The new Netflix series Blonde, based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates, tells the story of Marilyn Monroe’s last days, according to Wikipedia. In addition to the famous Happy Birthday, Mr. President photo, it also covers her relationship with baseball player Joe DiMaggio, which was one of the most famous celebrity relationships in history at the time. This made Bobby Cannavale a perfect choice for the role as DiMaggio! To learn more about Bobby Cannavale and his role as Joe DiMaggio in Blonde, read on! Introducing Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio in the New Netflix Series Blonde!

 About Bobby Cannavale Role Joe DiMaggio

The latest announcement that I am most excited about is that none other than actor and Oscar nominee, Bobby Cannavale will be portraying Joe DiMaggio, Norma’s 3rd husband in the new netflix series Blonde. If you are not familiar with the life of Joe DiMaggio then this is a must watch! And if you are already planning on watching it, tune in to see his portrayal of one of America’s great sports heroes.

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Who Is Bobby Cannavale

Bobby Cannavale is a talented actor, with extensive experience on stage and screen. He was born in Westchester County, NY, to Italian immigrants. His mother was an artist and his father, who worked as a tool and die maker for General Motors, died when he was only ten years old. After graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ drama division he began his professional career with theatrical productions at The Public Theater.

Introducing Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio in the New Netflix Series Blonde!
Introducing Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio in the New Netflix Series Blonde!


Bobby Cannavale plays baseball legend Joe DiMaggio in the new NETFLIX series BLONDE. As you may or may not know, he is Norma’s 3rd husband, whom she married about 5 years after her infamous divorce from Mickey Mantle (Timothy Hutton). The marriage seemed to be a happy one and Norma was quoted on how happy she was to have finally found a good man who wasn’t obsessed with booze and gambling.

The Original Book by Joyce Carol Oates

Blonde is a novel by Joyce Carol Oates. It tells the story of Norma Kowalski, a divorced mother who moves to suburban Ontario and remarries. Written in the form of a confessional monologue, it details her long-standing addiction to romantic fantasy while uncovering repressed memories of her abusive first marriage and tragic childhood.

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Directed by Antonio Campos (Christine, Afterschool)

For his role as Norma’s 3rd husband, former legendary baseball player and lifelong friend of ‘Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio, in the new series BLONDE (streaming on Netflix), actor Bobby Cannavale speaks with Marilyn Monroe… well, her voice at least.

Written by Claire Scanlon (Fargo S3 E2 Eating the Blame)

I just wanted to share my excitement for a new Netflix series that I just saw. You may not know it, but I’m a huge sports fan. One of my favorite teams is the Yankees and they are who I follow most religiously.

Introducing Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio in the New Netflix Series Blonde!
Introducing Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio in the New Netflix Series Blonde!

Starring: Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale), Juno Temple (Baby Driver), Max Casella (Boardwalk Empire), Julia Garner (Ozark S1)

Since his Major League debut with the Yankees in 1939, Joe DiMaggio’s name has been synonymous with greatness. Norma, who is divorced from Mr. Webster at this point, then meets up with Mr. DiMaggio and they fall madly in love and get married three months later on July 19th, 1949.

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Rotten Tomatoes Rating 92% Fresh

Blonde, a new scripted drama starring actor Bobby Cannavale and actress Regina King, premiered on August 24th to rave reviews. The series tells the story of a fictional blonde woman living in 1950s Los Angeles and her three husbands.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who plays Joe DiMaggio in blonde?

You may know him from some of his other work such as Boardwalk Empire, Mr. Robot and Third Watch, but you can now find him starring alongside Emile Hirsch and Judy Greer in the new series BLONDE on Netflix. This time around, he plays Joe DiMaggio, former legendary New York Yankees baseball player and Norma’s 3rd husband.

What is blonde based on?

Blonde is based on Frank McCourt’s life. He grew up poor in Brooklyn and attended school in Manhattan. His parents had a difficult marriage and later divorced, so Frank lived with his mother. His dad was a hard-working man but drank too much and died at an early age of alcoholism.

Is Joe DiMaggio in the Hall of Fame?

Joe DiMaggio has been inducted into both Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He was a major component in 5 World Series championships. In 1936, he married Hollywood starlet Dorothy Arnold and had two children before divorcing her seven years later. On January 14, 1941, he married 21-year-old socialite Marilyn Monroe who divorced him for baseball player Joe Durocher just four months later.

Introducing Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio in the New Netflix Series Blonde!
Introducing Bobby Cannavale as Joe DiMaggio in the New Netflix Series Blonde!

How successful were Joe DiMaggio’s TV spots?

Bobby made his appearance in the new show, where he plays former famous baseball player and Norma’s third husband, Joe DiMaggio. It seems to have paid off because right after one of his scenes aired on Valentine’s Day, he became one of trending topics on Twitter.

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