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Overview (3)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Birth NameJack Tomaso Scalia
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Actor Jack Scalia, a Brooklyn native, was raised in Brentwood,NY. He graduated from Brentwood High School in 1969. He was an All-American athlete in high school, playing three sports through college, while participating in four triathlons and six marathons. He decided to attempt Hollywood stardom as an actor after an injury ended a pro-baseball career. In 1975, he took advantage of his muscular build and macho good looks by modeling with Armani, later joining the Ford Modeling Agency and signing on as the "Jordache Jeans Man". In January 1980, Scalia made the transition into acting, which led to his first film role in the mini-movie, The Star Maker (1981), starring the late Rock Hudson. Scalia got his first taste of series stardom as an unshaven, rough-and-tough detective who joins forces with his slick and debonair father (Hudson again) in the TV series, The Devlin Connection (1982). Though the series had a short life, Scalia received scads of attention. His more popular telefilm credits included I'll Take Manhattan (1987), Ring of Scorpio (1991), Lady Boss (1992) and Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story (1993), playing infamous tabloid newsmaker Joey Buttafuoco, with Alyssa Milano as his teenage object of desire. Though Scalia never scaled to the heights of a Tom Selleck or Pierce Brosnan with that one smash series, he would headline a near-record eleven TV shows that kept him constantly in the running. In 2001, he joined the cast of All My Children (1970) for a time and won a daytime Emmy nomination in the process. He's also been an active hero and villain in low-budget thrillers, such as The Rift (1990) (aka "Endless Descent"), T-Force (1994), Act of War (1998) and Ground Zero (2000). He then returned from living in Rome, Italy while filming a remake of his American TV series, Tequila and Bonetti (1992). He made his stage debut as the lead in the Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, "Red River Rats", in Los Angeles. The tall, dark and hirsutely handsome Scalia has remained a durable "ladies' man" and "man's man" for decades.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (2)

Karen Dianne Baldwin (1987 - 1996) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Joan Rankin (1980 - ?) ( divorced)

Trivia (6)

In 1971, he was the first team draft pick, and 3rd overall MLB pick, of the Montreal Expos (now known as the Washington Nationals) Major League Baseball club.
Modeled briefs in newspaper and magazine ads for Eminence Underwear in the late 1970s.
Daughters: Olivia (b. 1987) and Jacqueline (b. 1990).
Speaks fluent Spanish and Italian.
A Brooklyn native of Italian and Irish decent.
The September 7, 1988, issue of Variety announced in the New Film Starts column that the movie "Demon Hunters", directed by David Layton, began filming September 6, 1988, in Hong Kong. The cast included Jack Scalia. It was to be an English version of the Hong Kong film Geung si sin sang (1985) but was never completed.

Personal Quotes (5)

I stopped doing liquor ads and underwear ads rather early in my modeling career. They brought me a lot of recognition and I got to work with great photographers, but I've tried very hard to keep my morals intact. I believe in the family, I believe in God, and I believe in my country. I'm pretty tight with those three things. - Why he left modeling.
Running and acting both have periods that are long and monotonous. With marathons, it's simply a matter of putting one foot in front of the other for hours. With acting, there's all the waiting around. But running helps my endurance and helps me set goals, to work in a direction that's character building. - The difference between Sports & Acting.
The physical part of my life is very important to me because it burns off all my frenetic energy. I have always been the type who could never sit still. - How important is exercise?
I knew it was over. I was totally numb. And I'll never forget the next day. I was cleaning out my locker. I heard the cleats go clicking down the cement sidewalk. Then I heard the locker-room door slam closed. I was by myself. And I would stay that way for a very long time. - About losing his sports career.
I was extremely insecure. Modeling fed the shell of the ego, but it wasn't the spirit inside. It helped me put up a front, because that is involved in performing, but that was only the shell. It made it much easier for me to take compliments, but I didn't have the awareness of myself as a person. - How did modeling help his insecurities.

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