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Also Known As: Joseph Regalbluto Died:
Born: August 24, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Indelibly famous for playing cocky newscaster Frank Fontana on the long-running sitcom "Murphy Brown" (CBS, 1988-1998), Joe Regalbuto was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1949. Pursuing a love of acting he had felt since childhood, he would study at the American Academy of Dramatic Art. Eventually, Regalbuto was drafted for service in the Vietnam War, but his conscientious objector status led to him performing alternative service at the New York University Medical Center, where he began drifting away from the arts. Eventually however, a conversation with a therapist reminded him of his original passion, and he re-enrolled at NYU to further study acting. Eventually pursuing a professional career as a performer, Regalbuto made his on-screen debut with a small appearance in the film "The Goodbye Girl" (1977). He followed this with other roles, like one in the thriller "Schizoid" (1980) and in the Tom Selleck crime drama "Lassiter" (1984). Then in 1988, Regalbuto joined the cast of "Murphy Brown," cementing his place in the hearts of millions of fans as Brown's platonic best friend and co-worker, Frank Fontana. He would go on to appear in projects like the sleeper hit "Bottle Shock" (2008). Eventually,...

Indelibly famous for playing cocky newscaster Frank Fontana on the long-running sitcom "Murphy Brown" (CBS, 1988-1998), Joe Regalbuto was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1949. Pursuing a love of acting he had felt since childhood, he would study at the American Academy of Dramatic Art. Eventually, Regalbuto was drafted for service in the Vietnam War, but his conscientious objector status led to him performing alternative service at the New York University Medical Center, where he began drifting away from the arts. Eventually however, a conversation with a therapist reminded him of his original passion, and he re-enrolled at NYU to further study acting. Eventually pursuing a professional career as a performer, Regalbuto made his on-screen debut with a small appearance in the film "The Goodbye Girl" (1977). He followed this with other roles, like one in the thriller "Schizoid" (1980) and in the Tom Selleck crime drama "Lassiter" (1984). Then in 1988, Regalbuto joined the cast of "Murphy Brown," cementing his place in the hearts of millions of fans as Brown's platonic best friend and co-worker, Frank Fontana. He would go on to appear in projects like the sleeper hit "Bottle Shock" (2008). Eventually, Regalbuto joined his castmates from "Murphy Brown" for the show's reboot in 2018.

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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.
 Deadly Weapon (1988)
9.
 Fatal Judgment (1988) Charlie Capute
10.
 Cop Killer (1988) Grady Dolin
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1990:
Co-starred in "Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean"
1985:
Had a reccuring role on "Knots Landing"
:
Acted in the action thriller "Raw Deal."
1987:
Played Father Doldana in "The Sicilian."
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Appeared in the thriller "Bodily Harm."
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Appeared in the disaster movie "Fire Twister."
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Began playing Frank Fontana on the hugely popular sitcom "Murphy Brown."
1982:
Co-starred in "Missing"
1978:
Made TV debut on "Mork and Mindy"
1979:
TV series debut on "The Associates"
1980:
Appeared in the thriller "Schizoid."
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Made his on-screen debut with a small appearance in the film "The Goodbye Girl."
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Appeared in the Tom Selleck crime drama "Lassiter."
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Guest starred on the series "Ally McBeal."
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Appeared in the sleeper hit "Bottle Shock."
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Reunited with his former castmates for the reboot of "Murphy Brown."
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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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