Al Ruscio

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Al Ruscio
Al Ruscio.jpg
Al Ruscio as Tony Paoli Sr. in Any Which Way You Can
Born(1924-06-02)June 2, 1924
Salem, Massachusetts
DiedNovember 12, 2013(2013-11-12) (aged 89)
Los Angeles, California
OccupationActor
Years active1950–2007
Spouse(s)Kate Williamson (1954–2013; his death)
 
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Al Ruscio
Al Ruscio.jpg
Al Ruscio as Tony Paoli Sr. in Any Which Way You Can
Born(1924-06-02)June 2, 1924
Salem, Massachusetts
DiedNovember 12, 2013(2013-11-12) (aged 89)
Los Angeles, California
OccupationActor
Years active1950–2007
Spouse(s)Kate Williamson (1954–2013; his death)

Al Ruscio (June 2, 1924 – November 12, 2013) was an American character actor who appeared in numerous television series and film.

Career[edit]

Ruscio was born in Salem, Massachusetts on June 2, 1924. He graduated from Sale High School, after graduating college he moved to New York City and trained for two years at The Neighborhood Playhouse School for the Theater. He played many roles in New York and in summer stock, including co-starring with Steve McQueen and Kim Stanley among others. His first work in live television came in New York City. He moved to Los Angeles in 1958. His first role there was Tony in Al Capone with Rod Steiger (1958). He then appeared in many television shows including Gunsmoke (1958), 77 Sunset Strip (1959), Bonanza (1960–1961), and in Peter Gunn (1961). He also acted in soap operas including Port Charles, Days of our Lives and Santa Barbara as R. J. Bentson. Ruscio made repeated guest appearances on The Lawless Years, The Untouchables, The Rockford Files, Lou Grant, Barney Miller, Hill Street Blues, and 7th Heaven. He also had recurring roles on Falcon Crest, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Life Goes On, and Manhattan, AZ. Although typically cast in guest spots, Ruscio has co-starred in three short-lived series: Shannon (1981–1982, starring Kevin Dobson), Steambath (1983), and Joe's Life (1993).[1]

In addition to television work, Ruscio had roles in several films including Any Which Way You Can (1980) with Clint Eastwood, Jagged Edge (1985) starring Glenn Close and Jeff Bridges, The Godfather Part III (1990), Guilty by Suspicion (1991) with Robert De Niro, Showgirls (1995) and The Phantom (1996).[1]

In the 1960s Ruscio left Los Angeles to create the drama department at the newly formed Midwestern College in Denison, Iowa. After five years there he moved to Windsor, Ontario, Canada, where he was professor of acting at the University of Windsor. From there he was invited to serve as Artistic Director of the Academy of Dramatic Art at Oakland University, where his wife also taught acting. They moved back to Los Angeles in 1975 where they resumed their acting and teaching careers. [2] [3]

Personal life[edit]

Ruscio married Kate Williamson in 1954, and they had four children together: Elizabeth, Michael, Maria and Nina; all of whom except Maria are also involved in show business. The couple remained married until his Ruscio's death on November 2013; Williamson died one month later, on December 6, 2013.

