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Born: October 15, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Davenport, Iowa, USA Profession: actor, producer, director, songwriter, winery worker

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Stage-trained character lead often cast as upstanding if somewhat green characters on TV, and as varying degrees of sleazeballs in films, Getz began acting while attending the University of Iowa. During that period, he helped found the Center for New Performing Arts. Getz dropped out of school and attended San Francisco's respected American Conservatory Theater. While working in a winery, he became involved with the Napa Valley Theater Company. Coincidentally, this distinctive locale led to the Iowa native's professional acting debut playing an attendant in "Killer Bees" (ABC, 1974), a made-for-TV thriller starring Gloria Swanson and lensed in Napa Valley. Getz next moved to NYC where he became active in local theater while doing an 18-month stint in a recurring role on a daytime soap "Another World."Getz entered features with a bit part in "The Happy Hooker" (1975) and followed up with several other small roles before starring in the Coen Brother's splendid crime drama "Blood Simple" (1984). He proved effective as the doomed lover of a married woman who woefully misinterprets his increasingly complex circumstances. A bearded Getz also registered in "The Fly" (1986) as Stathis Borans, a somewhat less...

Stage-trained character lead often cast as upstanding if somewhat green characters on TV, and as varying degrees of sleazeballs in films, Getz began acting while attending the University of Iowa. During that period, he helped found the Center for New Performing Arts. Getz dropped out of school and attended San Francisco's respected American Conservatory Theater. While working in a winery, he became involved with the Napa Valley Theater Company. Coincidentally, this distinctive locale led to the Iowa native's professional acting debut playing an attendant in "Killer Bees" (ABC, 1974), a made-for-TV thriller starring Gloria Swanson and lensed in Napa Valley. Getz next moved to NYC where he became active in local theater while doing an 18-month stint in a recurring role on a daytime soap "Another World."

Getz entered features with a bit part in "The Happy Hooker" (1975) and followed up with several other small roles before starring in the Coen Brother's splendid crime drama "Blood Simple" (1984). He proved effective as the doomed lover of a married woman who woefully misinterprets his increasingly complex circumstances. A bearded Getz also registered in "The Fly" (1986) as Stathis Borans, a somewhat less than likeable science magazine editor who pays a heavy price for his curiosity. He reprised the role of a traumatized survivor in "The Fly II" (1989). He has also played a Marine major in "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) and unpleasant boyfriends of professional women in "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" and "Curly Sue" (both 1991).

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 Certain Women (2016)
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 Perfect Guy, The (2015)
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 Trumbo (2015)
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 Jobs (2013)
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 Superhero Movie (2008)
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 Zodiac (2007)
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 Nanking (2007)
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1984:
Cast as a regular on "Suzanne Pleshette Is Maggie Briggs", a short-lived journalistic sitcom
1975:
Feature debut, "The Happy Hooker" (uncredited bit part)
1984:
First starring role in a film, Joel Coen's "Blood Simple"
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Moved to NYC
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Played the recurring role of Lee Tripper on the hit sitcom, "Three's Company"
1974:
Professional acting and TV-movie debut, "Killer Bees", a thriller starring Gloria Swanson, directed by Curtis Harrington, and filmed in Napa Valley
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Successfully auditioned for the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco; attended on scholarship for one year
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Worked in a Napa Valley winery
1988:
Appeared on Broadway in "M. Butterfly"
1977:
Cast as a regular on "Rafferty", a short-lived CBS medical drama starring Patrick MacGoohan
1998:
Co-starred in the Lifetime sitcom "Maggie"
1969:
Dropped out of the University of Iowa
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Became active on the NY stage with appearances at Lincoln Center, La Mama and the Children's Theater
1987:
Cast in a leading role, deputy superintendent Ned Sheffield, on "Mariah", a short-lived ABC prison drama series
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Co-founded the Center for New Performing Arts as a student at the University of Iowa
1985:
Co-starred as Detective Malcolm MacGruder on the romantic police drama, "MacGruder & Loud"
1977:
Played another uncredited bit part in "The Sentinel", a slick horror outing
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Played Neil Johnson, a recurring role for 18 months on "Another World", a long-running daytime soap
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Worked with the Napa Valley Theater Company producing, directing, acting and writing music for their original productions
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Education

University of Puget Sound: Tacoma, Washington -
University of Puget Sound: Tacoma, Washington -
University of Iowa: Iowa City, Iowa -
American Conservatory Theatre: San Francisco, California -

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wife:
Grace McKeaney. Playwright; scriptwriter. Met Getz while he was acting in a play she had written; wrote for ABC sitcom "Roseanne".

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daughter:
Kate Getz. Born c. 1978.

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