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Also Known As: Rudolph Edward Mekjian Died:
Born: June 14, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, dancer, singer

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Born in Massachusetts to parents with Armenian roots, Eddie Mekka is a veteran character actor. During the 1970s, Mekka worked in theater, running a local opera company in his hometown of Worcester, and eventually appearing on Broadway. Relocating to Hollywood to pursue a career in television, Mekka got his big break in '76 when he was cast as Carmine Ragusa on the popular sitcom "Laverne & Shirley." During his seven-year stint on the show, he also appeared on its sister series, "Happy Days," and made guest appearances on other successful programs such as "The Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island." Although Mekka wasn't very active during the '80s and '90s, his career began to pick up in the new millennium. Not only did Mekka return to the stage for a variety of productions, he also made one-off appearances on hit shows such as "24," "Crossing Jordan," and "ER," and had a bit part in the feature film "Dreamgirls."

Born in Massachusetts to parents with Armenian roots, Eddie Mekka is a veteran character actor. During the 1970s, Mekka worked in theater, running a local opera company in his hometown of Worcester, and eventually appearing on Broadway. Relocating to Hollywood to pursue a career in television, Mekka got his big break in '76 when he was cast as Carmine Ragusa on the popular sitcom "Laverne & Shirley." During his seven-year stint on the show, he also appeared on its sister series, "Happy Days," and made guest appearances on other successful programs such as "The Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island." Although Mekka wasn't very active during the '80s and '90s, his career began to pick up in the new millennium. Not only did Mekka return to the stage for a variety of productions, he also made one-off appearances on hit shows such as "24," "Crossing Jordan," and "ER," and had a bit part in the feature film "Dreamgirls."

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3.
 Taking the Heat (1993) Barbaro
4.
 A League of Their Own (1992) Mae'S Guy In Bar
5.
 Beaches (1988) 3rd Actor (Falcon Theatre)
6.
 Bum Rap (1988) Sammy
8.
 Laverne & Shirley (2001) Interviewee
9.
 Top of the World (1998)
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Headed the Worcester County Light Opera in Massachusetts
1974:
Appeared on Broadway in "The Magic Show" as Manny
1975:
Received a Tony nomination for his Broadway performance in "The Lieutenant"
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Moved to Los Angeles
1976:
Landed the role of Carmine Ragusa on the ABC sitcom "Laverne & Shirley"
1977:
Reprised the role of Carmine on an episode of "Happy Days" (ABC)
1977:
Cast on the short-lived "Happy Days" spin-off, "Blansky's Beauties" (ABC) as Joey DeLuca, a younger cousin to Carmine Ragusa
1988:
Had a small role, opposite Bette Midler, in "Beaches"
1992:
Cast as Grady, Jenna's sidekick on the CBS daytime drama "Guiding Light"
1992:
Briefly appeared as Madonna's boyfriend in "A League of their Own"
1993:
Began playing the role of Tevye in various productions of "Fiddler on the Roof"
1998:
Had a recurring role on NBC's daytime drama "Sunset Beach"
2000:
Cast as Vince Fontaine in a national tour of "Grease" with Cindy Williams
2002:
Appeared in a touring production of "The Goodbye Girl"
2006:
Had a small role as a Club Manager in "Dreamgirls"
2006:
Performed in "Hairspray" as Wilbur Turnblad in a Las Vegas production
2008:
Returned to NY for Steve Solomon's Off-Broadway play "My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish & I'm In Therapy!"
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