Joe Bevilacqua, also known as Joe Bev is primarily known as a radio theater dramatist. However, his career has taken him into every aspect of show business, including stage, film and television, as a producer, director, writer, actor, and even cartoonist.
In 1971, Bevilacqua's father bought him a cassette recorder, on which is created his first audio story: Willoughby and the Professor, acting all the voices himself at the age of 12.
In 1975, Daws Butler, the voice of Yogi Bear and many Hanna-Barbera and Jay Ward cartoon characters, dubbed himself Joe Bev's personal mentor, after hearing 120 minute cassette of Bev's Willoughby improvisations.
Since 1980, Bevilacqua has produced any award-winning radio programs for National Public Radio, Sirius XM Radio and others.
In 2012, Bevilacqua signed an exclusive distribution deal with Blackstone Audio, for his more than 40 years of audio work. He is releasing hundreds of hours of audio documentaries, comedies, dramas, autobiographies and more.
Not content to hide behind his microphone, Bevilacqua will be seen acting in the upcoming feature films: "The Green Blade Rises" directed A.J. Edwards, "The Fly Room" directed by Alexis Gambis, "Cold in July" directed by Jim Mickle, and "Hits" directed by David Cross.
Joe Bev can do hundreds of voices, dialects and impressions. For the upcoming movie "The Fly Room," he not only portrayed the on screen character of Uncle Dwight, he was personally commissioned by the director Alexis Gambis, to act as vocal coach to the cast during the entire shoot and wrote, produced and voiced a number of audio sound beds in the style of old time radio for use in the film.
Joe Bevilacqua also acts on stage, playing Martin Dysart in "Equus", roles in "Bedroom Farce," "Applause," "Black Comedy" and others. He is touring as Bud Abbott to Bob Greenberg's Lou Costello in "A Tribute to Bud & Lou", and will be portraying Jimmy Durante in the October 2013 production of "Coney Island Criminals" being performed the month of October 2013 at Coney Island.
He has also authored a number of books, including Daws Butler Characters Actor and Uncle Dunkle and Donnie.
Bevilacqua is the 2013 recipient of the Kean University Distinguished Alumni Award. His documentary "Lady Bird Johnson Legacy of a First Lady won the 2001 New York Festivals Award". He won a 2007 New York Festivals Awards for his "Tribute to Joe Barbera" which aired on NPR s All Things Considered. And his NPR Weekend Edition story "A Guy Named Joe Bevilacqua" won the 2004 National Federation of Community Broadcasters Award.