|Born||Daniel G. Hedaya
July 24, 1940
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Daniel G. “Dan” Hedaya (born July 24, 1940) is an American character actor. He often plays sleazy villains or uptight, wisecracking individuals; three of his best-known roles are as Italian Mafia boss Tony Costello in Wise Guys, a cuckolded husband in the Coen brothers' crime thriller Blood Simple, the scheming Nick Tortelli on the sitcom Cheers, and Tom Hanks' boss in Joe Versus The Volcano.
Life and career
Hedaya was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a Sephardic Jewish family from Syria. His father emigrated from Aleppo. Hedaya was raised in Bensonhurst, and worked as a junior high school teacher for many years before deciding to pursue acting full-time.
Alongside a successful career in the movies, Hedaya has held several TV roles, including Carla Tortelli's ex-husband Nick on the sitcom Cheers and its short-lived spinoff The Tortellis. He played the estranged father of Mallory Keaton's boyfriend, Nick, on the sitcom Family Ties. More recently, he played an Italian-American priest in the controversial and quickly cancelled NBC series The Book of Daniel. Adding to his list of television credits is his performance as the long-lost father of Adrian Monk on Monk. He also guest starred in 1997 and 2005 as a wisecracking lawyer on the medical drama ER.
In films, Hedaya has played the evil dictator Arius in 1985's Commando and Mel Horowitz, the father of Alicia Silverstone's Cher in the 1995 film Clueless. He played Julian Marty in the first Coen brothers' feature, Blood Simple. His physical similarity to Richard Nixon led to his being cast as the former president for the film Dick. Hedaya appeared in several episodes of the television series "Hill Street Blues" as a corrupt, bigamist cop during the series' first season. During the 1980s Hedaya also appeared in the television series Miami Vice.
- The Twilight Zone (1 episode) - "Dealer's Choice"
- The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979) .... Alex Heller
- Night of the Juggler (1980) .... Sgt. Otis Barnes
- Hill Street Blues (1981) .... Detective Macafee
- True Confessions (1981) .... Howard Terke
- I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1982) .... Dr. Klein
- Cheers (1982–1992) ......Nick Tortelli
- Endangered Species (1982) .... Peck
- The Hunger (1983)....Lieutenant Allegrezza
- The Dollmaker (1984 made for TV movie) Mr. Skyros
- Blood Simple (1984) .... Julian Marty
- Reckless (1984) .... Peter Daniels
- The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) .... John Gomez
- Miami Vice (1985) PAYBACK...Reuben Reydolfo
- Commando (1985) .... Arius
- Act Break/The Burning Man/Dealer's Choice (15 November 1985) - Nick (segment "Dealer's Choice")
- A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986) .... Harry
- Running Scared (1986) .... Captain Logan
- Wise Guys (1986) .... Anthony Castelo
- Joe Versus the Volcano (1990) ... The dour boss, Frank Waturi
- Pacific Heights (1990) ... The banker
- The Addams Family (1991) .... Tully Alford
- The Mighty Ducks (1992) .... Sunny Young
- Benny & Joon (1993) .... Thomas
- Rookie of the Year (1993) .... Larry Fisher
- Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) .... Tournament Director
- For Love or Money (1993) .... Gene Salvatore
- Mr. Wonderful (1993) .... Harvey
- Nixon (1995) .... Trini Cardoza
- Clueless (1995) .... Mel Horowitz
- The Usual Suspects (1995) .... Sgt. Geoffrey 'Jeff' Rabin
- To Die For (1995) .... Joe Maretto
- Freeway (1996).... Detective Garnet Wallace
- The First Wives Club (1996) .... Morton Cushman
- Ransom (1996) .... Jackie Brown
- Daylight (1996).... EMS Officer Frank Kraft
- Marvin's Room (1996) .... Bob
- Alien: Resurrection (1997) .... General Perez
- A Life Less Ordinary (1997) .... Gabriel
- In & Out (1997) .... Military Attorney
- E.R. season 4 notably episode 8 .... Lawyer Herb Spivak
- A Civil Action (1998) .... John Riley
- A Night at the Roxbury (1998) .... Kamehl Butabi
- The Hurricane (1999) .... Detective Sgt. Della Pesca Paterson PD
- Dick (1999) .... President Richard M. 'Dick' Nixon
- Shaft (2000) .... Detective Jack Roselli
- The Crew (2000) .... Mike 'The Brick' Donatelli
- Yes, Dear (2000) .... Don Ludke
- Judging Amy (2000) .... Detective Tarnower, episode; Unnecessary roughness
- Mulholland Drive (2001) .... Vincenzo Castigliane
- Swimfan (2002) .... Coach Simkins
- Quicksand (2002) .... General Stewart
- Robots (2005) .... Mr.Gunk (voice)
- Pizza My Heart (2005) .... Vinnie Montebello
- Strangers with Candy (2006) - Guy Blank
- The Good Student (2006) .... Gabrial
- Monk (2006) .... Jack Monk
- Person of Interest - Detective Bernie Sullivan
- Golden Boy (2013) .... Francis Diaco
- Gotham (2014) (1 Episode) - Spirit of the Goat .... Detective Dix
- The Humbling (2014) .... Asa
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