GIUSEPPE ZANGARA was a poorly educated Italian bricklayer who suffered severe pain in his abdomen, later attributed to adhesions of the gall bladder. These were later cited as a cause for his insane delusions and in his fevered mind he came to believe that the President of the United States was supernaturally responsible for causing his pain.

Attempted to assassinate President-elect Franklin D.Roosevelt (February 15, 1933)


JOE ALESSI has worked extensively in theatre since leaving LAMDA in 1990.

Recent credits include: Kneehigh’s, Brief Encounter (UK/USA tour) Tartuffe (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Rose Theatre, Kingston) Privates On Parade (West Yorkshire Playhouse & Birmingham Rep) Dick Whittington & His Cat (Salisbury Playhouse) The Tempest, Anthony & Cleopatra & Julius Caesar (RSC & Novello Theatre, London) The Drowsy Chaperone (Novello Theatre, London) The Postman Always Rings Twice (Playhouse Theatre, London) The Play What I Wrote (UK tour) The Io Passion (Almeida Theatre, London and The Aldeburgh Festival) Light (Complicite, tour and Almeida Theatre, London) A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regents Park, London), The Colour of Justice (Tricycle Theatre, London) Animal Crackers (Royal Exchange, Manchester, UK tour & Garrick Theatre, London)

Joe was nominated for an Olivier Award for his portrayal of Chico Marx in Animal Crackers.

Joe will also be making his debut on Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre, New York with Brief Encounter in the Autumn of 2010.