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|Born||Lawrence Francis Manetti
July 23, 1947
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Nancy DeCarl Manetti (born June 20, 1948)|
|Children||Lorenzo Manetti (born 1980)|
Lawrence Francis "Larry" Manetti (born July 23, 1947) is an American actor best known for his role as Orville Wilbur Richard "Rick" Wright on the long-running CBS television series Magnum P.I. which starred Tom Selleck as the title character. He also starred as Maj. Pappy Boyington's (played by Robert Conrad) pilot partner 1LT Robert A. "Bob/Bobby" Boyle in Baa Baa Black Sheep. Rumors that Manetti is related to Conrad (i.e. that they are half-brothers) are false.
He is married to actress Nancy DeCarl; they have one son, Lorenzo Manetti (born 1980).
Manetti studied acting in Chicago with the Ted List Players. His first television role was as a young detective in Jack Webb's Chase (1973–74). He would go on to play pilot "Bobby Boyle" in Baa Baa Black Sheep (1976–78) with Robert Conrad. He followed this up with a role as a bookie on the short-lived NBC series, The Duke (1979), which also featured Conrad in the title role.
Manetti's signature role on Magnum, P.I. lasted for the entire eight-year run of the series (1980–88). He also had co-starring roles in 25 feature films and guest starred on many other television shows, including Rockford Files, Emergency!, Tenspeed and Brownshoe, Fantasy Island , Battlestar Galactica, Renegade, Quantum Leap, JAG and Walker, Texas Ranger. Manetti also had a minor role in the 1993 film CIA II: Target Alexa.
It was announced on January 24, 2013 that Manetti had joined CBS's revived version of Hawaii Five-0 in the recurring role of "Nicky 'The Kid' Demarco". The character is described as "a local lounge legend ... [who], back in the day, was mentored by the one and only Frank Sinatra."
Manetti is the author of the semi-autobiographical Aloha Magnum, based on his time on Magnum P.I. and anecdotes about fellow cast members and celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Michelle Pfeiffer. He used to host a "Celebrity Brunch" and once owned a restaurant at the Plaza Hotel & Casino, when it was owned by his friend D.W. Barrick of Barrick Gaming Corporation.
- Aloha Magnum: Larry Manetti's Magnum, P.I. Memories. Manetti, Larry & Chip Silverman (1999); Los Angeles, CA: Renaissance Books; ISBN 1-58063-052-9