Adam Ferrara

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Adam Ferrara
BornQueens, New York, United States
MediumStand-up, film, television
EducationMarist College
Years active1991–present

Adam Ferrara is an American actor and comedian known for playing the role of Chief "Needles" Nelson on the FX series Rescue Me. He was a co-host on the U.S. version of Top Gear and played 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 "Beautiful She Devil" in the special's introductory sketch.


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, and has made numerous in-person and telephone appearances since that time.

Ferrara co-hosted the American version of Top Gear.[1]

He recently came up with his new podcast '30 Minutes You’ll Never Get Back', which was listed as a 'must listen' by Hidden Remote.[2][3]


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Flying Blind Gerald Episode: "The People That Time Forgot"
1994 A&E's An Evening at the Improv Self Season 15, episode 13
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 Episode: "Prom Queen"
2001–2002 The Job Tommy Manetti 19 episodes
2003 Ash Tuesday Greg
2003 Law & Order Monty Bender Episode: "Smoke"
2004 Noise Young Detective
2004–2007 The King of Queens Waiter / Jack / Nick 3 episodes
2006 Last Request Cousin Frank
2006 A Merry Little Christmas Donnie Manning TV movie
2006–2011 Rescue Me Chief 'Needles' Nelson 50 episodes
2008 Definitely, Maybe Gareth
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 Episode: "Blue on Blue"
2009 The Pack Cassidy
2010 Dennis Leary & Friends Presents: Douchebags & Donuts Himself
2011 Dirty Movie Dr Feelgood Comedy movie
2010–2016 Top Gear Host 72 episodes
2013-2015 Nurse Jackie NYPD Sgt. Frank Verelli 20 episodes
2014 Hell's Kitchen Himself Season 13 Episode 4: "15 Chefs Compete"
2017 Kevin Can Wait Bill Episode: "Choke Doubt"
2017 Criminal Minds Bob Hammond Episode: "Hell's Kitchen"
2018 The Good Fight Officer Glasser Episode: "Day 436"
2018 Deception Officer Howie Maslin Episode: "Getting Away Clean"
2018 Little Italy Salvatore "Sal" Angioli
2019 Why Women Kill Leo Mosconi Episode: "Murder Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry"
2021 NCIS Sammy Episode: "Winter Chill"


  1. ^ "Adam Ferrara in US 'Top Gear 'for History and BBC series - Monsters and Critics". Archived from the original on April 24, 2010. Retrieved April 27, 2010.
  2. ^ "Adam Ferrara talks with Jay Leno, Kevin James, Adam Carolla and more in new podcast". Hidden Remote. January 23, 2020. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  3. ^ "Reviews For The Podcast "The Adam Ferrara Podcast" Curated From iTunes". Retrieved March 24, 2020.
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