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Also Known As: Died: June 11, 1993
Born: November 14, 1952 Cause of Death: complications from AIDS
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor

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Lead and character player who began his career on TV in the 1970s and achieved his movie breakthrough in "The Idolmaker" (1982), Taylor Hackford's stinging look at exploitation in the music business. Sharkey has appeared in several Paul Mazursky films, notably as Phil D'Amico in the engaging "Willie and Phil" (1980). He excelled in tough, urban roles and is known for his role as mob boss Sonny Steelgrave in the popular TV series, "Wiseguy."

Lead and character player who began his career on TV in the 1970s and achieved his movie breakthrough in "The Idolmaker" (1982), Taylor Hackford's stinging look at exploitation in the music business. Sharkey has appeared in several Paul Mazursky films, notably as Phil D'Amico in the engaging "Willie and Phil" (1980). He excelled in tough, urban roles and is known for his role as mob boss Sonny Steelgrave in the popular TV series, "Wiseguy."

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Urban Crossfire (1994)
3.
 Cop And A Half (1993) Fountain
4.
 In the Line of Duty: Street War (1992) Victor Tomasino
5.
 Chrome Soldiers (1992) Gabe Ricci
6.
 Zebrahead (1992) Richard Glass
7.
 Round Trip to Heaven (1992) Stoneface
8.
 Caged Fear (1991) Warden Hayes
9.
 Relentless 2: Dead On (1991) Kyle Valsone
10.
 Take, The (1990) Detective Dennis Delaney
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Milestones close milestones

1977:
Appeared in the unsold CBS pilot "Best Friends"
1991:
Headlined the ABC sitcom "Man in the Family"; aired for seven episodes during the summer
1979:
Cast as an Alan Ginsberg-like poet in "Heart Beat"
1978:
Garnered attention for performance as a killer in "Who'll Stop the Rain"
1987:
Offered memorable turn as the mobster Sonny Steelgrave in the CBS drama "Wiseguy"
1980:
Starred with Margot Kidder and Michael Ontkean in the triangular romantic film "Willie and Phil"
1976:
Film acting debut in "Hot Tomorrows" (American Film Institute graduate film directed by Martin Brest)
1981:
Had title role of a paraplegic in the CBS drama "The Ordeal of Bill Carney"
1992:
Last TV-movie "In the Line of Duty: Street War" (NBC)
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Studied acting in NYC and appeared in Off-Off-Broadway plays
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After seeing the Broadway production of "Hair" at age 17, decided to become an actor
1981:
Breakthrough screen role as "The Idolmaker"
1973:
In November, moved to L.A.
1993:
Last feature film, "Cop & ½"
1989:
Played the famed Chicago gangster in the NBC telepic "The Revenge of Al Capone"
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Raised in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York
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Education

HB Studio: New York, New York -

Notes

In a 1988 interview with TV Guide, Sharkey revealed that he had cultivated a drug habit in the 1980s that required him to spend between $300 and $500 per day. He also confessed to having worked while under the influence. In 1986, Sharkey entered a drug rehabilitation facility for his heroin and cocaine habit. Shortly after completing the program, he was hired by Stephen J. Cannell for the role of Sonny Steelgrave on "Wiseguy".

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companion:
Ornella Muti. Actor. Had relationship when they acted together in "Love and Money" in 1981.
wife:
Rebecca Wood. Model. Married for two years in the mid-1980s; reportedly broke up because of Sharkey's drug use.
wife:
Carole Graham. Actor. Married in October 1988; filed for divorce in 1990.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Cecelia Sharkey. Raised son as a single parent with assistance from her parents.
daughter:
Cecelia Bonnie Sharkey. Born on March 25, 1989; mother, Carole Graham.

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