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Don Calfa (1939–2016)


Don is probably best remembered for his role as "Ernie Kaltenbrunner" in the 1985 comedy horror The Return of the Living Dead (1985). Don's career spans over 40 years in both film and TV. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Ozone Park Queens, and later Westchester, Long Island, Don Calfa was originally interested in a career in the fine arts... See full bio »

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Known For

Weekend at Bernie's
Weekend at Bernie's Paulie, Vito's Hit Man
(1989)
Doctor Dolittle
Doctor Dolittle Patient at Hammersmith
(1998)
Bugsy
Bugsy Louie Dragna
(1991)

Filmography

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  Lewisburg (post-production)
Night Clerk
 2015 Sharkskin
Joey 'Snot'
 2004 Corpses Are Forever (Video)
Jack Stark (as Lance Fladoda)
 2003 Night Creep (Video)
Mr. Blunt
 2003 Less Than Perfect (TV Series)
Uncle Nicky
 2002 The 4th Tenor
Bum #3
 2001 Downward Angel
Adam
 1995 Cops n Roberts
Lance
 1990-1995 Columbo (TV Series)
Rudy
- Strange Bedfellows (1995) ... Rudy
- Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo (1990) ... Rudy
 1995 Terrified
Office Worker #1
 1994 Boy Meets World (TV Series)
Frank
- Who's Afraid of Cory Wolf? (1994) ... Frank
 1988-1993 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Vinnie / Clifford Coleson
- The Survivor (1993) ... Vinnie
- Mr. Penroy's Vacation (1988) ... Clifford Coleson
 1992 Stay Tuned
Wetzel
 1992 Me Myself and I
Irving
 1990 Matlock (TV Series)
Andrew Sloan
- Nowhere to Turn (1990) ... Andrew Sloan
 1989 Mancuso, FBI (TV Series)
Ericson
- Murder of Pearl (1989) ... Ericson
 1989 Chopper Chicks in Zombietown
Ralph Willum
 1989 Weekend at Bernie's
Paulie, Vito's Hit Man
 1988 Blue Movies
Max
 1988 The Presidio
Howard Buckely
 1988 Private Eye (TV Movie)
Peppy Roth
 1988 Houston Knights (TV Series)
Sam
- Bad Paper (1988) ... Sam
 1987 Treasure of the Moon Goddess
Harold Grand
 1987 Private Eye (TV Series)
Peppy Roth
- Pilot (1987) ... Peppy Roth
 1987 Talking Walls
Andre
 1987 Nine to Five (TV Series)
Janipopolous
- Love and Death (1987) ... Janipopolous
 1984-1986 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Kenny Armis / Oscar Foreman
- Amazing Grace (1986) ... Kenny Armis
- Eva's Brawn (1984) ... Oscar Foreman
 1986 Throb (TV Series)
Coyote Man
- My Fair Punker Lady (1986) ... Coyote Man
 1986 Running Scared
Women's Room Lawyer
 1986 Blacke's Magic (TV Series)
Tony
- Wax Poetic (1986) ... Tony
 1985 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Messenger
- The Amazing Falsworth (1985) ... Messenger
 1985 Our Family Honor (TV Series)
Maltz
- Runaway Movie Queen (1985) ... Maltz
 1985 Hell Town (TV Series)
Plummer
- Hell Town Goes Bananas (1985) ... Plummer
 1985 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Randall Deeds
- Slither (1985) ... Randall Deeds
 1984 E. Nick: A Legend in His Own Mind
E. 'Nick' Vanacuzzi
 1984 Night Court (TV Series)
Miles Seaver
- Billie and the Cat (1984) ... Miles Seaver
 1984 Legmen (TV Series)
Oscar Armismendi / Oscar
- Poseidon Indenture (1984) ... Oscar Armismendi
- Take the Credit and Run (1984) ... Oscar
