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Born: December 14, 1947 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Buffalo, New York, USA Profession: actor, educator, playwright

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A character actor who vanishes into his roles, Tom Mardirosian is best remembered from the gritty HBO dramas "Oz" and "The Wire." Mardirosian's love for acting began while in an Army Special Forces troop. After leaving the services, he headed back to his hometown of Buffalo, New York, where he began to appear in local theatre and studied drama at Buffalo's Studio ARENA Theatre School. Soon he headed downstate to work on Broadway, notably in "The Magic Show," a one-act musical starring magician Doug Henning. Soon he was appearing in small roles in feature films, notably as Officer Pantuzzi in the comedy "Trading Places" in 1983. Sporadic screen appearances lined his resume for the remainder of the 1980s, but it was in 1990 that his film career took off with a role as District Attorney Nico Della Guardia in the Harrison Ford paranoid thriller "Presumed Innocent." Soon further TV and screen parts poured in, and in 1998 he landed the key part of the childlike inmate Agamemnon Busmalis on HBO's prison drama "Oz." He portrayed the character from its second until its final sixth season. Now well-known to HBO's producers, he was swiftly snatched up for the part of corrupt FBI Agent Kristos Koutris on the...

A character actor who vanishes into his roles, Tom Mardirosian is best remembered from the gritty HBO dramas "Oz" and "The Wire." Mardirosian's love for acting began while in an Army Special Forces troop. After leaving the services, he headed back to his hometown of Buffalo, New York, where he began to appear in local theatre and studied drama at Buffalo's Studio ARENA Theatre School. Soon he headed downstate to work on Broadway, notably in "The Magic Show," a one-act musical starring magician Doug Henning. Soon he was appearing in small roles in feature films, notably as Officer Pantuzzi in the comedy "Trading Places" in 1983. Sporadic screen appearances lined his resume for the remainder of the 1980s, but it was in 1990 that his film career took off with a role as District Attorney Nico Della Guardia in the Harrison Ford paranoid thriller "Presumed Innocent." Soon further TV and screen parts poured in, and in 1998 he landed the key part of the childlike inmate Agamemnon Busmalis on HBO's prison drama "Oz." He portrayed the character from its second until its final sixth season. Now well-known to HBO's producers, he was swiftly snatched up for the part of corrupt FBI Agent Kristos Koutris on the second season of the network's multi-faceted crime drama "The Wire." For the rest of the 2000s Mardirosian dipped in and out of TV and feature film roles, memorably in M. Night Shyamalan's fantasy drama "Lady in the Water."

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 Let's Be Cops (2014)
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 Don Juan de Marco (1994) Baba The Eunuch
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 Dark Half, The (1993) Rick Cowley
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 With Murder in Mind (1992) Captain Bob Browning
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 Quiet Killer (1992) Kaprow
10.
 Boomerang (1992) Salesman
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1967:
Served in the US Army
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Had early stage credits in "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine" and "Romeo and Juliet" at the Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo
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Was a drama coach at the Studio Arena Theater of Buffalo and an instructor at Teacher's College
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Starred in "The Magic Show" at the Cort Theatre
1979:
Starred with Shirley Knight and Jane Alexander in the Manhattan Theatre Club presentation of John Hopkins' "Losing Time"
1982:
Had a supporting role as a stage manager in the modern comedy classic "Tootsie"
1983:
Played a police officer in the hit comedy "Trading Places"
1984:
Guested on "Miami Vice" (NBC)
1989:
Nominated for a "Unique Theatrical Experience" Drama Desk Award for "Saved from Obscurity"
1990:
Acted in the popular legal drama feature "Presumed Innocent"
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His play "Subfertile" was produced in the 1990-1991 season at Playwrights Horizons
1991:
Guested on "Law & Order" (NBC)
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Had a recurring role on the ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live", playing General Gazi
1992:
Acted in an episode of "LA Law"
1992:
Played a diamond merchant accused of money laundering and murder in an episode of "Law & Order"
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Played King Kaiser in the Broadway musical production of "My Favorite Year"
1993:
Had a supporting role in the thriller "The Dark Half"
1995:
Featured in "Don Juan De Marco"
1997:
Returned to "One Life to Live", this time playing the unrelated character Mr. Easke
1998:
Had a regular role on the HBO prison-set drama "Oz", playing Agamemnon Busmalis, nicknamed The Mole for his tunnel-digging talent
1999:
Starred as a barber in the festival-screened short "Razor's Edge"
1999:
Played Baptista Minola in "The Taming of the Shrew", produced at Central Park's Delacourt Theater
2000:
Guested on an episode of "Law & Order" that featured "Oz" co-stars Christopher Meloni and J K Simmons
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Notes

"It's ironic. We all hate each other on the show, but we all love each other in real life." -- Mardirosian on "Oz", quoted in The Boston Phoenix, July 8-15, 1999.

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wife:
Frederica Meister. Actress. Married August 26, 1984.

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father:
Matthew Mardirosian.
mother:
Afro Mardirosian.
daughter:
Anna Victoria Mardirosian.
daughter:
Sally Lucile Mardirosian.
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