Adrian George Zmed
March 14, 1954
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, singer and television personality|
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Fitzner (1976–?; 2 sons)|
Susan Wood (?–?)
Lyssa Lynne Baker (2012–present)
|Children||Zachary Adrian (b. 1982)|
Adrian George Zmed (born March 14, 1954) is an American actor, singer and television personality, noted for the roles of Johnny Nogerelli in Grease 2 and Officer Vince Romano in the T.J. Hooker television series.
Zmed was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of three sons of George Zmed, later known as George Zmed-Smith (1916–2010), a Romanian Orthodox priest, who served from 1952 until his retirement in 1983, and his wife, Persida (née Golub) Zmed, later known as Sadie Smith (1923–2015). George Zmed was a first-generation American born in Chicago to Romanian parents, Nicolae and Paraschiva (née Bălan), who had emigrated from Comloşu Mare, Timiș County in the early 20th century. At the age of five, George and his family returned to Romania, where he was educated; he returned to the United States in November 1952. George and Persida (also Romanian-born) were married October 15, 1942, in Timișoara. The couple had three sons, in the following order: Cornel, Walter, and Adrian.
Adrian graduated from Lane Tech High School in Chicago. He began playing American football for the school's team until, when playing in 1968, he broke a leg bone which in turn punctured a major artery. He quit sports and began acting, appearing in his high school's production of Guys and Dolls. After being featured on a local TV show as one of Chicago's top high school performers, Zmed transferred to the Goodman School of Drama and began studying voice at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Goodman School of Drama.
Zmed's first major acting gig was the role of Danny Zuko in the national touring company production of Grease. He later appeared in the Broadway musical three times, twice in the role of Zuko. At 40, Zmed revived the role of Zuko in the 1995 Broadway revival.
In 1978, Zmed made his television debut, appearing as Marty Decker in two episodes of Starsky & Hutch. From there, he won the role of Socks Palermo in the short-lived television series Flatbush (1979), based upon the film The Lords of Flatbush. Following the show's cancellation, he was cast as Frankie Millardo in Goodtime Girls, which lasted one season (1980). He had guest roles on such series as Angie, I'm a Big Girl Now and Bosom Buddies, and made a guest appearance on An Evening at the Improv in 1982.
Zmed reached celebrity status as Officer Romano in ABC's T.J. Hooker. He played Fred Feliciano in Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story (1984) and made guest appearances on a number of television shows throughout the 1980s and 1990s, including Hotel, Empty Nest, Murder, She Wrote and Caroline in the City. He left T.J. Hooker in 1985 when the show moved to CBS, choosing instead to replace Deney Terrio as host of Dance Fever for its final two seasons.
He has appeared as himself on VH1's I Love the 80s, Saturday Night Live and The Bozo Show. He appeared as Basil (the "floating head") on the soap opera Passions and participated in VH1's Confessions of a Teen Idol.
Following the huge success of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in the movie version of Grease, Paramount Pictures quickly secured the rights to a sequel. Zmed was chosen to play one of the lead roles in Grease 2, Johnny Nogerelli, the new leader of the T-Birds gang. His performance led to other movie roles, including The Final Terror (1983) and Bachelor Party (1984). He appears in the film The Craving Heart (2006).
Return to theatre
Zmed returned to stage work in the 1990s. He headlined the musical Children of Eden at the Paper Mill Playhouse. He starred in three shows on Broadway: Falsettos, Blood Brothers, and Grease. He later appeared as Noah in the musical The Ark in New York City. He played Nick in the short-lived play Surf the Musical at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas in 2012.
Zmed provided the voiceover for Toth in the 2002 video game Star Wars Jedi Starfighter. He was also under contract from June 2008 to April 2009 with Princess Cruise Lines to perform Adrian Zmed, in Concert... aboard the Coral Princess and the Island Princess.
In 2006, he filmed a 30-second public service announcement for the non-profit organization Dogs Deserve Better.
Zmed has been married three times. He married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Fitzner, in 1976. Their two sons, Zachary and Dylan, are rock musicians who have been members of the rock band The Janks and the Bird Dogs, an Everly Brothers tribute band.
Zmed married Broadway actress/singer Susan Wood in 1995; that marriage also ended in divorce.
