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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: Cast ...
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Raised in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, New York
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After seeing the Broadway production of "Hair" at age 17, decided to become an actor
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Studied acting in NYC and appeared in Off-Off-Broadway plays
1973:
In November, moved to L.A.
1976:
Film acting debut in "Hot Tomorrows" (American Film Institute graduate film directed by Martin Brest)
1977:
Appeared in the unsold CBS pilot "Best Friends"
1978:
Garnered attention for performance as a killer in "Who'll Stop the Rain"
1979:
Cast as an Alan Ginsberg-like poet in "Heart Beat"
1980:
Starred with Margot Kidder and Michael Ontkean in the triangular romantic film "Willie and Phil"
1981:
Had title role of a paraplegic in the CBS drama "The Ordeal of Bill Carney"
1981:
Breakthrough screen role as "The Idolmaker"
1987:
Offered memorable turn as the mobster Sonny Steelgrave in the CBS drama "Wiseguy"
1989:
Played the famed Chicago gangster in the NBC telepic "The Revenge of Al Capone"
1991:
Headlined the ABC sitcom "Man in the Family"; aired for seven episodes during the summer
1992:
Last TV-movie "In the Line of Duty: Street War" (NBC)
1994:
Last feature film, "Urban Crossfire"
1995:
Final screen appearance in the documentary, "Stephen Verona: Self Portrait"

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