 1983 Allison Sydney Harrison (TV Movie)
Pat Rosetti
 1983 The Star Chamber
Lawrence Monk
 1983 Shooting Stars (TV Movie)
Driscoll
 1982 The Day the Bubble Burst (TV Movie)
Mr. Cinelli
 1982 Private Benjamin (TV Series)
Laszlo Bovitch
- I Wonder Who's Blackballing Her Now? (1982) ... Laszlo Bovitch
 1977-1981 Barney Miller (TV Series)
Edward Pratken / Arthur Thompson / Gilbert Lesco / ...
- Homeless (1981) ... Edward Pratken
- The Vests (1981) ... Arthur Thompson
- The Desk (1979) ... Gilbert Lesco
- Identity (1979) ... Calvin J. Kendall
- Hostage (1978) ... Leon Bidell
 1981 Benson (TV Series)
Dr. Death
 1981 Park Place (TV Series)
Howie Beech
- Crazy Judge (1981) ... Howie Beech
- Marooned (1981) ... Howie Beech
- Revenge (1981) ... Howie Beech
 1980 Nobody's Perfect (TV Series)
Rosen
- What's on Third? (1980) ... Rosen
 1979 1941
Telephone Operator
 1979 The Rose
Don Frank
 1979 10
Neighbor
 1979 The Runaways (TV Series)
Sam
- Dreams of My Father (1979) ... Sam
 1978 The Comedy Company (TV Movie)
Harry Fenner
 1978 Foul Play
Scarface
 1978 Steel Cowboy (TV Movie)
'Go' Trucker
 1978 The Bionic Woman (TV Series)
Petie 'The Weasel' Regan
- Rancho Outcast (1978) ... Petie 'The Weasel' Regan
 1977 Riding High (TV Movie)
Tex
 1977 New York, New York
Gilbert
 1974-1977 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Moonshine / Sparrow / Larry Mason
- A Good Cop... But (1977) ... Moonshine
- Poisoned Snow (1975) ... Sparrow
- Mister Nobody (1974) ... Larry Mason
 1977 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Mike Kelso
- The Final Chapter (1977) ... Mike Kelso
 1976 Nickelodeon
Waldo
 1976 Delvecchio (TV Series)
Sergeant Mendez / Narc
- Contract for Harry (1976) ... Sergeant Mendez
- The Avenger (1976) ... Narc (uncredited)
 1976 Baretta (TV Series)
Corsican
- Aggie (1976) ... Corsican
 1976 Most Wanted (TV Series)
Del Vecio
- Pilot (1976) ... Del Vecio
 1974-1975 Kojak (TV Series)
Burgess / Fidelio Ortez
- Marker to a Dead Bookie (1974) ... Fidelio Ortez
 1975 Peeper
Rosie
 1974 The Law (TV Movie)
Rod Brainard
 1974 Shanks
Einstein
 1974 Bank Shot
Stosh Gornik
 1974 Rhinoceros
Waiter
 1973 Cinderella Liberty
Lewis
 1973 The Blue Knight (TV Movie)
Damian
 1973 The Rainbow Boys
Mazella
 1972 The Delphi Bureau (TV Series)
Gunjamen
- The White Plague Project (1972) ... Gunjamen
 1972 Goodnight, My Love (TV Movie)
Bananas
 1972 Greaser's Palace
Morris
 1970 Pound
Italian Terrier
 1968 No More Excuses
Priest
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Stage play: Mating Dance - playing Ramesh Ramru/Junior, at Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York, New York, USA See more »

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Lance Fladoda
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Don Calfa, the Mortician in 'The Return of the Living Dead,' played Ernie the embalmer in the cult classic, was a hit man in 'Weekend at Bernie's.' Calfa was cast by some of the top directors of his time, including Peter Bogdanovich (1976's Nickelodeon), Martin Scorsese (1977's New York, New York), Blake Edwards (1979's 10), Steven Spielberg (1979's 1941), Bob Rafelson (the 1981 remake of The ... See more »

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