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Also Known As: Michael Starr Died:
Born: July 29, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Flushing, New York, USA Profession: actor, bartender, bouncer

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A tall (6'3"), burly, and remarkably versatile character actor, Mike Starr built an impressive career with a steady stream of work, appearing consistently on screens big and small with dozens of memorable supporting performances. A Queens native who attended Hofstra University on both drama and football scholarships, Starr worked as a bartender and bouncer and appeared in regional theater productions while waiting for his acting break. The actor lensed a role in his first film "The Bushido Blade" (released in 1981) in 1978, working with veteran actor Richard Boone, an experience Starr has noted as an influence on his career. While the film remained shelved for years, he subsequently debuted to audiences as a patrolman in William Friedkin's controversial crime drama "Cruising" (1980). The actor appeared onstage in the 1983 Broadway flop "The Guys in the Truck", but rebounded the following year with roles in CBS' "Terrible Joe Moran" (James Cagney's TV-movie debut) and Barry Levinson's baseball homage "The Natural".

A tall (6'3"), burly, and remarkably versatile character actor, Mike Starr built an impressive career with a steady stream of work, appearing consistently on screens big and small with dozens of memorable supporting performances. A Queens native who attended Hofstra University on both drama and football scholarships, Starr worked as a bartender and bouncer and appeared in regional theater productions while waiting for his acting break. The actor lensed a role in his first film "The Bushido Blade" (released in 1981) in 1978, working with veteran actor Richard Boone, an experience Starr has noted as an influence on his career. While the film remained shelved for years, he subsequently debuted to audiences as a patrolman in William Friedkin's controversial crime drama "Cruising" (1980). The actor appeared onstage in the 1983 Broadway flop "The Guys in the Truck", but rebounded the following year with roles in CBS' "Terrible Joe Moran" (James Cagney's TV-movie debut) and Barry Levinson's baseball homage "The Natural".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Chicago Overcoat (2011)
2.
 Ca$h (2010)
3.
 Black Dynamite (2009)
5.
 Lonely Street (2009)
6.
 Lone Rider (2008)
7.
 Dough Boys (2006)
8.
10.
 Ice Harvest, The (2005)
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Milestones close milestones

1980:
Made screen debut in William Friedkin's controversial crime drama "Cruising"
1981:
First film to be cast, "The Bushido Blade" (filmed in 1978)
1983:
Featured in the short-lived Broadway play "The Guys in the Truck" (closed after one performance)
1984:
TV-movie debut, "Terrible Joe Moran" (CBS)
1984:
Appeared in Barry Levinson's "The Natural"
1985:
Had a cameo in "The Last Dragon"
1985:
Acted on Broadway in "Requiem For a Heavyweight"
1986:
Appeared in "The Money Pit"
1987:
Had a small role as a burglar in Woody Allen's "Radio Days"
1988:
Acted in the TV-movie "Frank Nitti: The Enforcer" (ABC)
1989:
Re-teamed with Allen for the "Oedipus Wrecks" segment of "New York Stories"
1990:
Featured in the mob-themed dramas "GoodFellas" and "Miller's Crossing"
1990:
Acted in the fact-based two-part desegregation miniseries "Common Ground" (CBS)
1991:
Had a featured role in the 1930s NYC-set gangster drama "Billy Bathgate"
1992:
Gave a memorable supporting performance as a man who tangles with "The Bodyguard"
1992:
Acted in John Turturro's "Mac"
1993:
Had a featured role in the comedy "Mad Dog and Glory"
1994:
Played a supporting role in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood"
1994:
Played the killer on the trail of two brainless bumblers in Peter Farrelly's "Dumb and Dumber"
1994:
Played a major league baseball catcher nearing the end of his career in the short-lived FOX sitcom "Hardball"
1995:
Featured in Spike Lee's "Clockers"
1996:
Played a friendly beat cop in the animated/live-action film "James and the Giant Peach"
1996:
Was a regular on the gritty but short-lived CBS crime drama series "EZ Streets"
1997:
Starred in the independent comedy "The Deli" as a store owner caught up in the numbers racket
1998:
Had a supporting role in Brian De Palma's thriller "Snake Eyes"
1998:
Acted in a two-episode recurring role on the CBS crime drama series "Martial Law"
1999:
Appeared in Sidney Lumet's "Gloria" and Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam"
1999:
Featured in the A&E original movie "Murder in a Small Town" and its sequel "The Lady in Question" as a police detective
2000:
Cast on the hit NBC hit series "Ed" as an overqualified bowling alley employee
2004:
Appeared in Kevin Smith's "Jersey Girl" with Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler
2004:
Had a recurring role in "Joan of Arcadia" (CBS) as Big Tough Guy God
2005:
Co-starred with John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton in "The Ice Harvest"
2006:
Took over for Brad Garrett as Murray the Cop in the Broadway production of "The Odd Couple"
2006:
Played a detective in Brian De Palma's "The Black Dahlia"
2009:
Had a supporting role in Nia Vardalos' directing debut "I Hate Valentine's Day"
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Education

Holy Cross High School: Flushing , New York -
Hofstra University: Hempstead , New York -

Notes

Mike Starr on typecasting: "I get a lot of calls for New York-oriented things, mob parts, cop roles. I think they stereotype me by size [he's 6'3", 245 pounds]; that's a bit of a pitfall. Some people bring me in for the big gentle guy or these killers. It's hard to figure out what they think of me." --quoted in New York's Daily News, October 9, 1994.

"You get lucky, but I think I'm coming into the right age [44] for my look. I'm maturing to that, and I like to think that the years of studying acting and doing all those small parts have started to pay off. I don't have to push as hard as I did before. I'm just getting to be known." -- Starr to New York's Daily News, October 9, 1994.

Mike Starr on his career upswing: "It's been a little nuts the last two years. Close calls on things -- when directors say, 'I'll keep you in mind,' and you think: "Yeah, right' -- are finally coming together. Seeds I planted years ago have started to flower." --quoted in Entertainment Weekly, January 20, 1995.

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wife:
Joanne Starr. Surgeon. Married in 1975.

Family close complete family listing

brother:
Beau Starr. Actor, former professional football player.
daughter:
Cassy Starr. Born c. 1976.
son:
John Starr. Born c. 1979.
daughter:
Nicole Starr. Born c. 1981.
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