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Born: August 24, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor

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American character actor with thinning hair and a pained expression on his face, known primarily for his work on TV, Regalbuto made his TV debut as an alien intent on killing the title characters on "Mork and Mindy." He was then cast as the ambitious junior partner of a law firm whose only goal was to take over the firm in the short-lived series "The Associates" (ABC, 1979-80), with Martin Short. In 1983, he was Tim Conway's assistant on "Ace Crawford, Private Eye" (CBS) and on ABC's "Street Hawk," a 1985 short-lived series, he was the engineer who had developed Rex Smith's super-charged motorcycle. But it wasn't until he was cast as the socially insecure newsman, Frank Fontana, on CBS' "Murphy Brown" (1988-98) that Regalbuto had an outlet to showcase his considerable comic talents. "Murphy Brown" also helped Regalbuto gain larger roles in TV-movies. He was particularly memorable in "Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean" (1990) as the one associate Helmsley (Suzanne Pleshette) couldn't buffalo. He was the lead opposite Morgan Fairchild in "Winter Block" (USA, 1991). Regalbuto has worked sporadically in feature films, beginning with the forgettable "Schizoid" (1980). He was Frank Teruggi, a friend of...

American character actor with thinning hair and a pained expression on his face, known primarily for his work on TV, Regalbuto made his TV debut as an alien intent on killing the title characters on "Mork and Mindy." He was then cast as the ambitious junior partner of a law firm whose only goal was to take over the firm in the short-lived series "The Associates" (ABC, 1979-80), with Martin Short. In 1983, he was Tim Conway's assistant on "Ace Crawford, Private Eye" (CBS) and on ABC's "Street Hawk," a 1985 short-lived series, he was the engineer who had developed Rex Smith's super-charged motorcycle. But it wasn't until he was cast as the socially insecure newsman, Frank Fontana, on CBS' "Murphy Brown" (1988-98) that Regalbuto had an outlet to showcase his considerable comic talents. "Murphy Brown" also helped Regalbuto gain larger roles in TV-movies. He was particularly memorable in "Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean" (1990) as the one associate Helmsley (Suzanne Pleshette) couldn't buffalo. He was the lead opposite Morgan Fairchild in "Winter Block" (USA, 1991).

Regalbuto has worked sporadically in feature films, beginning with the forgettable "Schizoid" (1980). He was Frank Teruggi, a friend of Sissy Spacek's, whose body Spacek and Jack Lemmon find in "Missing" (1982), and a priest in "The Sicilians" (1987). On stage, Regalbuto starred in the Broadway and Los Angeles productions of "Division Street."

Regalbuto's "Murphy Brown" fame has also spilled over into TV commercials, where he has become a frequent spokesperson for products since the mid-90s.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bottle Shock (2008)
2.
 Bodily Harm (1995) Stan Geffen
3.
 Beyond Obsession (1994) Jake Meletti
4.
 Writer's Block (1991) Detective Mark Browning
5.
 Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage, The (1990) Tony Blanchard
6.
 Leona Helmsley: The Queen Of Mean (1990) Paul Summerton
7.
 Prime Target (1989) Tom Janssen
8.
 Cop Killer (1988) Grady Dolin
9.
 Fatal Judgment (1988) Charlie Capute
10.
 Deadly Weapon (1988)
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1978:
Made TV debut on "Mork and Mindy"
1979:
TV series debut on "The Associates"
1980:
Made feature debut in "Schizoid"
1982:
Co-starred in "Missing"
1985:
Had a reccuring role on "Knots Landing"
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Cast as a regular for TV's "Murphy Brown"
1990:
Co-starred in "Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean"
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Education

Tisch School of the Arts, New York University: New York , New York -
American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York -

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wife:
Rosemarie Regalbuto.

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