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O'Ross in 2007
July 5, 1949
Ed O'Ross (born Edward Oross; July 5, 1949) is an American actor. Some of his prominent roles are as Itchy in Dick Tracy, Colonel Perry in Universal Soldier, Lt. Touchdown in Full Metal Jacket, ruthless Georgian mobster Viktor Rostavili in Red Heat, and police detective Cliff Willis in The Hidden.
Early life and education
He graduated from Munhall High School, where he was a star baseball player, in 1964. He subsequently attended Point Park College and Carnegie Tech (which became Carnegie Mellon University, where he studied with Ralph Lewando at Carnegie Tech.
Prior to becoming an actor, O'Ross was a boxer, winning a Golden Gloves amateur championship in 1964. He was also a minor league baseball player. He even auditioned for two Major League Baseball teams (the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals) but was not selected.
He has appeared in many films and has played several Russian characters including villain Viktor Rosta in Walter Hill's action film Red Heat, Nikolai, one of Ruth Fisher's love interests on the HBO series Six Feet Under and Leo, a sandwich shop owner on Curb Your Enthusiasm and playing the voice of Agent K on Men in Black: The Series for 1st season only.
Other films of his include Dreams of Gold: The Mel Fisher Story, The Pope of Greenwich Village, The Cotton Club, Full Metal Jacket, Lethal Weapon, The Hidden, Action Jackson, Another 48 Hrs., Universal Soldier, Dick Tracy, Hoodlum, Curious George, The Harsh Life of Veronica Lambert and Sorority Party Massacre.
- Ed O'Ross Biography (1946-)
- Owen, Rob (2001-08-07). "TV Note: Munhall native relishes role on 'Six Feet Under'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2013-04-07.
- Sciullo, Maria (September 18, 2018). "Life's a play, or a film, or well, a play for Munhall native Ed O'Ross". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
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