Jack Scalia

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Jack Scalia
Born Giacomo Tomaso Tedesco
(1950-11-10) November 10, 1950 (age 64)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 1981-present
Spouse(s) Joan Rankin (divorced)
Karen Baldwin (1987-1996; divorced)
Children Olivia (b. 1987)
Jacqueline (b. 1990)
Website
http://www.jackscalia.net

Jack Scalia (born November 10, 1950) is an American actor. He has had many roles in television series (both as a regular and as a guest-star), television movies, and feature films.[1] He is best known for his role as Chris Stamp on All My Children from 2001 to 2003. Scalia is also known as the founder of the Operation American Spirit charity. The organization was shut down by California authorities in 2011 due to a failure to pay requisite taxes and fees.

Early life[edit]

Scalia was born Giacomo Tomaso Tedesco in Brooklyn, New York, of Italian and Irish descent.[2] His parents divorced and when his mother remarried, his name was changed to Scalia.[3] He was drafted third by the Montreal Expos in 1971 as a pitcher. He was injured and never played in the Major Leagues.[4]

Acting career[edit]

He began his career as a clothes model, most notably in a series of ads for Eminence briefs and Jordache jeans, both of which capitalized on his "beefcake" appeal. In 1982, to promote his TV series, The Devlin Connection, Scalia took off his shirt and posed, cigarette in hand, for a pin-up wall poster.

Scalia was a regular cast member during the final season of Remington Steele in 1987, after which he joined the cast of Dallas in the role of Nicholas Pearce, love interest to Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray). Scalia's character was killed off at the end of the 1987-88 season as he was sent falling to his death after being pushed from a balcony in a fight with J. R. Ewing (Larry Hagman). He returned to the series finale in a dream sequence in which he was married to Sue Ellen.

In 1992, Scalia was cast as Detective Nico "Nick" Bonetti in the short-lived television series Tequila and Bonetti. Scalia replaced another actor in the role during production of the show's first episode. Eight years later, in 2000, Scalia reprised the role of Bonetti in a revival of the series, which was filmed and aired in Italy.

From 1994 to 1995, he starred in Pointman, a television series on the Prime Time Entertainment Network. Under the premise of an investment banker framed and convicted of fraud, when eventually cleared, Constantine "Connie" Harper, the main character, sets up shop as the owner of a Florida Coast beach resort, Spanish Pete's while aiding people in need with the use of "the list" and former jail mates.

Scalia is also known for his role as Chris Stamp on All My Children from 2001 to 2003. He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Lead Actor" for his AMC role in 2002. In 2006, Scalia starred as President Halstrom in The Genius Club[5] for writer/director Tim Chey.[6] The film is about seven geniuses who must try to solve the world's problems in one night.

Personal life[edit]

He has been married and divorced twice. His first wife was former model Joan Rankin.[7] His second wife was 1982 Miss Universe Karen Baldwin, with whom he has two daughters, Olivia (b. 1987) and Jacqueline (b. 1990).[8]

Operation American Spirit[edit]

In 2007, Scalia founded Operation American Spirit with Edra Blixseth. The charity was founded to raise awareness and funding for severely injured troops and their families. In a press conference, Scalia stated he started the charity in hopes of raising one hundred million dollars for wounded veterans.[9]

The group organized two 1,500-mile bike rides which took place in 2007 and 2008. The rides took place along the West Coast and were intended to raise both awareness and charitable funds for wounded veterans. The tours made stops to interact with veterans at VA hospitals. The group claimed to have raised $88,937 in 2007 and $14,490 in 2008 according to tax filings, though no charitable recipients were ever revealed.[10]

Controversy[edit]

According to a July 3, 2011 report by the New York Post the IRS revoked the tax-exempt status from Scalia's "9-11-01 Lest We Forget" charitable group for failing to file a tax return in its decade of existence. That same year, Scalia's Operation American Spirit charity was suspended by California authorities because of lapses in paying taxes and fees.[11]

On July 17, 2011 the New York Post published another report on additional discrepancies regarding Scalia's fundraising efforts, including accusations that intended benefactors from the Operation American Spirit 2007 fund-raising bicycle ride never received any compensation. In the report, a veteran of the Iraq War accused Scalia of utilizing his charities "to build his career back up."[12]

Scalia told the Post he "couldn't remember who received the money collected" by the fundraising effort. His lawyer, Dennis Holahan, mentioned two charities which received small amounts.[12] As of 2012, no legal recourse has been taken against Scalia, who has maintained his innocence.

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1982 The Devlin Connection Nick Corsello All 13 episodes
1984 Fear City Nicky Parzeno Film
1985 Hollywood Beat Detective Nick McCarren All 14 episodes
1985 The Other Lover Jack Hollander TV movie
1986 Club Med O'Shea TV movie
1987 Remington Steele Tony Roselli 6 episodes
1987 I'll Take Manhattan Rocco Cipriani TV mini-series
1987–1988, 1991 Dallas Nicholas Pearce 23 episodes
1989–1990 Wolf Tony Wolf All 12 episodes
1990 Ring of Scorpio Richard Devereaux TV movie
1991 Deadly Desire Frank Decker TV movie
1992, 2000 Tequila & Bonetti Detective Nick Bonetti All 11/14 episodes
1993 Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story Joey Buttafuoco TV movie
1993 Amore! Saul Schwartz Film
1995 Pointman Connie Harper All 22 episodes
1996 The Silencers Rafferty Film
1996 Dark Breed Nicholas Saxon Film
1998 Charades Barry Film
1999 Follow Your Heart Scott Thompson Direct to video
2001–2003 All My Children Chris Stamp 53 episodes
2003 Hollywood Wives: The New Generation Michael Scorsinni TV movie
2005 Red Eye Charles Keefe Film
2006 End Game The President Film
2006 Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep Maxwell Odemus TV movie
2006 The Genius Club The President Film
2010 The Black Tulip Colonel Williams Film
2012 Jersey Shore Shark Attack Moretti TV movie

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography for Jack Scalia". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 24, 2011.
  2. ^ "Jack Scalia: The Price of Fame". (January 1983). Movie Mirror, pp. 40-43.
  3. ^ Konner, Linda (January 1990). "Fox in Wolf's Clothing". Playgirl, pp. 28-31.
  4. ^ "1971 Montreal Expos Draft Picks". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 20, 2010.
  5. ^ "The Genius Club movie site". Retrieved December 1, 2006. 
  6. ^ "Tim Chey–film writer and director". Retrieved March 27, 2011.
  7. ^ Manning, Barbara (November 11, 1985). "Jack Scalia Beats Drugs but Finds a Hit Series a Much Harder Habit to Come by". People. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
  8. ^ "Jack Scalia Official Website". Retrieved July 31, 2010.
  9. ^ TER Staff (November 18, 2009). "Exclusive: Jack Scalia and Operation American Spirit: Noble cause or charity gone bad that left U.S. war vets on the side of the road?". The Enterprise Report. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  10. ^ TER Staff (March 23, 2010). "Update: Jack Scalia and his charity Operation American Spirit: The Money Trail". The Enterprise Report. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  11. ^ Vincent, Isabel and Melissa Klein (July 3, 2011). "All My Children actor doesn't know what happened to money raised for 9/11 victims". New York Post. Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  12. ^ a b Vincent, Isabel and Melissa Klein (July 17, 2011). "Vets rip actor's 'no-pay' charity". New York Post. Retrieved July 9, 2012.

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