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Lead and character player who began his career on TV in the 1970s and achieved his movie breakthrough in "The Idolmaker" (1982), Taylor Hackford's stinging look at exploitation in the music business. Sharkey has appeared in several Paul Mazursky films, notably as Phil D'Amico in the engaging "Willie and Phil" (1980). He excelled in tough, urban roles and is known for his role as mob boss Sonny Steelgrave in the popular TV series, "Wiseguy."
Cast (Feature Film)
Music (Feature Film)
Cast (TV Mini-Series)
In November, moved to L.A.
Film acting debut in "Hot Tomorrows" (American Film Institute graduate film directed by Martin Brest)
Appeared in the unsold CBS pilot "Best Friends"
Garnered attention for performance as a killer in "Who'll Stop the Rain"
Cast as an Alan Ginsberg-like poet in "Heart Beat"
Starred with Margot Kidder and Michael Ontkean in the triangular romantic film "Willie and Phil"
Had title role of a paraplegic in the CBS drama "The Ordeal of Bill Carney"
Breakthrough screen role as "The Idolmaker"
Offered memorable turn as the mobster Sonny Steelgrave in the CBS drama "Wiseguy"
Played the famed Chicago gangster in the NBC telepic "The Revenge of Al Capone"
Headlined the ABC sitcom "Man in the Family"; aired for seven episodes during the summer
Last TV-movie "In the Line of Duty: Street War" (NBC)
Last feature film, "Cop & ½"