Tony Ganios

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Tony Ganios
Born (1959-10-21) October 21, 1959 (age 57)
Brooklyn, New York
Occupation Actor, Director, Writer, Producer, Insurance Agent
Years active 1979-Present (semi-retired since 1990).[1]

Tony Ganios (born October 21, 1959) is a Greek-American actor. He is probably best known for his role as Anthony 'Meat' Tuperello in the 1982 hit comedy Porky's and its sequels. Tony's other well-known role is in the 1979 movie The Wanderers, as the heroic tough-guy 'Perry'. He starred in the 1990 hit film Die Hard 2 as Baker, a member of the terrorists. And he played a former football player turned mountain man in the John Belushi film Continental Divide.

Ganios appeared in five episodes of the 1980s TV series Wiseguy as Mike "Mooch" Cacciatore, and he made a guest appearance in an episode of Scarecrow and Mrs. King. He semi-retired from acting after Die Hard 2 to be an insurance agent in New York City, but returned to Hollywood to do a little more acting, directing, writing and producing.

Early life[edit]

Tony Ganios was born in Brooklyn, New York on October 21, 1959, and he is of Greek-American ancestry.


At the age of 18, Ganios was 'forced' into the film-industry. His uncle Pete forced him to quit his power-lifting session at the 'Sheridan Square Gym' early, so that he could audition for a role in a movie directed by Philip Kaufman.[2] As a result, Ganios made his debut appearance as tough-guy 'Perry' in the cult classic The Wanderers.[3] His performance in 'The Wanderers' and as a result he was cast in many more movies. Since then Ganios has starred in a string of movies, including the cult teen-sex comedy 'Porky's' and its sequels.[4]

Tony Ganios has recently reunited with his original co-stars of 'Porky's', to star in the upcoming teen-sex comedy Daddies' Girls. The movie is currently in pre-production and the cast are hoping to raise $900,000 through their upcoming Kickstarter campaign (which was scheduled to begin on May 15, 2015).[5][6] The movie was scheduled to be released in 3D.[7]

As actor[edit]


List of acting credits in film
Year Title Role Notes
1979 The Wanderers Perry LaGuardia Tony Ganios's debut as an actor, and his first collaboration with director Philip Kaufman and actor Ken Wahl.
1981 Back Roads Bartini
1981 Continental Divide Max Bernbaum
1982 Porky's Anthony "Meat" Tuperello
1983 Porky's II: The Next Day Anthony "Meat" Tuperello
1984 Body Rock Big Mac[8]
1985 Porky's Revenge! Anthony "Meat" Tuperello
1987 (TV Series) Scarecrow and Mrs. King Simons Appeared in the episode 'Any Number Can Play'.
1988 (TV Series) The Equalizer Serge Appeared in the episode 'Video Games'.
1989-1990 (TV Series) Wiseguy Mike "Mooch" Cacciatore Ganios's second collaboration with Ken Wahl. He appeared in five episodes in total as 'Mike "Mooch" Cacciatore'.
1990 Die Hard 2 Baker
1991 The Taking of Beverly Hills EPA Man Third and final collaboration with actor Ken Wahl. Ken Wahl retired from acting in 1996 due to a neck injury he sustained in 1992 from falling down a flight of stairs.[9]
1992 (TV Movie) Ring of the Musketeers Tony
1993 Rising Sun Perry Second collaboration with director Philip Kaufman
TBA (To Be Announced) Daddies' Girls[10] Unknown Also the director, writer, and producer (shared with Cyril O'Reilly). Even though Ganios has already starred in three movies with his co-stars (in the Porky's franchise), this is the first time that he has collaborated with them on a project that has no relation to Porky's. Daddies' Girls is also Ganios's second collaboration with actor Jim Youngs (since The Wanderers in 1979).


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