Ted Wass (actor)

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Ted Wass
Born Theodore Wass
(1952-10-27) October 27, 1952 (age 63)
Lakewood, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actor, television director
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Nina Wass (1996–present)
Janet Margolin (1979–1993) (her death)

Theodore "Ted" Wass (born October 27, 1952, in Lakewood, Ohio), 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.

Education and early career[edit]

Wass attended Glenbard West High School and graduated in 1970.[1] He later graduated from DePaul University's Goodman School of Drama.[2]

In 1976, Wass made his Broadway debut in the production Grease playing Danny Zuko.[2]


He appeared in sitcom Soap as Danny Dallas from 1977-1981.

He starred in Curse of the Pink Panther (1983), one of the post-Peter Sellers films in the franchise, as a detective engaged by police chief Dreyfus to track down Inspector Clouseau.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5] This was intended as a pilot but the series was never picked up.

He played the central character's father in Blossom (1991-1995), a sitcom about a teenage girl with two brothers being brought up by her single father, which was Ted's last acting role.

He appeared on Broadway with his Soap co-star Diana Canova in Neil Simon's They're Playing Our Song.

Personal life[edit]

Wass' first wife was actress Janet Margolin, who died in 1993 at age 50 from ovarian cancer; they had two children, Julian and Matilda. His second wife is producer Nina Wass.[6]


Director filmography[edit]


  1. ^ History - Glenbard Class of 1958
  2. ^ a b Lights shine on The Theatre School gala honorees, DePaul University
  3. ^ Brunsdale, Mitzi M. (2010). Icons of Mystery and Crime Detection: From Sleuths to Superheroes. ABC-CLIO. p. 184. 
  4. ^ Wilson, Staci Layne (2007). Animal Movies Guide. p. 18. 
  5. ^ Roberts, Jerry (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Film Directors. Scarecrow. p. 215. 
  6. ^ Ted Wass Biography (1952-), Film Reference

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