Michael Tucci

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Michael Tucci
Born (1946-04-15) April 15, 1946 (age 71)[1]
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Singer
Years active 1975-2013
Spouse(s) Kathleen Tucci (2 children)[2]

Michael Tucci (born April 15, 1946)[1] is an American film, TV and stage actor.

Life and career[edit]

Tucci was born in New York City, New York, the son of Minerva D. (née LaRosa) and Nicholas Tucci, a business executive.[1] He graduated from H. Frank Carey High School in Franklin Square, New York. He played the T-Birds member Sonny LaTierri for the 1978 film version Grease, a role that he is best known for. He portrayed law student Gerald Golden in the TV series The Paper Chase from 1983 to 1986.[3] For four years, Tucci played Garry Shandling's best friend Pete Schumaker on the cult classic It's Garry Shandling's Show (1986–1990). He also spent more than three years touring with companies of the musical "Chicago," performing as lead character Roxy Hart's husband, Amos. He is best known for his work as the "Green Apple" in the widely renowned play "Destination", by Uta Hagen.

On television he also played Dick Van Dyke's friend and hospital administrator Norman Briggs, for the first four seasons of Diagnosis: Murder. Tucci is currently teaching and coaching Introduction to Fine Arts and Theater Arts at St. Francis High School in La Cañada Flintridge, California. The teacher recently played the role of the father of Melissa McCarthy in The Heat. He currently resides with his family in Los Angeles, California.



Year Title Role Notes
1975 The Night They Robbed Big Bertha's Lou
1975 Forced Entry Richie Alternative title: The Last Victim
1978 Grease Sonny LaTierri
1979 Sunnyside Harry Cimoli
1981 Lunch Wagon Arnie Alternative title: Lunch Wagon Girls
1982 Pandemonium Man Leaving Restaurant
1982 Groucho Chico Marx
1998 Evasive Action Judge
1999 Elevator Seeking Carl Direct-to-video
2001 Blow Dr. Bay
2001 Mimic 2 Dr. Shapiro Direct-to-video
2013 The Heat Mr. Mullins


Year Title Role Notes
1976 Delvecchio George Sanfillipo Episode - "Red Is the Color of My True Love's Hair"
1976 Barney Miller Fred Episode - "Hash"
1978 Barney Miller Rubin Episode - "The Accusation"
1979 The Love Boat Sam Episode - "Ages of Man/Bo 'n Sam/Families"
1980 Barney Miller Danny Rizzo Episode - "People's Court"
1980 Angie Dennis Episode - "Angie and Brad's Close Encounter"
1980 Alice Dino Episodes - "Hello Vegas, Goodbye Diner", "Too Many Robert Goulets"
1980 Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb Captain Claude Eatherly TV movie
1981 Lou Grant Marvin Episode - "Reckless"
1982 Barney Miller Gilbert Doyle Episode - "The Clown"
1982–1983 Trapper John, M.D. Dr. Charlie Nichols Recurring role (3 episodes)
1982 The Powers of Matthew Star Pileggi Episode - "The Italian Caper"
1983–1986 The Paper Chase Gerald Golden 36 episodes
1984 Night Court Mr. Pina Episode - "The Nun"
1985 Diff'rent Strokes Officer Jim Coletta Episode - "Street Smarts"
1986 Cagney & Lacey Polonais Episode - "The Man Who Shot Trotsky"
1986 Faerie Tale Theatre Lionel Episode - "The Princess Who Had Never Laughed"
1986–1990 It's Garry Shandling's Show Pete Schumaker Main cast (71 episodes)
1991 MacGyver Philip Episode - "Honest Abe"
1991 Chance of a Lifetime Randall TV movie
1992–1993 Flying Blind Jeremy Barash Main cast (22 episodes)
1993–1997 Diagnosis: Murder Norman Briggs Main cast (85 episodes)
1994 Monty Dr. Rubin Episode - "Baby Talk"
1994 MacShayne: The Final Roll of the Dice Harvey Bell TV movie
1995 Just Like Dad Frank Turner TV movie
1996 The Man Who Captured Eichmann Danny TV movie
1997 Life's Work Principal Blair Episode - "Harassment"
1999 JAG Father Genaro Episode - "Second Sight"
2001 Once and Again Arnold Recurring role (2 episodes)
2015 The Comedians Billy's Agent Episode - "Pilot"


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