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Birth Place: Italy Profession: actor

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Effectively cast as both amiable heroes and imposing figures of evil, Italian-born actor Nick Mancuso established himself as a new and valuable performer on stage in productions put on by the Stratford Festival and the Toronto Free Theater. He made his Hollywood motion picture debut in the horror outing "Nightwing" (1979), which proved to be a failure, but Mancuso quickly bounced back with one of his finest performances in "Ticket to Heaven" (1981) as a downtrodden man seduced into joining a cult. From that point onward, he alternated between working in the United States and Canada, including the fondly remembered "Stingray" (NBC, 1985) and its short-lived series offshoot, and such major studio pictures as "Under Siege" (1992) and "Rapid Fire" (1992). Moving back and forth from lead roles to more character-oriented assignments, Mancuso's dark good looks and multilingual abilities also made him the perfect choice to play different ethnicities. Although he was rarely at a loss for employment, Mancuso launched a new career path later in life as an enthusiastic advocate for healthy life choices and homeopathic alternatives to conventional medication. While never a bona fide star by Hollywood standards,...

Effectively cast as both amiable heroes and imposing figures of evil, Italian-born actor Nick Mancuso established himself as a new and valuable performer on stage in productions put on by the Stratford Festival and the Toronto Free Theater. He made his Hollywood motion picture debut in the horror outing "Nightwing" (1979), which proved to be a failure, but Mancuso quickly bounced back with one of his finest performances in "Ticket to Heaven" (1981) as a downtrodden man seduced into joining a cult. From that point onward, he alternated between working in the United States and Canada, including the fondly remembered "Stingray" (NBC, 1985) and its short-lived series offshoot, and such major studio pictures as "Under Siege" (1992) and "Rapid Fire" (1992). Moving back and forth from lead roles to more character-oriented assignments, Mancuso's dark good looks and multilingual abilities also made him the perfect choice to play different ethnicities. Although he was rarely at a loss for employment, Mancuso launched a new career path later in life as an enthusiastic advocate for healthy life choices and homeopathic alternatives to conventional medication. While never a bona fide star by Hollywood standards, Mancuso commanded a great deal respect amongst both his peers and the public for an impressively lengthy and varied acting history in three mediums.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Contract Killers (2009)
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5.
 Night of Terror (2006)
6.
 In the Mix (2005)
7.
 Lightning: Bolts of Destruction (2003) General Fields
8.
 Avalanche Alley (2002)
10.
 Sealed With a Kiss (2001) Barry Kuda
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1949:
Born in southern Italy
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Raised in Toronto Canada
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Founded a Toronto theater troupe called "Teatru Streetcarru" that produced plays for Toronto's Italian community
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Toured cross-Canada with his theater troupe
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Worked as a performer and artistic director for a season at Vancouver's Playhouse Theater
1976:
Gained national attention playing Kewpie in George Bloomfield's CBC production of "Paradise Lost" by Clifford Odets
1979:
Feature debut, starred in the suspense film "Nightwing"
1978:
TV-movie debut, starred in "Dr. Scorpion", a Stephen J. Cannell-produced fantasy adventure
1980:
TV miniseries debut, "Scruples"
1985:
Starred in the NBC crime show pilot, "Stingray", produced and written by Cannell
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Starred in the series "Stingray"
1993:
Starred in "Matrix", a fantasy action series on USA
1993:
Appeared in the popular sci-fi miniseries "Wild Palms", executive produced by Oliver Stone
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Education

University of Toronto: -

Notes

"He learned that his very own network (NBC) was airing a new series called "Mancuso, FBI". The hero's name was Nick Mancuso, but the character was played by Robert Loggia.

"'That was very upsetting to me. It was the bizarrest damn thing," Mancuso said. "NBC decided to use my name. There was nothing I could do about it. ...'

"Fortunately for Mancuso, the series was short-lived, but that didn't soften the blow.

"'To this day, people still think I'm that guy," he says. "People still get confused. After 26 years of work, people still think I'm that guy'". -- From "Nick: A Mancuso For All Seasons" by Jackie Hyman in Daily News, December 28, 1993.

Mancuso paints and writes poetry.

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