Ray Sharkey
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Ray Sharkey
Raymond "Ray" Sharkey, Jr. was an American actor best known for his role as Sonny Steelgrave in the television series Wiseguy.
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Shout! Factory to Release 'The Complete Series' 25-DVD Set in October! - TVShowsOnDVD.com
Google News - over 5 years
You'll get every episode on 25 discs, with guest stars that include the likes of Jeffery Tambor, Ray Sharkey, Marla Gibbs, Adam Arkin, Charlotte Rae, Linda Lavin, Doris Roberts, Dave Madden, Christopher Lloyd, Joe Regalbuto and Meshach Taylor
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Who Loves Ya', Baby? The Long-Awaited Season 2 DVDs are Announced by Shout! - TVShowsOnDVD.com
Google News - over 5 years
Stars Telly Savalas, Kevin Dobson; guest stars include Kathleen Quinlan, Ray Sharkey, John Pleshette, Abe Vigoda, Martin Balsam, Paul Anka, Leslie Nielsen, Antonio Fargas, Alex Rocco, Erik Estrada, Zohra Lampert, Thaao Penghlis, Priscilla Pointer,
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Peter Gallagher, on 'Covert Affairs,' recalls his career - Reading Eagle
Google News - over 5 years
Ryan Gosling will direct and star, most likely taking the role of the rock promoter originally played by Ray Sharkey. Gallagher played the rock star. " 'The Idolmaker' was a good story and a good movie," he said. "Maybe it will find an audience this
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Actor fulfills 'secret' goal - Columbus Dispatch
Google News - over 5 years
Ryan Gosling will direct and star, most likely taking the role of the rock promoter originally played by Ray Sharkey. Gallagher played the rock star. " The Idolmaker was a good story and a good movie," he says. "Maybe it will find an audience this time
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Ryan Gosling 'won't direct The Idolmaker' - Digital Spy
Google News - over 5 years
The 1980s film starred Ray Sharkey, Peter Gallagher and Joe Pantoliano. It received two Golden Globe nominations, winning the prize for 'Best Actor In A Musical/Comedy'. Gosling will be seen next in the drama Drive and the comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love
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No 'Idolmaker' For Ryan Gosling - Deadline.com
Google News - over 5 years
... with the studio getting Gosling to reteam with Refn in a remake of Logan's Run. It looks like MGM will have to find another star for its Idolmaker, the remake of the Taylor Hackford-directed film that starred the late Ray Sharkey as a music promoter
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Ryan Gosling's 'The Idolmaker' Remake - Up and Comers
Google News - almost 6 years
The Idolmaker — originally directed by Taylor Hackford, and starring Ray Sharkey, Peter Gallagher, and Joe Pantoliano — is the story of Bob Marcucci, a rock promoter/producer who discovered Frankie Avalon and Fabian. Gosling has been beyond busy
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Ryan Gosling Will Direct The Idolmaker - About - News & Issues
Google News - almost 6 years
The 1980 biopic starred Ray Sharkey, Peter Gallagher, Tovah Feldshuh and Joe Pantoliano, and was directed by Taylor Hackford (in his directorial debut). The original film picked up a Golden Globe nomination for Best Musical/Comedy and earned Sharkey a ... - -
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Various Casting News - Moviehole
Google News - almost 6 years
The 1980 film starred Ray Sharkey in a story about the life of rock promoter/producer Bob Marcucci, who discovered Frankie Avalon and Fabian. (More…) Robert De Niro (“Limitless”, “Little Fockers”) is in talks to play imprisoned swindler Bernie Madoff
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Ryan Gosling vai estrear na direção em refilmagem de The Idolmaker - CineClick
Google News - almost 6 years
Em 1981, o filme ganhou o Globo de Ouro de Melhor Ator (Ray Sharkey) em Musical ou Comédia. O longa-metragem também abriu as portas para o diretor Taylor Hackford, que viria a dirigir Ray, Chuck Berry Hail! Rock'n' Roll e Prova de Vida
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Bob Marcucci, 81, Backer Of Fabian and Frankie Avalon
