Joe Minoso is an American actor best known for his starring (initially recurring) role as Joe Cruz, a firefighter haunted by a decision he made on the job related to his brother that later effects his own safety and the safety of his fellow firemen, in the procedural drama television series Chicago Fire.
Raised in the Bronx, New York, Minoso discovered theatre when he saw his first girlfriend act in a school play. After graduating from Adelphi University with a bachelor's degree in fine arts, he continued his studies at Northern Illinois University, where he received his master's in fine arts.
Upon graduation, he immediately moved to Chicago and quickly became involved with Teatro Vista, the largest Latino theatre company in the Midwest.
He appeared at the Goodman Theatre in A Christmas Carol during the 2011-2012 season and was also seen in the world premiere of Brett Neveu's Do The Hustle at Writers' Theatre.
Additional Chicago credits include Don Pedro in The Sins of Sor Juana at the Goodman Theatre; Eusebio in Jose Rivera's Boleros for the Disenchanted at the Goodman Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre; Esperanza Rising at Yale Repertory Theatre; Short Shakespeare! The Comedy of Errors at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Massacre (Sing to Your Children) and Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at Teatro Vista; and the Teatro Vista/American Theater Company co-production of Living Out.
egionally, Minoso appeared as George Gibbs in Our Town at the Madison Repertory Theatre.
Among his television credits are guest-starring roles on Prison Break, The Beast, Shameless and The Chicago Code. Before Chicago Fire, he was seen as Alberto Moco Ruiz in the cable series Boss.
Minoso made his feature film debut in the blockbuster Man of Steel.