Adam Ferrara in 2013.
|Born||New York City, NY, U.S.|
|Medium||Stand-up, Film, Television|
|Influences||Jackie Gleason, Richard Pryor, Chris Rush|
Adam Ferrara is an American actor and comedian known for playing the role of Chief "Needles" Nelson on the critically acclaimed FX series Rescue Me. He is currently a co-host on the U.S. version of Top Gear and is playing NYPD Sgt. Frank Verelli opposite Edie Falco on SHOWTIME series Nurse Jackie. He also played Detective Tommy Manetti on the television series The Job.
Ferrara grew up in Huntington Station, New York in an Italian-American family. He is married to indie actress Alex Tyler, who is on the cover of his comedy DVD Funny as Hell. She also plays the "she-devil" in the special's introductory sketch. Ferrara and Anthony Cumia (of the Opie & Anthony Show) were childhood friends, and Ferrara makes occasional appearances on Cumia's radio program.
Ferrara has performed on Comedy Central Presents and has twice been nominated for the American Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-Up. Ferrara frequently performs stand-up at Caroline's and the Comedy Cellar. Ferrara also tours often, performing stand-up at the top clubs around the country.
He has performed stand-up several times on The Tonight Show, the Late Show with David Letterman, and Comedy Central. His stand up was featured in Comedy Central's animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties in 2004.
In 2009, Ferrara performed in an hour stand-up special which aired on Comedy Central entitled Funny As Hell, and was released on DVD the same day. Ferrara appeared on The Tony Kornheiser Show on January 24, 2013. Subsequently, he made another appearance on The Tony Kornheiser Show on January 9, 2015 as co-host with Chris Cillizza who regularly co-hosts alongside Mr. Tony.
|1993||Flying Blind||Gerald||1 episode|
|1996–1998||Caroline in the City||Pete Spadaro||3 episodes|
|1997||Social Studies||Dan Rossini||2 episodes|
|1997||Dads||Carl, Sr.||TV short|
|1999||The Love Boat: The Next Wave||Stan||1 episode|
|2001–2002||The Job||Tommy Manetti||19 episodes|
|2003||Law & Order||Monty Bender||1 episode|
|2004–2007||The King of Queens||Various characters||3 episodes|
|2006||The Last Request||Cousin Frank|
|2006||A Merry Little Christmas||Donnie Manning||TV Movie|
|2006–2011||Rescue Me||Chief 'Needles' Nelson||50 episodes|
|2009||Paul Blart: Mall Cop||Sergeant Howard|
|2009||Winter of Frozen Dreams||Burr|
|2009||The Unusuals||Vice Detective #2||Pilot episode|
|2009||Around The Block||Sean|
|2009||Ugly Betty||Sammy||1 episode|
|2010||Dennis Leary & Friends Presents: Douchebags & Donuts||Himself|
|2011||National Lampoon's Dirty Movie||Dr. Feelgood|
|2013-Present||Nurse Jackie||NYPD Sgt. Frank Verelli||20 episodes|
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- "Adam Ferrara Bio | The Grable Group"
- "Adam Ferrara in US 'Top Gear 'for History and BBC series - Monsters and Critics". Archived from the original on 24 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-27.
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