Zmed remains friends with his co-star and childhood television hero William Shatner. He spoke in a 2016 interview with Las Vegas Magazine about Shatner:
I learned so much just watching him...it's a very different energy on camera than onstage. Instead of reaching the last person 50 rows away from you, you're reaching someone three feet in front of you, which is really daunting...His camera technique was just incredible. He was so relaxed and all. I learned so much in term of the moment, on how you readjust your energy, how you get efficient with camera technique. And just the stories. When he directed, he would mentor me. I do consider Bill a mentor, no question about it...Oh yeah. He was very helpful in saying, "Be smart with the money that you're making during T.J. Hooker and be smart with the decisions you're making in terms of your career"...I did heed his advice on making good choices.
|1982||Grease 2||Johnny Nogerelli|
|1983||The Final Terror||Marco Cerone||alternate title: Campsite Massacre|
|1984||Bachelor Party||Jay O'Neill|
|1989||Eyewitness to Murder||Tyler|
|1993||The Other Woman||Greg Mathews||direct-to-video movie|
|2000||Running from the Shadows||Sasch|
|2000||Little Insects||Sir Sneekleberry (voice)|
|2004||The Drone Virus||Frank Schmidt|
|2005||Shira: The Vampire Samurai||Kristof||direct-to-video movie|
|2005||Sex Sells: The Making of Touché||Lance Long|
|2006||The Craving Heart||Phil Jorgenson|
|TBA||Spring Break '83||Billy's father||post-production|
|1978||Starsky & Hutch||Marty Decker||Episode: "Discomania"|
|1979||Flatbush||Socks Palermo||6 episodes|
|1979–80||Angie||Maxie||Episodes: "The First Separation", "The Thief", "Marie Moves Out"|
|1980||Goodtime Girls||Frankie Millardo||13 episodes|
|1980||For the Love of It||Fernando||TV movie|
|1981||I'm a Big Girl Now||Mechanic||Episode: "There's No Business Like Joe Business"|
|1981||Bosom Buddies||Joseph "Joey Midnight" Raybonz||Episode: "Best Friends"|
|1982–85||T. J. Hooker||Officer Vincent "Vince" Romano||72 episodes|
|1984||Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story||Fred Feliciano||TV movie|
|1985–87||Dance Fever||Himself (host)||60 episodes|
|1986||Hotel||Bob||Episode: "Shadows of Doubt: Part 1"|
|1986||The Love Boat||Eddy Conrad||Segment: "Spain Cruise: Love's Labors Found" (Parts 1 & 2)|
|1987||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Edgar Kraft||Episode: "When This Man Dies"|
|1987||You Are the Jury||Stanley Manning||Episode: "The State of Oregon vs. Stanley Manning"|
|1987||Hotel||Scott Osborne||Episode: "Dark Horses"|
|1988||Empty Nest||Gary||Episode: "Your Check Isn't in the Mail"|
|1989||Murder, She Wrote||Bert Firman||Episode: "From Russia...with Blood"|
|1994||Silk Stalkings||Calvin||Episode: "Judas Kiss"|
|1998||The Steve Harvey Show||Derrick Love||Episode: "White Men Can Funk"|
|1998||Storm Chasers: Revenge of the Twister||Smitty||TV movie|
|1998||Caroline in the City||Jonathan||Episode: "Caroline and the Rotten Plum"|
|1999||Diagnosis: Murder||Himself||Episode: "Trash TV: Part 2"|
|2000||Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show||Hook||Episode: "Hook, Whodunit?"|
|2007||Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas Spectacular||Dirty Caroler Dad||TV movie|
|2013||Outside the Box||Jack Torrence||Episode: "The Shining"|
|2016||Lady Dynamite||Himself||Episodes: "A Vaginismus Miracle", "Knife Feelings"|
|2016||Sharknado: The 4th Awakens||Himself||TV movie|
|2018||Mickey Mouse Mixed-Up Adventures||Randy Riff-Raff (voice)||Episode: "The Roadsterettes/Oh Happy Day"|
|2002||Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter||Toth (voice)|
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- Zmed, Adrian [@RealAdrianZmed] (March 4, 2013). "Today is not my birthday people...but thanks for the thoughts. My birthday is March 14" (Tweet). Retrieved March 16, 2013 – via Twitter.
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- "Obituary: George Zmed". ROEA.org. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- "In Memoriam: Archpriest George Zmed". OCA.org. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
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- "Flatbush". Internet Movie Database.
- "The Goodtime Girls". Internet Movie Database.
- "Angie". Internet Movie Database.
- "I'm a Big Girl Now". Internet Movie Database.
- "Bosom Buddies". Internet Movie Database.
- "Confessions of a Teen Idol". VH1.com. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
- "Adrian Zmed Biography". Starpulse.com.
- Adrian Zmed at IMDb
- Bradley, Brad. "A CurtainUp Review: The Ark". CurtainUp.com. Retrieved April 12, 2015.
- "30 Years Later: The cast of 'T.J. Hooker'". FoxNews.com. November 23, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
- "The Janks". ReverbNation.com. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
- Valcourt, Keith (July 10, 2016). "The Bird Dogs: 'For the Love of Phil and Don'". washingtontimes.com. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
- "Zmed/Baker Wedding: October 5, 2012". YouTube.com. Dustree Productions. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
- "High Class Cinema: Lyssa & Adrian / Wedding Trailer". YouTube.com. Ella Gagiano Photography. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
- Zmed, Adrian (2016-01-22). "Q&A: Adrian Zmed". lasvegasmagazine.com (Interview). Interviewed by Matt Kelemen. Retrieved 2016-08-20.