October 27, 1952
Lakewood, Ohio, US
|Occupation||Actor, television director|
|Spouse(s)||Nina Wass (1996–present)
Janet Margolin (1979–1993) (her death)
Theodore "Ted" Wass (born October 27, 1952) is an American television director and former actor. He is best known for his roles as Danny Dallas on the series Soap (1977–1981) and as Nick Russo on the NBC sitcom Blossom (1991–1995). Since Blossom ended its run in 1995, Wass has retired from acting and has focused only on directing episodic television such as Spin City, The Big Bang Theory, Less Than Perfect and 2 Broke Girls.
Early life and education
Wass was born in Lakewood, Ohio (just west of Cleveland). He was raised in Glen Ellyn, Illinois (about 20 mi (32 km) west of Chicago) and graduated from Glenbard West High School there in 1970. He attended DePaul University in Chicago, graduating from its Goodman School of Drama.
Wass trained as an opera singer and was also involved in rock and roll as a lead singer and guitarist.
He made his television debut as Danny Dallas on Soap opposite stage veteran Katherine Helmond from 1977-1981, filming 101 episodes. He appeared on Broadway with his Soap co-star Diana Canova in Neil Simon's They're Playing Our Song.
He played struggling musician Bobby Shelton (who trades his soul — and his family — to become ill-fated rock star "Billy Wayne") in the black comedy film Oh, God! You Devil (1984). He played a sports journalist caught up in a murder in female-Tarzan film Sheena (1984), which received five nominations in the Razzie Awards.
In 1986, he starred in TV movie Triplecross, directed by David Greene, in which he, Markie Post, and Gary Swanson are cops who receive a huge sum of money from a kidnap victim and become private detectives, competing against each other to solve cases. This was intended as a pilot but the series was never picked up.
His last acting role was almost among his most prominent, playing the title character's father in Blossom (1991–1995), a sitcom about a teenage girl with two brothers being brought up by her single father.
Wass began directing while acting on the TV sitcom Blossom. Along with many TV movies, he has directed episodes of over 40 TV series.
Wass' first wife was actress Janet Margolin, who died in December 1993 at age 50 from ovarian cancer. Their two children are Julian (a composer) and Matilda. His second wife is producer Nina Wass.
|1977||Family||Sam Trask||Episode: "A Safe House"|
|1977||Handle with Care||Cpl. Tillingham||Television pilot|
|1977–1981||Soap (TV series)||Danny Dallas||Main cast (77 episodes)|
|1979||The Triangle Factory Fire Scandal||Vinnie||Television film|
|1979||The Thirteenth Day: The Story of Esther||Simon||Television special|
|1982||I Was a Mail Order Bride||Robert Fitzgerald||Television film|
|1983||Baby Sister||David Mitchell||Television film|
|1983||Curse of the Pink Panther||Sgt. Clifton Sleigh||Feature film|
|1984||Sheena||Vic Casey||Feature film|
|1984||Oh, God! You Devil||Bobby Shelton||Feature film|
|1985||Sins of the Father||Gregory Scott Murchison||Television film|
|1986||The Longshot||Stump||Feature film|
|1986||Triplecross||Elliott Taffle||Television film|
|1986||The Canterville Ghost||Harry Canterville||Television film|
|1986||Sunday Drive||Paul Sheridan||Television film (The Disney Sunday Movie)|
|1987||CBS Summer Playhouse||Mickey||Episode: "Mickey and Nora"|
|1988||Shades of Love: Sunset Court||Dr. Jimmy Fielding||Television film|
|1988||Pancho Barnes||Frank Clake||Television film|
|1989||Men (TV series)||Dr. Steven Ratajkowski||Main cast (6 episodes)|
|1989||Fine Gold||Andre||Feature film|
|1990||Sparks: The Price of Passion||Steve Warner||Television film|
|1991–1995||Blossom (TV series)||Nick Russo||Main cast (113 episodes)|
|1993||Triumph Over Disaster: The Hurricane Andrew Story||Bryan Norcross||Television film|
|1993||Danielle Steel's Star||Ernie||Television film|
|Blossom||TV series||18 episodes|
|Local Heroes||TV series|
|Coach||TV series||1 episode|
|Mr. Rhodes||TV series||6 episodes|
|The Jeff Foxworthy Show||TV series||13 episodes|
|Jenny||TV series||1 episode|
|Smart Guy||TV series||5 episodes|
|Soul Man||TV series|
|The Secret Lives of Men||TV series|
|Costello||TV series||1 episode|
|1998–99||Caroline in the City||TV series||17 episodes|
|1999||Two of a Kind||TV series||1 episode|
|Oh, Grow Up||TV series|
|Norm||TV series||1 episode|
|Stark Raving Mad||TV series|
|Then Came You||TV series|
|Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place||TV series|
|My Wife and Kids||TV series|
|2000–2002||Spin City||TV series|
|My Adventures in Television||TV series|
|Regular Joe||TV series|
|Married to the Kellys||TV series|
|I'm with Her||TV series|
|2002–2006||Less Than Perfect||TV series|
|2006||Crumbs||TV series||10 episodes|
|2006||The Game||TV series||2 episodes|
|2006||'Til Death||TV series|
|2007–2013||Rules of Engagement||TV series||45 episodes|
|2007||The Big Bang Theory||TV series|
|2007||Two and a Half Men||TV series|
|Gary Unmarried||TV series|
|2007–2008||Everybody Hates Chris||TV series|
|2009||Ruby & the Rockits||TV series|
|2010||Accidentally on Purpose||TV series|
|$#*! My Dad Says||TV series|
|2010||Melissa & Joey||TV series||9 episodes|
|2011||State of Georgia||TV series||5 episodes|
|2011–12||2 Broke Girls||TV series||9 episodes|
|2012||Sullivan & Son||TV series||3 episodes|
|2013||Dads||TV series||2 episodes|
|2013–14||Last Man Standing||TV series|
|2014–2015||Mom||TV series||16 episodes|
|2015||Truth Be Told||TV series|
|2016||The Odd Couple||TV series|
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