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Born: October 15, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Davenport, Iowa, USA Profession: actor, director, producer, 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".

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".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Jobs (2013)
3.
4.
 Superhero Movie (2008)
5.
 Nanking (2007)
6.
 Zodiac (2007)
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 Day Without a Mexican, A (2004) State Senator Abercrombie
9.
 Hunger Point (2003) David Hunter
10.
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Co-founded the Center for New Performing Arts as a student at the University of Iowa
1969:
Dropped out of the University of Iowa
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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
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Worked with the Napa Valley Theater Company producing, directing, acting and writing music for their original productions
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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Moved to NYC
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Became active on the NY stage with appearances at Lincoln Center, La Mama and the Children's Theater
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Played Neil Johnson, a recurring role for 18 months on "Another World", a long-running daytime soap
1975:
Feature debut, "The Happy Hooker" (uncredited bit part)
1977:
Played another uncredited bit part in "The Sentinel", a slick horror outing
1977:
Cast as a regular on "Rafferty", a short-lived CBS medical drama starring Patrick MacGoohan
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Played the recurring role of Lee Tripper on the hit sitcom, "Three's Company"
1984:
First starring role in a film, Joel Coen's "Blood Simple"
1984:
Cast as a regular on "Suzanne Pleshette Is Maggie Briggs", a short-lived journalistic sitcom
1985:
Co-starred as Detective Malcolm MacGruder on the romantic police drama, "MacGruder & Loud"
1987:
Cast in a leading role, deputy superintendent Ned Sheffield, on "Mariah", a short-lived ABC prison drama series
1988:
Appeared on Broadway in "M. Butterfly"
1998:
Co-starred in the Lifetime sitcom "Maggie"
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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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