Joe Mantegna is an award-winning entertainer with a longtime career in show business, spanning television, film and theater. He recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his body of work, his CBS drama series Criminal Minds is heading into its 10th season in the Fall, which is no small feat in this day and age, and he returns to co-host the National Memorial Day Concert with Gary Sinise on PBS on May 25th.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Joe Mantegna talked about what a dream come true it is to have such a long-lasting television series, getting to direct an episode of Criminal Minds each season, and how he would love to see his character retire and head off into the sunset, once his time is done on the show. He also talked about how he got involved with the National Memorial Day Concert, why he sees Memorial Day as our most important holiday, what he thinks viewers can take away from the experience of watching the special, and what it’s been like to partner with fellow actor, Gary Sinise. Check out what he had to say after the jump.