/UPN 1999
Laughing Boy Producer/Director Toxic Monkey Productions 1998-99
Scandalous Behavior First Assistant Director
Associate Producer
Citation Productions 1998
Who Killed Johnny Love? Assistant Director RJS Productions 1998
Primary Colors Extras Casting Asst. Universal Studios 1997
Starship Troopers Extras Casting Asst. Tri-Star/Disney 1996
Don't Look Back Production Asst. HBO 1996
The Evening Star Extras Casting Asst. Paramount 1995
Tin Cup Extras Casting Asst. Warner Bros. 1995

COMMERCIALS & MISC (partial list)
complete list of commercials available upon request

Vodafone (Germany)` Casting Director RunUp 2007
University General Hospital Casting Director TV & P 2007
Luby's Extras Casting Director VT2 2007
Citgo: Take Me Out to the Ballgame Extras Casting Director Switch, Inc 2006
Kemah Boardwalk Casting Director TV & P 2006
The Aquarium Restaurant Casting Director TV & P 2006
American Express "Andy Roddick vs. Pong" Extras Casting Director Smuggler Films 2005
Renault Megane Extras Casting Director 2005
Houston Chronicle Real People Casting Rives-Carlberg 2004
McDonald's Hong Kong w/ Yao Ming Casting Director 2004
Prilosec (unaired Super Bowl commercial) Extras Casting Director Backyard Films 2003
M.A.D.D. Dudeasaurus Voice Casting Director Stone Soup 2001
Cosmic Cadets Animated Demo Voice Casting Director Teamwork Prods. 1998
Tylian Tales Animated Demo Voice Casting Director Teamwork Prods. 1998
Publisher's Clearing House (Super Bowl 97) Extras Casting Director Endorphin Films 1997

THEATER - Partial List

The Art of Murder Johnny Gopher Illusionist Productions
Hotel Desolado Jesse Barker (Lead) The Electric Theater
Dracula Jonathan Harker Country Playhouse
Shock of Recognition Herb Miller Country Playhouse
West of Pecos Cayo Claiborne Fort Bend Theater
Babes in Toyland Alan (Lead) Fort Bend Theater
Beauty and the Beast Beast Fort Bend Theater
Arsenic and Old Lace Officer Brophy Fort Bend Theater
Wizard of Oz King of the Winged Monkeys Fort Bend Theater
Androcles and the Lion The Captain Fort Bend Theater
Pocketful of Rhymes Company Member Actors Theater of Houston
Low Bid C.C. Martin (Lead) McKinnon & Menzel
Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter Company Onstage


Produced and directed the feature film "Laughing Boy"

Produced, directed and wrote short film "Death and a Salesman"

Television: Produced, directed and wrote segments for "Video Workshop," KUHT-TV, Channel 8

Theater: Directed "Aladdin" at Fort Bend Theater.  Nominated for best FBT show of 1993.


Stan & Lou Advertising, Inc. Account Coordinator Nov 1994 - May 1995
Pierpont Communications, Inc. PR Intern Sept 1994 - Nov 1994
David Berman Films Intern Aug 1993 - Dec 1993
Championship Sports Memorabilia Assistant Manager Sept 1990 - June 1991
Latest and Greatest Video #27 Assistant Manager July 1988 - Jan 1990

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My Screenplays

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Contact Me

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