Joe Conforte Person or entity appearing in film

Joe Conforte (born 1926) was the owner of the Mustang Ranch, a Nevada brothel that was the first legal brothel in the United States. The brothel was closed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in 1999, but is now reopened under new management. He is portrayed by Joe Pesci in the 2010 film Love Ranch. Joe Conforte was born in 1926 in Augusta, a little city close to Catania in Sicily. He immigrated with his family to the United States in 1937 and settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts. During World War II and into the early 1950s, Conforte was a cab driver in Oakland, California. He drove soldiers from the Oakland Army Base, and sailors from the Oakland Naval Supply Depot and Alameda Naval Air Station, to brothels on the border of Alameda County and Contra Costa County. Conforte moved to Nevada in 1955 and opened the Triangle River Ranch brothel in Wadsworth, an illegal brothel at the junction of Washoe, Storey, and Lyon counties. In 1959, Conforte served 22 months in jail after attempting to extort Washoe County District Attorney Bill Raggio, who summarily had the ranch burned down.

Personal details

Date of birth
United States of America



Movie performances

1. Charley Varrick (1973)

Action, Crime, Drama
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
20 Show list 1 Show list

Charley Varrick is a 1973 crime film directed by Don Siegel and starring Walter Matthau, Andrew Robinson, Joe Don Baker and John Vernon. The film was based on the novel The Looters by John H. Reese.


1974 BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role

Top cast

Charley Varrick
Harold Young
Maynard Boyle
Mr. Garfinkle
Harman Sullivan
Mrs. Taft
San Miguel Sheriff Bill Horton
Bank Guard
Mess Vesta
Percy Randolph
Van Sickle
Sybil Fort
Honest John
Jewell Everett
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Michael C. Butler
United States of America

Personal movie appearances

Title Year Appearance type Budget Awards Producers Directors Writers
Mustang: The House That Joe Built
1978 Him/Herself
Robert Guralnick
Robert Guralnick
Robert Guralnick


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