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Ray Sharkey (1952–1993)


Ray Sharkey was born on November 14, 1952 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Ray Sharkey Jr. He was an actor, known for Wiseguy (1987), The Idolmaker (1980) and Who'll Stop the Rain (1978). He was married to Carole Graham and Rebecca Wood. He died on June 11, 1993 in New York City, New York. See full bio »

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Known For

Wiseguy
Wiseguy Sonny Steelgrave
(1987-1989)
The Idolmaker
The Idolmaker Vincent Vacarri
(1980)
Who'll Stop the Rain
(1978)
Cop & ½
Cop & ½ Vinnie Fountain
(1993)

Filmography

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 1993 Cop & ½
Vinnie Fountain
 1992 The Ray Bradbury Theater (TV Series)
The Father
- By the Numbers (1992) ... The Father
 1992 Round Trip to Heaven
Stoneface
 1992 In the Line of Duty: Street War (TV Movie)
Det. Victor Tomasino
 1992 Chrome Soldiers (TV Movie)
Gabe Ricci
 1992 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
Michael 'Mickey Daytona' DaSilva
- Beautiful Dreamer (1992) ... Michael 'Mickey Daytona' DaSilva
 1992 Dead On: Relentless II (Video)
Kyle Valsone
 1992 Zebrahead
Richard
 1991 Riders in the Sky (TV Series)
Spongehead
- Saddle Pals (1991) ... Spongehead
 1991 The Man in the Family (TV Series)
Sal Bavasso
- My Pal Joey (1991) ... Sal Bavasso
- Real News (1991) ... Sal Bavasso
- A Date with a Don (1991) ... Sal Bavasso
- Uncle Sal (1991) ... Sal Bavasso
- None for Sal (1991) ... Sal Bavasso
 1991 The Neon Empire (TV Movie)
Junior Molov
 1991 Caged Fear
Warden Hayes
 1990 Good Cops, Bad Cops (TV Movie)
Capt. Gerry Clemente
 1990 The Rain Killer
Capra
 1990 The Take (TV Movie)
Dennis
 1990 American Playwrights Theater: The One-Acts (TV Series)
Silva
- 27 Wagons Full of Cotton (1990) ... Silva
 1989 Wired
Angel Velasquez
 1989 The Hitchhiker (TV Series)
Eric Coleman
- In Living Color (1989) ... Eric Coleman
 1989 The Revenge of Al Capone (TV Movie)
Scarface
 1987-1989 Wiseguy (TV Series)
Sonny Steelgrave
- White Noise (1989) ... Sonny Steelgrave
- No One Gets Out of Here Alive (1987) ... Sonny Steelgrave
- The Marriage of Heaven & Hell (1987) ... Sonny Steelgrave
- A Deal's a Deal (1987) ... Sonny Steelgrave
- Prodigal Son (1987) ... Sonny Steelgrave
 1988 Act of Piracy
Jack Wilcox
 1986-1987 Crime Story (TV Series)
U.S. Atty. Harry Breitel / Breitel
- Torello on Trial (1987) ... U.S. Atty. Harry Breitel
- Fatal Crossroads (1987) ... U.S. Atty. Harry Breitel
- Strange Bedfellows (1986) ... U.S. Atty. Harry Breitel
- Hide and Go Thief (1986) ... U.S. Atty. Harry Breitel
- Justice Hits the Skids (1986) ... U.S. Atty. Harry Breitel
 1986 No Mercy
Angles Ryan
 1986 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Grand Vizier
- Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1986) ... Grand Vizier
 1986 Wise Guys
Marco
 1985 Behind Enemy Lines (TV Movie)
Sgt. Max Zierman
 1985 The Equalizer (TV Series)
Geoffery Dryden
- Desperately (1985) ... Geoffery Dryden
 1985 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Bobby Profile
- Tale of the Goat (1985) ... Bobby Profile
 1985 Hellhole
Silk
 1984 Du-beat-e-o
duBEAT-e-o
 1984 Body Rock
Terrence Mitchell
 1983 Rage (TV Movie)
 1982 Regina Roma
 1982 Some Kind of Hero
Vinnie
 1982 Love & Money
Byron Levin
 1981 The Ordeal of Bill Carney (TV Movie)
Bill Carney
 1980 The Idolmaker
Vincent Vacarri
 1980 Willie & Phil
Phil D'Amico
 1980 Heart Beat
Ira
 1978 Paradise Alley
Legs
 1978 Who'll Stop the Rain
Smitty
 1977 Best Friends (TV Movie)
Lionel 'Big O' Lapidus
 1977 Stunts
Paul Salerno
 1977 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Benny Lester
- Time Out (1977) ... Benny Lester
 1977 Hot Tomorrows
Louis
 1976 Police Story (TV Series)
Pete Samper
- Payment Deferred (1976) ... Pete Samper
 1976 Trackdown
Flash
 1976 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Robert Phelps
- Tennis Anyone? (1976) ... Robert Phelps
 1975 Barney Miller (TV Series)
David Salas / Hold-Up Man
- Protection (1975) ... David Salas
- Experience (1975) ... Hold-Up Man
 1975 All in the Family (TV Series)
Man At Clinic
- Chain Letter (1975) ... Man At Clinic (uncredited)
 1975 On the Rocks (TV Series)
Opie
- Champion (1975) ... Opie
 1974 Kojak (TV Series)
Det. Gallagher / Gallagher
- A Killing in the Second House (1974) ... Det. Gallagher (uncredited)
- The Best Judge Money Can Buy (1974) ... Gallagher (uncredited)
- You Can't Tell a Hurt Man How to Holler (1974) ... Det. Gallagher (uncredited)
- Nursemaid (1974) ... Gallagher (uncredited)
 1974 The Lords of Flatbush
Student / Wedding Guest
 1974 Chopper One (TV Series)
2nd Hood
- The Copperhead (1974) ... 2nd Hood
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Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Personal Quote:

I was kind of bored and didn't know what to do. It was either join the Marines and ship out for Vietnam, or go down to acting school in the Village. So I opted for the latter, and the rest is history. - On becoming an actor See more »

Trivia:

At his worst his cocaine and heroin addiction cost him $400 a day. He was also involved in four drug-related car wrecks (two required microsurgery on his eyes). He ended up dropping 40 lbs. from his 5' 8" frame and is believed to have developed the AIDS virus through sharing dirty needles. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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