The List: Top 10 Joes of all time

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From the August 23, 2012 edition

Matthew McConaughey has been turning heads — and stomachs — as the sadistic title character in “Killer Joe” ... so we’re counting down 10 Joes in pop culture that are anything but average.

10. Joe Pesci

One of the greatest character actors of all time is remembered for playing vicious mobsters in some of Martin Scorsese’s best films, and he was just as great in the comedy “My Cousin Vinny” playing a fish-out-of-water lawyer defending two “yoots.”

9. Jo from “The Facts of Life”

We love the motorcycle-riding tomboy of Eastland Academy for a lot of reasons, but mostly for sticking it to that stuck-up Blair.

8. Joe Louis

The Brown Bomber was one of the greatest boxers ever — holding the heavyweight title for more than a decade — and utterly devastated Germany’s Max Schmeling in the 1938 bout, one of the most famous boxing matches of all-time.

7. Joe Friday

Just the facts, ma’am. This “Dragnet” cop wrote the book on being by-the-book.

6. G.I. Joe

A real American hero who taught us that “knowing is half the battle.”

5. Grandpa Joe

Grandpa Joe was bedridden before he joined Charlie Bucket on his adventure in the Wonka chocolate factory.

4. Joe Dirt

You either love or hate the movie “Joe Dirt,” but anyone who pairs a “Life’s a Garden, Dig It” T-shirt with acid-wash jeans doesn’t care what you think, anyway. Haters gonna hate, daaang!

3. Joe DiMaggio

“Joltin’ Joe” still holds the record for baseball’s longest hitting streak. Oh, and he was married to Marilyn Monroe. So … that.

2. Coffee

Because none of this would be possible without it.

1. Joe Strummer

The leader of the only band that mattered — that’s The Clash for the uninitiated — also had two pretty great solo records.