Selected filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1959Al CaponeTony Genaro
1960The Music Box KidThomas Morrell aka Five PointsUncredited
1964Deadline for MurderWalter Sorkin
1968Fever HeatAl Demarco
1980The HunterMr. BernardoUncredited
1980Any Which Way You CanTony Paoli Sr.
1983Deadly ForceSam Goodwin
1985Jagged EdgeCarl Siegal
1989Blood RedAntonio Segestra
1989RomeroBishop Estrada
1989CageCostello
1991Guilty by SuspicionBen Saltman
1991Future KickKramer
1992I Don't Buy Kisses AnymoreUncle Dominic
1994DickwadMr. Leon
1994The Silence of the HamsPhillip MorrisAlternative title: Il Silenzio dei Prosciutti
1995ShowgirlsMr. Karlman
1995Xtro 3: Watch the SkiesThe General
1996The PhantomPolice Commissioner Farley
1998The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia PhenomenonBarney's father
2001Boss of BossesCarlo Gambino
2005Complete Guide to GuysSenior Husband
2007The Gift: Life UnwrappedHankAlternative title: The Gift: At Risk
2008Winged CreaturesAngeloAlternative title: Fragments
2011GoyDonald Ritter
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1958Playhouse 90Weinshank1 episode
1959Mr. LuckyLieutenant1 episode
1960Lock-UpWilly Carson1 episode
Dick Powell's Zane Grey TheaterPietro Poli1 episode
M SquadFreddie Canelli1 episode
WranglerWes Martin1 episode
1961ThrillerAllah El Kazim1 episode
The IslandersRami1 episode
Peter GunnInspector Georges1 episode
196287th PrecinctJoe Brooks1 episode
Going My WayJimmy Cipollaro1 episode
Follow the SunGus1 episode
1963RipcordCarlo Minelli1 episode
Have Gun – Will TravelMachado1 episode
The Alfred Hitchcock HourDr. Taylor1 episode
1964The Greatest Show on EarthJulio1 episode
The Great AdventureNez Coupe1 episode
Voyage to the Bottom of the SeaDimitri1 episode
1975The Six Million Dollar ManChester Goddard1 episode
Marcus Welby, M.D.Judge Angelotti1 episode
Police WomanScotto1 episode
1976One Day at a TimeMr. Romano1 episode
1977The Rockford FilesVic Cassell1 episode
Starsky and HutchRoper1 episode
1978The Incredible HulkMr. Sariego1 episode
1979Salvage 1Agamemnon1 episode
Fantasy IslandAnton1 episode
1981Hart to HartMr. Six1 episode
TaxiDr. Webster1 episode
1982The Fall GuyHarvey1 episode
Police Squad!Dutch1 episode
T. J. HookerGino Minelli1 episode
1983Bring 'Em Back AliveMiklos1 episode
1984Highway to HeavenPetros1 episode
1985The A-TeamGino Gianni1 episode
Stir CrazyMike Forbes1 episode
Who's the Boss?Joseph1 episode
1986RiptideMonty Paradise1 episode
Hardcastle and McCormickCharlie Masaryk1 episode
Sledge Hammer!Don Phillip Souza1 episode
Simon & SimonNicky Walters1 episode
The WizardPransk1 episode
1987StarmanMatteo Gionetti1 episode
MacGyverPaul Webber1 episode
BrothersUncle Charlie1 episode
1989AmenWillie Garlotti1 episode
Santa BarbaraR.J. Bentson
Hard Time on Planet EarthCarlo Caretti1 episode
War and RemembranceMarshal Josef StalinMiniseries
1990The Fanelli BoysArchbishop Mosconi1 episode
1991Beverly Hills, 90210Henry Silver1 episode
Ferris BuellerTony1 episode
Brooklyn BridgeJohnny1 episode
The Wonder YearsMr. Harris1 episode
1992Tequila and BonettiStefano1 episode
Mad About YouUncle Jules1 episode
1993Murder, She WroteSanto Angelini1 episode
1994SeinfeldRestaurant Manager1 episode
Diagnosis: MurderJohn Strega1 episode
1995Pig StyFather Poma1 episode
1996ERMr. Dellanova1 episode
1997Malcolm & EddieJohnny Beaumont1 episode
1998Tracey Takes On...Otto Cornowitz1 episode
NYPD BlueArtie Rosen1 episode
1999The X-FilesElder #42 episodes
The Norm ShowFather O'Haberly1 episode
2002First MondayUncle Willie2 episodes
The GuardianAlbert "Sparky" Walters1 episode
2007'Til DeathLen1 episode

References[edit]

Obituary - Hollywood Reporter

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