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Born: December 30, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA Profession: actor, junior high school teacher

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Originally a school teacher, Concetta Tomei often projects a schoolmarmish air and was frequently cast in officious roles, in which she took no hostages. She managed both attributes as Major Lila Garreau at a Vietnam medical station on "China Beach" (ABC, 1988-91), although she was softened by a marriage to a guy from the motor pool. Tomei taught junior high school in Milwaukee for four years before deciding to take a stab at acting. She studied at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, then performed with the Houston Alley Theatre for two years before moving to New York. On Broadway she co-starred with David Bowie in "The Elephant Man" and toured nationally with the show. She was in the ensemble cast of the Tommy Tune-directed "Cloud Nine" Off-Broadway from 1981-82, and originated the role of Dr. Bruckner in "The Normal Heart" at the Public Theatre. While still in New York, she landed some TV work. Tomei had a recurring role as a social worker on the soap opera "All My Children" and appeared in "Amy and the Angel", a 1982 "ABC Afterschool Special".

Originally a school teacher, Concetta Tomei often projects a schoolmarmish air and was frequently cast in officious roles, in which she took no hostages. She managed both attributes as Major Lila Garreau at a Vietnam medical station on "China Beach" (ABC, 1988-91), although she was softened by a marriage to a guy from the motor pool. Tomei taught junior high school in Milwaukee for four years before deciding to take a stab at acting. She studied at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, then performed with the Houston Alley Theatre for two years before moving to New York. On Broadway she co-starred with David Bowie in "The Elephant Man" and toured nationally with the show. She was in the ensemble cast of the Tommy Tune-directed "Cloud Nine" Off-Broadway from 1981-82, and originated the role of Dr. Bruckner in "The Normal Heart" at the Public Theatre. While still in New York, she landed some TV work. Tomei had a recurring role as a social worker on the soap opera "All My Children" and appeared in "Amy and the Angel", a 1982 "ABC Afterschool Special".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Muse, The (1999) Nurse Rennert
2.
 Deep Impact (1998) Patricia Ruiz
3.
 Out to Sea (1997) Madge
4.
 Sin and Redemption (1994) Marina Preston
5.
 Twenty Bucks (1993) Sam'S Mother
6.
7.
 One Special Victory (1991) Abagail Samuels
8.
 Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991) Mom Crandell
9.
 In Love and War (1987) Doyen Salsig
10.
 Betty Ford Story, The (1987) Jan Thompson
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Taught junior high school in Milwaukee for four years
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After studying at Goodman Theatre, spent two years with Houston Alley Theatre
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Made Broadway debut in "The Elephant Man"; then toured opposite David Bowie in the production
1981:
Appeared in the Off-Broadway production of "Cloud Nine", directed by Tommy Tune
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Early TV appearance in "Amy and the Angel", an "ABC Afterschool Special"
1985:
Co-starred in TV-movie "Doubletakes" (CBS)
1986:
Moved to Los Angeles
1987:
Was regular on the short-lived ABC series "Max Headroom"
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Played Major Lila Garreau on "China Beach" (ABC)
1991:
Played mother in the feature "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead"
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Played Dabney Coleman's wife on "Madman of the People" (NBC)
1996:
Was regular on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Lush Life"
1999:
Portrayed the ghostly apparition of the heroine's mother in the NBC drama series "Providence"
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Education

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Madison , Wisconsin -
The Goodman School of Drama: Chicago , Illinois - 1975

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