NYTimes - almost 6 years
Bob Marcucci, who discovered Frankie Avalon and Fabian and helped make them two of the biggest rock 'n' roll stars of the late 1950s and early 1960s and whose career inspired the 1980 film ''The Idolmaker,'' died on March 9 in Ontario, Calif. He was 81 and lived in Los Angeles. The cause was respiratory failure brought on by infection, said Marco
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TELEVISION; A Romance Between Mobsters and Their Mole
NYTimes - over 13 years
''THE SOPRANOS'' is usually lauded as the heir to grand mob movies like ''The Godfather'' and ''Goodfellas.'' But the truer roots of ''The Sopranos'' are planted in the knock-around turf of TV. Every time ''The Sopranos'' gets you to empathize with a vicious gangster's existential pain, it pays its respects to ''Wiseguy,'' the late 80's cop show
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Sharing Lives and Careers, Gee, Like Friends in a Sitcom
NYTimes - almost 16 years
Phil Rosenthal was 15 and Alan Kirschenbaum 14 when they met at high school in Rockland County, N.Y., in 1975. They appeared in school productions of ''Little Me'' and ''My Fair Lady'' and quickly became close friends. Later, living in the same apartment house in Hollywood, they struggled to break into show business. At one point Mr. Rosenthal,
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TELEVISION REVIEW;A Return to 'Wiseguy,' With the Original Guy
NYTimes - almost 21 years
Ken Wahl's shot at big-time stardom in the late 1980's hit a brick wall. As Vinnie Terranova in the series "Wiseguy," Mr. Wahl was the perfect undercover hunk, his street smarts seducing the assorted mobsters he had to destroy, even as he grew perversely fond of them. But citing "differences" with the producers, the actor left that CBS series. With
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ENDPAPER/PUBLIC STAGES; Horror Stories
NYTimes - over 23 years
You may already have forgotten The Great Pepsi Scare of 1993. It raged out of control for less than a week, though it did leave whole states and several major news organizations terrorized in its wake. The facts, if they can be called that, were these. On June 10, an elderly Tacoma, Wash., couple, Earl (Tex) and Mary Triplett, said a syringe had
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Ray Sharkey, 40; Actor Often Played Role of Tough Guy
NYTimes - over 23 years
Ray Sharkey, a television and film actor whose portrayals of rough-hewn and emotionally vulnerable tough guys won wide acclaim, but whose personal life descended into a nightmare of drug and alcohol abuse, died on Friday at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn. He was 40 years old. He died of AIDS, according to Herb Nanas, his manager since 1975.
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Ray Sharkey, 40; Actor Often Played Role of Tough Guy
NYTimes - over 23 years
Ray Sharkey, a television and film actor whose portrayals of rough-hewn and emotionally vulnerable tough guys won wide acclaim, but whose personal life descended into a nightmare of drug and alcohol abuse, died on Friday at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn. He was 40 years old. He died of AIDS, according to Herb Nanas, his manager since 1975.
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Reviews/Film; Violence Plays It Cute
NYTimes - almost 24 years
The gimmick may be cute, but it is also somewhat unsettling to watch Norman D. Golden 2d, a child actor who suggests a pint-size Eddie Murphy, imitate a police officer in the action-comedy "Cop and a Half." In the film, Norman plays Devon Butler, a sassy third grader who has his own handcuffs and wields his red-and-gold plastic water pistol as
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ray Sharkey
    FORTIES
  • 1993
    Age 40
    In June 1993, shortly after Sharkey's death, a Beverly Hills graphic designer, who said she had an on-and-off relationship with Sharkey from 1985 to 1991, announced that she was suing Sharkey's estate.
    More Details Hide Details The woman, who was only identified as "Joyce", cared for Sharkey in his final months and said that she believed that she too had contracted HIV from Sharkey after she was diagnosed with the virus in April 1992.
