John Mengatti

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John Mengatti
Backstage at the Kodak Theatre, December 2009
Born John Mengatti
(1954-09-21) September 21, 1954 (age 62)
New York, New York, U.S.
Occupation actor/producer
Years active 1972–present
Spouse(s) Lisa Nash-Jones (2006–present)

John Mengatti (born September 21, 1954, in New York City) is an American actor primarily famous for his role as Nick Vitaglia, Salami's cousin, on the CBS television series The White Shadow. Mengatti joined the cast midway through the second season and was a fan favorite with his distinctive New York-style accent.[1] In 1982 he had guest appearances on The Facts of Life and CHiPs. In 1984, he appeared in Meatballs Part II.

After The White Shadow, Mengatti had sparse television and movie acting roles until 1986. He dropped out of acting for a while, but recently resurfaced on NYPD Blue in 2004 in a recurring role as Officer Howard.

He was in the movie Knights of the City (originally Cry of the City), a 1986 action adventure film starring Leon Isaac Kennedy, Nicholas Campbell, John Mengatti and Janine Turner. It was directed by Dominic Orlando and written by Leon Isaac Kennedy and filmed in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and Hollywood, Florida.


Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1979–81 The White Shadow Nick Vitaglia Main cast (34 episodes)
1982 Taxi The Boy Episode: "Nina Loves Alex"
1982 The Facts of Life Paul Largo Episode: "Jo's Cousin"
1982 TAG: The Assassination Game Randy Simonetti Feature film
1982 9 to 5 Fast Freddie Episode: "The Party's Over"
1982 CHiPs Boz Episode: "This Year's Riot"
1983–84 For Love and Honor Pvt. Dominick Petrizzo Main cast (12 episodes)
1984 Meatballs Part II Armand 'Flash' Carducci Feature film
1984 E/R Jake Episode: "All Tied Up"
1985 Stir Crazy Pepper Episode: "Pilot"
1986 Cagney & Lacey Billy De Salvo Episode: "Act of Conscience"
1986 Knights of the City Mookie Feature film
1987 Hadley's Rebellion Bobby Clark Feature film
1991 Dead Men Don't Die Officer Ramirez Feature film
2001–02 NYPD Blue Officer Howard 2 episodes
2004 Land of the Free? Walker Feature film


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