Paul Regina

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Paul Regina
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Paul Regina in Showtime TV's "Brothers" circa 1985
Born(1956-10-25)October 25, 1956
Brooklyn, New York, United States
DiedJanuary 31, 2006(2006-01-31) (aged 49)
Smithtown, New York, United States
Years active1976–2006
Spouse(s)Nancy Dye (1990–2006; his death)

Paul Regina (October 25, 1956 – January 31, 2006) was an American actor. Primarily known for his work on television, he made his debut in that medium on the series Police Woman, starring Angie Dickinson. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Cliff Waters in the series Brothers. Other notable appearances include a recurring role in L.A. Law, a regular role in the 1993 The Untouchables television series, and starring in the 1996 film It's My Party.


Regina was born on October 25, 1956, in Brooklyn, New York. One of five children, his father, Paul Joseph Regina, was a tradesman; his mother, Irma (née Manjarrez), worked for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He grew up in Medford, New York, and graduated from Patchogue-Medford High School in 1974. He married Nancy Dye, a teacher of one of his improv workshops, in 1990; they had a daughter, Nicolette.

After living in Hollywood for more than 20 years, he returned to Long Island in 1999.


Regina began working professionally on stage in an off-Broadway production of The World of Sholom Aleichem in 1976. He played Kenickie in a national touring company of the musical Grease, and later appeared briefly in the Broadway production. He appeared in several additional plays in both Los Angeles and New York City throughout his career.[1]

He began appearing on television in 1978 in the series Police Woman. He had starring roles in the television series Joe & Valerie from 1978 to 1979 with Char Fontane and Zorro and Son in 1983 with Henry Darrow.

He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of gay sibling Cliff Waters, with Robert Walden and Brandon Maggart as his two brothers, and Philip Charles MacKenzie as his best friend, in Showtime's groundbreaking 80s sitcom Brothers, which was the first American sitcom with homosexual main characters that dealt with homosexuality in a real way. The show ran from 1984 until 1989.[2][3]

He appeared in several made-for-television movies and had guest appearances on a variety of television series. He also had a recurring role in six episodes of L.A. Law as attorney Felix Echeverria, from 1988 to 1992, and went on to appear in fifteen episodes of the 1993–1994 series The Untouchables, playing Frank Nitti, one of Al Capone's top henchmen.

As a writer, he co-wrote the screenplay for the 2001 film Marie with its director, Fred Carpenter. He also penned the 2006 film Eddie Monroe, co-writing the screenplay with Fred Carpenter, Craig Weintraub (writing as Craig Morris), and Thom Ross. He was one of three screenwriters (the others being Fred Carpenter and Joanne Tamburro) for Just Like Joe, released in 2008. He collaborated again with Fred Carpenter and Joanne Tamburro on the story for the 2011 film Jesse, released after his death.


Regina died on January 31, 2006, in Smithtown, New York, of liver cancer.[4] He is survived by his wife, Nancy Dye, and daughter, Nicolette. He is also survived by his mother; a brother, Pat Regina; and three sisters, Joyce Regina, Julie Schindler, and Christina Alam.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1980 A Change of Seasons Paul Di Lisi
1981 The Choice Michael Vitela Television film
1981 A Long Way Home David Branch Czaky Television film
1982 The Renegades Joey Tate Television film
1983 Adam Joe Walsh Television film
1983 The Awakening of Candra Julio Torres Television film
1986 Adam: His Song Continues Joe Walsh Television film
1992 Bay City Story Tony Cefalu Television film
1993 Bounty Tracker Paul Damone Direct-to-video film
1995 Sharon's Secret Davies Television film
1996 It's My Party Tony Zamara
1996 Prey of the Jaguar Randall Bentley Direct-to-video film
2001 Marie Nadi
2002 The Blue Lizard Nick
2006 Eddie Monroe Monty Posthumous release (final film role)
Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Steve Episode: "Oh Say Can You Sing"
1978 Police Woman Larry Tarash Episode: "Sons"
1978–79 Joe & Valerie Joe Pizo Lead role (8 episodes)
1980 Hagen Jess Episode: "The Rat Pack"
1981 Benson Dominic Episode: "Big Buddy"
1981 Here's Boomer Steve Leckonby Episode: "Boomer Goes for the Gold"
1982 Code Red Mickey Matisse Episode: "From One Little Spark"
1982 Gimme a Break! Jonathan Episode: "An Unmarried Couple"
1982 Cassie & Co. Marco Episode: "A Ring Ain't Always a Circle"
1982 The Powers of Matthew Star Pete Episode: "Daredevil"
1982 Tucker's Witch Sven Episode: "Big Mouth"
1982 The Devlin Connection Gary Episode: "Love, Sin and Death at Point Dume"
1982 Voyagers! Marco Polo Episode: "The Travels of Marco... and Friends"
1983 T. J. Hooker Larry Coates Episode: "The Mumbler"
1983 Zorro and Son Don Carlos de Vega (Zorro Jr.) Main cast (5 episodes)
1984–89 Brothers Cliff Waters Main cast (115 episodes)
1988–92 L.A. Law Felix Echeverria Recurring role (6 episodes)
1990 Freddy's Nightmares Vinnie / Derby Brown II Episode: "What You Don't Know Can Kill You"
1990 Hunter Tony Scarlatti Episode: "Son and Heir"
1990 Empty Nest Michael Episode: "Lessons"
1991 Equal Justice Mr. Lieberthal Episode: "Part of the Plan"
1991 Herman's Head Ted Tatum Episode: "The Herman-ator"
1992 Mann & Machine Mr. Battista Episode: "Truth or Consequences"
1993–94 The Untouchables Frank Nitti Main cast (42 episodes)
2000 Law & Order Det. Tony Renado Episode: "Narcosis"
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jeffery Trapani Episode: "Counterfeit"


  • Marie (Screenplay, 2001)
  • Eddie Monroe (Screenplay, 2006)
  • Just Like Joe (Screenplay, 2008)
  • Jesse (Story, 2011)


  • The World of Sholom Aleichem (Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1976)
  • Grease (Broadway production and U.S. tour, 1976)
  • A Hundred Percent Alive (Westwood Playhouse, Los Angeles, 1979)
  • Mississippi Blue (Los Angeles Actors Theatre, Los Angeles)
  • Two Outs Bottom of the Ninth (McCadden Place Theatre, Los Angeles, 1983)
  • Wrestlers (Cast Theatre, Los Angeles, 1985)
  • Grand Junction (Coast Playhouse, Los Angeles, 1988)
  • The Sisters (Pasadena Playhouse, Los Angeles, 1995)


  1. ^ "Paul Regina". Biography. CBS Interactive Inc.: Archived from the original on September 14, 2017. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  2. ^ Buck, Jerry (June 19, 1987). "Paul Regina Plays Homosexual on 'Brothers'". Times-Union. Warsaw, Indiana. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  3. ^ "Paul Regina: Biography". IMDb., Inc. Archived from the original on September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  4. ^ "Paul Regina". Flixster. Archived from the original on November 3, 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  5. ^ Bonilla, Denise M. "Paul Regina, 49, progressive actor, family man". News. Newsday. Archived from the original on August 27, 2016. Retrieved August 22, 2012.

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