    On June 11, 1993, Sharkey died of complications from AIDS at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, at age 40.
    More Details Hide Details He is interred in Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York.
    Sharkey's final role was in the 1993 comedy film Cop and a Half.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1992
    Age 39
    In July 1992, she learned that another woman also suspected that Sharkey had infected her with HIV as well.
    More Details Hide Details Later that same year, Monica filed a $52 million lawsuit against the actor for knowingly infecting her with HIV.
  • 1991
    Age 38
    Monica ended the relationship in October 1991 due to her suspicions.
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    In April 1991, Sharkey began a relationship with model/actress, Elena Monica, daughter of comedian Corbett Monica.
    More Details Hide Details In July 1991, she became ill and was hospitalized with aseptic meningitis. During a routine check, she tested positive for HIV. Monica believed she contracted the virus from Sharkey who continued to deny that he had infected her.
  • 1989
    Age 36
    That marriage produced one daughter, Cecelia, in 1989. http://www.modbee.com/news/state/article36084057.html In November 1992, Graham divorced Sharkey also citing his drug abuse as the reason for the divorce.
    More Details Hide Details On September 22, 2015, Sharkey's daughter, Cecelia, was charged with capital murder for the death of her boyfriend's mother. Sharkey was diagnosed as HIV positive in the late 1980s. He reportedly contracted the virus through intravenous drug use. After his death, Sharkey's manager Herb Nanas admitted that they both decided to keep his diagnosis a secret fearing it would hurt his career. Despite his diagnosis, Sharkey remained in denial about his HIV positive status and, according to his manager, had sex with an estimated one hundred women after he was diagnosed.
  • 1988
    Age 35
    In 1988, he married actress Carole Graham.
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  • 1986
    Age 33
    The marriage ended in 1986 due to Sharkey's drug abuse.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1981
    Age 28
    In May 1981, Sharkey married model Rebecca Wood.
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  • 1980
    Age 27
    In 1980, Sharkey portrayed rock promoter "Vincent "Vinnie" Vacarri" in The Idolmaker.
    More Details Hide Details The role boosted Sharkey's career and earned him a Golden Globe Award for his performance in the film. The following year, he was nominated for another Golden Globe for his role in The Ordeal of Bill Carney, in which he played the title role. Shortly after appearing in The Idolmaker, Sharkey developed a $400 a day heroin habit. As a result of his drug use, his career declined and he was relegated to mainly supporting roles. He overdosed several times and was involved in four drug-related car accidents, two of which required him to undergo microsurgery on his eyes. He tried undergoing rehab treatment several times but would ultimately relapse a few months later. In 1987, Sharkey spent two months in an Orange County rehab center in an effort to kick his drug and alcohol addiction for good. Four days after leaving rehab, he won the role of Sonny Steelgrave in the series Wiseguy. The character proved to be popular with audiences and boosted Sharkey's career. The character was written out of the series in 1989. Sharkey then co-starred in the biographical film Wired. Based on the life of John Belushi, Sharkey portrayed a Puerto Rican angel who meets Belushi after his death in the morgue and "shows him the error of his ways." Sharkey's next role was in the 1989 black comedy film Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills.
  • 1974
    Age 21
    In 1974, he made his film debut in The Lords of Flatbush.
    More Details Hide Details Sharkey went on to appear in more than forty motion pictures and dozens of guest appearances on various television series.
  • 1973
    Age 20
    In 1973, he and his friend boxer/actor Chu Chu Malave moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting careers.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Age 9
    Sharkey became interested in acting after seeing Jack Lemmon in the 1962 film Days of Wine and Roses.
    More Details Hide Details After attending New York City Community College for one year, he enrolled at the HB Studio to study acting. While attending the HB Studio, Sharkey performed in various Off-Broadway stage productions.
  • 1952
    Born
    Born on November 14, 1952.
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